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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
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Highlighting desired changes


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AutoCAD WS Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Highlighting desired changes

Keeping up with change orders can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of a project. Using AutoCAD WS, anyone on a project team can easily add comments to a drawing and then quickly pass the file to other members. Let's say that I'm working on a proposed site development. The drawing I have on screen represents a partially-finished tree survey. You see, earlier this week I hired a survey group to go out and locate and identify all of the trees on this project site. The surveyor just emailed me this progress drawing. So, I uploaded it to my WS account to take a look.

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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

Highlighting desired changes

Keeping up with change orders can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of a project. Using AutoCAD WS, anyone on a project team can easily add comments to a drawing and then quickly pass the file to other members. Let's say that I'm working on a proposed site development. The drawing I have on screen represents a partially-finished tree survey. You see, earlier this week I hired a survey group to go out and locate and identify all of the trees on this project site. The surveyor just emailed me this progress drawing. So, I uploaded it to my WS account to take a look.

At this point, it looks like all the trees have been located, and approximately half of them have been tagged and labeled. I'm going to launch the Zoom Window command, and then I'll click twice to focus our attention here in the Northwest corner. As I look at this drawing, I'd like to add some of my own comments. I'll do that by visiting the Annotate Tab. And right here is where we can find a collection of markup tools. I am going to launch the Revision Cloud Command first. I will then click on screen to start the cloud.

I will then move my mouse to surround all of these trees that fall outside the property boundary. And as my cursor gets close to the beginning, the revision cloud will close automatically. Now, the first thing I want to mention, anytime you add something to a drawing like I just did, the drawing is automatically saved. So, if I were to click the X to close this, and then double-click the file to reopen, you'll see my changes are still there.

In the event you want to keep an original file as is, you'll need to save it with a new name prior to making any changes. The second thing I want to mention is the color of the revision cloud, it's white because it was drawn on the current layer, layer 0. I like to put my comments on their own layer. So, I'm going to go back to the Home Tab. I'll open the Layer Control, and I'll click to set the AutoCAD WS layer current. This layer is automatically added to any drawing opened in WS. It's also red, which is perfect.

At this point, you may be wondering if I could use the Layer Control to move this revision cloud onto the AutoCAD WS layer, you bet, I can. All I have to do is select the geometry, open the Layer Control and select my desired layer. I can then press the Escape key when I'm finished. To add a note with this revision cloud, I'm going to go back to the Annotate Tab, and I'll launch the Text Command. I will then click twice to define the width of my column, and then I'll add my comment.

When I'm finished, I'll click the Apply button. I am going to roll the mouse wheel forward to zoom in a little bit. And it appears that the label associated with tree number 19 has some problems. To mark up this label, I'm going to use the Free Line tool. Free Line allows us to create markups using a traditional sketch technique. After launching the command, I'll click once to start the geometry. I will then move my cursor to draw, and I'll click again when finished. I am going to click at the end of this label, and then I'll create some geometry that represents that we need a carriage return, and I'll click when finished.

I will then zoom in a little bit closer. I'll press Enter to re-launch the Free Line tool, and I'll click and create a traditional scribble over the question mark. Once again, I'll click when finished. Let's zoom out a little bit. I will pan the drawing up, and I'd like to focus my attention on this tree right here, number 34. This tree is missing the species information. Let's create a note over here to the left that references that.

Once again, I launch the Text Command, and I will click twice to define my column width, and then I'll add my note. When I'm finished, I'll click Apply. To further designate that this note is for this tree, I can use the Arrow Markup tool. After launching the command, I will click once to start the symbol, and then I'll click again to finish. Let's do a Zoom Extents. I am going to right-click and choose that option from the menu.

I will then create a final revision cloud that encompasses all of these remaining trees. Then I will launch the Zoom Window Command, and I'll click twice to focus our attention on this open area. I'll add one more note. Once again, I'm going to do a Zoom Extents.

I'll use the icon this time. At this point, I am finished adding my comments. Now, since this project is time sensitive, I want to get this drawing back to the surveyor as soon as possible. One way to do this is to click the Share button in the lower-right corner of the interface. We'll get into the specifics of sharing a little later in the title. But for now, just know that if I add the surveyor's email address to this dialog box and then click the Share button, this drawing is instantly shared with the surveyor via email.

In fact, when the surveyor opens the email, the message will look just like this. Notice that it includes a screenshot of the file. If the surveyor has an AutoCAD WS account, he can click this link to view the drawing. If not, he can use this link to download the file to his local hard drive. Using only a couple clicks, anyone on the project team can mark up a drawing and quickly pass it along to other stakeholders.

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