I have come to rely on my power users. Just the other day one of my power users (Michael Elander) came to me asking about georeferenced DWF’s. To be frankly honest my knowledge of georeferenced DWF’s really extended no further than a flier I picked up at AU or something on Design Review 2008. The concept I understood, but how to create one, I just hadn’t invested the time to figure it out.
The whole reason Mike wanted to pursue the topic was because he was asked to share some drawings with a third-party who was not our client. They needed to be able to reference our drawing, but we didn’t want them to be able to manipulate our drawing. As many have discovered over the years, locking down a DWG file is easier said than done. Sure there are some third-party apps out there, but what about the tools we already had installed?
That’s where the idea of the georeferenced DWF came up. Since AutoCAD 2008 we can Xref a DWF, snap to the linework contained within it, and provided we enable them, turn layers on/off. Translation: it’s essentially a DWG which the third-party can’t modify – perfect!