Design Review 2018 Released – Not an April Fools Joke

We’ve come to expect new versions of our favorite Autodesk design tools in the spring of the year. The release of AutoCAD 2018 a couple of weeks ago kicked off that cycle for this year. Although we’ve come to expect new versions of tools like AutoCAD during that process, one tool I did not expect to see a new version of was Design Review. Perhaps …

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Design Review 2010 Released and Supporting PDF’s

  As you might expect, the new release of AutoCAD has brought with it a new release of Design Review. It’s been a free download for a few years now, and until this year it’s interface had remained largely the same. Perhaps the most noticeable feature of Design Review 2010 is the ribbon. Personally, I do not know the former interface was so complex that …

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Autodesk Wii

image Back towards the beginning of February I made a post “Bring All Text To Front and a Wii Tip”.  Long story short I brought my Nintendo Wii along for evening entertainment during a ski trip, and well forgot the sensor bar.  I know – stupid me.  All hope wasn’t lost however as we were able to geek out and discover that our gas fireplace would work as a sensor bar.

I have to admit, when I made that post it was meant more as a joke.  Afterall this is a CAD blog, not a Nintendo Wii blog.  However this morning I saw a strange post come up in my feed reader – Scott Sheppard over at the “It’s alive in the lab” blog made a post “Wiimote Navigation Add-in for Autodesk Design Review Now Available”.  All of a sudden that post back in February about Nintendo Wii didn’t seem so foolish.

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Design Review – Beyond the DWF

Design ReviewBy this time next week I will be among many of you, enjoying the Autodesk University 2007 in fabulous Las Vegas, NV. Being both the 25th anniversary of Autodesk, and the 15th anniversary of Autodesk University, it’s sure to be a spectacular event.  To that end I do look forward to meeting and chatting with those of you attending this years conference.  For those unable to attend this years conference; stay tuned to The CAD Geek Blog for my posts from AU 2007.  In addition to blogging I hope to upload as many photos as possible to flickr.  Shaan Hurley has created an AU flickr group which can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/au2007/.  In addition to some spectacular photos, perhaps a friendly Canon vs. Nikon competition will ensue during AU as well.

Like many of my posts, the inspiration for today’s post comes from a question one of my users recently asked me.  Basically he had received digital scans of a plan set.  The scans were in the TIF format, and while Windows has it’s Picture and Fax Viewer, it can be a little clunky at times.  Especially when trying to zoom and pan around in an image.  A simple search will naturally return an endless list of TIFF image viewers, but what about what’s already installed?

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DWF Markup Sets – Part 1

Autodesk’s decision to make their Design Review 2007 program a free download opens up the collaborative abilities of DWF’s to many across the board. As mentioned in my previous post, it is now plausible to ask clients to install Design Review, and use low-cost DWF’s instead of pricey overnight UPS packages. While creating markups in Design Review is rather straight forward, understanding the full-circle of …

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Design Review – Now FREE!

For years Autodesk programs such as AutoCAD have been able to create DWF files. As most know, creating DWF files within the vast majority of Autodesk’s products is very quick and easy. Of course despite how easy Autodesk has made the creation of DWF files, industry still largely demands Adobe’s PDF. Generally speaking Adobe’s PDF has become the de facto standard, as Adobe Reader is …

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