Today I have received an email from an autodesk product manager to let me know about an interesting project that they have been working on â€“ Butterfly Project.
So what does it actually do?
The main idea is that you can edit a dwg file without any license or software installed. All you need is a web-browser and the latest flash player from adobe.
This makes it accessible from anywhere and by anyone you share it with.
And speaking of sharing, you can actually co-edit a drawing with a colleague or a client in real time. Everything is done directly online so the files are not actually transferred from one user to another. This means that you can conduct online meetings with unlimited participants, make revision mark-ups, etc.
There is also a widget that letâ€™s you explore all the changes done in a revision meeting so you wonâ€™t miss anything.
I see this application particularly useful for cad drafting studios and architecture offices, especially for internal meetings.
However, I donâ€™t see it being used for architectural visualization at the momentâ€¦ but I am certain the way technology evolves, in the future we will see something similar for 3D models.
In the meantime, you can watch the video bellow to see a more in depth presentation or check out the official site for project butterfly.