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    Default Internet Explorer for viewing DWF

    Did i hear somewhere that DWF files could be openend directly in Internet Explorer.

    Should i install a plugin to do that?
    Where can i find it?


    ...Or did i hear something else but don't i know what...

    Thx, Johan
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    Question Re: Internet Explorer for viewing DWF

    Hi

    Are you thinking of Project Freewheel Viewer...

    Autodesk DWF Viewer is Freewheelin

    Have a good one, Mike

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    Default Re: Internet Explorer for viewing DWF

    Thanks Mike,


    but i don't know the freewheel project thing...

    We want our engineers to be able to view DWF files without installing any additional software.
    DWF files will be in the same folders as the original DWG files, on our server...

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    Default Re: Internet Explorer for viewing DWF

    Hi
    Quote Originally Posted by johan d
    but i don't know the freewheel project thing...
    You may wish to investigate...


    Quote Originally Posted by johan d
    We want our engineers to be able to view DWF files without installing any additional software.
    DWF files will be in the same folders as the original DWG files, on our server...
    As far as I am aware, DWF's can be viewed in Internet Explorer if the correct ActiveX Controls are installed / available.

    How does Internet Explorer gain access to the correct ActiveX Controls? - I believe I am correct in saying that somewhere along the line DWF Viewer needs to be installed as the required ActiveX Controls come from that product.

    Hopefully Scott Sheppard will pop-in shortly and see this thread, then give you the definitive and correct answer...

    Have a good one, Mike

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    Default Re: Internet Explorer for viewing DWF

    Quote Originally Posted by johan d
    We want our engineers to be able to view DWF files without installing any additional software.
    DWF files will be in the same folders as the original DWG files, on our server...
    Then I think you are out of luck. The closest thing would be for your engineers to launch their browser, go to http://www.dwfit.com, then use the built-in file browser on that page to find the desired local DWF file, then select it.

    This copies your DWF up to a server somewhere, then displays it in the browser. If you don't mind your DWF's being transmitted to an unknown server with unknown security, then this might work for you.
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    Default Re: Internet Explorer for viewing DWF

    Quote Originally Posted by rkmcswain
    If you don't mind your DWF's being transmitted to an unknown server with unknown security, then this might work for you.
    Yes i do...!!!

    Maybe something for the future than...

    Thanks for your replies

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    Default Re: Internet Explorer for viewing DWF

    If you have Autodesk Design Review or the Autodesk DWF Viewer installed, you can open DWF files directly in Internet Explorer.

    In the early days of DWF, we had WHIP!. WHIP! worked exactly as you described. We supplied the WHIP! ActiveX Control and Internet Explorer was our executable. Then people whined that when they installed WHIP!, they didn't get an executable. They didn't know how to use it. They had no idea they were supposed to fire up their browser and open a file, In addition, others wanted to use it outside of the browser.

    Today we supply an EXE. The EXE calls the ActiveX Control. But you can still use the browser to invoke the ActiveX Control. I am using IE7. I had to turn on the Menu bar. Once I did that, I could access the File->Open command, It was looking for HTML files, so I had to use the pull down to select All files. I then picked a DWF file. Because the drawing/x-DWF MIME type is associated with DWF and the Autodesk Design Review or Autodesk DWF Viewer ActiveX Controls are also associated with that MIME type, Internet Explorer invoked our ActiveX Control. I could view my DWF in Internet Explorer just fine.

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    Talking Re: Internet Explorer for viewing DWF

    Maybe I have this all wrong in my previous post. When you say "opening directly in Internet Explorer" maybe you mean open natively on Windows Vista? We are evolving the DWF format so that newly created DWF files can be viewed natively on Windows Vista (and other operating systems) without the need to install additional software.

    http://dwf.blogs.com/beyond_the_pape...st_window.html

    Another initiative is Project Freewheel that allows users to view DWF files using our server technology. As such, they or their users only need a browser:

    http://dwf.blogs.com/beyond_the_pape...eedom_and.html

    SO I think I have now answered this question either way.

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    Default Re: Internet Explorer for viewing DWF

    Quote Originally Posted by scott.sheppard
    Maybe I have this all wrong in my previous post. When you say "opening directly in Internet Explorer" maybe you mean open natively on Windows Vista? We are evolving the DWF format so that newly created DWF files can be viewed natively on Windows Vista (and other operating systems) without the need to install additional software.

    http://dwf.blogs.com/beyond_the_pape...st_window.html
    Yes, this is what we are looking for. Just set the filetype DWF to open with IE.
    Then people without Autocad or a DWF viewer don't have to do anything but doubleclicking on a DWF file to open in IE. When is this XPS viewer shipped - or will it be installed automatically with "windows update"

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    Default Re: Internet Explorer for viewing DWF

    Except that two of the OP specifications were:



    So if you don't have Vista, this can't be done, right?
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