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&#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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  1. Side note: Interestingly enough how many other people out there also want DWF to run on the iPhone. This small post generates an average of 30 unique visitors a day looking for information regarding DWF for the iPhone. We hope Autodesk is listening.

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  2. Here’s a good workaround solution: http://www.theiphoneblog.com/2009/03/31/quick-app-citrix-receiver-iphone/

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    • Erik Pauwels on September 30, 2010 at 7:57 AM
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    I am looking for usefull apps to justify the order of a few hundred Ipad’s, a DWF viewer would be a GREAT help here!!!

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    1. See this post: https://cadtoolbox.com/?p=1600. The iPad with Autocad WS is what you need. Order away!

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