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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.
After uploading a few drawings to your WS account, you may be wondering if it's possible to upload entire directories at one time. The answer is yes, you can. In this lesson we'll create a custom folder on our local machine that is synchronized to an AutoCAD WS account. Let me mention first that I am using the Windows 7 Operating System, so the steps I show you will be specific to that version. In the event you're using a Mac, I will be offering some alternate directions for your system. I'll start by clicking the Start button, and then I'll select Computer.
In the window, I'll right-click on Computer and choose Add a network location. I will then click Next, from here I will select Choose a custom network location, and I'll click Next. Now, to get to a similar place on the Mac, you need to open the program called Finder. In the overhead menu, click Go and select Connect to Server from the dropdown list. Now we're going to enter the following address: https://dav.autocadws.com.
When I'm finished I'll click Next, click Connect on the Mac. Now we can enter our AutoCAD WS login credentials. I'm going to check the box to remember this information. I'll click OK when finished, click Connect on the Mac. I will then click Next to accept the default name of the folder. If you're using a Mac, that same folder name will now appear in Finder. As for me, I'm going to click Finish.
As a courtesy, that new folder is now opened up on my screen, and we're seeing the two folders that we created online. I'm going to close this, because I like to create a shortcut to this folder on my Desktop. To do that, I'll right-click on the folder, I'll come up to Send to, and I'll choose Desktop. I will then close this window. I can now use this custom folder to manage my AutoCAD WS content. For example, if I double-click on this, I can open the directory and see the folders.
I'm going to double-click to open the samples folder, and if I'd like to download one of these files, I can simply drag and drop it onto the Desktop. To upload a drawing, I can drag it into the folder. Now, I don't need this extra copy, so I'll select it and press Delete. I'm going to backup a directory. I will then open up my online exercise files, and I'm going to drag this over here to the right. What I'd like to do now is upload the remaining exercise files used in this title.
So I will open the exercise files on my local machine, I'm going to click hold and drag to make a selection window, and then I will drag and drop these folders to my online account. Now that the upload is finished, all of the exercise files are available in my online account. I'm going to close these windows, from this point on I have a very convenient access point to manage my AutoCAD WS content.
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