About Using Design Review to Review and Markup Files
Autodeskآ® Design Review is a free program used for creating and reviewing DWF files.
An open, published, and secure file format developed by Autodesk, DWF enables you
to combine and publish rich 2D- and 3D-design data and share it with others.
Design Review enables your entire project or product team to view, print, measure,
and markup DWF, DWG, DXF, PDF and raster files containing 2D and 3D content. Fully
integrated with AutoCADآ®, Inventorآ®, and Revitآ®, Design Review helps you easily share
drawings, models, maps, and design data with team members, clients, consultants, contractors,
partners, suppliers, and other reviewers who may not own or know how to use design
You can share designs for use with Design Review by email, websites, intranets, and
physical media, such as DVDs. Download Design Review for free from http://www.autodesk.com/designreview-download.
You can redistribute it on your internal network or deploy it as part of your corporate
PC image (as long as it is distributed in its entirety, per the terms of the license
About DWF and DWFx
A DWF file can be used to organize sheet sets, models, animations, finite element
analyses (FEA), and map information, as well as other project-related files, into
a single, highly compressed file. Together with Design Review, DWF files help you
enhance collaboration by clearly communicating information, such as design changes
or corrections, all while reducing the printing and shipping costs associated with
distributing paper copies to your extended team.
Much like Adobeآ® PDF files, DWF files are no more alterable than printed paper copies.
Unlike PDF files, however, DWF files retain detailed design information and scale,
and are therefore more suitable for architects, engineers, and designers.
The newest version of the DWF file format, DWFx, is based on the XML Paper Specification
(XPS) from Microsoft. DWFx makes it easier to share design data with reviewers who
cannot install software.
DWFx files can be opened and printed instantly using the free Microsoft XPS Viewer.
Unlike DWF files, DWFx files include additional information to display design data
in the Microsoft XPS Viewer. As such, DWFx files are larger than corresponding DWF
on the General tab in the Options dialog box.
Currently, the Microsoft XPS Viewer does not support sheets containing 3D content,
password-protected content, object properties, restricted content, or georeferenced
map coordinates. In the Microsoft XPS Viewer, when attempting to view sheets DWFx
files containing any of these unsupported features, a warning directs you to download
and view the DWFx file in Design Review.
A Digital Design Workflow
Most DWF files begin as a drawing or model created in such Autodesk programs as AutoCAD,
Inventor, and Revit. Before a DWF file is published, the person publishing the DWF
file determines which features (model, layouts, layers, blocks, named views, and so
on) are included in the published DWF file. Once the content has been determined,
the designer publishes the file from its original format to a DWF file and sends the
DWF file to the review team to begin the digital design review process.
- Receive. Reviewers get the DWF file from the publisher and open it in Design Review to verify
the content (a 2D drawing, 3D model, or image).
- Review. Reviewers add digital comments and markup to the DWF file using callouts, text, shapes,
dimensions, stamps, and custom symbols, saving changes to the DWF file.
- Return. Reviewers send the marked-up DWF file back to the original publisher.
- Revise. The designer uses the publishing software to import the marked-up DWF file, referring
to comments in context to revise the original design quickly.
- Republish. After revising the original content in the publishing software, the designer republishes
an updated DWF file, a new sheet set, or model, to begin the digital design workflow
The digital workflow can be repeated indefinitely to support the iterative nature
of the design and review process.