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Outputting sheets to a DWF file

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Video: Outputting sheets to a DWF file

So, the time has come for you to share your project with a client or other team member. You can create a digital plot using the DWFx file format, which is what we will do here. DWF or Design Web Format is an Autodesk file format offering highly compressed vector-based CAD and BIM data files that are robust and read only. These files contain not only the graphical output of a digital plot, but they also maintain all the rich data embedded in your model. DWFx files are viewable directly in Windows 7 or Vista using the native XPS Viewer built into Windows.

Outputting sheets to a DWF file

So, the time has come for you to share your project with a client or other team member. You can create a digital plot using the DWFx file format, which is what we will do here. DWF or Design Web Format is an Autodesk file format offering highly compressed vector-based CAD and BIM data files that are robust and read only. These files contain not only the graphical output of a digital plot, but they also maintain all the rich data embedded in your model. DWFx files are viewable directly in Windows 7 or Vista using the native XPS Viewer built into Windows.

You can also instruct your recipients to download and install the Autodesk Design Review software, which is available for free from autodesk.com. Design Review gives complete access to zooming, panning, 3D orbiting, measurement and data querying, and you should have a copy of it installed on your system because it installs automatically when you install Revit. So, let's go ahead and take a look at exporting a DWF. I have a file here called Export to DWF. It's a version of the condo file, and it has all of the sheets that we created in the "Placeholder sheets" movie.

So, I'll go to the Application menu, the big R in the corner, go to Export, and we go to DWF/DWFx. The dialog that appears will have a preview on the left-hand side of whatever view you had opened when you came into this dialog, and then on the right-hand side, it can sometimes be a little confusing, because it doesn't seem to be a whole lot of configurable options here. Well, the options you get will be determined by what you choose here on the Export list. So, I'm going to choose In session view/ sheet set from the list, and that will actually make more options available.

It will give me this Show in list here, and we'll get several different choices. Now, if you've previously gone through this wizard and you decided to save your changes, then you might have options here under the Set choices. We haven't done that. This is our first time, so we're going to focus our energy on the ones that say model here. Now, if I was interested in plotting the views directly, that is the views on the Project Browser like floor plans and ceiling plans and so on, I could plot them directly, but then I wouldn't benefit from the title blocks and the careful setup that we did in the sheets.

So, it's usually a better choice to choose the Sheets if you've already got Sheet setup and of course, the third option is if you want both. I'm going to choose Sheets in the model, and that will display for me all of the sheets that I've previously set up. I can simply click this button right here, Check all, and that will check all the boxes. If for whatever reason you wanted to exclude one of the sheets, you can certainly uncheck it. Now, let's look at the other tabs in this dialog across the top. We have DWF Properties, and I'd like to click on there because there are a few settings that we can do in here that will give a little bit more data to the output file.

So, for example, in the export data file, the Element properties box is already checked. If you uncheck that, then you're basically going to be exporting just the graphic, but with that checked, people that have Design Review will be able to actually select objects in the Design Review file and query them for data. We can go a step further and actually export the room data and any areas that might be in the file, and they're going to go on what they call a separate boundary layer, and that just gives the DWF file a little bit more control to isolate those rooms.

So we'll go ahead and try that. Under Project Information, this just gives us a window to the project information of this project, and you could go in and make edits to these if you haven't done it previously before, so this might be 2011.02, and this is our Condo project, and the issue date might be sometime in August, and I'm going to click Next. Now, when I click Next, that simply takes me to an Export dialog where I can give the file a name. Revit offers a few different ways to name the file.

They have automatic naming with a long prefix or a short prefix, and the option that I like is right here, Combine all the selected views and sheets into a single DWF file. So, I really prefer that option and I recommend that you do the same, so you'll get one file and it will have multiple pages. Frankly, it doesn't really matter what you put in the name because it's going to concatenate that name that you put there with the automatic name down below and you'll probably find yourself wanting to rename it after it creates it anyhow. So, I'm going to accept all the defaults that are there and I'm going to click OK and we'll let it do its business.

Okay, the file is now exported. So I have Design Review running in the background. Design Review installs automatically when you install Revit and I'm going to switchover to Design Review. And then once I'm in here, I can click the Open icon and you'll see the file that we created. Go ahead and open that up. And so over here in this little palette, you'll see each of the sheets listed, so it combined them all together into a single view. You can click on any sheet, and it will open up that page.

Over here, you can drag the sheet around with the Hand tool. You've got some Navigation tools over here. We can zoom in, we can use our wheel mouse just like we could in Revit, and if we come over to this tool, the Pointer tool, we can actually select individual objects directly in the file, and you'll see a palette pop open over here on the right-hand side, and it will tell us information about that file. So, the file is not just a static graphic.

It actually does give the recipient access to the information, the data that's contained in the file, and feel free to go and explore and click on the various objects and see which properties show up in there. So, we've successfully exported our project out to a DWF file and shared it with our extended project team.

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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 13m 45s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      5m 51s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      4m 54s
  3. 47m 31s
    1. Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      5m 3s
    3. Understanding context ribbons
      3m 0s
    4. Using the Project Browser and navigating views
      7m 37s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      10m 1s
    6. Selection and modification basics
      10m 27s
    7. Accessing Revit options
      8m 2s
  4. 42m 18s
    1. Creating a new project
      3m 26s
    2. Understanding the importance of template files
      5m 7s
    3. Understanding project settings
      6m 9s
    4. Opening and saving projects
      9m 9s
    5. Adding levels
      5m 0s
    6. Adding grids
      8m 41s
    7. Adding columns
      4m 46s
  5. 58m 21s
    1. Adding walls
      8m 39s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 39s
    3. Understanding wall properties and wall types
      7m 24s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 34s
    5. Using the modify tools
      7m 33s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      6m 37s
    7. Using constraints
      4m 47s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      4m 8s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      5m 0s
  6. 50m 52s
    1. Working with DWG files
      7m 51s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      6m 8s
    4. Using import tips
      4m 6s
    5. Creating a group
      9m 20s
    6. Working with Revit links
      9m 3s
    7. Managing links
      5m 51s
    8. Understanding file formats
      48s
  7. 1h 2m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 37s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      7m 13s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      6m 0s
    4. Roof modifications and examples
      6m 27s
    5. Working with slope arrows
      6m 17s
    6. Adding openings
      8m 13s
    7. Working with stairs
      7m 41s
    8. Working with railings
      4m 29s
    9. Working with ceilings
      7m 36s
  8. 35m 52s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      6m 10s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      7m 31s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      6m 50s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      6m 44s
    5. Creating wall sweeps
      8m 37s
  9. 32m 43s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 45s
    2. Working with visibility/graphic overrides
      6m 52s
    3. Using Hide/Isolate
      7m 11s
    4. Understanding view range
      7m 40s
    5. Using the Linework tool
      4m 2s
    6. Using cutaway views
      2m 13s
  10. 21m 44s
    1. Adding rooms
      7m 4s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      6m 24s
  11. 27m 2s
    1. Understanding tags
      7m 42s
    2. Adding schedules
      6m 50s
    3. Modifying schedules
      6m 8s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      6m 22s
  12. 48m 38s
    1. Adding text
      7m 21s
    2. Adding dimensions
      7m 26s
    3. Adding symbols
      3m 54s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 42s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      6m 25s
    6. Using detail components
      9m 36s
    7. Adding filled and masking regions
      9m 14s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      10m 46s
    3. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    4. Adding void geometry
      4m 49s
    5. Completing the family
      7m 47s
  14. 32m 6s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 58s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      4m 16s
    3. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 5s
    4. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 50s
    5. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 57s
  15. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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