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The IPM viewer only views ... IPM files. It does not allow you to view DWF files directly. Inventor Publisher (the desktop app) allows you to import DWF files and then "publish" them as IPM. Usually you would add annotations, etc., to augment the geometric data, but you could just use it as a DWF-to-IPM translator.
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Although I understand why you might not want to buy Publisher just to convert DWF to IPM, you don't have to use the "cloud" to view the IPM files on your mobile device. You can save it locally on the desktop/laptop, and then use iTunes to transfer it to the mobile device.
For various reasons, IPB files are typically quite a bit larger than their source data files. This is and will be a perpetual battle for us, to keep file size down and functionality "up".
However, the IPM file (from the "Publish Mobile" command) should not be nearly so big. If you're having size problems with that, please email me off-list, at email@example.com and we can take a look. We'll probably need some sample data from you.
JON BALGLEY! "We are not allowed to comment on future products, or lack thereof." LACK THEREOF?!? I've seen posts with curiosity of why a dwf reader is necessary on the iPad. Why in the (insert word of choice...I suggest the big boy) wouldn't it be necessary? I've looked at autocad ws... very nice but i see one angle that wasn't considered. The iPad was made into a great tool for drafters. Where do drafter's accomplish THEIR goals? At the office or in the field? Try memorizing every specs on more than 40 homes each having five to ten unique elevation options. Maybe you can and wouldn't have to make multiple trips back to the office or freshen up your prints. Add one man hour traveling to get answers with 2 reems of 11x17 paper. You've already passed the price of nearly every app available. Dwg produces a design. Dwf makes it happen. 2D with mark up and measure. I'll even name it for you...Buzzsaw...wait that sounds familiar
Displaying DXF on the ipad naturally would be very nice and quite useful for me as well.
On another note, I would REALLY like to find a PDF plotter driver that can retain the autocad hyperlinks to be even more useful. Plotting to PDF (from Autocad) without including hyperlinks is like getting the Cracker Jack without the prize. (even if most people don't use the prize)