Reviews – Get in My Workflow!

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We all know the story.

You’ve made a change in the sizes of the windows, or the diameter of an axis. You need to check with your contractors if that’s alright and make changes of their own.

Save as. Send email. Receive an email with an attachment. Download the DWG. Continue from there.

Oh wait. You’ve also changed the original DWG since then. OK, copy paste, copy paste and so on. And that’s in the ideal scenario in which your colleague has the right software, CTB and SHX files and more.

Fast forward a month later, you need to check an older version of the drawing. The file is gone, but you still have it in your email. Where? You can’t find it.

And then there’s Project Butterfly.

In Butterfly you conduct the reviews from your drawing environment, streamlining the process and making it more easy for all reviewers and yourself.

In Butterfly, you don’t have to switch between AutoCAD, Outlook (or gmail) and your windows explorer. You don’t have to worry about sending all the right files, such as SHX and CTB. You don’t have to worry whether your reviewer has got the right CAD software or version. And most importantly – you don’ t have to manage and maintain many files and email messages. It’s all saved and organized automatically.

See this video on how to get started with your review:



  1. Posted February 9, 2010 at 4:43 PM | Permalink

    What happens if the file references, often missing, shape files? They are the bane of “full” AutoCAD file exchange esp where the author is not the person doing the exchanging (survey shape points in an Architects site plan etc).

    • Butterfly
      Posted February 10, 2010 at 12:16 AM | Permalink

      Hey Robin. I’m not sure I understood your question. But let me see if I got it. You’re asking what happens if you start a review to a certain drawing, but you don’t attach the accompanying files?
      If this is what you mean, then I have good news for you – you don’t have to do that in Butterfly. As long as you imported the design with all accompanying files, any colleague you invite to your drawing will see the drawing in the exact same way that you do.

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