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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.
If you have several drawings to review, it's important to have quick access to your files. Fortunately, AutoCAD WS offers familiar tools to make it easy to get in and out of your drawings. In this lesson we'll look at several ways to access files. I would like to open a drawing. I'll start by opening my online exercise files folder, I will then navigate into the chapter_03 directory, and I'm going to click to select this drawing called elevation view. To open the drawing, I could come up and click the Open button, I could also right-click on the file and choose Open selected from the menu.
I'm going to click on screen to close this menu. Probably the fastest way to get into this drawing is to simply double-click on it. As you can see, even though we're using a web-based application, AutoCAD WS works very similar to most traditional programs. I'm going to click the X on the tab below to close this, and we'll try something else. Let's go back to the editor, which is now empty, and I'm going to select the Open menu. Using this tool at the top, I can upload a file directly from my local hard drive right into the editor.
I can also open a drawing by selecting it from the list of recent files below. Let's open the elevation view drawing again. As a side note, notice there's no way to create a new drawing in AutoCAD WS. AutoCAD WS is meant to be an editing and collaboration tool, so it's designed to work with existing drawings only. That being said, if you had a strong desire to create new drawings, you could always upload an empty drawing file to your account, open that file, create your geometry, and then save the drawing with a new name.
Let's close this drawing again and return to the chapter_03 folder. AutoCAD WS also supports a multiple-document environment, so it's possible to open multiple drawings at one time. I'm going to click, hold, and drag and select these two drawings. I will then click the Open button to open both files in the editor. From here I can switch between the open drawings by selecting a tab below. After seeing this, you may be wondering if it's possible to move or copy geometry from one open drawing to another.
And I'm afraid the answer to that question is no. At present time, exchanging objects between drawings is not supported. That being said, if you were an architect in charge of reviewing a building design, for instance, having multiple drawings open would make it very easy to switch between the floor plans and the elevation views of a project. So whether you need to work on one file or many files, even if those drawings are still on your local hard drive, AutoCAD WS makes it easy to work with any of the drawings associated with your projects.
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