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    File Format - Printing and Sending Drawings to Clients

    Hello,

    I wanted to see what you people have been using in regards to file formats when you send drawings out to customers? I'm looking at the pros/cons for dwfx and dwf. I understand you need Design Review to view dwfx's in Internet Explorer. Are there any other things to be aware of? Is it just better to send out a dwf since you won't have to worry about the client having Autodesk Design Review?

    Any opinions and or stories are of great interest!

    Thanks,
    Dustin
    Dustin W. Goffron, AIA, LEED AP+, EDAC, CDT
    Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Certified Professional
    Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013 Certified Professional
    www.dustingoffron.com

    #2
    We use PDFs for most clients. Several of them can barely get the PDF open - I can't imagine them having to use another program...
    Revit for newbies - A starting point for RFO


    chad
    BEER: Better, Efficient, Elegant, Repeatable.

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      #3
      As said above PDF's are how I send drawings out. Past experience for me says that anything with True View, Design Review, Freeview etc is a struggle for clients and the like to use. Stick to pdf's and you won't risk the problems of them not being able to open the drawings.

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        #4
        I, too am hoping to convert to DWFs.
        I asked our Repro house if they could print DWFs, and they answered "Sure! We'll just convert them to PDFs."
        Sigh.
        Dave Plumb
        BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

        CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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          #5
          I use DWFx at my main job. We've been dumping them on the cloud, and having our subs sign up. They can view them on the cloud with their mobile device through the app, or they can download them to their computer and run design review.
          The great thing is, when you upload and replace a file, it automatically sends out an email blast letting everyone know the file has been updated. It also keeps a log of who looked at or downloaded what and when. No more "I didn't get that drawing set" excuses. :thumbsup:

          For my side work (high end residential), we also use DWFx. We give our clients a link and instructions on getting Design Review installed. Then, we send them plans and 3D dwfx's (they LOVE those!) to play around with. They are amazed that they can spin their future house around. :laugh: The sucky thing is, unlike ACA exports, Revit doesn't retain any materials on the 3D DWFx. I wish they'd fix that...

          As for plotting, we do all our own plotting in house, so no issues there.

          One thing in OP though, I'm pretty sure you'll need Design Review whether it's DWF or DWFx. I think the latter only exist because of some windows reason (eps or something?). I can't remember which one, but I've read it before. I'll try to find it.

          It's XPS. Here's an explanation.
          Last edited by dzatto; July 31, 2012, 04:19 PM.
          Dan

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            #6
            Oh yeah - we use Basecamp to get sets to subs & clients most of the time. One client specifies Sitefolio & dwf but they are special fwiw - Basecamp and Sitefolio are great resources. Makes moving files around a lot easier.

            As far as printing we usually FTP PDFs to the print shop and they print it. In-house printing is almost always 11x17 now. Our plotter has been pretty quiet since we got an 11x17 printer.
            Revit for newbies - A starting point for RFO


            chad
            BEER: Better, Efficient, Elegant, Repeatable.

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              #7
              .pdfs presently, .dwfs previously, with the aim to get back to .dwfs asap.

              As for the whole unitiated install process - that's all a thing of the past now that IE can open .dwfx native.

              Personally I think the sooner professionals stop kowtowing to the wants of others and focus on what is best, the sooner we'll see the end of .pdf in architectural circles.

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                #8
                Originally posted by snowyweston View Post
                Personally I think the sooner professionals stop kowtowing to the wants of others and focus on what is best, the sooner we'll see the end of .pdf in architectural circles.
                sigh...while I agree me thinks that I may not live to see that day. PDF is pretty well the file of choice in my business. I've tried to distribute DWF with clear and complete instructions about how to view and all that I get is "send us a pdf". Since the "wants of others" people pay my invoices, I send them PDFs
                I'm retired, if you don't like it, go around!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Dave Jones View Post
                  Since the "wants of others" people pay my invoices, I send them PDFs
                  I (totally) get what you're saying Dave, but since we are hired as professionals, it is (I feel) our responsibilty to educate our clients - not pander to them.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by snowyweston View Post
                    I (totally) get what you're saying Dave, but since we are hired as professionals, it is (I feel) our responsibilty to educate our clients - not pander to them.
                    sorry, I'm a slut. I do what I'm told for cash. I guess that makes me a professional slut
                    I'm retired, if you don't like it, go around!

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