The A360 File Viewer, Hot or Not?

Dave Morse

Architecture and Engineering, All, Revit, Tag, Construction, A360, Inventor 0 Comment

Autodesk has released the A360 File Viewer, and at first I thought it was hot. I quickly jumped onto the site to test it out.  It currently accepts over 50 file formats, including AutoCAD, Revit and Inventor files.  Since this is an online viewer, there's no software to download and install, and you don't even need to log In to A360.  Exciting, right? I immediately clicked on the "Browse for a file to upload" button and went straight for an Inventor assembly file.

In the Open dialog you are not able to discover what file types the viewer is capable of viewing. Well, I went ahead and browsed for an assembly file, eager to view it and see what capabilities and features this viewer has. To my dismay, I discovered that Inventor assembly files are not supported. Not only that, neither are Inventor drawings (.idw), Inventor Presentation (.ipn) files, or even Revit Family files (.rfa).  I'm sure that support will be coming for these formats, but I would think these would have been included in the initial release!  I'm sure there are plenty of other formats missing, but, we'll just have to wait and see how many and when these other formats get added.

So, I selected an Inventor Part file (.ipt) to open and I have pasted an image of what you'll see, below.

There are some zooming, panning and orbiting tools, and tools for exploding assemblies and collaborating with others, but that's it. No measuring tools exist.  By this point in my investigation, I totally lost interest in this tool. The lack of file type support is disappointing, and I couldn't even find a way to "close" the file.  I ended up just closing the Chrome tab.  I know this viewer will only get better, but for now I'd have to say this tool is "not so hot."