Can You View DWF in AutoCAD?

Can You View DWF in AutoCAD?

If you work with AutoCAD, you may have come across the term “DWF” or Design Web Format. DWF is a file format developed by Autodesk for sharing design data with others. It allows you to share your AutoCAD drawings and models without giving them access to your original DWG files.

The Benefits of Using DWF

Using DWF has several advantages for collaboration and communication in the design industry. Let’s take a closer look at some of these benefits:

  • 1. Easy Viewing: DWF files can be viewed using various software applications, including Autodesk’s free viewer called Autodesk Design Review. This means that anyone can view your designs without needing access to AutoCAD or any other expensive software.
  • 2. Reduced File Size: DWF files are typically much smaller in size compared to their DWG counterparts.

    This makes it easier and faster to send them via email or upload them to cloud storage platforms.

  • 3. Layer Visibility: When sharing DWF files, you have control over the visibility of individual layers. This allows you to share specific information while keeping other layers hidden, protecting sensitive data.

Viewing DWF Files in AutoCAD

If you need to view a DWF file within AutoCAD itself, there are a couple of methods you can use:

Method 1: Using the “DWFATTACH” Command

To open a DWF file in AutoCAD using this method, follow these steps:

  1. Select the “Insert” tab from the ribbon menu.
  2. Click on the “Attach” button.
  3. In the dialog box, change the file type to “DWF (*.dwf)” using the drop-down menu.
  4. Browse and locate the DWF file on your computer.
  5. Click “Open” to insert the DWF file into your AutoCAD drawing.

Once inserted, you can view and manipulate the DWF file just like any other object in your drawing. However, keep in mind that you won’t be able to edit or modify the contents of the DWF file within AutoCAD.

Method 2: Using External References (Xrefs)

Another way to view a DWF file in AutoCAD is by treating it as an external reference (Xref). Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Select the “Insert” tab from the ribbon menu.
  2. Instead of clicking “Open,” click on “Attach as Xref.”

This method allows you to attach multiple DWF files as Xrefs, giving you more control over their display and manipulation within your AutoCAD drawing. You can adjust their scale, position, and visibility as needed.

In Conclusion

DWF files are a great way to share AutoCAD drawings with others who don’t have access to AutoCAD software. Whether you use Autodesk Design Review or choose to view them within AutoCAD itself, you can easily collaborate and communicate with stakeholders using this versatile file format. So go ahead and make the most out of DWF files in your design workflow!