Tag Archive: DWF

Sep 02 2009

More design review applications

A couple of years ago (2 March 2007, to be more precise), I noted the emergence of some marketing-related online applications, ConceptShare and ReviewBasics, that allow, for example, graphic designers to share brochure and advertising designs with their clients and other collaborators. As a marketeer, I recently looked again at this creative industries technology area …

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Apr 23 2009

Enter Colaab

After some Twitter conversation yesterday about Woobius (see post), I was recommended to have a look at another low-cost web-based file-sharing service, Colaab. Right from the home page, Colaab claims the value of its browser-based system for design revew. It uses an enhancement of Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, Deepzoom (good primer here), to allow large image …

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Feb 13 2008

SaaS – the killer app for CAD?

Evan Yares’ CAD blog alerted me to a great article by Brian Seitz among the COFES blogs. Brian asks: Is SaaS the Killer App for the CAD Industry?, suggesting that: “the business model most major CAD vendors operate under – market share and maintenance annuities – is showing its age.  It will not be long before an innovative …

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Aug 22 2007

DWF v. PDF – an Autodesk interview

In my book, I discussed Adobe and Autodesk’s development of different file formats to manage design data (it’s a topic I have since returned to – here for instance). I have just found an interesting interview on the Novedge blog with Autodesk’s Mary Hope McQuiston regarding the DWF format – a similar interview having previously been undertaken with Adobe’s …

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Apr 24 2007

Seeing red

A recent Cadalyst article, Reviews Have Architects Seeing Red by Scott Mackenzie, talks about ‘CAD-less’ marking-up of drawings. He writes: “Over the past several years, I have not seen a whole lot of electronic redlining going on,” before explaining: “The older generation of architects and engineers can be indifferent, hesitant or intimidated by the whole …

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Mar 14 2007

DWF v PDF v other formats

In my book, I devote a short section to discussion of the file formats commonly used in construction collaboration. A more comprehensive overview of the subject is given in David Harrison’s Stress-free blog, in an article entitled Why Autodesk should ‘Open’ DWF. David extends the analysis beyond my basic comparison of DWF and PDF formats; …

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Feb 01 2007

PDF to become ISO standard

Cadalyst reports that Adobe intends to release the full PDF (portable document format) v1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, for the purpose of publication by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization). It is, says Adobe’s Kevin Lynch, “the next logical step in the evolution of PDF from de facto standard to a formal, …

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Dec 28 2006

CAD file viewers

I’d almost forgetten Whip! Most vendors of construction collaboration technologies (sometimes called ‘extranets’) will recommend third-party applications to use with their collaboration solutions in order to view, mark-up and comment upon CAD files. Among the pure collaboration vendors, only my employer, BIW Technologies, offers its own integrated file viewing technology, but I sometimes forget about the solutions …

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Dec 11 2006

Microsoft Vista support for Autodesk DWF format (2)

I wrote 10 days ago on this topic, and Ralph Grabowski has also been watching developments. In his latest article on the topic, About DWFx, he talks about the limitations, and links to an article, Does Vista really open DWFs?, on another interesting blog, Owen Wengerd’s Outside the Box (Owen’s lates post concerns The secret world …

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Dec 01 2006

Microsoft Vista support for Autodesk DWF format

  Autodesk has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to integrate DWF technology with the Windows Vista operating system (released to business customers today – see BBC news story). Vista users will be able to view and manage DWFs without additional downloads of plug-ins or special viewing software. Viewers are a feature of all construction collaboration technologies, or …

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