Save a Tree — There’s an App for That

Save a Tree — There’s an App for That

By Tony White Sometime back in October, I received notification of a post by Jeff at RevitKid that AutoDesk had released a new app for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch. The app allows the on-the-go designer access to .DWF files while out in the field.  The app allows you to make redlines and annotate drawings while away from your computer. I immediately jumped on iTunes App Store and downloaded the free app (I should note there is an Android version available too).  I couldn’t wait to test it out.  Turns out I’d have to wait for my iPhone Christmas present to arrive.  Mr. iPod Touch is great for playing music and Sheep Stacker, but too old to run the Design Review software. Flash forward a couple months and I’ve had time to play around with the application.  I have to say I think this is a great tool.  I love the idea that you don’t have to drag a set of drawings around with you when you’re out in the field.  Better yet, the fact that you don’t even have to print those drawing sets in the first place is even better. Have downtime between meetings but don’t have enough time to get back to the office? Have redlines that have to get done?  Now you have the ability to get some work done. The drawings get to your mobile device via the cloud.  You get 1GB of space free from Autodesk, but if you have an Autodesk subscription you have 3GB of space per seat.  Store the .DWF file on the cloud and access it from your device when you’re ready to do some work.  When you’re done, it saves to the cloud. What an easy way to collaborate with others on a project too. You have the ability to work with 2D or 3D drawings and renderings.  The interface is very intuitive and surprisingly easy to navigate.  Even those unfamiliar with typical CAD software could work their way around Design Review—allowing them to have input. I have to be honest, working on an iPhone screen with larger drawings is a bit challenging to on the eyes—an iPad would make the drawing easier to see. Not only does this app offer the ability for a more streamlined workflow, a convenient way to work on drawings from multiple locations, and easy access to drawings away from your desk, but it is also an easy way to help reduce my ecological footprint by helping me not have to print drawings.

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