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AutoCAD 360 vs Autodesk 360: What’s the Difference?
3:30 am  .   April 28, 2014  .   admin

You’ve heard us extoll the virtues of AutoCAD 360 in this space for a while now. Today we want to introduce you to another great cloud-based tool for your collaboration toolbox, and one that can complement AutoCAD 360 in your workflow. Dear reader, meet Autodesk 360.

At its core, Autodesk 360 is a mobile and web-based way to access, share, and upload design files. Which might lead you to wonder: what makes Autodesk 360 different from AutoCAD 360, and when should you use it? We’re glad you asked. Here’s how the two are different:

  • AutoCAD 360 lets you view DWG files; Autodesk 360 lets you view all file types. (If you’re currently storing project files with services like Dropbox, they don’t always support the viewing of all file types, so while you can store all files types there, you can’t necessarily open them.)
  • AutoCAD 360 lets you share, collaborate on, and edit DWG files. Autodesk 360 is great for collaboration and viewing files, but not for editing them. The good thing is, you can access AutoCAD 360 through Autodesk 360.
  • AutoCAD 360 is great if you’re only dealing with CAD files. Autodesk 360 is perfect for larger, more complex projects with multiple file types. If you’re dealing with numerous stakeholders and lots of different kinds of documents (Word docs, PDFs, DWGs), you can add them all to a master folder that people can share for easy access to that information.
  • Autodesk 360 has a bonus feature in the works! In the future, Autodesk 360 will be adding a community for users designed for a different kind of collaboration and crowdsourcing.
  • Eventually, users will be able to upload design files or templates and set the permissions to global, public access. This will enable a new level of sharing among users—and, we hope, encourage exciting new design thinking, collaboration, and innovation.

Now, all of those differences aside, Autodesk 360 does have a lot in common with AutoCAD 360. Here’s what they share:

  • Both enable you to collaborate and communicate with your team easily and efficiently, onsite and off.
  • Both allow you to give or restrict access to files depending on who you want to see them—you can invite team members to view, share, and download designs directly in their web browser or mobile device.
  • Both offer free online data storage (with additional storage available on a subscription basis).
  • Both offer a platform for compiling notes and user comments in the Design Feed, an ongoing activity stream.
  • Both are available as a mobile app (available from iTunes or Google Play) and as a web-based storage center.

We think using AutoCAD 360 and Autodesk 360 complement each other nicely, so we hope this post has at least made you curious to try Autodesk 360 yet. If you’re ready to see what it’s all about, check out this video overview, or create a free account and see what it’s all about. Let us know what you think, and how you’re using it alongside AutoCAD 360. And check back next week for more tips and tricks!