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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.
One way AutoCAD WS differs from traditional AutoCAD is in the way it saves drawings. Since WS files are stored online, some of the typical rules for files saving don't always apply. In this lesson, we'll talk about some best practices for saving drawings. On my screen is a file that I've been reviewing. It represents a sanitary sewer profile. Now before I do anything in this drawing, let me show you that in the upper-left corner of the interface, you'll find a menu with the traditional Save and Save As commands, these work just like you would expect.
For instance, if I were to click Save As, even though I'm working online, I can save this file just like I would on my local hard drive. At the top of the dialog box, I can give this file a new name using the menu below, I can save it to any folder in my WS account. I'm going to click the X to close this. What I'd like to do now is show you how saving in AutoCAD WS differs from traditional AutoCAD. I'll start by launching the Zoom Window command, and I'll zoom in on the lower right corner of this profile.
As I look at these Invert measurements, it appears that this one is incorrect. Based on the profile grid, elevation 685 is all the way up here. Yet this invert which is below is listed at 685.18, this can't be right. So I'm going to add a revision cloud such that the CAD technician will know to check this value. I'll start by opening the Layer Control, and I'll set the AutoCAD WS layer current. I will then launch the Revision Cloud command, right here on the Home tab by clicking this icon.
I'll click, and then I'll work my way around the label. Now, whenever you make a change to a CAD drawing, your changes are automatically saved to the file. As an example, I'm going to click the X to close this, and when I double-click to reopen, we can see that my revision cloud is still there. In fact, if you watch closely, you can actually see the Autosave take place. For example, I'm going to pan the drawing over because there is another issue that I'd like to highlight. Right here, I have some duplicate labels.
This one must be incorrect, so I'll launch the Revision Cloud command again, I'll click on screen, and I will surround this label, and when I finish, watch the line work, and after a second or two, you'll notice a subtle change. Right there, the drawing was just saved to the server. That being said, you should never rely 100% on the Autosave feature. Remember, that we're working with online drawings. In the event you momentarily lost your connection to the WS server, there is a chance the changes made after that point will no longer be automatically saved.
So to be on the safe side, if you have a large amount of work, be sure to manually click the Save icon when you're finished. And just as important, close the drawing before you leave. If you exit the browser, or log out of AutoCAD WS while a drawing is still open, there's a chance that you might lose some changes. If we always remember that our drawings are stored on an Internet hard drive, these file saving precautions make much more sense. Following these rules can also give us peace of mind when editing the drawings in our account.
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