What is the difference between PDF and DWF? Well, they are almost identical. While many people may claim that PDF is the industry standard, we should challenge that and ask…”which industry?” The fact is Adobe Reader is installed on 98% of all Windows Computers in the world.
Although the construction industry has come along way from receiving paper plans to Raster PDF to Vector PDFs, we (the AEC industry) still seem to be the last one to get on board with Technology.
Imagine having a pdf, clicking on a wall and you get a popup telling you the square footage, thickness, material types, phase, RFI#, contractor responsible, reinforcing or any other information that is embedded within that wall.
Well PDFs don’t do that.
Imagine having a pdf and being able to walk around a 3D building, and creating section cuts, or physically moving walls out of the way, or Cranes through streets to see if it fits.
PDFs don’t do that either.
Imagine being able to mark up a standard pdf for free?
PDF don’t do that.
Imagine being able to take a dimension by snapping from any edge or line so that it is infinitely precise.
PDF don’t do that.
Imagine being able to mark-up and dimension a pdf in 3D.
You guessed correctly. PDF don’t do that.
Imagine being able to upload pdf markups directly back into the authoring software (i.e. Revit or AutoCAD).
Well. DWF can do all that. And now with the new dwfx file format, all computers running Internet Explorer 8.0 or later can view any dwfx. Autodesk has made the Adobe Reader killer for the Construction Industry, and its free.
DWF can be opened with Autodesk Design Review or Navisworks Freedom both of which are free programs from Autodesk. In addition DWF can be imported into Revit, AutoCAD, QTO, Navisworks Manage, and a slew of other software solutions.
What are you doing to promote DWF awareness?
Its true Adobe Acrobat Extended Pro (which retails for $700) can create 3D PDFs, but its more of a hassle than what its worth. Not to mention, you will lose all the intelligence.