My article on Project Freewheel Collaboration Geared for Multiple Interactive Users generated many questions on how Project Freewheel is different from Autodesk® Design Review. We also have Autodesk® Freewheel. I thought it best to summarize the differences in a table.
|Solution||Application||Software as a Service||Software as a Service|
|The free all-digital way to measure, mark up, and annotate 2D and 3D designs||A testbed for new technologies with the goal of gathering early community feedback||The free web service to view and share 2D and 3D designs without the need to install additional software|
|Download||39MB||No download required||No download required|
|Install||User privileges required
(Admin rights not required)
|No install required||No install required|
|Operating Systems||Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional or Home Edition, Windows 2000 SP4||Windows, Macintosh, or Linux||Windows, Macintosh, or Linux|
|Browsers||Internet Explorer 6 or 7||Internet Explorer 6 or 7; Firefox 1.2 or higher; Safari 3 Beta||Internet Explorer 6 or 7; Firefox 1.2 or higher|
|DWF, DWFx, FLC, BMP, CAL, GIF, IG4, JPG, PCX, PCT, PNG, RLC, TGA, TIF,
DWG [via Autodesk DWG TrueView], DGN and JT [via free downloadable plug-ins]
|Markup||Callout, Freehand sketch, Line, Polyline, Rectangle, Ellipse, Stamp, Custom Symbols||Callout, freehand Sketch, Highlight||Not available|
|Measure||Distance, Length along polyline, Area, Relative Distance, Length/Radius, Angle, Point location||Not available||Not available|
|Supports any paper size and resolution supported by a Windows compatible printer||Supports A-sized, portrait, 200 DPI at this time||Supports A-sized, portrait, 200 DPI at this time|
|Update Process||Integrated AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit round-trip||View session
Project Freewheel is available at http://freewheel.labs.autodesk.com. Is measure something desirable in a software as a service solution? Please tell us what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. Clarifying Autodesk offerings in terms of an electronic review process is alive in the lab.