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AutoCAD WS

Real Time Online AutoCAD


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Published 02/21/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
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What can you use the app for?

AudoCAD Ws is a web based version of AutoCAD created by AutoDesk. The application lets users work on AudoCAD projects from anywhere with internet access. The user can open and edit their DWG files within the browser. AudoCAD Ws is equipped with more than 100 tools. Users can also share drawings via email and plot to DWF or PDF. When sharing drawings, the user can also allow others to make changes to their work. All edits are displayed in real time so both users can see the most recent version of the drawing without refreshing. Users can also place drawings over Google Maps to apply real world settings to the background. Drawings can be downloaded in any DWG format, ranging from R14 to 2011. AutoCAD Ws also comes with support for different paper sizes and stylesheets.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

AutoCAD Ws was introduced in 2010 as the first mobile version of AutoCAD. The application was designed to allow users to create new projects or work on existing projects no matter where they went. The current version supports Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari and FireFox browsers. For the most part, AutoCAD Ws has received positive reviews for both its web and mobile applications. Users appreciate the mobile flexibility as well as easy collaboration features.

What are the differences to other apps?

AutoCAD Ws is unique because it allows users to work on AutoCAD drawings from just about anywhere. As long as the user has an internet connection, they can log in and continue working on a project. Users can also upload existing files to continue work on a project or invite others to view their drawings and make edits. The application nurtures collaboration and makes it easy for users to work on drawings in many places.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

AutoCAD Ws has introduced over 100 tools that are familiar to AutoCAD users. The layout is simple. The interface looks a little dated, but functions relatively well for its given purpose. The user won’t see any cutting edge graphics, but they will see an easy and convenient way to access, share and edit their drawings from just about anywhere. The plain interface could use a bit of improvement, but in general the AutoCAD Ws experience is a pleasant one for users familiar with this type of drawing.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can get started by clicking the orange “Create Account” button found along the right side of the AutoCAD Ws homepage. The user is taken to the drawing editor with a pop up box that asks for an email address, first and last name, password and terms of use agreement. After submitting the form, the user can click “Continue” to access their newly created account.

What does it cost to use the application?

AutoCAD Ws invites anyone to create an account for free. There are no subscription fees and the user can draw as much as they like. The application does not require any purchases to maintain account access. All users are given access to the same features. The free price makes AutoCAD Ws even more accessible to users, who will be more likely to download it on mobile devices.

Who would you recommend the application to?

AutoCAD Ws is designed for users who use AutoCAD. The application recreates many of the same tools found in the desktop version. Users can access their work from any computer with an internet connection. The application also makes it possible to share drawings with others online. The plain interface may not be much to look at, but the application offers a good value for the no-cost price.

  • Anyone can create an account and log in for free
  • More than 100 AutoCAD tools are built into the application
  • Existing files can be uploaded and worked on
  • Users can email drawings to others and collaborate online
  • All drawing changes are made in real time


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