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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.
With its powerful editing tools and ease of access, AutoCAD WS allows you to edit your production drawings from almost anywhere. In this lesson we'll use AutoCAD WS to make some quick modifications to a floor plan. On my screen is a partial floor plan for a custom home. Let's assume that this Home is already under construction and the Home owner's been talking to the contractor about making some last-minute changes. The contractor then used AutoCAD WS to open the construction drawings add some comments, and he emailed me this file such that I could make the revisions.
Now maybe I happened to be at the airport waiting for a flight. Fortunately, as long as I have my laptop and access to the Internet, I can quickly make the changes and send this file right back. I am going to start by launching the Zoom window command, and I will zoom in on the Bathroom area, I am going to center this a little better on screen. It looks like the homeowner would like to add a linen closet in this corner. Well, it'll be a tight fit, but I think we can accommodate that.
Now that I have acknowledged this note from the contractor, I don't need these entities anymore. So I'll select this text in the cloud, and I'll press delete. I will then open the Measure panel and launch the Distance command such that I can find out how much space I have. I'll measure from the northwest corner of the walk-in closet, down to the doorway, and it looks like it measures just over 24 inches. Let's see if we can get away with a linen closet that is 17 inches deep. I'm going to select the inside edge of this wall, I'll launch the offset command, and I'll type 17. I will then offset this below.
Now, since my wall thickness is going to remain the same, I'll select this wall geometry, and I'll use the toolbar to launch the Copy command, I'll pick it up from the upper-left corner, and I'll place it to the endpoint of my offset. When I am finished, I'll press Escape. Now I have an extra entity here, I will select it and press Delete. Now let's launch the Distance command again and see how much space we have left. It looks like the distance from the door frame to the wall is now 4 & 1/4 inches.
So I have just enough space to fit some trim around this door way. Since this wall location looks like it's going to work, I'm going to trim up the geometry. I'll start by selecting both wall lines, and then I will go to Draw tab where I can access the Trim command, and then I'll trim out these end areas, and I'll press Escape. I will then select the lower wall line again, I'll launch Trim, and then I'll trim off the shelving, coming up from the walk-in closet.
Now let's find out how wide the shelving is in this closet, we'll use the same shelving in the new linen closet. Rather than going back to the Home tab to launch Distance, I'm going to type DI and press Enter. It looks like it measures 15 inches. So I will select the inside back wall, I'll launch the offset command, I'll type 15 and press Enter, and I will offset that line up. I'll then move up and launch the Match Properties command.
I'll select the original shelving line, and then I'll choose my new line to change its properties. I'll press Escape when finished. Finally, let's take care of the doorway. Honestly, I think I can use the same doors that I am using for the closet in the second bedroom. Let's check the opening. I am going to type DI and press Enter, and then I'll select the endpoints, looks like the doorway measures 40 inches. So I'll pan back over to the Bathroom, and I'm going to select the edge of the wall right behind the Bathroom door.
I'll launch Offset, and I am going to offset this 10 inches to the right. I'll then select the new offset, and I will offset this 40 inches to the right. This represents my opening. At this point, I'd like to project these lines down. So I'll select the inside edge of the wall, I will then launch the Extend command, and I'll click each of these offsets. Then I can trim up the opening, I'll select the offsets and click Trim, and I'll remove these inside edges.
I will then select the top edges of the wall, and I will use those to trim off the extensions. Finally, I am going to pan over, and I'll zoom out a little bit. I'll select both closet doors in Bedroom #2, and I will copy them from the lower left corner of the opening to the same corner of the new opening. When I am finished, I'll press Escape. Let's pan this back over, and I'm going to click to collapse the Command Line.
This looks pretty good. Let's do one more thing. I'll select the label in this linen closet, and I will copy it by clicking a point on the text, and then I'll click to place it in the new closet, when I am finished, I'll press Escape. Now that I'm finished, I'm going to do a Zoom Extents. I'll take one more look at the file, and I think this new design is going to work. Since this project is time sensitive I'm going to come down and click the Share button, and I will send this drawing right back to the contractor.
I will simply enter his email address and click Share. It's always a good business practice to resolve change orders as soon as possible. Using AutoCAD WS, you have the ability to address revisions or solve problems wherever you happen to be.
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