With all the excitement surrounding the inclusion of the new online tab in AutoCAD 2012, one of the key changes has gone mostly unnoticed. Until now you have always been able to open earlier versions of your drawing online by selecting a different point in the Timeline. With AutoCAD 2012, you can also download an earlier version directly to your desktop.
Here’s how it works. Let’s say you’re out in the field working on your iPad and making some changes to your design. On your way back to the office you share your design with the client. He opens it up in his browser (he doesn’t have AutoCAD installed on his desktop) and you collaborate and make some decisions together.
Then a month later after more changes have been added at various times, you decide you need to go back and see what the decisions you made that day were and how the drawing looked at that point in time. Perhaps you want to roll back some of the subsequent changes and beging again from an earlier edit point.
Opening the drawing in AutoCAD 2012 and selecting Timeline from the Online tab will enable you to view and download earlier versions of your design making it easier than ever to review previous versions or even roll back your designs to an earlier date and revisit the choices you made.
What’s your favorite thing about the AutoCAD WS Timeline?