Well Autodesk has finally done it and released ‘Design Review’ for iOS devices. I am also now certain that they are really up to something big with all of this. I have discussed this in several past blog posts and Autodesk has finally delivered:
- Thank You Autodesk Labs
- DWF on the new Apple iPad, How cool would that be?
- DWF on the iPhone. Getting closer.
- DWF for the iPhone
What’s notable about the application is the Autodesk Cloud option. Opening this folder brings you to the standard Autodesk logon window. After I signed on, I almost was in disbelief that my FishFinder PDF appeared in the list of available documents. This was the document I uploaded using the Autodesk Labs Project Nitrous application as discussed in this blog post. Very cool, indeed. This is also starting to paint a grand picture for the November 29th Vault announcement at Autodesk University discussed in this blog post.
The Design Review application itself seemed to function well but it looks like for now it is just a basic, bare bones application with 3D model and 2D drawing viewing capabilities. It also allows you to add basic text and callout redlines. No measurement tool is available but you can obtain property information on individual components that may contain the length. Measurement capability would certainly be a nice plus if Autodesk decides to add it in future updates.
Unfortunately, the app can not yet import DWF’s from email attachments on your iOS device yet.
The Autodesk Labs Project Nitrous tool is the best interim method for importing files for use with the app until something more streamlined is provided. Update(1): Also, the Nitrous project seems to be disabled. Update(2): Project Nitrous is working again. The Design Review app has this in the help file: “Upload a document: If you have an Autodesk Cloud account, you can upload documents from your desktop or laptop”. Well, since I do not have an account, don’t know what it is and certain this is available in the future and not not… the iPhone Design Review app can only view the sample data on your phone and nothing more right now.
I’m really looking forward to using this app for some real world, in the field scenarios. Also looking forward to the final big picture tie in for all the puzzle pieces to fit together. I’m sure, we’re definitely in for some exciting, new applications to really start putting some meat and potatoes type backing to the whole Autodesk data management vision.