About Opening Other File Types
 
 
 

Besides opening DWF and DWFx files, Design Review can open a wide variety of other file types for viewing or for saving as a DWF file.

When opening other file types in Design Review, the original files remain unaffected.

NoteWith the proper plug-ins installed, Design Review can also open DGN and JT files.

About Opening DWG and DXF Files

Design Review enables you to open a DWG or DXF file through a background conversion process. To do so, Design Review requires either Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2010 or the free DWG TrueView™ 2010 program to be installed.

For the best conversion results, always use a program’s built-in publishing capabilities.

WarningIf a DWG file contains sheets with uninitialized layouts, those sheets are not opened in the resulting DWF file.

Opening a DWG or DXF file is the same as opening a DWF file. Both DWG and DXF are part of the All DWF Files (*.dwf, *.dwfx, *.dwg, *.dxf) from the Files of Type drop-down list in the Open File dialog box. Once the DWG or DXF file is open on the canvas, you can view and print it just like any DWF file. If you modify the open DWG or DXF file, you are prompted to save it as a DWF file to retain the modifications. The original DWG or DXF file remains unchanged.

TipWhen opening a DWG file containing viewports, if the viewports do not display as expected in Design Review, in the Options dialog box, on the DWG Viewing tab, uncheck the Fit Drawing to This Size option and try reopening the DWG file.

About Opening PDF Files

Design Review 2010 enables you to open PDF files and save them as new DWF files. Each PDF page is converted into a new sheet in the opened DWF file. Opening a PDF file is like opening a DWF file, except that you must first select Adobe PDF (*.pdf) from the Files of Type drop-down list in the Open File dialog box. Once the PDF file is open on the canvas, you can view and print it just like any DWF file. No additional software is required.

Some content in PDF files is not supported by Design Review.

If a PDF file is password-protected, a dialog box opens prompting for the password. Once you enter the password and click OK, protections, such as edit disablements, are not respected by Design Review, nor will they be available if the PDF is saved as a DWF file. If a PDF file contains digital rights management features, Design Review will not be able to open it.

NoteDesign Review cannot save an open DWF file in the PDF file format.

About Opening Image Files

Design Review enables you to open images and save them as new DWF files. The resulting opened content is a raster image. The way to open an image is like opening a DWF file, except that you must first select the desired image file format from the Files of Type drop-down list in the Open File dialog box. No additional software is required.

Design Review can open the several image file types.

Supported Image File Types Files of Type
Bitmap files *.bmp
Mil-R-Raster, multi-sheet files *.cal, *.cals, *.cg4, *.gp4, *.mil, *.rst
GIF files *.gif
JPEG files *.jpg, *.jpeg, *.jpe, *.jfif
Paintbrush files *.pcx
Mac files *.pct, *.pict
PNG files *.png
Run Length Compressed files *.rlc
TGA Truevision TARGA files *.tga
Tagged Image File Format files *.tif, *.tiff

About Limitations of Opened PDF and Image Files

When PDF and image files are opened in Design Review, some features are not available.

About Resolution

The resolution of a file refers to how many dots per inch, or dpi, are shown on the screen. The more dots per inch (that is, the higher the dpi), the better the resolution is, as there is more detail. However, the higher the dpi, the larger the file size.

For DWG files, if AutoCAD 2010 is installed, additional DWG Viewing options are available within the Design Review Options dialog box to control the conversion quality. Before opening a DWG file use the DWG Viewing options to make the resolution higher (specify a larger dpi value) when greater detail is required and make the resolution lower resolution (specify a smaller dpi value) when faster performance is more important. Drawings are typically created at 400 dpi, the resolution considered most secure, while still allowing acceptable precision of measurements.

For image files, if there is resolution information associated with a file, it displays at that resolution. If there is no resolution information associated with the image, Design Review displays it at 150 dpi.

For PDF files, additional PDF Conversion options are available within the Design Review Options dialog box to control the resolution. Before saving a PDF file, use the PDF Conversion options to make the resolution higher (specify a larger dpi value) when greater accuracy of detail is required and make the resolution lower resolution (specify a smaller dpi value) when faster performance is more important.

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