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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.
Sometimes you may want to share your drawings with a wider audience. Using AutoCAD WS, you can assign hyperlink to a drawing such that it can be accessed from a blog, website, or even incorporated into a bid document. In this lesson, we'll share a drawing using a hyperlink. On my screen is a proposed utility design shown in both planned and profile view. Now, let's say this design was worthy of recognition, so much so that I'd like to add a hyperlink to this drawing on my company website. I'd also like to include this hyperlink in any documentation I'm preparing when I bid on new projects.
To create the link, I'll move up to the Share tab, and then I'll come down to the end and click the Get link to share button. From here, I will ensure that Enable link to share is checked, I will then come down to the bottom and assign permissions for this file. Since anyone will potentially have access to this drawing, I am going to click to remove the Edit and Download permissions from the share. It's also worth mentioning that if you share a drawing via hyperlink and the Edit permission is removed, any comments made by a viewer are not retained with the file.
So viewers have no ability to change this drawing. Now that I'm finished, I'll click the Copy button to copy this hyperlink to my clipboard, I will then click on the ribbon to close the menu, and I am now free to paste this hyperlink to the company website. I could put it in an email, or I could even add it to a bid document. As an example, I'm going to switch over to Microsoft Word where I have a small paragraph started. If you want to work along with me, feel free to open a blank Word document, or as an alternate, launch your email program and create a new message.
To paste the link, I'll click to place my cursor, and then I'll right-click and choose Paste. I will then press Enter to accept the link. Now, to test this hyperlink, I can hold my Ctrl key and click on it. As you can see, using the link to share tool, we can share our work with anyone, even if they don't have an AutoCAD WS account. Link to share can also eliminate email attachments, simplify website updates, and make your bid documents more interactive.
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