Get an introduction to the Autodesk cloud, where you can store and collaborate on your AutoCAD designs.
- [Instructor] We're starting a new chapter now in our AutoCAD Mobile App course and this particular chapter is going to introduce you to how you're going to utilize AutoCAD in the cloud. Now, this particular first video I'm going to introduce you to the Autodesk Cloud, that universe on the internet where Autodesk provides you with lots of different applications and storage tools in the cloud that allow you basically to store designs and drawings and collaborate on the cloud on the fly as well.
So, you'll notice I'm in Google Chrome and you can see I've got the A360 Drive page up and you can see the URL for that is a360.autodesk.com, so if you go to a360.autodesk.com in any browser, you'll get this page. Now A360 Drive is the Autodesk equivalent of Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Box.com and so on and you'll notice that you can sign in or you can sign up for free. Now, if you sign up for free, that sets you up with that Autodesk ID that I mentioned in the intro videos, so that Autodesk ID allows you to sign into lots of different areas of the Autodesk Cloud, so you can go into all different areas of the Autodesk website including AutoCAD and its AutoCAD mobile app as well.
Now, once you've got that Autodesk ID set up, you can obviously sign into A360 drive and start utilizing it to store files and designs and so on. Now, there's a lovely little graphic just at the bottom of the web page. If I just scroll down the web page, these graphics give you exactly what you need to know about A360 Drive. So, you'll notice there you can store and you can store things like your 2D and 3D drawings and models, you can share as well. Now, A360 Drive is the storage facility.
There's also a thing called A360 Team where you can set up projects and store files in those projects and allow people to share and collaborate on those porjects. You'll notice as well that you can synchronize, you can synchronize your files back to your desktop once you've been out on the remote site and done some changes and collaboration and more importantly, the access means that you can access your design files from anywhere on any device like an iPad or a Microsoft service or even just your phone as well.
You can access your files just from your phone if you need to just quickly look at them. I wouldn't recommend using the AutoCAD mobile app on a phone screen though, it's a little bit small. So, basically you can sign in here to A360 Drive on this particular page and you can also sign up free. Now, you'll notice there's another tab open in my browser at the top of the screen and it says AutoCAD Files. Let's click on that one. Now, I'm signed into my Autodesk AutoCAD mobile app but in my browser.
You can run it in a browser, you can run it on a mobile device and as you can see, you can log in anywhere to access those 2D and 3D designs. Now, you'll notice if you look at the top of the screen there it says client.autocad360.com. It was originally known as AutoCAD 360, this AutoCAD app in the cloud. It's not anymore. It's just known as the AutoCAD mobile app and that's it, AutoCAD Mobile really is the best way to call it nowadays and you'll notice I'm already logged in and you'll notice that it's in beta at the moment.
They're still developing it, they're still making it work, it's an excellent product already, don't worry about it crashing or falling over. Basically the research and development team at Autodesk are making sure this product is very stable so that you can utilize it with your AutoCAD desktop back at the office or back at home. Now the idea being is you can create new folders and you can upload files to your Autodesk AutoCAD mobile app. Now, I'm just going to quickly jump into this Stairs drawing here.
If I click on it now, what'll happen is it'll load up on the screen and you can see now that I'm using the most recent beta. It actually tells me and you can actually give feedback back to Autodesk if you want to, so this is AutoCAD web beta because I'm using it in a web browser. You can see the SB up there indicates that I'm logged in as well. So, there's my drawing and you'll notice, I can actually zoom in and zoom out as if I'm in AutoCAD and all the information is there, I can pan and zoom in any which way and you'll notice that I've got layers, there's my layers, there's my layer properties, I can also go to the Layout tab there as well, there's the Layout tab with the viewport and the sheet and there's the layers there.
I can scroll down, there's my layers and my drawing and so on and so forth. Now, this is purely the web-based AutoCAD right now and I'm signed into just the web-based AutoCAD, I'm not actually using the mobile app yet but as you can see, I can just jump into any browser anywhere around the world and go and look at my designs if I want to. I'll just quickly jump back into the Model tab now and I'm back in my drawing again and I can start just interrogating the drawing and checking dimensions and this is the best bit because I can be out on a site now somewhere using a browser on a tablet or using the mobile app on a tablet to look at this same drawing and then I can synchronize that information back to my desktop when I get back to base and that's basically the Autodesk Cloud and how it kind of all ties together.
So, these files here, I can actually open up from my A360 Drive and go straight into my AutoCAD for web or the AutoCAD mobile app if I'm using something like a tablet for example.
- Setting up the cloud options
- Uploading documents
- Creating projects
- Adding your team
- Adding drawings to A360 Drive
- Syncing files
- Establishing a workflow between mobile and desktop