I believe the new Apple iPad will be a great solution for viewing CAD drawings. Currently iPhone has an app for viewing PDF files, however a viewer for dgn and dwg files would be a great addition.
Imagine going to a meeting with, instead of an "Old School" stack of paper drawings, having your project on your iPad. With the resolution and screen size of the iPad this is a natural.
Cutting Edge ?
There is one available for Revit and Rhino...
The developer of goBIM made the following post on his site:
January 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm
I've got someone helping me out with a Microstation exporter presently. ...
Hopefully a Microstation exporter will be available soon.
My iPad would welcome access to my DGN's.... I can currently access and take on site all my PDF prints and TIFF plans... But... having DGN's and navigable 3D models would be a treat!
I don't have an iPad but instead of having each software have a viewer, why not have something that everything puts-out like adobe Acrobat pdf does now on PC?
3D PDF files for 3D Models, Animations, Walk-thru's, etc.
2D Layer control, measure etc..
Mark-up pdf files that have Commenting enabled.
Doen't iPads have the ability to read .pdf?
If you want a viewer isn't the most common one used now the one you would want?
I Hope this Helps!
The CAD App, Net-It Enterprise 7.0, might be the answer.
DeviceVM App Runs Windows on an Apple iPad
Autodesk has release a free cloud based dwg viewer for the iPad. It was a bit slow to load but I was told their servers were really getting slammed the last few days and they are adding more.
Speed was comparable to PDF viewers.
No 3D support.
Overall I was pretty disappointed in the drawing tools.
I think they kind of missed the boat. Its not really a good platform for editing a drawing. At least now how they are doing it. It could be a great platform for markups and reviewing in the field. Being cloud based will really limit its usability in the field.
What is really need is a good set of mark up tools similar to what Adobe has for PDF. I wish Adobe or somebody would release a mobile version of reader that included the markup tools.
So I think there is still an opportunity for someone to market a good mobile cad viewer/markup tool.
Goodreader has added support for PDF comment/markups. You can now mark up or add notes to PDF drawings on the iPad.
Can you show 3d-pdfs on a iPad?
I haven't been able to with Goodreader or the native iOS PDF viewer.
Adobe has dumped 3D PDF's to a 3rd party and and has discontinued Acrobat PRO Extended. They still support 3D in their reader but had made no commitments to port it iOS.
Bentley Viewer or a Bentley Navigator type app for the iPad would be a great. The idea to have access to this in such a format would be very helpful.
Brian Thomas, AIA, LEED AP BD+C