Ok, another turning point for CAD collaboration via the web and it’s not the big software companies making it happen. TeamPlatform (that we’ve covered here and here) is turning into the best collaboration platform for CAD related files. They’re consistently bringing out new features aimed at helping you, not only collaborate on a product, but also collaborate on the design process. Their latest feature perfectly complements the basic web viewing, file sharing features and the more advanced workspace and task management features. Have a look.

TeamPlatform Vector Drawings & Markup

BAM. In your face. Your drawing needs a revision. How is the news of ‘Tighter tolerance’ being made known? TeamPlatform has added markup capability for .DWG files. In fact you can do all the following.

  1. Create Markup (text, circle, line, arrow, highlighter, etc.)
  2. Edit Markup (move, rotate, scale, modify color, etc.)
  3. Save Markup
  4. Undo/Redo any Markup
  5. Multiple Selection
  6. Markup recorded as a comment. notication be sent to workspace members

This functionality work in any browser as well as on iPhone or iPad. It comes as part of their new DWG and DXF viewer using the SVG web standard which also allow markup of PNG and JPG images–no plugin required. Now, this definitely adds a nice little bonus to the collaborative development process, but what do you think? Personally, I’d love to see support for .PDF as, in my experience, that’s the most common file format used to distribute drawings for markup. Still, It’s obvious, and we’ve been told, that “this will probably be a feature that we’ll expand on soon”. That’s good news for product development teams who now have a very good resource for advanced team collaboration.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.