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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
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Viewing drawing contents


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AutoCAD WS Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

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AutoCAD WS offers many of the same viewing tools found in traditional AutoCAD, making it very easy to work in files of any size. In this lesson we're going to use Pan and Zoom to navigate a drawing. On my screen is a drawing that represents a partially finished tree survey. I have sent a survey crew out to this site to collect the location and species of all of the trees. This drawing represents the amount of work they have done so far. To zoom in on this drawing, I'm going to roll the mouse wheel forward. If I roll back, I can zoom out.

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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

Viewing drawing contents

AutoCAD WS offers many of the same viewing tools found in traditional AutoCAD, making it very easy to work in files of any size. In this lesson we're going to use Pan and Zoom to navigate a drawing. On my screen is a drawing that represents a partially finished tree survey. I have sent a survey crew out to this site to collect the location and species of all of the trees. This drawing represents the amount of work they have done so far. To zoom in on this drawing, I'm going to roll the mouse wheel forward. If I roll back, I can zoom out.

Holding the mouse wheel down allows me to pan. This is typical AutoCAD functionality. If I wanted to focus my attention on a specific area, I can use the Zoom Window tool to do that. I'll click two points to define a rectangle and maximize that area on screen. Now that I'm here, I can hold the mouse wheel down and pan the drawing and review the work that's been done so far. To zoom to the drawing extents, I'll click the magnifying glass icon.

Note that several of the pan and zoom options can also be found in the right-click menu. I'm going to press the Escape to close the menu. Now it appears the tree survey is nearly finished. All of the trees have been located and approximately half of them have been identified. It looks like the remaining trees are here on the northern part of this site. I'd like to zoom in one more time because I did notice one tree here in the completed area that appears to have been missed. I'll use the Zoom Window tool for that.

Right here tree #34 still needs to be identified. I have to admit, I also zoomed in on this area so I can show you an additional feature. In the lower-right corner of the screen, you'll find the Incremental Zoom tool. If I click the minus, I can zoom out one increment, click the plus to zoom in an increment. If I click and drag this slider to the left one notch, I can zoom out a half increment. Drag it back to the right notch to zoom in a half increment.

The farther you pull the slider to the left or right will affect how much you zoom in and out. Now that I'm finished reviewing this drawing, I'd like to do a Zoom Extents. This time I'll do it by right-clicking, and I'll choose Zoom Extents from the menu. With its familiar pan and zoom tool set, AutoCAD WS makes it easy to navigate any of your project drawings, regardless of their size.

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