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Another popular format for exchanging printed drawings is DWF. DWF stands for Design Web Format. DWF files can be opened using the free Design Review software available at autodesk.com. Once opened, DWF files can be measured, marked up, or printed using the familiar tools found in most Autodesk applications. In this lesson we'll print a drawing to DWF. On my screen is a drawing that represents a sanitary manhole detail. This file also includes a layout that has been set up for printing the drawing.
To view the layout, I'll open the menu at the bottom of the interface, and I'll select MH-DETAIL. This layout represents a standard letter size sheet. This drawing also has a Plot Style associated with it. If I go to the View tab and click the Plot Styles button, I can see the Plot Style right here, mono-43. Now if I wanted, I could use the View mode to assign this Plot Style to my Drawing view, I certainly don't have to. In fact, for right now I'm going to keep the Default CAD Model View.
To print this drawing to DWF, I'm going to come down to the Output tab, I'll click the Plot button, and in the Plot dialog box I'll open the Plot Style menu and select the mono-43 Plot Style. I'd like to print this drawing to DWF. I'm going to be printing the MH-DETAIL layout. In the event I had additional layouts, I could select an alternate from this menu. I will then open the Paper Size menu, and I'll drag this down to the imperial size sheets, and I'll select ANSI A (8.50x11.00 inches).
I'd like to print the drawing Extents, and I'd like to print the drawing using a Portrait orientation. I would also like to print this to a Scale, so I'm going to remove the check from the Fit the paper setting. I would like to print this using inches, and since my layout measures in inches, I would like 1 inch equal to 1 drawing units. This represents a Scale of 1:1. To set the Scale, I could also open the Scale menu and choose from one of the several popular AutoCAD Scales.
When finished, I'll click OK. And after a few seconds I'll get a message letting me know the file has finished printing. At this point I cloud click the Download button to download this file to my local hard drive. I'm going to save this on the Desktop, I'll accept the default file name, and I'll click Save. To view the DWF file, I'm going to hold down the Windows key and tap the letter E to bring up Windows Explorer. I will then visit the Desktop using this Favorites shortcut on the left side.
Then I'll scroll down until I find the file, and I'll double-click to open it. In the event you do not have Design Review loaded on your machine, you can download this program free of charge by going to www.autodesk.com/designreview. Now that I have the Drawing open in Design Review, I can view the contents of this drawing using the standard pan and zoom functions of my mouse wheel. If I roll the wheel forward I can zoom in, roll it back to zoom out, and I can hold the wheel down to pan.
As long as we're here, take a look at some of the Ribbon tabs. Notice they're loaded with tools that are designed for measuring, marking up, and reprinting the drawing. When you get a chance, come back and explore some of these features. You'll be amazed at what you can do. When I'm finished reviewing the file, I'll click the X to close Design Review. I will then close to Windows Explorer and return the AutoCAD WS. Printing drawings to DWF allows project stakeholders to have even more choices when it comes to measuring and marking up construction drawings.
Using AutoCAD WS and its native DWF printer, you can easily incorporate these files into your workflow.
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