AutoCAD 2002 Web-Publishing Feature
By Alireza Parsai,
March 26, 2003
AutoCAD 2002 contains a fantastic feature called Publish-to-Web.
With this feature you can create HTML pages based on your
drawings. Such pages can be used for presentation purposes
either on your extranet/intranet or as a presentation tool on
your notebook/PC. With Publish-to-Web you can either create
images or DWF files. DWF files give you more flexibility in
After the following introductory material are two tutorials that
will help you learn to put this useful feature into practice.
Drawing Web Format (DWF)
You can use AutoCAD to create drawing Web format (DWF) files. A
DWF file is a 2D vector file that you can use to publish your
AutoCAD drawing on the World Wide Web or an intranet network.
DWF files can be opened, viewed, and plotted by anyone using any
of the following applications:
Autodesk Express Viewer
Volo View Express
To view DWF files with Internet Explorer you have to install one
of the first 3 applications.
There are 2 major methods for creating DWF files: Plotting the
file and Publish to Web.
When you are plotting the drawing, use one of the following
virtual plotters to create the DWF file [Figure 1]:
The created DWF file can be opened in any of mentioned
applications. You can view the file, change the zoom factor,
control the visibility of the layers, etc. Figures 2 to 4 show
you some samples in Internet Explorer environment.
Creating Web Pages With Publish to Web
To create web pages use the PUBLISHTOWEB command. Invoke the
command with one of the following methods:
File menu: Publish to Web…
Command line: ptw or publishtoweb
The command uses a wizard. The following tutorials show you how
to use this wizard.
Tutorial 1: Creating
Image Web Pages
1. Start AutoCAD 2002. Open the following files:
2. Invoke PUBLISHTOWEB command.
3. The “Publish to Web – Begin” appears [Figure 5]. Make sure
“Create New Web Page” is selected. Click Next.
4. In the next dialog box enter the information as shown in the
figure 6. Click Next.
5. PTW can create two types of images: JPEG and PNG. Select JPEG
and make sure the Medium size is selected from the drop down
list to the right [Figure 7].
6. Select the type of arrangement for images on the web page
7. Select the color and font arrangement for the web pages
[Figure 9]. Click Next.
8. I-drop enables you to drag and drop drawing files from the
web page into your drawing [Figure 10]. Don’t select this
option. Click Next.
9. Select the drawings and layouts that should appear on the web
page(s). Assign proper titles to the images and arrange them on
the list if necessary [Figure 11].
10. Select “Regenerate All Images”. Click Next [Figure 12]. The
images and web pages will be created. This might take a few
minutes based on the number of drawings and drawings complexity.
11. Click Preview [Figure 13]. A web page appears in the web
browser window [Figure 14].
12. Back to AutoCAD Click Finish.
Tutorial 2: Creating Dwf
The steps in this tutorial are very similar to the last one with
1. Follow the steps 1 to 3 in the previous tutorial.
2. Enter the proper information in the text boxes [Figure 15].
3. Make sure that DWF is selected [Figure 16]. Click Next.
4. Select the proper web page layout [Figure 17]. Click Next.
5. Select the theme [Figure 18]. Click Next.
6. Enable i-drop [Figure 19]. Click Next.
7. Prepare the image list [Figure 20]. Click Next.
8. Select “Regenerate all images”. Click Next.
9. Click Finish.
10. Close all the open files.
11. Create a new drawing.
12. Start My Computer or Windows Explorer.
13. Open the folder “C:\Dynamic Presentations”.
14. Double click “acwebpublish.htm”.
15. Browse the images by clicking the links to the left. You can
control the appearance of images by right-clicking on them
16. Click the restore button on the upper right corner of the
17. Move the mouse pointer over the i-drop icon at the bottom of
the image window.
18. Drag the icon to the AutoCAD drawing area.
19. Release the mouse button.
20. Follow the instructions in the command line. A copy of the
drawing file is inserted into the drawing area as a block. You
may need to invoke zoom-extents to view it.
About the Author
Alireza Parsai is the founder of cadpanel.com. He is a
mechanical engineer with more than 12 years experience with
AutoCAD. Alireza is an Autodesk Authorized Author, the AutoCAD
consultant for Al Khawarizmi Institute, a contributing editor
for Augiworld magazine, a writer for CAD Digest, an instructor
for AUGI Training Program, and an elected speaker for Autodesk
University 2002. He has written 7 books in Farsi, 3 booklets in
English, and more than 30 articles for different magazines and
newsletters. You can reach him at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website