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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.
AutoCAD WS is designed to make it easier to exchange drawings and ideas. It isn't really meant to be a full-service drawing and editing tool. For this reason, when you receive a shared file, you may want to download it to your local machine such that you can make revisions using your own CAD software. In this lesson we'll download a drawing to the local hard drive. On my screen is a drawing of a site plan for a proposed subdivision. Now, depending on the revisions I need to make to this file, it might make more sense to download it first, make the changes using a full version of AutoCAD, and then re-upload it when I'm finished.
To download this file, I'm going to move up and click the Download button. I will then open the Save menu in the pop-up toolbar and select Save As. I'm going to Save this drawing to my Desktop using the original name, and I'll click Save when finished. I will then click the X to close the toolbar. This file is now available on my Desktop where I can use AutoCAD to reopen it later and make the changes. Now, let's take a closer look at downloading files, because when it comes to downloading AutoCAD WS gives us a lot of flexibility.
For instance, if I click the flyout beneath the Download button, I can download this file as several popular file types. If I select the ZIP feature, AutoCAD WS will automatically include any attached Xrefs in the download. If I select the .DWG option, I can even download this file is an older AutoCAD release, in the event I'm using an older version on my machine. I'll click the flyout again to close this menu. Finally, I'm not limited to downloading one file at a time. I'm going to visit the Drawings pane, out here I can click and drag to select multiple files, and then use this Download button to access several of the same downloading options.
I'm going to close this menu by clicking on the ribbon, I will then click in the Drawings pan to deselect these drawings, and I'll return to the Editor. Depending on the complexity of your project, it may be easier to modify a drawing using the software on your local machine. Fortunately, AutoCAD WS makes it easy to download the files from your account using a format that works best for your needs.
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