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Lee Mullin

Hi Robert, This is inbuilt for 2016, no need for a separate app


Is there a version of this App that is compatible with Navisworks 2016?


Thomas, the information would be for the end user, to be able to pull up product data for any object in the model. Right now with links you need to reference an external source whether it be a website, a file on your harddrive, or cd. I'm wondering if you can get around the link to the external source and just embed the PDF's inside the model and map the links to the embedded PDF's, so when you send a model with links you just send 1 NWD file and not 1 NWD File that comes with a CD that has a bunch of PDF's on it.

I'm also worried that if you are able to embed all the PDF's in the 1 file that your file will be come a massive 1 GB NWD file that would be unreasonable to open and navigate efficiently.

Thomas Schwaiger

Hi Kavon,

could you explain a little more about who would use this information and why they need it? I may have a better answer for you depending on that.

But for now this is what you can do: The contents of the PDF sheets are embedded in the published NWD just like any other 2D sheet would be.
Now the Link feature let's you add hyperlinks to other files and URLs. You could link to the NWC that is produced when importing the PDF. Take note that each page from the PDF is converted to an individual NWC file.

Hope that helps and let me know how it goes.



Thomas, is it possible to link the 2D PDFs you bring into the NWF to objects in the model and have the PDF's stay with the file when you publish to NWD?

I.E Product Data and Cut Sheets?

Thomas Schwaiger

Thanks for your comment Daniel. The plugin currently doesn't process the vector elements of the PDF, which means there are no lines to snap to.

Daniel Gijsbers

It's a good feature but I do wonder why can't you snap to the lines in the pdf file like autocad can?

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