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AutoCAD WS and the AutoCAD Verticals
6:48 pm  .   October 26, 2010  .   admin

Over the past few weeks we have written about the integration of AutoCAD WS into AutoCAD. The AutoCAD WS plugin is already available for AutoCAD 2011 here and it will soon be available for AutoCAD 2010 and the range of vertical products. We know that many of our users are working with AutoCAD verticals and so this post is aimed at you.

Let’s have a look at the following verticals:

  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • AutoCAD Mechanical
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • AutoCAD Map 3D

In each instance, the AutoCAD plugins for 2010 and 2011 can be installed to work with each of these vertical products enabling you to upload DWG and DXF files to AutoCAD WS and share them online and to view them on your mobile device.

What about objects that were created in an Autocad vertical?

Each of the vertical versions of AutoCAD enables users to work with specific objects that have their own rules and properties. Within AutoCAD WS, these objects will appear exactly as if they had been opened within AutoCAD. In most cases AutoCAD WS will not allow you to interact with the objects that have been created in the vertical product. You will still be able to delete such an object, but you may not be able to edit it.


Many users are already using the plugin with these verticals. AutoCAD WS for web already fully supports the use of imperial measures (feet and inches).

This is something I’m curious about. Why not let us know in the comments whether you use imperial or metric measures in your work.

Civil 3D

At the moment AutoCAD WS works only with 2D drawings so you need to make some slight adjustments when uploading your work from AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Our colleague Dana Probert, wrote an excellent blog on the subject here: http://bimontherocks.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/10/can-you-use-autocad-ws-with-civil-3d.html.

One of the key takeaways here for uploading your Civil 3D files to AutoCAD WS is to save your drawings first with PROXYGRAPHICS set to 1, but you should really read the whole article.

Map 3D

If you’re working with AutoCAD Map 3D you should save your drawing as a DWG or DXF file before uploading it to AutoCAD WS if you want to work with it online. You can upload MDB files, but AutoCAD WS will not be able to open them either online or using a mobile device.

One of the coolest features in AutoCAD WS for web is the Google Maps overlay that you can now apply to your drawings. Working with Google Maps allows you to place your designs in context and see exactly how each potential construction fits into the real world. It also looks fantastic!

Your Stories

That’s a few tips from us, but now we’d like to hear from you. Let us know which of the AutoCAD verticals you use and how you plan to work with AutoCAD WS. Leave us a note in the comments or write to us at feedback@autocadws.com. We’ll turn the best stories into a blog post all of their own.

  • Judy Shedrick

    We use imperial measure (feet and inches).

  • Jose A. Sanchez

    I work with both engineering and architecture projects, so it’s important for me to be able to upload both units metric and imperial. I use Autocad 2011, Civil 3D 2011, and Autocad Architecture 2011 at same time. I use scale factors to insert metric units drawings into Imperial units drawings and vice versa. I want to be able to do that in Autocad WS, for example i have a “site” cad file in metrics units and the architect sent me the finished building to be inserted into the site, I need to immediately insert the architect xref into my site and discuss it while in Autocad WS.

    • marcop

      metric in europe!!!!

  • Barry Ralphs

    What about “AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2011″ ?

  • Marco

    M E T R I C in Europe!!!!

  • Carl

    I have AutoCAD 2011 and often find it useful to retrieve coordinates of new / existing construcion.

    This app would be very useful for the site engineer on his/her iphone if it had this function too in order to set out coordinate points with a EDM without the added inconvenience of going back to the office.

    If this was found on another update then this would make this app amazing? So far, very impressed as I do not have to walk around site with so many drawings, I can just check on my AutoCAD WS app.

  • LouC

    What about android? That is the new mainstream…..

  • Eugen

    Hi! Is it posible to open your Autocad WS from other application on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch using some parameters?Thanks in advance!

  • bell ross

    Rather amusing answer

  • B1NM4N

    Metric please!!!! – It’s been a while since I learnt my multiplication tables, and I don’t ever remember learning my 25.4 timestable.
    Would be a really good app, but almost useless in Europe.

  • Valdis

    Metric units pls

  • MEMO

    We really need Metric here in Europe. everything is in the metric system.
    i’ts a great adission to our Acad pipeline but useless without this integration.

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