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Collaboration possible on AutoCAD drawings / Media Files?

  Asked By: Corey    Date: Sep 03    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 3812

Is collaboration supported in SP with file types like mpeg / dwf and
autocad drawings.

Also i want to know whether it is possible to make INternet Exploere /
Netscape to show these types without using the native application..

Is there any application which can be used to view most file types
(someone suggested INSOVIEWER)



6 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Upendra Bordoloi     Answered On: Sep 03

There's nothing built in to handle these file  types, through there are several
3rd parties (like UGS TeamCenter) who do some/all of these as add-ons to WSS.

Answer #2    Answered By: Ali Javed     Answered On: Sep 03

Not sure how far off topic this may be - but I recentely worked with
a client using Groove - and we finally found a add in that allowed
users to view  and markup autocad  files

Do any folks out there also use Groove?

Answer #3    Answered By: Manohar Kothare     Answered On: Sep 03

On the samelinesi just wanna know : If i have some autoCAD(for that
matter any other file  format)drawings(dwf format) and also have the
client software needed to view  these files. Now i have uploaded the
AutoCAD files  in Sharepoint. How do i check out these files edit
them in client software and check them in again (it is very simple
to do so with office Documents, like edit in microsoft excel etc)

Answer #4    Answered By: Terri Wolfe     Answered On: Sep 03

There isn't the same level of integration with these types  of viewers there are
with Office. You'll need to do a manual checkout/download/edit/upload/checkin
process unless the viewer has done specific work to integrate with WSS/SPS.

Answer #5    Answered By: Andre Mason     Answered On: Sep 03

On similar lines i tried out the
following :

We have uploaded DWG files  in a Picture Library.
We also have 2 client machines. On one of the clients we have
installed a viewer to view  DWG files and associated the viewer to
open DWG files, while on the other client machine we havent
installed the viewer. Also on the Sharepoint WSS server we have not
installed the viewer for the DWG files.

Questions are:
1. On both the clients i am not able to see the icon for DWG files
in the pic library. Is that because i have not installed the viewer
on the server. If that is not the case what should i do to see the
DWG files icon in the Piclibrary

2. On the client machine(with DWG viewer installed) when i browse to
the pic library and click on the DWG file, the fileopens up in the
browser itself. How should i make it open in the viewer.

3. On the client machine without DWG viewer installed, when i browse
to the piclibrary and click on the DWG file, i get a SAve Dialog box.

Answer #6    Answered By: Esteban Frank     Answered On: Sep 03

Icons in WSS are independent of having a viewer installed on the server - these
are setup in the WSS config itself. The process is:

1) Find a 96x96 gif image to use as the icon and name it ext16.gif (e.g.
2) Copy the gif file  to the following folder on the server:
Drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server
6. Edit the Docicon.xml file to include the file extension. To do so:
a. Start Notepad, and then open the Docicon.xml file. The Docicon.xml file
is located in the following folder on the server:
Drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web server
b. Add an entry for the extension. For example, add a line that is similar
to the following to the Docicon.xml file:
<Mapping Key="dwg" Value="dwg16.gif">
c. On the File menu, click Save, and then quit Notepad.
7. Run iisreset from a command prompt

For #2 this is a setting in the viewer - you'll need to disable displaying the
image inline in the browser

For #3 this is expected behavior.

Keep in mind, that unless the viewer has a real WSS integration, what is going
on behind the scenes is the file is being downloaded into a temp location on the
client machine, then opened in the view  from there. This means, it probably has
no way to save changes back to the server. This is one of the things that a
"real" WSS integrated viewer takes care of.

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