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AutoCAD WS: Go Mobile and Collaborate in Real Time

With over 2 million downloads in less than a year — AutoCAD WS has become quite the mobile sensation. Thanks to Cloud technology, you can now upload your drawings to AutoCAD WS — and access them from any iOS  (iPod touch, iPAD, iPhone) or Google Android device.

For the AutoCAD user, that means the ability to take your drawings to the job site, with or without an internet connection, and use the markup features to update the drawings remotely. If you happen to have an internet connection – your coworkers back in the office can actually see your edits in real time!

And did I mention it is free of charge? (and we all love free!).

Alert:  This is how you’re going to get your boss to approve a iPad or tablet!

AutoCAD WS isn’t just for remote use – it’s also a strong player in collaboration.  You can share your drawing files with others (even if they don’t have AutoCAD) and invite them to an online collaboration session. AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD for Mac have tools built right into the user interface to managing your drawing and sharing super easy.

Accessing AutoCAD WS web service

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So let’s say you want to share a drawing file with someone.  Simply select the Share drawing option in AutoCAD and entire the email address of the intended collaborator.  You can decide whether they can edit and/or download the drawing (as opposed to just viewing the drawing file).

Collaborate with AutoCAD WS web service

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Or maybe you just want a safe and secure place to keep your drawing files.  With security as tight as your bank  (which I like to think is super secure) you can upload your drawing files at the end of your work day and access them from anywhere.  Maybe you decide to work at home the next day – not a problem as you can just grab your saved drawing files from AutoCAD WS.

The online version of AutoCAD WS (http://www.autocadws.com/) has a decent set of drawing and editing tools for basic markups.  You can even turn layers on and off – or create new layers (great for markups).  I love the Timeline option (and certainly wish AutoCAD had this) that allows you to go back in time and check out the various revisions.

Sharing with AutoCAD WS web service

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So how many files can you post on AutoCAD WS?  As many as you want! (and did I mention it is free?).  There is a 15mb limit per drawing but other than that the storage capacity is limitless – it doesn’t get much better than that.

Give AutoCAD WS a try — you won’t believe the capabilities you get at such a tiny price tag (and $0 is about as tiny as you can possibly get!)

Did you miss the Dell-Sponsored TwitterChat on AutoCAD WS web service with Lynn Allen last month? Click here for the archive!

Author: Lynn Allen, Autodesk Evangelist. Find more tips from Lynn Allen on Cadalyst.com.

  1. Doug Maughan
    July 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Is it possible to see Northing and Easting data using AutoCad WS on ipad?

  2. July 15, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Love the “Alert: This is how you’re going to get your boss to approve a iPad or tablet” line 🙂

  3. dr
    October 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Is there a simple way to get around the 15 meg limit? We’re on Macs and I dont want to download AutoCAD Mac as a trial just to reduce the filesize.

  4. October 25, 2011 at 11:18 am

    @dr. There is no way around the 15 meg limit for now. We continue to explore ways to improve the experience of our users so we take this feedback very seriously. Thanks.

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