The Newforma Viewer does not alter the original source file. It creates a new markup session using the underlying source file as a background.
Use the Newforma Viewer to do the following:
● Mark up project drawings;
● Pan and zoom drawings;
● Manage layer and object visibility without knowing CAD layers or entities;
● Count and measure drawing objects and areas;
● Add leaders and callouts;
● Calculate and overlay dimensions;
● Print scaled views of the drawing on any system printer;
● Compare drawing changes graphically;
● Find text in a drawing, then list and zoom in on the text matches;
● Layer multiple discrete markups on top of an existing CAD or raster file without affecting the actual source file;
● Embed markupsWhen you use pan and zoom to navigate around a drawing, you can save the current location as a markup. You can manage markups in the Views tab of the Drawing Explorer dialog box and in the Markups panel of the Newforma Viewer. with URL paths to the original markup file in an email message;
● Stamp drawings.
Open the Newforma Viewer by opening a graphics file or an existing markup session from Project Center. To create a new markup session from a file, click File, Open. Locate the source file you want to mark up, then click Open.
The Newforma Viewer does not directly support 3D .DWF files exported from applications such as Autodesk Revit, Architectural Desktop, Civil 3D, or AutoCAD. However, you can use the Newforma Snapshot Tool to capture an image, then open it and mark it up in the Newforma Viewer.
The menus at the top of the Newforma Viewer (File, Edit, Views, Tools, Help) contain many of the tasks available in the Viewer Tasks panel (see below), as well as some tasks that are not in the Viewer Tasks panel. For example:
● You can add the markup session file to a project item by clicking File > Add Source Drawing to and selecting the item from the list, or by clicking File > Add Source Drawing to > Another Project Item to open the Select Project Item dialog box.
● You can click File > Source File Settings to open the Source File Settings dialog box, from which you can set the drawing unitThe unit or scale applied to the original drawing. Some Cad software includes scale information. AutoCAD does not. and select a new source drawing. You can also use the Set Drawing Scale dialog box to set the scale of rasterAn image file of type .PNG, .JPG, .BMP, .GIF, or .TIF. files, .PDF files, and .DWF files.
● You can rotate raster image files (.BMP, .JPEG, .GIF, .TIFF, .PNG, and .PDF files) in 90 degree increments by clicking View > Rotate Current Background Page/Rotate All Background Pages. Any markups that have already been added are not rotated.
● When comparing drawings, you can rotate baselineWhen comparing, the baseline file is the file being used as the basis for comparison; the file to which a revised file is being compared. and revisedWhen comparing, the revised file is a modified file being compared to an original, or baseline file. drawings by clicking View > Rotate Baseline Drawing or Rotate Revised Drawings. These tasks are available only if at least one of the drawings supports rotation.
● You can layer markup objects. Select markup objects and place them behind other objects or in front of other objects by clicking Edit > Bring to Front/Send to Back.
● To undo your last edit, click Edit > Undo. To redo it, click Edit > Redo.
● You can copy and paste text from PDF files. When a PDF file is open, click Edit > Select PDF Text, select the text, and then click Copy Text to Clipboard. You can then paste the text wherever it needs to go.
● You can use Ctrl-C, Ctrl-X, and Ctrl-V to copy, cut, and paste markup objects.
● You can rotate markups, including text, by dragging the green pin.
● When you rotate a background drawing, all markups move with it.
Use the Toolbar to navigate around the drawing. Click each icon for more information.
The following list shows all available tasks.
● Markup Drawing
● Show Drawing Explorer
Click to open the Drawing Explorer dialog box to manage your markup sessions and the markups in those sessions
● Pan and Zoom
Click to use the Pan and Zoom panel, which contains tasks to move the drawing within the window, and zoom in and out of the drawing.
● Count and Measure
Click to use the Count and Measure panel, which contains tasks to count objects in the drawing, and measure lengths and areas of objects in the drawing.
● Create or Send PDF
Click to use the PDF Options panel to save or send the marked up image as a .PDF file.
● Email Current View
Click to send the marked up image as a .PNG attachment in a Microsoft Outlook email message. A link to the original source file is also included in the email message.
For better quality when emailing a drawing containing markup text, create and send it as a PDF.
● Manage Drawing Visibility
Click to use the Drawing Visibility panel to make drawing objects visible and invisible.
● Compare/Manage Compare Results
Click to open the Select Revised Drawing dialog box to select a drawing to compare to the current one. After you select a drawing, the Compare Tasks panel opens, which you can use to compare differences between the baseline drawing and the revised drawing, and compare drawings using the Digital Light Table.
The Manage Compare Results task goes directly to the Compare Tasks panel.
● Manage Revision History Compare
This task appears if you have compared three or more drawings from Project Center. Click to open the Compare Revision History panel to compare differences between each of the drawing revisions, as well as compare the drawings using the Digital Light Table.
The drawing appears in the main panel. An example is shown below. Use the Toolbar (shown above) and the Viewer Tasks (on the left) to manipulate and mark up the drawing.
The Markup View panel (on the right side of the main panel, as shown below) lists the markups in the markup session, as well as the statuses of the markups. You can set the statuses of the markups by clicking the button next to the Status field. You can add new markups to the session by clicking Save Current View as Markup from the Markup Tools panel.
Choose the drawing unitThe unit or scale applied to the original drawing. Some Cad software includes scale information. AutoCAD does not. to apply to the drawing from the drop-down list.
Click the arrows to go to the first page, previous page, next page, and last page, or use the drop-down list to select a layout.
Markup Reference Found
Click to open the Drawing Explorer dialog box to show related markup sessions for the drawing. This button does not appear on drawings that don’t have any related markup session.
Locking multiple page documents when comparing baseline and revised documents
When comparing multiple page documents, you can lock the pagination so that when you switch pages, both documents change together, as shown in the first example below, or you can click the lock icon to unlock them (indicated by the green unlocked icon) so that you can change the pages individually, as shown in the second example.
To access the Newforma Viewer
You can access this application in the following ways:
● Double-click a markup session from Related Items tabs throughout Project Center.
● Double-click a file of type .DWG, .DWF, .DGN, or .DXF from any list of files throughout Project Center.
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