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Quick guide to Autodesk DWF Viewer.

A - answer Do you want to give your CAD data in the DWF format to someone, or have you got a .DWF file and you don't know what to do with it? Let us briefly explain how to use the Autodesk DWF Viewer.

  • DWF file can be created by publishing your document to the .DWF format (either with an internal function of your CAD application or by printing to the 'DWF Writer' pseudo-printer).
  • To view and print .DWF files you can use the free application Autodesk DWF Viewer. For download on the Download page or directly from (incl. autoinstall).
DWF Viewer supports multi-sheet DWF (whole project in a single file), raster and CAD data in both 2D and 3D formats.

DWF Viewer environment, 'Composite_Model.DWF'
DWF Viewer environment, 'Composite_Model.DWF' file

Using the mouse scroll-wheel or the Zoom tool (or the +/- keys) you can quickly change view/zoom level. Even the file publisher can predefine convenient views - see the Bookmarks pane (DWF Viewer changes views with smooth, camera-like move).
The Orbit tool (Ctrl+L, or pressed middle mouse button/wheel and rotating with the left mouse button) can be used for 3D scenes. The Shift and Ctrl keys can restrict orbits to horizontal resp. vertical plane (maintain Z), Ctrl+Shift will roll. Even in orbit you can use your mouse wheel to zoom.
If your DWF file contains published layer data, you can switch layers off and on individually (see the L key).
If your DWF file contains published object data, you can display this data after selecting a particular object with the Select tool (arrow, A key). Properties of the selected object (highlighted as gold) are displayed in the Properties pane.
Published object structure (from Inventor or Architectural Desktop) is displayed as a tree in the Navigation pane. Any element in this structure can be made temporarily invisible, transparent or isolated (right-click on it).

You cannot modify your DWF file with DWF Viewer. To markup DWF files use a similar application - DWF Composer (now "Autodesk Design Review").

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See also:
Tip 10517:How to enable/disable automatic display of PDFs published from Inventor?
Tip 10461:Unattended DWG plotting and PDF publishing without AutoCAD.
Tip 10258:Digital signature of CAD files in the DWFx format.
Tip 10182:How to create a PDF file from DWG without AutoCAD?
Tip 9972:Create free 3D PDF output files from any CAD software.

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