I'm marking the final exams of the class I taught this fall to first year surveying students learning AutoCAD for the first time. In six weeks, they made impressive progress -- from zero to creating drawings with layers, text styles, blocks, and inserted images.
Most get close to 100% on the practical side of AutoCAD. The theoretical is more difficult, with marks around 50-75% being more common in answering questions like "name 5 osnap modes."
Anyhow, I'm now marking the drawings they produced for their final exam. I just need to view them, and check some properties. I thought DWG TrueView 2009 would do nicely, but I was wrong. I was surprised at what Autodesk left out of this file viewer.
Here's what I need to do, and DWG True View's capabilities:
I need open entire folders of drawings (there's one folder for each of the three classes). TrueView opens two or more drawings at once, so that's good.
I need to zoom the drawings to their extents. Naturally, I enter z e into the command bar, located at the bottom of the DWG True View window. No go. The bar is there to report; no input permitted. So I had to figure out which icon does the zooming.
I need to see a list of layers and properties. The Layer Properties Manager displays just as in AutoCAD: a non-modal window, which is good.
I need to see the blocks and text styles created by students. No go. There is no way to view a list of blocks and other names.
I need to measure distances, such as the size of the inserted, scaled block. DWG True View allows this.
After getting half way through checking the first of 50+ drawings, I gave up on DWG True View, and returned to AutoCAD 2009 so that I could pull all the info I needed from the drawings.