August 22, 2011

DWF for Mac

I hope everyone was able to catch Ron Palma’s post on DWFs and how versatile they are when exchanging design and documentation data. If you didn’t check it out here.

As the AutoCAD for Mac guy here at Ideate, I often get questions about using DWFs on the Mac platform. Windows uses Design Review, a free program from Autodesk that allows you to open and view DWF files. But with AutoCAD for Mac 2011, released last fall Design Review is currently not available. So what does a Mac user do when they need to view DWFs? The answer - McDwiff.

McDwiff is a 3rd party app developed by Austin Silver Software. It’s available in the Mac App store for Mac and iPad. The app lets you open and view any 2D or 3D DWF. According to the website 3D rotation will be coming soon. McDwiff is a “must have” for anyone on the Mac platform and working with DWF files.

With the McDwiff iPad app you can open DWFs as an email attachment through the Mail app. It can even connect to Dropbox, for easy file transfer and storage.

Check it out!

Derek Wielkopolski
Technical Support Manager/Application Specialist

Derek holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Roger Williams University, Rhode Island. He is experienced working within the AEC industry from concept design through construction administration for both small and large scale projects. As Ideate’s Support Manager he ensures a timely and quality response to support requests and questions. Follow Derek on Twitter: @dwielk

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