for CADViewer use
- Confer with the server administrator on (1) the exact location of drawing storage directories on the server, (2) which server is to be used for drawing storage, if other than the main Web server, and (3) whether or not the drawings will be sorted into a subdirectory hierarchy.
If you have a small collection of drawings, you can store them all in a master images directory, but if you have a large collection, distributing them in a hierarchy of subdirectories should make management of the files much easier.
- If you want to activate the File List dialog box (that appears when the CADViewer is first opened), create a "list" file of the viewable drawings, then determine (in concert with the webmaster) which directory to use for storage of this list file.
The actual "list" file should have these characteristics:
- The name of the file (including the full directory pathway, relative to the root)
- The files listed in alphanumeric order
- Other items?
- A short (8-character) name, with the .TXT extension
- Be sure the pathway to this file has been noted in the LIST parameter, as detailed in LINK
- If there are layers in this drawing, decide if any should be hidden from view when this drawing is displayed in the CADViewer. (TIP: You do not have to modify the original drawing, as the CADViewer can be programmed to temporarily hide any designated layers.
- To verify that the measurement units are properly recorded in this drawing (DWF format only), export the file in ASCII text format. Open the file in any text editor and make sure there is a notation similar to "Units 'millimeters'", followed by a series of values wrapped in parentheses.
- Note down the exact identification numbers of each layer that is to be hidden. (This information will be needed in the appropriate applet parameter entry.)
- Do you want to place a "watermark" on this drawing when it is displayed in the CADViewer? (This could include copyright information or artist credits.)
If so, create a file containing this text, for future use in applet parameters.
- Are there URLs embedded in portions of your drawing that are links to other sites?
If so, note down the exact URL texts for future use in applet parameters.
- Is there a particular view, a region of this drawing, that you would like to appear when this drawing is loaded into the CADViewer window?
If so, note down the name of the view/region for inclusion in the appropriate applet parameters.
- Determine if all your Web-publishable drawings have uncompressed versions saved in .DWF or .SVF format files. If not, decide whether or not you want to pre-convert them (in a separate process) or employ a software utility to convert them when the file is loaded into the CADViewer. (For more information on this, click "Conversion Options".)