Autodesk® DWF™ Writer 2009 README
Updated: 23 July 2010
Autodesk® DWF™ Writer 2009 includes the following components:
- Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for 2D
- Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for 3D
- Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for CATIA® (V5R15 & V5R16)
- Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for Pro/ENGINEER® (Wildfire™ 2.0 and
- Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for SolidWorks® (2007 and 2008)
- 32-bit version of one of the following operating systems:
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 (Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, Home Premium)
- Microsoft® Windows® Vista® (Enterprise, Business, Ultimate (SP1 or later)
- Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional (SP2 or later)
- Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6 or later
- 800 MHz Intel® Pentium® III processor (faster processor
- 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM recommended)
- 160 MB free disk space for installation
- 800 x 600 VGA minimum (1024 x 768 or higher recommended)
- Mouse, trackball, or compatible pointing device
Programs that Can Use Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for 2D
You can use DWF Writer for 2D to create DWF and DWFx files from any
Windows program. Users of Autodesk programs (including AutoCAD based
products, Inventor and Revit) should use the built-in DWF publishing
capabilities to create DWF files. Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks and CATIA
users should use the appropriate plug-in to publish DWF files.
The following programs have been tested with DWF Writer for 2D:
- Adobe® Acrobat® 7, 8
- Microsoft® Excel® 2003, 2007
- Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6, 7
- Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2003, 2007
- Microsoft® Visio® 2003, 2007
- Microsoft® Word 2003, 2007
Known Issues for...
Known Issues for Autodesk® DWF™ Writer 2009
- In DWF Settings, embedding fonts does not work.
- In DWF Settings, user-defined Paper Size is not preserved when publishing a DWF file from Microsoft Office 2010.
- In DWF Settings, Paper Size and Orientation settings can conflict with similar settings in some applications, causing undesired results in the published DWF file.
- When installing DWF Writer, a Windows File
Protection dialog box may display the message, “Files that are required
for Windows to run properly have been replaced by unrecognized versions.
To maintain system stability, Windows must restore the original version
of these files.” Solution: Click Cancel to decline restoring the
original versions of these files. Then click Yes to keep the
unrecognized file versions.
- Microsoft® Windows XP Professional x64, Vista x64, and 7 x64 editions are not supported. Solution: Download the 64-bit version of DWF Writer.
Known Issues for Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for 2D
Microsoft® Excel® 2003, 2007
- Selecting a chart in Excel causes the
Autodesk DWF menu to disappear. Solution: Select any object other
than the chart to redisplay the Autodesk DWF menu.
- Publishing an Excel workbook with different
dpi settings for each sheet cause each sheet to be published as a
separate DWF file, opening multiple Save As dialog boxes. Entering the
same name each time causes the previous sheet to be overwritten. Solution:
In each Save As dialog box, enter a different name for each DWF file.
Then, in Windows Explorer, select the DWF file for each sheet,
right-click and choose Merge to combine them all into a single DWF file.
- Publishing a spreadsheet containing a chart
with a large paper size and high dpi may result in a blank DWF sheet.
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7
Microsoft Windows Vista, using DWF Writer for 2D with Internet Explorer
7 opens a security dialog box due to Internet Explorer's default
- On Microsoft Windows Vista, using DWF
Writer for 2D with Internet Explorer 7, the Printing Preferences
Advanced tab may display the following message: "The advanced options
are not available due to Internet Explorer running in Protected Mode."
Microsoft® Outlook® 2003, 2007
- From a supported program, choosing Autodesk DWF > Publish DWF
and Email causes the Formatting toolbar of the newly opened email window
to be disabled.
Microsoft® Visio® 2003, 2007
- Publish and Email is disabled in Windows®
2000 in Visio due to problems with sending email.
Microsoft® Word 2003, 2007
- Some print settings of DWF Writer for 2D
printer are unavailable. Solution: In Word, change the page setup
settings, such as orientation, margins, and paper size.
Programs that Can Use Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for 3D
- Bentley MicroStation® V8 2004 Edition
- ESRI ArcGIS®—ArcInfo 9
- Solid Edge version 18 and 19
- UG NX 3, 4
Known Issues for Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for 3D
- Parts may be listed without showing the assembly to which they
- For best results, open the program first. Do not open the 3D model
yet. Open DWF Writer for 3D second and select any options you may want.
Make sure that neither DWF Writer nor its dialog boxes are on top of
the program. Click OK to capture, and then open the 3D model. See the
DWF Writer for 3D Help for detailed instructions.
- Cutting planes and cross sections will not be captured. The entire
object is visible. You can add them back in Design Review.
- The lighting in a DWF is not as bright as the original model if
there are multiple lights. If lights are relative to the original model
position, the model will be black upon rotating it.
- Line styles may not resemble the line styles from the source
- If no file is created when you attempt to capture a 3D model:
- Check the DWF Writer for 3D Help to see that you have followed
the instructions for your program carefully.
- If the status remains at “Waiting/Processing” for an extended
period, you may need to rotate the model in the target program to force
it to send information to OpenGL and for it to be captured.
- Or, take steps to correct a file installation problem. These may
be caused by a Windows® protection policy:
- Uninstall DWF Writer for 3D.
- Rename all OpenGL32.dlls to anything else, such as OpenGL32a.dll
(in case you find you need them for some other purpose). Some may not
be readily apparent, so search in folders.
- Reinstall DWF Writer for 3D.
- DWF Writer does not capture multiple textures or texture and
- DWF Writer does not capture emission of material.
Bentley MicroStation® V8 2004 Edition
- When there are many textures, the size of the captured DWF file is
larger than the original.
- Color of area light cannot be supported.
ESRI ArcGIS®—ArcInfo 9
- The view chosen by DWF Writer View is incorrect. It is best to
deselect this option in the Options tab or to correct this view in
Solid Edge version 19
- After you have initiated a capture, do not
move the DWF Writer for 3D window that indicates the processing status.
Doing so may cause capture to stop and processing will continue
- Annotations are not shown in the resulting
UG NX 4
- The Section View is not captured correctly.
Known Issues for Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for
CATIA® (V5R15 & V5R16)
- Only MD2 workbench has been tested.
- Only parts, products and drawings can be published.
- Cannot publish parts and products after the
"Work with the cache system" option has been enabled. (Cache system is
NOT selected by default in CATIA.)
2D drawings, text, area fill, and some symbols may not display as
expected in the resulting DWF file.
- Vector images in drawings cannot be
- Lighting effect in Part and Assembly
designs cannot be published.
- In a 3D CATIA file, dimensions are not
published or shown in the resulting DWF file.
Known Issues for Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for
Pro/ENGINEER® (Wildfire™ 2.0 and Wildfire™ 3.0)
- Only parts, assemblies and drawings can be published. Sketch,
manufacturing, format, report, diagram, layout and markup cannot.
- 3D annotations cannot be published.
- Some advanced features such as import feature, envelop component,
wrap feature and blend between surfaces cannot be published.
- Mixed texture and color are not supported.
added in an assembly environment may not be published correctly.
- Multi-texturing is not supported.
- Cannot publish polygons with separate texture or materials applied
to opposite sides of a polygon.
- Lights may look different from the original model, especially when
multiple lights are defined.
- The following texture formats are supported: BMP, GIF, JPEG, TGA,
TIFF, and PNG.
- Cameras cannot be published.
- Some drawing elements, such as entity color and text style, may be
inconsistent with the original drawing.
- When an empty template is used for drawings, the sheet drawing
units may be incorrect.
- "Break" feature in dimension extension lines, leaders, view
arrows, axis lines or 2D entities cannot be published.
- Snap lines of view which can locate dimensions and detailing items
cannot be published.
- Meshes added to a 3D model
surface cannot be published.
Known Issues for Autodesk® DWF™ Writer for
SolidWorks® (2007 and 2008)
- DWF Writer 2009 does not support SolidWorks
2006. Solution: SolidWorks 2006 users should continue to use DWF
- For the first install, you must add the
Publish DWF add-ins manually. Solution: Select Tools >
Add-ins. From the "Other Add-ins" list, check the two "Publish DWF"
- 3D annotations and sketch cannot
- View Orientation can be published,
but may look different from the original model, especially the assembly
- Feature-level color and transparency cannot
- Light cannot be published correctly.
- Mixed texture and color are not
- Only the wireframe version of a drawing can
be published. Shaded view is not supported.
- Some specific symbols
cannot be published or errors may occur during publishing.
- Text color and formatting (bold,
italic, underline, and strikeout) applied using the text formatting
toolbar cannot be published.
- SolidWorks uses different line style and
line thickness systems than DWF, so lines will not display as expected
in the resulting DWF file.
- For SolidWorks sheets, some views may have
the wrong scale when multiple views in a sheet have different scales.
Therefore new measurements may not be accurate.
- In a SolidWorks file, a user defines and
applies a custom texture from a picture stored locally on the user's
computer. If the SolidWorks file is opened on a different computer, the
custom texture will not be displayed in the published DWF file because
the picture used by the custom texture is not available.
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