Autodesk® Design Review 2011
Updated: 12 January 2010
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 (Professional), Windows Vista® (Enterprise, Business, Ultimate or Home Premium SP1), Windows XP (Professional or Home Edition SP2)
- Microsoft® Internet Explorer 7 or later
- Microsoft® .NET 3.5 SP1 Framework (installed with Design Review)
- 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor (faster processor recommended)
- 1 GB RAM (2 GB RAM or more recommended)
- 170 MB free disk space for installation (supporting components including .NET and DirectX may require more than 1 GB free disk space)
- 1024 x 768 VGA
- Mouse, trackball, or compatible pointing device
- Optional Hardware and Software:
- 3Dconnexion 3D mice
- Citrix XenApp™ 4.5 (32-bit) on Windows Server® 2003 with Windows Vista or XP clients
- GPS device set to communicate using NMEA 0183 standards, the standard 4800 baud rate, and a COM Port (COM1 to COM10). This includes:
- Bluetooth® connected GPS device set to use a COM port
- GPS device bundled with Microsoft® Streets and Trips 2006
- Panasonic Toughbook® with integrated GPS device
- USB connected GPS device
- Mozilla Firefox or later. Go here for more information about the Firefox add-on for Autodesk® Design Review.
- Tablet PC running Windows Vista SP1 or XP SP2
Note: You can also view and print DWFx files with Microsoft XPS Viewer. See http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/viewxps.mspx for more information.
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- Field of View. Control the visible area of a 3D model from a set location.
- New keyboard shortcuts for markups. All callouts, drawing tools, and 2D measure tools (Area and Polyline) now have keyboard shortcuts. Use the Spacebar to invoke the last used markup tool.
- Lighting enhancements. Simplified lighting tools correct for over-lighting and glare in models.
- Printing enhancements. Use more advanced print controls to improve raster printing performance.
- Open dialog box enhancements. The Files of Type drop-down list now lists All Supported Files by default, and if you change the Files of Type selection, your choice persists the next time you open a file during the current session.
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- Installation of Design Review 2011 requires local machine administrator privileges.
- Find (from the Find palette or the Home tab > Search panel) may fail to return any results if the DWF file was created using the DWF Writer. For the best DWF publishing results, use a program's built-in publishing capabilities rather than DWF Writer.
- Dragging and dropping some raster images in the Thumbnails or List View palettes or on the canvas may cause Design Review to stop responding. Solution: Convert the image to a different file type.
- When an open DWF file is emailed from Design Review by clicking the application button > Send Email, and sent using a POP3 email account, the DWF file name in the received email may contain the sender's temp file path concatenated with the file name.
- If, when uninstalling Design Review, the Cancel button is clicked, the uninstall will terminate but may cause Design Review to function improperly. Solution: From the Windows Add or Remove Programs control panel, click Autodesk Design Review in the list to select it. Click Change/Remove to open the Autodesk Design Review Installation Wizard. Click Repair or Reinstall. Choose the Reinstall option and click Next. Follow the prompts to reinstall Design Review.
- When AutoCAD is installed after Design Review, some system files are overwritten by the AutoCAD installation causing DWF shell extensions to fail. Solution: Uninstall and reinstall Design Review to restore the DWF shell extensions.
- Some PDF files cannot be saved as DWF files when the dpi resolution is set to 720. Solution: Change the dpi resolution to 600 or lower to save the PDF file as a DWF file.
Platform (Windows Vista, Windows XP, Tablet PC)
- Some computers, especially Tablet PCs, use an Intel graphics chipset that causes Design Review to stop responding. Solution: Restart Design Review and disable the hardware acceleration. (In Design Review, click the application button > Options. On the Model tab, in the View Settings group, from the Driver drop-down list, select Software (OpenGL), and click OK.) Alternatively, you can disable the display adapter's hardware acceleration.
- On Windows Vista systems, when the Windows Vista theme (Aero) is enabled, changing the workspace layout while viewing a 3D model may cause the canvas to be redrawn and may result in the 3D model not being displayed properly. Solution: Right-click the Windows desktop and choose Personalize. In the Personalization dialog box, click Theme. From the Theme drop-down list choose Windows Classic and click OK.
- If Design Review was used by a person with a Standard or Restricted user account, when a person with an Administrator user account uninstalls Design Review, two files (ActiveConfig.xml and woof_toolformats.xml) may not be uninstalled automatically. Solution: For Windows XP, manually delete the two files from the C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Application Data\Autodesk\Autodesk Design Review\10.0\userdata folder. For Windows Vista, manually delete the two files from the C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\Autodesk Design Review\10.0\userdata folder.
- To save a file with a non-English file name, click the application button > Save As > Save as DWFx/DWF, then right-click the Language Bar and start the Microsoft Global Input Method Editor (IME). Type the desired file name in the Save As dialog box and press Enter, after typing the file name, to exit the IME. Click the Save button or press Enter again to save the file.
- On Windows Vista systems, markup containing non-English text that is exported by clicking the application menu > Save As > Save Markups Summary may not display correctly in the resulting CSV file.
- DWF files embedded in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint 2003 files, when inactive, may be represented by a large generic DWF icon, rather than a thumbnail image of the DWF file content.
- When saving a Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007 file after modifying an embedded DWF file, Design Review prompts you to save the changes to the DWF file. When saving the Word file again, after subsequent modification to the embedded DWF file, you will not be prompted by Design Review to save the DWF file.
- When Design Review is embedded in multiple tabs in one instance of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, the ribbon UI will only be displayed in the first embedded instance. Solution: In the tabs that do not display the ribbon, access controls by right-clicking the canvas or drawing.
- When viewing DWF files embedded in Microsoft Office 2007 programs, a Customer Error Report (CER) dialog may not be displayed if the embedded viewer closes unexpectedly.
- Design Review cannot be embedded in Microsoft Word 2007 by choosing Insert tab > Text panel > Object drop-down > Object > Create New. In Word, click the Create from File tab and select a file to embed.
- Dragging and dropping a sheet from the Thumbnails or List View palette in Design Review into a PowerPoint slide causes an error to be displayed. Solution: In PowerPoint, click Insert tab > Text panel > Object. In the Insert Object dialog box, click Create New and, from the Object Type list, select Autodesk DWF Document. Click OK. Drag and Drop a DWF sheet or file into the control to embed it.
- When embedding a DWF file in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint 2007 using the Create from File method, clicking the Link to File option in Word, or the Link option in PowerPoint, may cause the insertion to fail.
- Dragging and dropping a sheet from the Thumbnails or List View palette in Design Review into Internet Explorer 7 may cause the Temporary Files (C:\Windows\Temp) folder to open.
- When a 3D DWF file is opened in Internet Explorer 7, printing from the embedded Design Review UI causes the browser window to close. Solution: Open and print the DWF file from Design Review.
- Using Design Review with some NVIDIA® display adapters may cause transparent 3D model parts to become displaced when manipulating the model (Zoom, Pan. Orbit, and so on). Solution: In the NVIDIA Control Panel, under 3D Settings > Manage 3D Settings, turn off Threaded Optimization.
- If your computer is experiencing display issues as you view 3D DWF files, update your computer with the latest display adapter drivers. If you continue to experience display issues, click the application button > Options and, on the Model tab, under View Settings, select a different setting from the Driver drop-down list.
- Depending on the settings used when publishing a 3D DWF file, clicking Home tab > View panel > Shading drop-down > Shaded with Edges may not display all object edges distinctly. Solution: Click the application button > Options. On the Model tab, under Color Settings clear the As Published option, and set a new Model Edge Color.
- Large DWF files published from AutoCAD® Civil 3D® or AutoCAD® Map 3D may contain dots that obscure geometry on the canvas.
- Cross sectioned models, with Caps enabled, may not be displayed correctly when the view is set perpendicular to the section plane.
- Merging multiple DWF files by dragging and dropping into the Thumbnails or List View palette may result in the sheets being listed in no apparent order.
- When using the default workspace layout, clicking an object within the unpinned Grid Data palette causes the Object Properties palette to temporarily display over the Grid Data palette. Solution: Dock one the palettes at the bottom or to the left of the canvas so both can be viewed at the same time.
- Viewing high resolution (large dpi value) PDF files may cause Design Review respond slowly when modifying the view.
- On the PDF Conversion tab of the Options dialog box, if the Convert PDF Files to Black & White Files When Saving is checked and the resolution is set below 300, DWF sheets created from PDF files may appear distorted. Solution: From the Home tab > View panel (expanded) > Color Depth drop-down, choose Black and White.
- On 2D sheets that have been rotated, some fill patterns, which align to the screen, will not be rotated.
- In a 3D model, using the Zoom Rectangle tool may not work as expected when dragging a large rectangular area. Solution: Use the Zoom Rectangle tool to drag a smaller rectangular area.
- When opening DWFx files saved in Design Review, the Microsoft XPS Viewer only shows 2D content. Non-2D content, such as 3D models or BOM tables, is indicated in the DWFx file by a single DWFx logo proxy page. Solution: To view the entire contents, open the DWFx file in Design Review.
- When viewed in the Microsoft XPS Viewer, the object properties stored in DWFx files are not shown. Although not shown, the object properties remain available in the DWFx file when viewed in Design Review.
- To open DWG files with Autodesk Design Review, the free Autodesk DWG TrueView must be installed. Older versions of Design Review are not compatible with newer versions of DWG TrueView. Solution: Install versions of Design Review and DWG TrueView that have the same product year.
- On 64-bit operating systems, opening DWG files in Design Review requires DWG TrueView 2011. If both DWG TrueView 2010 and DWG TrueView 2011 are installed, an error is displayed when attempting to open a DWG file from Design Review. Solution: Uninstall both versions of DWG TrueView and reinstall DWG TrueView 2011.
- On 64-bit operating systems, opening DWG files in Design Review is not supported by AutoCAD. (This also means the DWG Viewing tab in the Design Review Options dialog box will not display, as it does on 32-bit operating systems when AutoCAD is installed.) Solution: Install the latest version of the free DWG TrueView program.
- When installing Autodesk Design Review and Autodesk DWG TrueView the installation order is not important. However, in some cases, the DWGImporter.dll might not be registered correctly. Solution: Register the DWGImporter.dll manually.
- From the Windows taskbar, choose Start > Run.
- In the text box, type regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Autodesk Design Review\DWGImporter.dll"
- Press Enter. This should successfully register the DLL.
- When opening some 3D DWG files in Design Review, meshes representing light sources may be displayed. Solution: Request that the designer manually disable Light Glyphs and publish the DWG as a DWF file.
- By design, Named Views in 3D DWG files are not published to DWF files.
Printing and Batch Printing
- When printing some large 2D raster files, selecting the Advanced printing option, High Color Quality, does not print the file any slower or at a higher output quality than if you had selected the Low Color Quality option.
- When printing some large 3D DWF files to virtual printers, User Defined resolutions higher than 600 dpi may not be supported.
- When the Advanced print option "Turn Data into a Bitmap Before Printing" is checked and using a high dpi setting with a large paper size, some drawing information may be excluded from the output. Solution: Change the dpi resolution to 600 or lower.
- Printing or plotting of large files may cause Design Review to close unexpectedly.
- Printing of fill patterns fails on some printers.
- In the Batch Print Wizard, when selecting a password-protected DWF file, you are prompted for the file's password two times during the batch printing process.
- Transparent markup, or freehand or area highlight markups, on 2D sheets may not print as expected.
- Right-clicking a file in Windows Explorer and choosing Print may fail to print the file if Autodesk DWF Viewer was installed after Design Review. Solution: Manually change the file association. Right-click any DWF file and choose Properties. In the file Properties dialog box, on the General tab, click the Change button to display the Open With dialog box. From the list of Recommended Programs, choose Autodesk Design Review. Or, if necessary, click Browse to navigate to and select DesignReview.exe on your system. Click OK to set the file association. Click OK again to accept the change and close the file Properties dialog box.
- Printing D Size Sheets with Microsoft XPS Document Writer as the selected printer fails when the Advanced option, Turn data into a bitmap before printing, is checked.
- Some fill patterns, without transparency, may cause parts of the filled areas to be obscured by bars when printed.
Measure and Markup
- Using a drawing tablet or a Tablet PC to create freehand markup may not produce smooth lines or text.
- Georeferenced maps published with non-Cartesian coordinate systems cannot be measured.
- In multi-sheet DWF files with marked-up 3D models, clicking a 3D markup in the Markups palette displays the model with the markup selected and the Orbit tool enabled rather than the Select tool. Solution: On the Canvas toolbar, click the Select tool to interact with the selected 3D markup callout.
- In 2D DWF files that contain more than one viewport, measurements created within one viewport may be inconsistent with measurements created in another viewport.
- Multiple sheets cannot be compared at the same time.
- When comparing DWF file content to DWFx file content, the comparison results may contain false differences.
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