DWF for the iPhone?

iPhoneSitting here typing this post on my iPhone got me thinking. Why can’t Autodesk come out with Design Review for the iPhone so I can view and markup DWF’s on the go. I did a search of the discussion forums and found this post: http://discussion.autodesk.com/forums/thread.jspa?messageID=6026700�. Not surprisingly, Autodesk has some issues with Apple’s SDK license agreement for the iPhone as does some other well known developers.

The post suggests using Project Freewheel at http://freewheel.labs.autodesk.com/mobile/ to view your DWF’s. I got a “Directory Listing Denied” error message when visiting the site. I was able to visit the normal http://freewheel.labs.autodesk.com site on Safari and the DWF loaded. However, the controls are very small and hard to pick. I was able to zoom and pan fairly easy using the normal iPhone gestures. Rotating did not work at all. I was able to get the rotation cube to appear but that was as far as it would work.  It would popup an “Action” button but do nothing.

I hope Autodesk can get this working, if not a full blown app. Then at least a fully functional freewheel. You never know when you want to look at your latest equipment design while listening to some “Rage Against The Machine”.

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Templates: A New Starting Point

Since today is inauguration day I thought it would be appropriate to post some useful information related to a good starting point for new files from within Inventor. Consider this as a method for a new beginning in Inventor. We all know about the default templates that come with Inventor for parts, assemblies, drawings, etc. Everyone that uses Inventor takes these files and customizes them to fit their companies standards in some way. These customizations could include standard title blocks for drawings, materials and colors for parts and other such modifications.

These templates appear in the new dialog box typically as shown below.

New File

These templates are a great way to drive conformity to your drafting standards but sometimes fall short of standardizing modeling technique. One method to do this and also shorten the workflow from file creation to being productive on a new design is to create starting point template files that expand on your preset template files. For example, you can create a sketch within a part mode that has a rectangle sketch started and save it as ‘Rectangle.ipt’ within your templates folder. Most parts usually start as a rectangle or a circle as their base starting point.

sketch1

Enhanced

This will save some valuable keystrokes which translates to cost savings. Let’s just say you can save 1 minute per file on 10 new files a day, times 10 designers. That’s 100 minutes a day saved. If they all made $20.00/hr… that translates to roughly $1,600 cost savings a year just by making a few extra templates. Of course, you may have to spend the extra $1,600/year on coffee supplies.

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Happy New Year!

It’s almost 2009… Happy New Year! Almost time to get back to normal. I’ll be posting some new content and posts to the site soon. Thanks to all who have visited and provided feedback in 2008.

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Autoproject edges during sketch creation?

Taking a poll of the Inventor user community… How many of you have the autoproject edges for sketch creation and edit turned on? I have always left it off because the majority of the time I do not want extra edges projected into my new sketch and therefore making the new feature more dependent on previous geometry.

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