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AutoCAD WS Essential Training

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When it comes to creating and editing geometry, you'll find the mobile version of AutoCAD WS contains a slightly smaller toolbox. That being said, there are still more than enough tools for making minor revisions when you're on the road. In this lesson we'll take a closer look at the drawing editor as we make a few modifications to this floor plan. Let's start by looking at the options in the menu below. Tapping the button on the left opens the Draw Tools. These commands are used for creating geometry, taking measurements, or placing text.

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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
2h 23m Beginner Nov 19, 2012

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This course covers the basics of AutoCAD WS, focusing on workflows and collaboration that will help you and your team work more efficiently with this cloud-based CAD application. Author Jeff Bartels explains how to use the mobile and browser versions of the app, how to upload files and folders, and how to access and review drawing content. The course also shows how to perform standard markups, edit geometry and annotations, and plot to both PDF and DWF formats. A dedicated collaboration chapter demonstrates how to share drawings and use the Timeline feature to keep track of a drawing's version history.

Topics include:
  • Creating an AutoCAD WS account
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Viewing and editing drawings
  • Taking measurements
  • Redlining desired changes
  • Accessing and sharing drawings remotely
  • Editing annotations
  • Creating and inserting blocks
  • Plotting drawings to PDF or DWF
  • Incorporating aerial underlays
  • Practicing real-time collaboration
Subjects:
Architecture CAD
Software:
AutoCAD WS
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Accessing drawing tools

When it comes to creating and editing geometry, you'll find the mobile version of AutoCAD WS contains a slightly smaller toolbox. That being said, there are still more than enough tools for making minor revisions when you're on the road. In this lesson we'll take a closer look at the drawing editor as we make a few modifications to this floor plan. Let's start by looking at the options in the menu below. Tapping the button on the left opens the Draw Tools. These commands are used for creating geometry, taking measurements, or placing text.

In the event you're using a small screen, menus like this one can be dragged left and right to access all of the commands. Next to draw are the Markup tools. These commands are used for adding comments to a drawing. Tapping the layer button displays the layer manager. This list can be dragged up and down if necessary. Using the manager, layers can be turned on and off by tapping the layer name. As an example, I'm going to tap to turn off the Windows layer. I should also mention that when using the Mobile App, the current layer cannot be changed.

It will always be set to the AutoCAD WS layer. I'll tap the layer button again to close the manager. Moving to the right are the Undo and Redo commands. I'm going to press Undo to restore the previous layer state. This next button represents View mode. The View mode menu is used to change the way geometry is displayed. The Layout button is used to switch between Model space and Layout tabs. Pressing the Color Selector, I can control the color of any new geometry that's created.

In the event you're working outdoors, you can use the GPS function to set your current Location in the drawing. AutoCAD WS can then use the GPS on your device to track your movement. This allows you to create notes that appear at your current position. Finally, we have the Output button. Output is used to print or share the drawing. I'll click the button again to close the menu. You probably noticed that we didn't see any editing tools. That's because the editing tools only show up after an object has been selected.

To deselect an object, tap the Deselect button. Now let's try and put some of these tools together to make a few changes to this floor plan. I'll start by zooming in a little closer, and I would like to copy the bed and the label from Bedroom #1 into the other bedroom. To do that, I'll tap and hold the lower left and drag out to create a selection window. After selecting the objects, I'll choose copy from the menu, and I'll copy the objects from tap and hold the upper-left corner of this room to the tap and hold upper-left corner of the other bedroom. I'll press Done, when finished.

I'll edit the room label next. To do that, I'll tap to select the label, and I'll press the Edit Text tool. In the editor, I'll change this from Bedroom #1 to #2. I'll press Done when finished. At present time, single line text is the only text you can edit using the Mobile App. Next, I'll pan the drawing over and focus the view on this bay window. Let's move the window 3 feet north along this wall. To do that, I'll tap, hold, and drag to create a window selection.

I'll press the Move command, and I'll pick the geometry up from tap and hold the end point of this outside corner. Next, I'll tap the line segment above to establish the direction of the move, and then I'll enter my desired dimensions below. I'll make sure this is set to 3 ft 0 inches, and I'll press the green check when finished. Next, we'll clean up the geometry. I'll start by selecting the diagonal line at the bottom of the window, I'll choose Extend, and I'll tap to project this vertical line up.

I'll press Done when finished, then I'll pan the drawing down, and I'll select the diagonal line at the top of the window. I will then press trim, I'll tap to trim this vertical line, and I'll select Done when finished. Let's do one more thing. I am going to pan over to the Bathroom area, and I'd like to mirror this basin to the other side of the counter. If I select the basin, you can see there is no mirror option, that's all right.

By using a couple of sketch lines, we can easily compensate for the missing tool. I'm going to press Deselect, and I'll open the Draw Tools and tap Line. I will then create a line from the upper-left corner to the lower-right corner of the counter, I'll press the green check when finished. I'll launch the Line command again and create a line from the lower-left corner to the upper-right. This intersection marks the midpoint of the counter. I am going to create one more line from the center of the basin to this intersection.

Now let's zoom in, I'll select the last line, I'll press Copy, and I'll copy it from one end point to the other. I'll press Done. Finally, I'll select the basin. I'll press copy and copy it from this end point to the endpoint on the other side. I'll press Done when finished. Now I'm finished. I'll press and drag to the left to create a crossing window that selects my sketch lines, and I'll tap Erase.

I will then open the View mode menu and do a Zoom Extents. From now on, small design changes don't always mean heading back to the office. Using the WS Mobile App, you can have your minor drawing revisions completed before you've even left the job site.

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