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Access AutoCAD WS From Your Desktop
9:10 am  .   June 1, 2011  .   daniel
Now you can connect any client to the AutoCAD WS server. In other words you can use your PC or Mac’s desktop to manage your DWG files and more.
This tutorial will guide you through the connection process for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Mac OS.

Through a simple mapping process, you can create a folder on your desktop (or anywhere else) that shows you everything inside your AutoCAD WS account.

Using this folder, you can add or delete files to your AutoCAD WS account. You can also create sub-folders and organize your files the way you want. You can also move or copy files from your AutoCAD WS account to your local drives and vice versa.

Connecting to AutoCAD WS from your Desktop

Windows XP
  1. On your desktop Click the icon called My Network Places.
  2. In the Network Tasks menu on the left-hand side click Add a network place to start the Add Network Place Wizard.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Select Choose another network location and click Next.
  5. Under Internet or network address, copy the following:
    https://dav.autocadws.com
  6. Click Next.
  7. You will be asked to enter your credentials. Your credentials are the user name (or email) and password that you usually use to connect to AutoCAD WS.
  8. Click OK.
  9. You can call this network place anything you like and click Next.
  10. Click Finish.
  11. A new window will open showing your connection to your AutoCAD WS online account and all the files and folders inside. You can manage these files like you would in any other window by dragging files in or out and using keyboard shortcuts.
  12. To create a shortcut hold the SHIFT button and drag the new network place icon to the desktop.
Windows 7
  1. On your desktop or in your start menu, find the icon called Computer.
  2. Right click on Computer and select Add a network location to start the Add Network Location Wizard.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Select Choose a custom network location and click Next.
  5. Under Internet or network address, copy the following:
    https://dav.autocadws.com
  6. Click Next.
  7. You will be asked to enter your credentials. Your credentials are the user name (or email) and password that you usually use to connect to AutoCAD WS.
  8. You can call this network location anything you like and click Next.
  9. Click Finish.
  10. A new window will open showing your connection to your AutoCAD WS online account and all the files and folders inside. You can manage these files like you would in any other window by dragging files in or out and using keyboard shortcuts.
  11. To create a shortcut from your desktop, right-click on the drive name and select Send to Desktop (create shortcut)

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Mac OS
  1. Open the program called Finder.
  2. Click on Go in the overhead menu and select Connect to Server… from the dropdown list.
  3. Under Server Address copy the following:
    https://dav.autocadws.com
  4. Click Connect.
  5. You will be asked to enter your credentials. Your credentials are the user name (or email) and password that you usually use to connect to AutoCAD WS.
  6. Click Connect.
  7. A new folder will appear in Finder called dav.autocadws.com showing all the files and folders in your AutoCAD WS online account. You can manage these files like you would in any other window by dragging files in or out and using keyboard shortcuts.