When using Autocad you have the facility to attach PDF's & DWFs, so if a client/contractor send information in these formats you can quickly analyse the drawings/trace over accurately as you can snap to the geometry.
As Revit is still in is infancy, with regards to record information and the reluctance of some designers to issue models during the tender process, would this facility not be useful within Revit.
The solution that is banded about of saving a PDF as an image to import in, is almost laughable as a professional solution to use, as this downgrades vector based information into raster to then view in a vector based software.
I can understand that Autodesk may not wish to have the feature of importing PDF, however for them not to have the features of attaching/importing there own file format that is used as a review workflow, into Is there software seems very strange. I presume there is no Technical reason for this and it is a corporate decision.
Will these features be incorporated into to revit in the next release, is there a better workaround or can anyone explain why they are not already included.
You can link in DWF files into Revit. We get markups from contractors and clients in PDF or DWF all the time. For the PDF files I open Design Review and then open the PDF in Design Review. This converts the PDF to DWF for you. Once converted I go into Revit and select the Insert Tab --> Then pick the DWF Markup command. When you select the DWF a menu will open and allow you to select the sheet file you want to link the DWF to. This way you can see the markups and the views on the sheets. If you need to modify anything activate the view on the sheet and edit away.
Thank you for the idea. however this does not help us with the main issue of been able to look at information that has been issued to use in a DWFx format (i.e no markups just a dwfx).
DWFs are limited to the markup workflow. There is an existing request to be able to import DWFs directly, but it is not possible in the 2014 release.
While it's certainly not perfect you could try something like opening the DWF in Navisworks, exporting to FBX, opening the FBX in AutoCAD and saving as DWG to bring into Revit...