When we first released AutoCAD WS, about two years ago, we wanted to provide our users with instant access to their designs along and the ability to cross boundaries and do things they weren’t able to before. We saw the opportunities created by the rising technologies of cloud, web and mobile, and the increasing need for immediate access to your design data wherever you are. Today we are excited to celebrate 10,000,000 downloads of our mobile application and are excited to see that for our users, this dream has become a reality and in many cases, a daily routine.
“Now we have what we used to dream about back in the day” says Gareth Bellamy, a design manager at OPUS International Consultants, New Zealand. “We use AutoCAD WS to share site development drawings with contractors who are now utilizing tablets on site. AutoCAD WS speeds up communication and drawing releases. It is fast, uncomplicated and has all the basic tools needed to do the job. We are looking into rolling WS out on all our projects nationally”.
Millions of users have adopted AutoCAD WS around the world and are now enjoying all the great advantages it has to offer. We would like to take advantage of this opportunity and thank all of our passionate users that helped us get to this remarkable achievement. Your support and feedback have been well heard and had significant influence on our product roadmap and future plans. During the last year, we have released a number of long requested features such as the mobile camera integration, GPS tracking, 3D viewing and more. We are actively working on future improvements and plan to continue provide you with the tools you need along with an excellent user experience. We invite you all to share with us your AutoCAD WS experience in our facebook page or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to hear what’s on your mind and as you’ve seen in the past, we do listen..
Thank you all,
The AutoCAD WS Team.
In just under two hours you can watch a live facecast where we will walk through the basics of the new Design Feed for AutoCAD WS. The facecast will highlight the ways that you can add posts, tag colleagues and clients and add photos to the feed to create an in-drawing record of your interactions turning your design into a living document.
If you miss the live facecast, you can always revisit it using the embedded player below or at our Facebook page: http://aucad.ws/OiQJhs
The facecast is scheduled for Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 10am Pacific time. I hope you’ll join us.
The first thing you need to know is that the latest update for AutoCAD WS is available now.
You can download version 1.5 of the AutoCAD WS Mobile App now on the App Store or from Google Play. The web version of the app will be automatically updated the next time you log in with your browser at www.autocad360.com.
The second thing you should know is that this is no ordinary update. We have taken the best things about the social web and infused them into the design process. We recognized the need to provide tools that help you collaborate with your team on your own time in an intuitive and streamlined way.
With this new release we have added the Design Feed to both the mobile and the web app. The Design Feed is a major leap forward for AutoCAD WS giving users an in-drawing, interactive feed that enables context-specific posts and responses to turn your drawing into a living document.
Using the Design Feed you can attach a post to a specific point or area in your drawing to draw attention to a feature of your design and encourage discussion.
Your can target specific colleagues or friends with a post by tagging their email address. The people you tag will receive an automated email letting them know that the drawing has been shared with them and that a post has been created that requires their attention.
The latest release of AutoCAD WS allows users to add photos to their drawings. You can attach an image to your posts to provide clarity or to brainstorm ideas. You can place a photo anywhere in your drawing and move and resize it just like any other object.
You can also add an image to a post in the Design Feed to further illustrate your point and drive the discussion forwards.
For more information about the new Design Feed, watch our video below:
I’m delighted to present today a guest post from Kara Gillis from the Product Marketing team in San Francisco.
What do these three things have in common?
They could all be found at Google I/O 2012!
At the end of June I attended the annual Android Developers conference, Google I/O, which takes place in downtown San Francisco to showcase our Google Drive integration in the Developers Sandbox. As the conference approached, I geared up for a three-day adventure with 5500 Google developers.
Moscone Center West was buzzing with activity when I arrived at 8:30 am on the first day. Already, there was a line wrapped around the entire foyer waiting to ascend the escalators to get a good seat for the opening keynote. I navigated my way over to the Developers Sandbox Participant registration and procured my very large name tag that doubled as a full agenda of all of the sessions.
I met up with my colleague, Dusty, and we headed to the keynote room. We were introduced to the new Android platform release – Jelly Bean – as well as the brand new Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus Q and Galaxy Nexus phone. Then, sometime during one of the new product demos, Sergey Brin interrupted the speaker by running onstage wearing the elusive Google Glasses. The screens quickly cut to a real time Google+ Hangout featuring skydivers wearing Google Glasses while hovering above the Moscone Center in a blimp. We watched them descend through the air and land on the roof of the conference center, hand off the Google Glass prototype to BMX bikers, who then gave the Google Glasses to individuals who rapelled down the side of the Moscone Center, entered the keynote room and delivered the Google Glass prototype directly to Sergey on stage to a round of applause.
In order to set up the Autodesk Developers Sandbox station, Dusty and I left the keynote fifteen minutes early and found our booth. We displayed the AutoCAD WS web browser interface, showing how easy it is to view and edit your AutoCAD drawings in your browser. We also demonstrated how easy it is to use Google Drive to store and view your AutoCAD drawings using the AutoCAD WS Chrome app. Check out a demo of the Google Drive integration here.
Throughout the day, conference participants and Googlers stopped by our booth to learn about the possibility of CAD in the cloud. We met so many interesting and enthusiastic current users of AutoCAD WS. We also met AutoCAD users who were excited to learn about the flexibility and mobility that AutoCAD WS provides. To all those people who stopped by our booth – thank you! My big grin reflects how much fun we had meeting you.
If you’re reading this you’ve probably downloaded the AutoCAD WS app. You might have downloaded it on the App Store for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You might have downloaded it from Google Play for your Android smartphone or tablet. You might have downloaded AutoCAD WS for Mac from the Mac App Store.
Wherever you have downloaded AutoCAD WS from, you are not alone. we recently passed a major milestone of over 8,000,000 downloads of AutoCAD WS. We thought it would be nice to share with you how our users break down across the different platforms.
The very first release of the mobile was on the App Store way back in September 2010. Since that first launch there have been several updates to the app as we have continued to build on our initial success. The iOS version of the AutoCAD WS has now been downloaded over 3.1 million times.
As soon as we released AutoCAD WS for iOS, people were clamoring for an Android version and we hate to disappoint. April 2011 saw the release of the AutoCAD WS Mobile App for Android. From that time forwards we have ensured that the mobile app offers exactly the same functionality whether you are an iOS insider or an Android advocate. The rebranding from Android Market to Google Play has not slowed the success of the app in any way and we have now seen over 4.5 million downloads for Android.
Mac App Store
In addition to the mobile apps and the web version of AutoCAD WS, we launched a version of the app for Mac and made it available for download from the Mac App Store. since its initial release, AutoCAD WS for Mac has been downloaded over 500,000 times.
Other Facts and Figures
We know you love to upload your files to AutoCAD WS. Since the launch there have been over 12 million files uploaded and stored in our users’ online accounts.
So, over 8 million downloads so far and more every day. Who have you told about AutoCAD WS recently?
AutoCAD WS has always been about leveraging the huge potential of cloud computing to provide CAD users with access to their drawings wherever they are and whenever is most convenient.
With this is mind we are proud to be one of the apps included in the official launch of Google Drive. Just like AutoCAD WS, Google Drive goes beyond mere file storage giving you access to your files on the web, in your home, at the office, and on the go.
As soon as you’ve finished reading this blog post make sure you’ve signed up for Google Drive. With 5GB of free storage, you will be able to access all your files, including DWGs and DXFs, at drive.google.com.
Google Drive also has a mobile app available for iOS and Android so your files will always be synced however you choose to access them.
You can learn more about using AutoCAD WS with Google Drive by visiting our tutorial here.
Let us know what you think about this exciting new venture and how you plan to use Google Drive by leaving a comment here or on our Facebook page.