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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.
Using the WS Mobile App, you have instant access to all of your online content. This means you can easily review files, manage shares, or even print drawings when you're away from your desk. In this lesson, we'll practice some file management skills. I'll start by opening a drawing. From the drawings area, I'll tab to the lynda Exercise Files folder, I will then drag the folder view up and select the chapter_08 directory. From here, I'll tab to open the site plan drawing.
Once the drawing is open, I can adjust the view using standard gestures. Spreading my fingers zooms in, pinching zooms out, and a single finger can be used to pan. It's always a good idea to wait for the screen to update between movements. To do zoom extents, tab the view icon in the menu below and select the Zoom Extents. Tab the icon again to close the menu. For a full-screen view, tab the arrows in the upper-right corner. Touching the screen again will restore the interface.
To close the drawing, press Done in the upper-left corner. Closing the drawing is the equivalent of doing a save. Back in the drawings area, we can see that the file I opened has automatically have been downloaded to my device. This means I can continue to work in is this file even when I'm offline. At the point I reconnect to the Internet, this drawing will be synced with my account automatically. If I tab the icon to the right of the file name, it will open the file manager. This is where I can review the current state of the drawing, access other standard file management tools, or if I press Share, I can share the drawing with someone else by simply entering their email address and assigning permissions.
At this point, I don't need to share this drawing, so I'll press Cancel to exit. Let's reopen the drawing again, this time using the button in the file manager. The drawing that I have on screen represents the latest site plan for a proposed subdivision. Now, let's say that I just got a phone call from the developer of this property, and he has requested to see the currently land plan. No matter where I am, I can send him a PDF of this drawing. To create the PDF, I'll visit the menu below and press the output button. I will then select the Plot.
From here, I can select the Plot style, if necessary. Grayscale will be fine for now. I'd like to plot this drawing as a PDF. I'm going to be plotting model space. As far as paper size, I'll tab to open this menu, and I'll drag down to the Imperial sheets, and I'll select ANSI B (11.00 x 1700 Inches). Plotting the drawing extents is fine, and the landscape orientation should work perfectly. When it comes to plot scale, the developer is only concerned about seeing the new geometry.
So Fit to paper is a good choice. This way the drawing will be maximized on the sheet. When I'm finished, I'll press Plot. I will then add the developer's email address, and I'll press Send, and after a few seconds, I'll get a notification that the file has been sent. Now that I'm finished, I'll press Done to close and save the drawing. As you can see, the WS Mobile App makes it easy to manage your CAD drawings on a tablet or Smartphone.
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