PDF or DWG – which suits best for annotation?
At the earlier beginning of our startup experince we say to everyone that the PDF was the only format accepted in okitoo, and we had little arguments to explain the exclusion of the DWG format. What a great disappointment for our partners in the construction and building who are using their lovely CAD software on a hourly basis? To cure the unforgettable and immeasurable oblivion, we mentioned that this feature will be added to our software roadmap, as we are so agile. In fact it sounded like “come later we are not ready yet”. The truth is to finalize plans for the construction and building, PDF outperform on every issue the DWG format.
Why PDF remains the best option
- okitoo was developed to allow remotely people to understand, discuss live details about a plan or an image. For this purpose, people don’t need expensive CAD software, PDF suits perfectly their needs for exchange or sharing.
CAD software is used mainly to produce the project implementation plans. They contain many views of the construction project, such as overviews, ground plan, but also more detailed cuts views. Stages of development, are steps of exchange, discussion, sharing or nothing is gained, and everything can be changed any time. Whoever produced these plans do not wish to present the way it draws but the result of the production process.
- the documents submitted during face to face meeting, or through web conferencing or cherry on the cake through okitoo are prepared for the agenda and the audience. Whatever the format, the key point being is that everyone can understand the topics discussed. Because PDF is universal, compliant, accessibile, it is more suitable than other CAD formats.
the PDF by definition enable to captures a snapshot of the plans to date useful for development and ensure that everyone is on the same page
- Today, there are many DWG to PDF converters. All CAD tools can export to PDF. So why we are going to add a features that already on production tools.