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AutoCAD 360 Mobile App for iPhone, iPod and iPad
6:55 am  .   April 20, 2011  .   admin

The AutoCAD 360 mobile app enables you to view and work with DWG files directly on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This free* mobile app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

This tutorial provides a brief overview of the things you will be able to do with the AutoCAD 360 mobile app.

Sign in to AutoCAD 360

Once you’ve agreed to the Apple terms of use and downloaded the mobile app, you can sign in to your AutoCAD 360 account from your device by using your AutoCAD 360 or existing Autodesk credentials. If you don’t have an AutoCAD 360 account, the mobile app lets you create one.

Please note that your device will need a wireless or 3G connection (in the same way that accessing the AutoCAD 360 web application requires an Internet connection).

The Files manager

Open a Drawing

Upon signing in to AutoCAD 360 from your iOS device, you will see the Files Manager window. This window contains the list of drawings and folders that you have uploaded or created. Please note that to view and edit drawings on your device, you will need to sign in to your account at www.autocad360.com from an Internet-connected PC or Mac, and upload drawings and files using the Upload command in the AutoCAD 360 Drawings menu. See the Getting Started tutorial to learn more. If you’re an AutoCAD user, you can upload drawings directly from AutoCAD once you have downloaded and installed the AutoCAD-360 plug-in.

Double tap to open a drawing or to view the contents of a folder. When you double tap a drawing, it opens in the mobile Editor. The mobile Editor lets you view, edit and collaborate on the drawing from your device.

Editing a Drawing

The mobile Editor contains a number of toolbars that enable you to edit and markup AutoCAD drawings. You can add basic shapes or make text annotations—perfect for small touch-ups in the field or on the road. Access each toolbars by tapping its icon on the command ribbon found on the bottom of your device’s screen.

Navigation Tips: Using the device’s touch interface, you can pan, zoom, edit, and annotate AutoCAD drawings in the mobile Editor. To pan the drawing,  swipe in the direction of your choice.To zoom in and out, pinch the area you’d like to view. Tap objects to select, then move, rotate, or scale. To select multiple objects, turn on multi-selection and then make a long tap and drag your finger to create a rectangle that will select all objects intersecting it. To stop multi-selection, toggle the multi-selection button on the bottom ribbon off.

The Commands Ribbon. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Editor’s command ribbon, and the toolbars associated with each icon on the ribbon:

  • Draw Tools. Show the Draw toolbar which lets you add new objects to the drawing.
  • Markup Tools. Shows the Markup toolbar which lets you markup and annotate the drawing.
  • View mode. Controls the style in which the drawing is displayed.
  • Undo. Undo the last command.
  • Redo. Redo the last command.
  • Multi-selection. Turn multi-selection mode On/Off.
  • Select Color. Change the active drawing and markup color.
  • Share drawing. Shars the drawing with other users.
The main commands ribbon

Draw Tools

The Draw toolbar lets you add geometry to the drawing, such as lines, circles, and polylines.

The Draw context bar

The Draw toolbar contains the following commands:

  • Circle – lets you draw a circle by first tapping a center point, and then tapping another point on the perimiter. You can also draw a circle by making a long tap, and then dragging your finger on the screen to draw the radius. Release to complete the circle.
  • Polyline – lets you draw a polyline consisting of multiple vertices. Tap a point to add a vertex, or make a long tap and then drag your finger across the screen to draw the next polyline segment . When done, tap the “Done” button.
Drawing a polyline
  • Line – lets you draw a line comprising a start and end point. Tap to specify the start point, and tap again to specify the end point. You can also draw a line by making a long tap, then dragging your finger across the screen to the desired length. Release to end the line.
  • Rectangle – lets you draw a rectangle by defining two opposite corners. Tap to specify the first corner, and tap again to specify the opposing corner. You can also draw a rectangle by making a long tap, then dragging your finger across the screen to the desired size. Release to complete the rectangle.
  • Measure – shows the distance between two points on the drawing. Tap to specify the start point, and tap again to specify the end point. You can also measure a distance by making a long tap, and then dragging your your finger across the screen; release once on the target point to view the distance between the two points.
Measuring the distance between two points
  • Text – lets you annotate the drawing by entering text at a specified position. To enter text, tap the text entry icon from the toolbar, and then type the text in the text window. Click “Done” or “Cancel” to continue.
The Text editor window

Extra: Orthogonality and Snapping. When you draw a line that is close being horizontal or vertical by 5° or less, the line will automatically be drawn orthogonally. While performing a long tap or drag operation in the vicinity of a vertex of an intersection, a snapping marker will appear to let you know that releasing your finger at that point will snap the drawn vertex to the target intersection or vertex.

The Snap marker

Markup Tools

The Markup toolbar lets you add markups to the drawing, such as revisions clouds. To use this toolbar, you are not required to have editing permissions for the drawing. The Markup toolbar contains the following commands:

  • Rectangle – lets you draw a rectangle by defining two opposite corners. Tap to specify the first corner, and tap again to specify the opposing corner. You can also draw a rectangle by making a long tap, and then dragging your finger across the screen to the desired size. Release to complete the rectangle.
  • Cloud – lets you draw a revision cloud by tapping a starting point, and then dragging your finger across the area in the drawing that you would like to markup. Release to complete the cloud.
  • Text –lets you annotate the drawing by entering text at a specified position. To use the text tool, tap the text icon and then type in the text window. Click “Done” or “Cancel” to continue.
  • Free Line – lets you draw a free line across the drawing by making a long tap to specify a starting point, and then dragging your finger to the desired length. Release to end the line.
The markup context bar

Edit Tools

The Edit context toolbar contains tools which enable you to move, rotate, scale, delete objects, and edit text. Once an object is selected, the Edit toolbar will be shown, offering you a choice of the following commands:

  • Move – lets you move shapes by specifying a base point and distance. Tap to specify the base point, and tap again to specify the end point. You can also determine the distance to move by making a long tap, and then dragging your finger across the screen to the desired point. Release to complete the move.
Moving an object using the Move command
  • Scale – lets you scale shapes by specifying a base point and a scale factor. Tap to specify the base point, and tap again to specify the scale factor, or make a long tap and  drag your finger across the screen to determine the scale factor.
  • Rotate – lets you rotate shapes by specifying a base point and and rotation angle. Tap to specify the base point and tap again to specify the angle , or make a long tap and  drag your finger across the screen to set the rotation angle.
  • Erase –Tap the  erase button to delete the selected shapes from the drawing.
  • Edit Text – only applicable to text objects. Edit the contents of the text object using the text editor.
  • Deselect – clears the current selection.
  • Trim - To trim an object you first select the new boundary to which you wish to trim your object. Then tap Trim and select the object you want to trim.
  • Extend - To extend an object, you first select the new boundary or boundaries to which you wish to extend your object. Then tap Extend and select the object you want to extend.

Controlling View Modes

You can control the way in which the drawing is displayed using the Set View Mode command to either “Normal,” in which the drawing is displayed using its Model-space colors, or to “Grayscale,” in which the drawing is displayed in shades of bkack and gray emulating the effect of viewing the drawing on paper.

Setting the drawing View Mode

Sharing Drawings

You can share drawings with others AutoCAD 360 users for online viewing, editing, and download.  Click the “Share” command to show the Share Drawing window. Select the email addresses of your collaborators and type an optional message. Use the permissions control to specify whether your collaborators are allowed to edit the drawing online and/or to download a local copy of the drawing (“Off” for both permission settings allows your recipient to only view the drawing online). If other users are also viewing the drawing simultaneously, using the AutoCAD 360 web application or from another mobile device, you will be able see each other’s changes and collaborate on the drawing in real time.

The Share Drawing window

3D Support

We have expanded the View Modes with the latest release of AutoCAD 360 to enabling toggling between 2D and 3D views of your 3D drawings. Please note that all editing functionality is currently disabled when viewing a drawing in 3D. In each mode you can view your drawings either as Normal or in Grayscale.

Preset Viewing Angles in 3D

The 3D View toolbar comes with a selection of 10 different angles from which to view your 3D model:

  • Top
  • Bottom
  • Front
  • Back
  • Left
  • Right
  • NW
  • NE
  • SW
  • SE

In addition to the preset angles you can use your finger to rotate the drawing in three dimensions around a pivot point determined by the center of the current view.

Printing in 3D

The new Plot from mobile feature supports printing from the 3D view.

GPS Support

The new GPS function lets you position yourself within your design leveraging the built-in GPS functionality of your smartphone or tablet to add contextually relevant comments at precise geographic locations.

Please note that the accuracy of the AutoCAD 360 GPS function is dependent on the accuracy of your device. You may have to enable the GPS function in order to get accurate information.

Set Location

You can establish a point and then manually adjust the x, y and z coordinates of that pointwithin your drawing. Similarly, you can use the GPS function to identify your specific longitude, latitude and altitude and then manually adjust if necessary.

My Location

With My Location you can position yourself within your drawing and move around making notes and adding comments in specific locations.

Plot from Mobile

With this latest release we have added the ability to plot your drawings directly from the AutoCAD 360 mobile app. There are two ways for you to do this this.

First you can plot your drawing as a PDF file and email it to any address in the world.

Secondly you can send your drawing directly to any web-connected HP ePrinter.

When emailing your design you can enter or select an address and add a covering note before sending.


Multi Language

The AutoCAD 360 mobile and web apps now support nine additional languages:

  • Chinese – 中文
  • French- Français
  • German- Deutsch
  • Italian – Italiano
  • Japanese – 日本語
  • Korean – 한국어
  • Portuguese – Português
  • Russian – русский
  • Spanish – Español

The choice of languages was determined by the countries where AutoCAD 360 has had the greatest presence.

The language in the AutoCAD 360 mobile app is determined by the settings of your Android device. If you have set your Android phone or tablet to a language other than one of the eight listed here, AutoCAD 360 will be presented in English by default.

For the AutoCAD 360 web app the localization process will be carried out in two stages. With this release, the language of the menus and buttons can be changed by selecting the appropriate flag from the drop down menu. Contextual pop ups, like the sharing window will appear in English. The next release of AutoCAD 360 will see these elements translated as well.

The language chosen is applied only to the app, not to any of your files. when you share a drawing the recipient will see the menus in the language he or she has defined.

Upload from Email

Once you’ve installed the mobile app, all DWG and DXF files that you receive as email attachments will be identified in the email client with the AutoCAD 360 logo.

The upload from email feature works with all current versions of iOS for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, beginning with version 3.2.

Opening the Email Attachment

Simply tap on the attachment to open it. A dialog will appear to confirm your decision to “Open in AutoCAD 360”. Click on the button to continue opening the file.

If you are already signed in to your AutoCAD 360 account, the drawing will open immediately. If you are not signed in, you will see the sign-in screen allowing you to sign in using your AutoCAD 360 or existing Autodesk credentials. First-time users will be able to create an account from the same screen.

Open and Upload Drawing

Once you are signed in the attachment will open immediately in AutoCAD 360. The drawing will be uploaded to your online account so that you can view it from another mobile device or through the web app.

Syncing Drawings for Offline Use

Opening a drawing that you received as an email attachment will also sync the drawing to your local device allowing you to continue working with it offline. For more details about working with AutoCAD 360 offline see the section below headed Offline Support.

AutoCAD 360 Email Video

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