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Chapter 25. Publishing on the Web > Understanding the Capabilities of the Web-O...

Understanding the Capabilities of the Web-Oriented AutoCAD 2000

The Web enabling of AutoCAD actually began with the AutoCAD Release 13 Internet Publishing Kit (IPK). The IPK included some utilities for accessing DWG files across the Net of the WHIP! plug-in for Netscape Navigator, and the capability to create DWF files from inside Release 13. With Release 14, some key elements of the IPK were integrated into AutoCAD, resulting in a more Internet-friendly product. AutoCAD 2000 takes Internet functionality to new heights by offering a seamless and transparent integration for access to resources on remote sites.

System Requirements

The completely revamped Internet functionality in AutoCAD 2000 is built on lower-level services provided by the Windows operating system. The layer of software that implements Internet access in AutoCAD 2000 depends on the availability of certain system files, including WININET.DLL and SHDOCVW.DLL. In addition, certain other system files are required to enable features such as document hyperlinking, which will be discussed later. These files are installed as part of the Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) setup. If you already have MSIE version 4.01 or higher present on your system, you have all the files required to activate the Internet features in AutoCAD 2000. If you have an older version, you will need to upgrade appropriately. If you decide to use the recently released MSIE version 5.0, please note that there are known compatibility problems as pointed out in the README file that accompanies the AutoCAD 2000 installation. AutoCAD 2000 was tested extensively with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x, and unless version 5.0 offers features that are indispensable to your work, it is strongly recommended that you continue to use a 4.x version.


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