DWF and PDF are like electronic plots and more...
March 1 - On this day in:
- 1869: Postage stamps depicting scenes are issued for the first time.
- 1912: Albert Berry makes the fist parachute jump from an airplane.
- 1937: The first permanent automobile license plates were issued by Connecticut.
- 2010: Autodesk Labs releases DWF/PDF Batch Publish for AutoCAD ADN Plugin of the Month.
Yes it's time for another Autodesk Developer Network Plugin of the Month. This month's plugin was written by Developer Consultant, Varadarajan Krishnan, and Manager of DevTech India, Virupaksha Aithal, with help from Senior Manager, Worldwide DevTech, Kean Walmsley.
As a former DWF Technical Evangelist, this one is near and dear to my heart. You can use it to batch publish DWF or PDF. The process monitors AutoCAD and restarts if something goes wrong. The status is stored in a file so it is easy for the process to pick up where it left off. The process can also detect what files have changed and publish only changed files.
I know this utility sounds incredibly useful. It definitely puts the "you" in utility. But please recall the ultimate purpose of the ADN Plug-in of the Month Club. We want you to look at the source, see that developing plugins is not all that hard, and go forth and multiply. So if you are so inclined, give this one a whirl and see how far you can extend it.
So in keeping with the day, publish your drawings depicting your designs and set up a permanent process. You won't need a parachute.
Releasing yet another shining example of AutoCAD extensibility is alive in the lab.