Chapter 28. Getting on the Internet


  • Faxing and e-mailing drawings

  • Opening drawings from the Web

  • Creating object hyperlinks

  • Publishing drawings on the World Wide Web

  • Creating DWF files

  • Viewing DWF files

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT offer many ways to integrate your drawings with the Internet. You can open drawings from a Web site, hyperlink objects to anywhere on the Web, and publish drawings in DWF format on a Web site. When you access a Web site (perhaps your company's intranet), you can find blocks or other data, and drag them into your drawing. This chapter covers all of the ways to connect your drawings with the Internet.

You can share your 3D drawings in the 3D DWF format. The DWF format is not only for use on the Internet; your colleagues can also view your DWF files using the Autodesk Design Review.

Sending Drawings

You can instantly send your drawings to others on your team or to your clients, by either faxing or e-mailing them, just as you fax and e-mail other documents. You can fax a drawing if the recipient doesn't have AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT and wants to quickly see the drawing on paper. (Later in this chapter, I explain how someone can use Autodesk Design Review to view AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT drawings.)

Use e-mail if the recipient has AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT and may need to edit the drawing. You can also send a drawing to an FTP site. Another option is to create a PDF file from the drawing and e-mail the PDF file. I explain how to create a PDF file from a drawing in Chapter ...

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