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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
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Managing plot-related files


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AutoCAD WS Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Managing plot-related files

To print drawings using traditional AutoCAD, you have to tell the program where to find necessary files like Fonts or Plot Styles. Using AutoCAD WS everything is managed for you. In the event WS has trouble locating a file, it will notify you and give you a hyperlink such that you can upload what it needs. In this lesson we'll explore how AutoCAD WS manages plot related files. On my screen is an example of a detailed drawing. I am going to use the Zoom Window command to zoom in on the RESERVED PARKING sign.

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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

Managing plot-related files

To print drawings using traditional AutoCAD, you have to tell the program where to find necessary files like Fonts or Plot Styles. Using AutoCAD WS everything is managed for you. In the event WS has trouble locating a file, it will notify you and give you a hyperlink such that you can upload what it needs. In this lesson we'll explore how AutoCAD WS manages plot related files. On my screen is an example of a detailed drawing. I am going to use the Zoom Window command to zoom in on the RESERVED PARKING sign.

Now this file was created using AutoCAD, where it was also assigned a Plot Style to control the appearance of the geometry when printed. Here in AutoCAD WS, I can identify that Plot Style by going to the View tab, and I'll click the Plot Styles button. Right here we can see the Plot Style is called mono-43. This green check identifies that this file has been uploaded to my account. I am going to close this. If I wanted to view this drawing using the Plot Styles, I'll click to open the View mode menu, and I'll select As Plot. I will then click the menu again to close it.

This makes the drawing look very similar to what we would see on the printed sheet. I'm going to move down and click the X to close this drawing because I'd like to do something catastrophic. Here in the Drawings Manager, I'm going to click the green arrow to jump up a couple of directories. I will then open the stylesheets folder, and I'll right-click on the mono-43 Plot Style, and I'll select Delete. I will then click Yes when prompted. Then I'll go back to the Editor, and on the Home tab I'll expand the Open menu, and I'll re-open the detail drawing by selecting it here in the recent items list.

Once again, I'll go to the View tab, and I'll click the Plot Styles button notice that I'm now getting a question mark, letting me know this file cannot be found. Fortunately, AutoCAD WS gives me an upload hyperlink that I can use to reload the file. I am going to click this, this takes me down to my local hard drive where I'll select the Desktop shortcut, I will then open the Exercise Files folder, and I'll open the chapter_06 directory. From here I'll select the mono-43 Plot Style and click Open to re-upload it to my account.

When it's finished uploading, I'll click Update stylesheets. This will re-associate the Plot Style with the drawing and reload the file. Once again, I'm going to zoom in on the RESERVED PARKING sign, and I'll test the drawing by going back to the View mode menu, and I'll select As Plot. At this point, you may be wondering if you have to upload Plot Styles multiple times, the answer is no. Let's go back to the Drawings Manager. You see, whenever you upload a Plot Style, it is automatically placed in the Stylesheets folder where it's available for any other drawing using that style.

In fact, I am going to go back to the Editor, this same workflow also applies to Fonts. If I click the Fonts button will see a list of all the fonts that are used in this drawing. In the event any of them are missing, I could use the Upload link to add the file to my account. Even more impressive, if I share this drawing with someone and they open it using their AutoCAD WS account, they will automatically see the correct Plot Styles and Fonts just like I do. So when it comes to managing plot-related files, AutoCAD WS takes care of all the work for us.

In the event a file is ever needed, we can upload and store the file with just a couple of clicks of the mouse.

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