Autodesk has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Skymatter, Inc., the developer of Mudbox 3D modeling software. This acquisition will augment Autodesk’s offering for the film, television and game market segments, while offering additional growth opportunities for other design disciplines. Autodesk anticipates that the transaction will close in the next two months.
A new (updated) version Project Freewheel is to be made available from August 7 on the Autodesk labs website. (This is not to be confused with the production version of the service at https://freewheel.autodesk.com )
Noted this option when passing through the features of FreeWheel from Autodesk
Rendering Service (https://dwfit.com/DWFImage.aspx)
This is a raw rendering service that provides no GUI. The service accepts an URL to a DWF, view parameters, and returns a rendered image file. You can build your own interactive or multi-platform viewer from this service. The 'dwf.aspx' service above uses this service internally to produce the various views.
The DWF-to-image rendering service takes the same parameters as the interactive serivce, along with the following additions:
&width = <integer> The width of the image to produce (in pixels).
&height = <integer> The height the image to produce (in pixels).
&bg = <integer> Color of background in hexadecimal (bg=ff0000 for red or bg=80808080 for semi-transparent gray) or t (bg=t) for the original color in transparent.
For example, the following URL will render an image small enough to fit on most cell phone screens. It will view the center of page 3 of the Hotel5 zoomed in to a factor of 4 and generate a image that is 200×200 pixels:
and here's the picture generated from that html.
(Tip: Click on the image to view a dynamically created image at 1000×1000)
Back in September 2006, Autodesk introduced Autodesk Labs. One of the items on display was Project Freewheel (https://dwfit.com) - both a web-site where you can enter a DWF url for interactive viewing and a web-service that allows you to embed an interactive DWF viewer in your own HTML page.
Now, CADoogle (https://cadoogle.com/) uses the Autodesk Freewheel together with Google Search technology to display views of DWF files. Both 2D and 3D dwf data can be displayed, although it wasn't exactly promising when the following error appeared when I was using it this morning.
An error occurred!
Error: SOAP-ENV:Server: Exception from service object: Daily limit of 1000 queries exceeded for key H/ufNfpQFHIXOhEAuGHVIRl59K66koWo
(But I guess it is still only a Beta version 🙂 )
When it was working, I did a search for 'Robot' and obtained 130 hits in a reported 0.03 seconds. There was a slight pause before the first 5 items appeared and here is the first hit. (Hint: Try it out in the frame below.)
Currently , the system will only search on keywords found in the name of the dwf files.
A special version is available for Mobile devices and you can use also use an RSS feed.