AutoCAD WS is now AutoCAD 360. The online/cloud version of AutoCAD has seen over 12 million downloads and 11+ million registered users since it was introduced. Starting today AutoCAD 360 will feature some new tools and some new purchase options. The modile app version is available for iOS and Android smartphones/tablets at no cost, but there are new "Pro" versions available. AutoCAD 360 Pro gives you 25GB of online storage, a maximum supported file size of 30MB, the ability to create a new drawing, plus more advanced drawing and editing tools. AutoCAD 360 Pro will cost you $4.99 per month, or $49.99 per year. If you need even more online storage (100GB) and the ability to work with larger drawings (40MB), AutoCAD 360 Pro Plus is available for $99.99 a year.
With AutoCAD WS currently installed, all you need to do is update the app and you will be ready to go with AutoCAD 360. I've included some screen shots of the free version below.
Autodesk presented a webinar this morning to review the new version of AutoCAD WS 1.4 that is now available for download. If you are not aware of it, AutoCAD WS is a free web and mobile application for viewing and editing DWG files stored in the cloud. The "cloud" in this sense generally refers to storage space allocated to the user by Autodesk, but it was reminded to us that the "cloud" can mean other things such as SharePoint, Buzzsaw, and even your own servers, with the proper setup. It was even hinted that we might see some object enablers appear soon for WS.
Assuming I'm not the last person on earth to find out about this, then maybe this will help someone else. To grab a screen capture (or print screen) on an iOS device like the iPhone and iPad, hold down the button on top (the on/off or sleep/wake button) and then press the Home button (the circular one on the front). Read more about iPhone, iPad screen capture
AutoCAD WS will soon be available for the Android. It should be available for download on April 20, as was announced today.
One of the unique features to the Android version is "the text annotation tool supports integrated voice commands available on devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or above." - meaning you can add comments to a drawing simply by speaking. You can also print your DWG to PDF with this version.
AutoCAD WS is essentially the old Butterfly application that was part of Autodesk Labs. Autodesk recently "graduated" Butterfly to an application called AutoCAD WS, which is available for use in a web browser and as an app for the iTouch and iPad.
I was able to finally briefly test drive AutoCAD WS on an Apple iTouch today. I went to the app store, searched for AutoCAD, downloaded and installed it in about a minute. Very easy. After logging in, I found 3 sample drawings available. It was very easy to open a drawing, pan around, zoom in and out, and even measure some items. Changing the drawing view and measuring accurately is another story. Sort of difficult on a tiny screen such as the iTouch. I suspect the iPad would fare a bit better. I went back to a traditional PC and logged in to upload some drawings of my own. This was a breeze, the whole process was very intuitive. It took just a few minutes to upload some drawings, log out, and log back in using the iTouch.