When ASRix inserts an image into AutoCAD it creates a layer of the same name as the image and adds a hyperlink to the source image. These features can be carried through to the DWF file making it a convenient visual index to the other files in the data set.
There are several DWF viewers available as FreeWare on the internet but my testing lately has been mostly limited to the Autodesk products, of which the most current is called Autodesk Design Review and is available for free download from: http://www.autodesk.com/ (search for dwfviewer download ). Or search the web for "DWF Viewer"
From the AutoCAD environment there are 3 flavours of DWF currently available, each of which can be accessed from the ASRix menu.
Looking at AutoCAD 2008 there are several options for DWF plotters. The default DWF6 ePlot seems to be the least useful as it doesn't include layer information. DWF eView (optimized for viewing).pc3 and DWF ePlot (optimized for plotting).pc3 do have layer information and the hyperlinks. These drivers do not support the multiple sheets of Publish and are without the 3D viewing feature of Export (2008) but they are quick and easy and often all that you need.
DWF ePlot (optimized for plotting).pc3 is the one that is accessible from the ASRix menu.
To use it, you will have to install this driver using the Add-A-Plotter Wizard found under Plotter Management which you will find in various places in the AutoCAD menu hierarchy depending on version. Be sure to accept the default plotter name exactly as offered.
If you try to use Plot and get a message on the command line stating DWF_plot Unknown command it means that the driver has not been properly installed.
You will notice that the rendition of the perspective projection is problematic. In paper space the images are in perspective but do not carry their hyperlinks while in model space the CAD entities are in perspective but the images are projected isometrically and include their hyperlinks.
To use Publish you may have to use Plot to initialize each Layout before Publishing the multi sheet DWF. You must also edit the Publish Options for it to behave sensibly and it is best to turn off the Background Plotting option for it to work smoothly.
Here is a screen grab from a DWF created using the Publish option. You can see the list of available pages on the upper left. It is on the second page, the first page is the same as that from Model Space using the Plot option.
More importantly it does not include the images or hyperlinks inserted by ASRix so it is of little use to us. I include it hoping a future update will overcome these fatal flaws.
DWFs from the Export command will crash most DWF viewers, the only exception I have found is the Autodesk Drawing Review.
Here is a screen grab from the same drawing using the Export command (after some manipulation in Design Review).
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