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AutoCAD WS Teams Up with Google Drive

by Bill Martin-Otto on 13 Jun, 2012 in AutoCAD

autocad A couple months ago, AutoCAD WS announced that it was one of the official launch applications available on Google’s new cloud file storage offering, Google Drive. As most of you likely know, AutoCAD WS is a cloud-based CAD editor from Autodesk.

What this announcement means is that you can directly store your DWG and DXF files from AutoCAD WS safely in the cloud, access them wherever you are and whenever it’s most convenient, and share them with others who have Google Drive accounts. According to the AutoCAD WS blog, “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.”

The video below shows you how it works:

To get started, simply sign up for Google Drive. If you already have a Gmail or Google+ account, you can use your existing credentials.

Once you sign up, you can use up to 5 GB of free storage space. That should be enough for most people, but naturally there are upgrade options. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25 GB.

The Google Drive offering is similar to other cloud-based document storage and sharing services, such as Autodesk’s own 360 cloud service, Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive and our own Lenovo Cloud Storage by SugarSync.

Should you take advantage of free storage from several of these services? Should you settle on a single service and set up paid accounts? Naturally, if you use Lenovo workstations I recommend looking into Lenovo Cloud Storage, which also offers 5 GB of free space. It’s really up to you and your team of collaborators to decide what makes the most sense for how you work.

Anyway, back to Google Drive and AutoCAD WS. When you start using Google Drive, it may automatically install AutoCAD WS if you have some DWG or DXF files in your Google Docs folder, or if you have AutoCAD WS in your Chrome extensions. It will basically give you the option of using AutoCAD WS as your default viewer within Google Drive, and you simply have to agree to the selection. If you don’t have AutoCAD WS, you can get the AutoCAD WS app at the Chrome Web Store.

And then, presto! You’ll be able to open your CAD drawings from any computer, tablet or smartphone that’s connected to your Google account.

For now, you can only view your drawings and take measurements. Editing and annotating capabilities may become available in the future, but for the time being you’ll have to make all your changes and comments in your registered AutoCAD WS account, which is separate from your Google Drive folder.

So what do you think? Let us know if having the ability to store and share your AutoCAD drawings on Google Drive impacts your CAD/CAM performance.

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