Sitting 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”.