Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the eDrawings app for iOS, part of Up and Running with eDrawings.
Wouldn't it be great to be sitting on the beach and reviewing design files on your iPad? Guess what? Leave the laptop at home and anywhere you are, including the beach, or any other office location, you can comment on e-drawings just like you were sitting in your office. It's all possible and in fact very easy. We can also leverage the power of cloud based storage for access to all these files on the go. To get started, let's go ahead and launch the eDrawings application. When you first open up the software, you'll see we have several different sample files to choose from. I'm going to go ahead and select the loader to open it up. As soon as the file loads, we have the ability to move this file around by simply touching the screen and swiping your finger from left to right, or right to left where you're able to spin the model I can even move it up and down in the same manner.
I switch over to two fingers, I can pan the model across the screen. If I pinch out or in I can zoom. In fact, I can do all three at the same time. I can rotate, pan and zoom... Get my model into the correct orientation. If at any point in time you forget how to zoom, pan, or rotate, go ahead and click on the question mark icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen. That will bring down a drop down list of all those commands.
On the right hand side of the screen, I can expand out that window and I can see all of the components that build this assembly. I can then move the model around. Select a component and notice it highlights in the main view window. I can select different ones to show them on the screen. On the bottom right hand corner of my screen I have selections to show all, hide or show components, change transparency, or isolate individual components. If I click on isolate I can then select a certain item and all the other items will hide.
I then can move that item around by rotating it, zooming. Once I'm done I can close the drawer to see the model in full screen. I can also open that slide out one more time. Turn isolate off. And, show all to bring the full model back. Close the fly out. Move the model around on the screen, to get in the correct orientation. I can select to hide or show different components.
Going up to the tree and going ahead and selecting an item. Notice that item is now hidden, I can do exactly the opposite to bring it right back. Turn that button off, and close the drawer. On the left hand side of the screen we have options to view the various orientations of the model. Notice that I can view the model in both shaded with edges or just shaded moats. If I'd like to present the model, I can push the play button on the upper left hand side of the screen.
What that does is put it in a full screen view mode and it cycles through the various orientations like front, side, top, or right views of the model. This is also a great way to present your designs by plugging it in to a projector. when you're done, go ahead and minimize that screen to take you back to the full viewer. Clicking on the Home key, will brance back to the original state of the model when we opened it. We also have the ability to explode a model, by clicking on the Explode key. What that will do is separate the pieces, so you can see all the different components.
And we do have to have an exploded view in solid works when we created this file originally. >> Once the model's exploded we have the ability to spin the model, look at the individual components just like we would in a regular environment. And get it to the right orientation we're looking for. When you're done, go ahead and hit explode again. It brings all the componets back together. This model also happns to have a configuration both with a cab and without a cab. If I slide out the drawer on the right hand side. Then I click on the configuration manager. I can see there's a full or no cab version of this part. By clicking on No Cab, it just removes that part of the design. So I basically have two different configurations of the same assembly. I can spin it around.
Take a look at it. Pull that drawer back out. We have the full tree available with all of the components that build up this assembly just like we did with the full version. I can look at the various components in the same manner. I can still use show all, hide individual components, use transparency, or isolate individual components. If I like to view different orientations I can view this with shaded with edges or without.
I can look at the different various orientations like front, right, top, isometric or even at perspective. When you're done click on the icon again and that should close the window. When you're done reviewing a file we can e-mail it, save an image, or even e-mail an image. Click on e-mail a file, type in who you'd like to send the file to, and away goes. I'm just going to cancel this for right now. Here's also a new augmented reality feature in e-drawings.
Click on the A R button for more information. Many times, designs need to be reviewed often and having the ability in a small device like an iPad is awesome. The Etronics Mobile App makes it easy for anyone to interpret and understand 2D and 3D design data, open, zoom, rotate, animate, browse, store, monitor and manage your product designs wherever you go. It's simple to download and supports all your basic cad files. Enjoy the seamless viewing and sharing capabilities of e-drawing software on the go.
- Opening and saving eDrawing files
- Working with AutoCAD, DWG, and DXF files
- Touring the interface
- Measuring a model
- Creating section views
- Looking at exploded views
- Adding measure annotation
- Drawing shapes
- Replying to comments
- Using the eDrawings app for iOS
- Sharing drawings on an iPad