Join Jeff Bartels for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating an account, part of AutoCAD 2014 New Features.
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In order to take advantage of all the new features in AutoCAD 2014, you'll need to have an Autodesk 360 account. Generally speaking, Autodesk 360 represents an online storage location where you can save drawings and related content. Saving files to Autodesk 360 means you can easily access them from any computer, smart phone, or tablet. In this lesson, we're going to create an Autodesk 360 account, and sign into the service. Now, this may seem a little unusual, but I'm going to start by opening Windows Explorer. I'll do that by pressing the Windows key, and tapping the letter E on my keyboard.
When you install AutoCAD 2014, you'll find that it has created a system folder on your machine called Autodesk 360. This folder represents the content you have saved to your online account. You see, Autodesk 360 works very similar to a service like Dropbox. Essentially, you save your files into this directory, and then they're automatically synced with your online account. If you open the folder at this time, you will not see any content, nor can you add anything to the folder. That's because, at present time, we are not signed into the Autodesk 360 service.
I'm going to close Windows Explorer. And then, in the upper right corner of the AutoCAD interface, I'll open the Autodesk 360 menu, and select Sign In. In the event you'd like more information about Autodesk 360, you can use this option below. In the Sign In dialog box, you can enter the same Autodesk ID and password that you use to authorize your AutoCAD software. Otherwise, you can create a new Autodesk ID by clicking the "need an Autodesk ID" link. I'm going to use this option to create a new account.
From here, I'll enter my first name, last name, and e-mail address. I will then enter my desired Autodesk ID and password. Finally, I will agree to the Autodesk 360 Terms of Service, and I'll click the button below to create an account. This will sign me into the service, and I'll be given the opportunity to automate how AutoCAD uploads content into my account. We'll talk about these options a little bit later.
For right now, let's leave both of them unchecked, and click OK. Now that I'm signed into the service, let's visit Windows Explorer again, and try uploading some files. Once again, I'll press Windows key E. I will then navigate to the desktop, and I'll open the Exercise Files folder. And then, inside the Autodesk 360 directory, I'm going to select all of these files that start with the number two. I'll choose this first one, and then I'll hold my Shift key, and select the last one. I will then right-click, and select Copy to copy them to the clipboard.
Next, I'll open the Autodesk 360 folder on my machine, and I will right-click, and select Paste to upload these files to my account. In the event you upload drawings that have associated files -- things like fonts or external references, -- you can use this dialog box to ensure all related content is copied to your account. In this case, I'm going to select Copy to include these related files. Note that they will be placed in a folder called Automatic Copy. And, that's it. By simply copying files to the Autodesk 360 folder on my machine, they are automatically synced with my online account.
When all the files display a green check, the sync process is finished, and I can now access or share this content using virtually any device connected to the Internet. Finally, let's look at how we can sign out of the Autodesk 360 service. I am going to close Windows Explorer, and then I will return to the Autodesk 360 menu, and I'll choose Sign Out. In the next few lessons, we'll be exploring many benefits of using Autodesk 360 in conjunction with AutoCAD. It's important to note that some of the AutoCAD 2014 new features, like live maps and design feed, require the use of Autodesk 360.
So, now that we have an account, we can take advantage of all that AutoCAD 2014 has to offer.
- Creating an Autodesk 360 account
- Collaborating with the design feed
- Saving AutoCAD settings to the cloud
- Accessing content from the command line
- Using file tabs to manage drawings
- Managing Exchange apps
- Adding aerial photography and coordinates
- Processing point cloud data
- Preventing virus and malware attacks