In order to facilitate the integration between DWF technology and Windows Vista, Autodesk is collaborating with Microsoft, allowing files produced in CAD applications, and exported to the XPS specification, to be opened and viewed by Vista users. without the need for additional utilities.
The collaboration between the two companies extends existing partnerships to other levels and is based on the XPS (XML Paper Specification) specification, which Autodesk will now incorporate in its DWF (Design Web Format) technology. The files produced in the company’s CAD applications can now be viewed directly in Windows Vista using the XPS Viewer.
The objective of the companies is to improve the collaboration circuits, increasing the productivity of the work teams. Although they cannot edit DWF files, users will be able to view them on any Vista computer quickly and transparently. DWF files will also be searchable in the Desktop Search function of Windows Vista, which also takes advantage of the Live Icons and Preview Pane features.
The DWF format integrates the most important information of projects, between maps and data in compact files that previously could be lost when having to be transposed to paper when the teams did not have the same applications.
Amar Hanspal, vice president of Autodesk Collaboration Solutions, says in a statement that «in fact, the integration of Windows Vista and XPS in DWF technology democratizes access to CAD data, making it possible for engineers and designers to share the appropriate information with people right at the right time. «
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