Autodesk: AutoCAD, DWFx and XPS

Yesterday, Autodesk announced the next release of AutoCAD, AutoCAD 2009, as part of a family of products. Shaan Hurley has called out some of the highlights from AutoCAD 2009 Product Manager Doug Cochran, including support for XPS-based DWFx files and creation of DWFx by either publishing or plotting drawing files.

From the AutoCAD 2009 Preview Guide:

AutoCAD 2009 includes support for DWFx, which is a DWF format that is compliant with Microsoft’s XML Paper Specification (XPS) format. DWFx files are easily distributable on the Windows Vista® platform, as this format is supported by the XPS Viewer.

There also an Autodesk site covering compatibility with Windows Vista, with details, and a video, of how Autodesk are using XPS with DWF.