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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.
The first thing you'll notice after launching the Mobile App is that, it looks different than the web version. That's because it's optimized for a smaller screen size. Now, even though we're operating in a smaller environment, most of the AutoCAD WS features are still available. In this lesson we'll take a tour of the AutoCAD WS Mobile App interface. After logging into the app, I'm taken directly to the drawings area. From here, I can tab to open a folder, and I can continue to tab to open additional folders until I find the file I'm looking for.
To move back up to the directories, I can tab the button in the upper-left corner. Now it's worth noting that you cannot create or move folders using this Mobile App. That functionality is limited to the web browser version only. Using the menu at the bottom of the interface, I can leave the drawings area. I'll select the Upload button. This is where I can get updates regarding new features as well as documentation explaining how to use many of the popular tools. Right next to help, I can view program Settings.
These settings control the amount of storage I'd like to allocate for AutoCAD WS. You see, when you open a drawing using the Mobile App, that drawing is downloaded to the device. Using this local storage feature means you can edit drawings even when you're offline. Later, when you have access to the Internet, you can sync the drawings back to your account. To empty the local storage, use the Remove Local Files button. Finally, I'll select Community from the menu below. This is where I can send feedback regarding the program, view WS related YouTube content, or access the WS Twitter and Facebook accounts. I'll tab Community again to close.
To log out of the Mobile App, I'll return to the drawings area and at the top level of the directories, I'll tab the Sign Out button and choose Sign Out. As you can see, this simplified Mobile App interface makes it easy to navigate your online content, even when using a smaller screen. Using this application, you can literally carry hundreds of drawings right in the palm of your hand.
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