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AutoCAD® 2012 & AutoCAD LT® 2012 Bible by Ellen Finkelstein

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Chapter 28: Creating Electronic Output

In This Chapter

Faxing and e-mailing drawings Opening drawings from the web Creating object hyperlinks Publishing drawings on the World Wide Web Creating DWF and DWFx files Viewing DWF and DWFx files

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

You can share your 3D drawings in the 3D DWF or 3D DWFx format. The DWF and DWFx formats are not only for use on the Internet; your colleagues can also view your DWF and DWFx files by using 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 see quickly the drawing on paper. (Later in this chapter, I explain how someone can use Autodesk Design Review to view AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT drawings.)

You can also post a drawing to an FTP site or AutoCAD WS. Another option is to create a PDF file from the drawing and then e-mail the PDF file. Use e-mail if the recipient has AutoCAD or AutoCAD ...

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