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.
We are delighted to reveal some of the functionality which will be available in AutoCAD WS exactly one year from today.
That’s right, we are planning ahead and we wanted you to be the first to hear what the future holds for AutoCAD WS.
AutoCAD WS is proud to release its own voice-activated design assistant, Miri. Miri will understand commands like “Draw a line over there”, and “No, not there, Miri, THERE!”
Miri will use advanced AI to review your designs and let you know proactively whether you’ve created something really good or just plain awful. Miri will also be able to respond to commands like “Miri, design me a really cool house, please,” and “Miri, do you think this building needs more windows?”
Retroactive Timeline Manipulation
The new version of AutoCAD WS will finally conquer one of the major problems with design. Fixing things after construction is complete.
Using the new Retroactive Timeline, you will be able to edit the DWG for a building which has already been constructed and make changes to the design which will appear on the already-constructed building in real time. For the sake of people’s safety, it is suggested that you evacuate the building before saving your changes. Also, please note that any comments you leave on the design will appear as floating speech bubbles in the actual building so make sure you don’t write anything you don’t want others to read.
One Year from Today
We hope you have enjoyed this little glimpse into the future of AutoCAD WS and we look forward to releasing this version of the app in exactly 365 days, on April 1st 2013.