Scott Sheppard, current program manager for Autodesk Labs published this comparison chart of DWF and PDF file formats in June of 2006 on the Beyond the Paper blog. With Scott's permission, we have copied this table and added our own thoughts to this comparison based on changes in the last 7+ years.

With the recent acknowledgement that the long time standalone DWF viewer (Design Review) is being discontinued, we wonder if this will have any impact on your usage of DWF files? Please leave a comment with any thoughts on this. Thanks. Read more about DWF vs PDF revisited

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AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac

AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac are now available. This later release date, as compared to AutoCAD for Windows which is typically released in the spring, is to allow for better alignment with Apple's schedule. Some of the highlighted features in AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac include: Read more about AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac

Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 1. Be sure to read the download page and the readme file (English version). Read more about AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 1 is now available

We've been seeing reports of missing thumbnail previews in the AutoCAD OPEN dialog box, usually in AutoCAD 2014 or 2013. This can usually be traced to the registry setting that controls this feature, which is: Read more about AutoCAD thumbnail preview not working?

Autodesk has released AutoCAD Map 3D 2014 Service Pack 1. Be sure to read the download page and the readme file (English version).
This service pack contains all updates from AutoCAD Map 3D 2014 Hotfix 1. Read more about AutoCAD Map 3D 2014 Service Pack 1 is now available

If you are printing from AutoCAD using the DWG to PDF.pc3 file, the resulting PDF file may open in your PDF application when the print action is complete. If you do not want this to happen, follow these steps. Read more about Prevent PDF from displaying after printing from AutoCAD

In recent versions of AutoCAD, we have seen cases where the xref fade setting (XDWGFADECTL) has no effect on arcs and circles in the xref drawing while other entities are faded correctly.

To fix this problem, set the system variable WHIPARC to 0.

Thanks to Allen Jessup in the Autodesk Forums for this tip.

  Read more about Xref fade not working on arcs and circles

In Civil 3D 2014 and 2015, when you switch to a layout you may notice that the "Layout Tools" contextual tab appears. If you want to stop this behavior, follow these steps. Read more about Stop "Layout Tools" tab from appearing in Civil 3D

Autodesk has decided to discontinue Design Review, according to Autodesk Labs program manager Scott Sheppard, in this thread in the Autodesk Design Review user forum.

The current Design Review downloads will continue to be available for some time, but according to Scott, it "will eventually be replaced by Autodesk 360".



Related: DWG Trueview direct downloads. Read more about Autodesk Design Review discontinued, to be replaced by Autodesk 360

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