Following on from the success of AutoCAD WS, Autodesk has extended the technology to Revit. The new Design Review Mobile offers users a mobile DWF viewer compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The release of AutoCAD WS heralded the first mobile cloud technology from Autodesk for true design review collaboration. Revit users have had to wait a little longer for their equivalent, but it’s certainly a very welcome release.
How does it work?
Users will need to publish their documents to an Autodesk Cloud account where they can then be downloaded to an iPad or iPhone via the Autodesk Design Review app. Once they’re on your iOS device, you can review any multi-page DWF and use the basic information panel to view properties, views, control layers and mark-ups. A simple double arrow allows you to navigate through the various DWF sheets and you can also add text mark-ups and callout box mark-ups which will be saved to the DWF file. You can also use the typical pan and zoom functionalities of iOS to navigate 3D DWFs with one or two fingers.
How will it help?
Jigsaw CAD and 3D Business Manager, Sam Tomlinson, thinks Design Review is particularly beneficial for architects and designers who need to visit clients and show their designs in 3D. She said:
“While AutoCAD WS revolutionised the way drawings could be handled within the field, the Design Review app takes it that step further. AutoCAD WS is perfect for 2D mark-up and reviewing, but with Design Review the ability to manipulate the design in 3D as well as 2D makes it much more beneficial, especially if you’re on site and the client is struggling to visualise how an aspect of the design will look. Just get out the trusty iPad, launch the app, open the model and hold it up for the client to see.”
Autodesk Design Review Mobile is now available to download from the App Store for free.