Autodesk Introduces Latest Viewing Technology

Autodesk Inc. introduced the availability of Autodesk Express Viewer 4, the latest of its free, downloadable application for viewing and printing Design Web Format (DWF) drawings created by architects and engineers.

Autodesk Express Viewer enables professionals in the design, manufacturing and infrastructure markets to share, collaborate and print design drawings saved in the Design Web Format. The Express Viewer application supports the high-fidelity viewing and printing of DWF files - - the open, non-editable secure file that preserves complex data information users would experience when working with native AutoCAD files. Adoption of Autodesk Express Viewers continues to increase dramatically, nearly doubling over the last three months.

"We estimate that a customer using the Express Viewer for daily exchange and communication of design information in DWF has grown to more than 1 million," said Tony Peach, director of DWF strategy for Autodesk. "Our customers, including large homebuilder, Centex Homes and Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte, North Carolina are adopting a standard practice of publishing design documents to DWF and, as a result, they are increasing cost efficiencies in day-to-day communication among project teams."

With the latest version of Autodesk Express Viewer 4, customers can take advantage of the following enhancements:

Easier Navigation
The latest Express Viewer improves the navigation of multi-sheet drawing sets. New features include thumbnail images, an index list of the sheets and bookmarks to make it easier to find information in a clear and efficient structure. Hyperlinks can be utilized to further enrich any drawing by linking to related information in the drawing set or on the Internet.

Expanded Access to Design Data
Users can gain access to object properties published from the Interoperability and Productivity extension for Autodesk® Architectural Desktop 2004. For example, users can view details about all the doors in a specific drawing, including dimensions, material, manufacturer, and model number. Or, they can view detailed file information for all sheets in the DWF file-including who created the document, and when.

Advanced Markup Capabilities
Users can further enhance their workflow by distributing designs for review as DWF and viewing markups (created using Volo View) with Autodesk Express Viewer. The design review process can be enhanced by comparing the original design with the markups and enabling all team members to easily review markups and annotations.

Customization Options
The combination of new flexibility and control over the interface via application settings as well as a powerful application programming interface (API), provide a means for users to customize the look and feel of the viewer to meet their own needs.