i think Autodesk should integrate automatic PDF-Publishing into Vault (2D-PDF) like the DWF-Publishing.
The DWF is more powerful and Autodesk want to spread it with force, but there are some reasons for the PDF format:
- PDF is an ISO-Standard, DWF not.
- You can open DWF only on Windows, there is no DesignReview form MAC or Linux.
- The DWF-Viewer works only on prozessores with SSE2, PDF-Viewer are running everywhere.
- Everybody has installed an PDF-Viewer, DesignReview normaly nobody without Autodesk Products.
Most companies want a PDF (and/or usually a DWG) of an IDW after the drawing is released. This feature should be implemented like the secondary files feature in Producstream Professional (PSP) The jobserver should make these document and they are attached to the original document as read only. Under no circumstance should users be allowed to edit these documents.
It is save to say that DWF will not replace PDF. There is not even a 64-bit design review. So large models can not be opened in desiogn review.
We have govenrment clients that are not allowed to load additional software (like Autodesk design review) on their machines. There are a some private companies like this too. Since that is the case, they cant view our dwf files. they can view PDF.
I've spent a lot of money getting PDF publishing working in our Vault. But for 2D PDF creation, primarily AutoCAD, it isn't easy. There are thousands of different ways that an AutoCAD drawing can be laid out, automating PDF creation to suit all drafting styles for all organisations in an 'out the box' solution is extremely difficult. But not impossible. This is something that is definately long overdue, ironically I'd be well annoyed if it came in any time soon after the investment I've made in getting it to work now!
Another benefit to publishing to a PDF is that I can use a third party digital pen for my markups. Currently Adapx only works with PDFs.
Ideally I would want the PDf to function as an underlay in IV so I can execute my design changes (or have a simple/seemless conversion to DWF while retaining markups).
We just release PDF Publisher LT to Autodesk Exchange App Store. It's a simple tool let you create PDF for dwg files inside Vault Explorer. Not sure whether this meets your requirement.
You can find it here:
No supplier or customer wants to install a custom software just to view a drawing. And let's be realistic, these companies would have to do this for every possible CAD platform their own customers and suppliers have since there are so many out there.
I'd like to see Autodesk step up here and do the thing that makes the most sense for it's customers, rather than try to spread it's viewer to a lot of 3rd party companies through who really don't care to be bother by yet another piece of software just so they can view a drawing.
Totally agree, should work out of the box!
I totally agree with all the users here.
What I like if they can integrate on the viewer also, the option for open other
files directly usin creo view express, sunch native files of Pro E or Creo.
creo viewer express allow you open more type of files.
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