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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.
By uploading drawings to an AutoCAD WS account, we can access those drawings from any computer, smart phone, or tablet. In this lesson we'll explore how to upload drawings. Now, before I upload a file, I'd like to create a folder to put that file in. So I'm going to double-click to open my online Exercise Files folder, in here I'm going to create a new folder called chapter_02, and I'll click OK. To upload a drawing, I'll click the Upload button, and then in the Upload to Folder menu I'm going to select chapter_02 as the destination of my uploaded drawing.
I will then click Browse. I will navigate to the Exercise Files folder on my local machine, I'll open chapter_02, and I'll select this drawing called floor plan, and I'll click Open. This uploads the drawing to my online account. When the file transfer is complete, I can close this dialog box, and if I open the chapter_02 directory, I'll see that drawing right here. Let's upload a couple of more drawings, except this time we'll do it a different way. If we visit the Messages area, we have another opportunity to upload drawings right here.
I'm going to click this Upload button. I will verify that the destination is chapter_02. And just for a second take a look at the bottom of this dialog box, we are not restricted to uploading DWG files only. Any of these other file formats are also supported. I'll click Browse. I'll go back to the Exercise Files folder on the Desktop, and inside chapter_02, I'm going to hold my Ctrl key, and I'll select these remaining three drawings, and I'll click Open.
This will upload the drawings one right after the other. Now, I don't have to wait for this process to complete. If I want, I can click the Minimize button, this will allow me to continue working in AutoCAD WS, and I can monitor the progress of the upload here at the top of the screen. When the upload is complete, the dialog box comes back, I can then close this, and if I go back to the Drawings tab, we'll find those additional three files have been added to the directory.
I'm going to click the green arrow a couple of times to return to the top level. At this point, you may be wondering if there are any limits on your storage space or file sizes. That's a great question. Currently there is no limit to the amount of data you can upload to AutoCAD WS. That being said, the maximum file size for each uploaded file is 19 meg. So as long as your files fall below the 19-meg limit, you can upload as many as you want. With its near limitless amount of available storage, AutoCAD WS makes it easy for you to have online access to even your largest CAD projects.
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