We would like to thank you, all of our passionate users, for helping us get to this amazing achievement. We invite you to share with us your thoughts and tell us what you would like to see in the next versions of AutoCAD WS!
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.autocadws.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:
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?
In addition to the changes that have been made to the AutoCAD WS Mobile App for iOS and Android, we have also added a number of features specifically to the web version of AutoCAD WS that you can find at www.autocadws.com.
There are four features key features that have been added to the web version AutoCAD WS to reflect the way users traditionally interact with AutoCAD.
Command Line Toggle
We have added a simple button to the bottom of the screen alongside the toggle for Snap, Ortho and Line Weight. Even with the Command Line turned off, you can still type any of the usual commands that are present in AutoCAD WS to activate them as normal.
You can now determine the in-drawing co-ordinates of any given point by typing “ID” within the web version of AutoCAD WS. Once you are prompted to select a point you can do so by clicking or by using the Snap feature to click a specific point on an object. The co-ordinates are given as an x, y, z reference relative to the origin point of the drawing.
The Align function has been added to the Drawing ribbon in the web version of AutoCAD WS. It functions in the same way as the align function in AutoCAD, except that while AutoCAD WS only supports 2D objects, Align will only require two source and destination points rather than the usual three.
To align an object or objects click the Align button. You will be prompted to select all the objects you wish to align. The Align command can be performed on any shape that can be moved or scaled. You will then be prompted to identify a first source and destination point and then a second source and destination point. The objects will be aligned based on the vectors selected.
You can also trigger the Align command by typing AL or ALIGN.
We have added two new dimension measuring options to the toolbar to allow you to determine the radius and diameter of any arc or circle. Click on the Radius or the Diameter button from the Dimension drop down list and then select the arc or circle you want to measure to add the dimension annotation to your drawing.
What would you like to see next?
We are already planning the features for inclusion in the next release of AutoCAD WS. Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page what you would like to see added next.