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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
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Using the search feature


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AutoCAD WS Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Using the search feature

AutoCAD WS gives us a great deal of space to store files online. Now, with a great deal of space comes a great deal of responsibility. In the events your file management gets a little cluttered, WS offers a Search tool to help you find data that may have been misplaced. In this lesson we're going to use the Search feature to find some files. You've probably noticed that we have a new folder now called Stylesheets. If I open this, we'll find a color table used for plotting. You see, when we performed the mass upload of our exercise files, AutoCAD WS noticed this color table amongst the other files, and as a courtesy it created this Stylesheets folder as a way of helping us organize the data.

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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
2h 23m Beginner Nov 19, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating an AutoCAD WS account
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Viewing and editing drawings
  • Taking measurements
  • Redlining desired changes
  • Accessing and sharing drawings remotely
  • Editing annotations
  • Creating and inserting blocks
  • Plotting drawings to PDF or DWF
  • Incorporating aerial underlays
  • Practicing real-time collaboration
Subjects:
Architecture CAD
Software:
AutoCAD WS
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Using the search feature

AutoCAD WS gives us a great deal of space to store files online. Now, with a great deal of space comes a great deal of responsibility. In the events your file management gets a little cluttered, WS offers a Search tool to help you find data that may have been misplaced. In this lesson we're going to use the Search feature to find some files. You've probably noticed that we have a new folder now called Stylesheets. If I open this, we'll find a color table used for plotting. You see, when we performed the mass upload of our exercise files, AutoCAD WS noticed this color table amongst the other files, and as a courtesy it created this Stylesheets folder as a way of helping us organize the data.

Now, the question is did WS move the CTB file into the Stylesheets folder or copy it there? This is a perfect opportunity to use the Search feature. Up here in the Search box, I'm going to type the text string mono, and I'll press Enter. AutoCAD WS will then scan my online files and folders looking for items matching that string. And right here is the original color table in the chapter_06 folder, so it appears AutoCAD WS created a copy of this file when it placed it in the Stylesheets folder.

I'm going to move up and click the X to close this search. Let's try searching for some drawings. There are a couple of exercise files I'll be using later that have to do with taking measurements. Each of them has the word measure in the file name. To find them, I'll click in the Search field and type measure and press Enter. And AutoCAD WS found two files matching the string, one is in the chapter_04 folder and one is in the chapter_08 folder. As a side note, if I wanted to open one of these files, I could put a check in the box and click the Open button to view it in the Editor.

Now we're going to be talking about the editor in a little bit so for now I'm going to close this drawing by clicking the X on this tab, and we'll then move up and close the Search. So as long as you have a common text string, you could easily use the Search tool to find files associated with a specific project, for instance. The text string also applies to the file extension, so you could use it to find PDF files that represent a finished plan set. Using the Search tool, AutoCAD WS can quickly locate any file or folder in your account.

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