'Team. Team, team, team, team, team. I even love saying the word, team'. If you have no idea what I'm talking about – and there's a good chance you won't if you live outside of the UK – check out this clip for reference, taken from the UK comedy show, The IT Crowd.
We all know that if we work together [as a team] then, as Aristotle put it, "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". And if you think about it, Navisworks supports and actively encourages this philosophy – by bringing together all project contributors to create a greater whole.
Navisworks supports a diverse range of authoring applications and laser scan formats. This is achieved through a combination of file exporters and file readers:
And this list continues to grow with your teams' requirements to collaborate with an increasingly diverse supply chain, including manufacturers and fabricators.
In this post I wanted to specifically discuss support for AutoCAD, and AutoCAD-based applications. Here we provide both options, file exporters and file readers.
With the exporters (either installed as part of the Navisworks product, or as a separate standalone installer) you can export a Navisworks Cache file (NWC) directly from your AutoCAD-based app. One of the benefits of using the exporter is that you can then distribute a more compressed, un-editable version of the model, and you know the receiver will view the model as intended (that is, you don't have any concerns over the use of Object Enablers, as discussed here).
Navisworks includes RealDWG, which effectively means that it can open DWG files as though it's vanilla-AutoCAD, thereby ensuring file fidelity. Object Enablers can also be installed and configured for Navisworks, meaning that it can support custom objects and properties from say, Civil 3D, or other third party AutoCAD-based apps.
You can usually expect to find support for three previous versions. Navisworks 2012 however, supports:
- Nine versions of DWG, AutoCAD 2004-2012,
- Nine versions of the 32-bit Exporter, 2004-2012
- Five versions of the 64-bit Exporter, 2008-2012
As you can probably imagine, we're unable to maintain an ever increasing number of prior versions. For the next release we're considering dropping support for some of the older DWG file readers and exporters, 2004-2006 (inclusive).
Now would be a good time to let us know if this brings you out in a cold sweat! If this doesn't affect you, we'd equally like to hear which prior versions you are working with, to help guide future decisions.