With the release of version 1.2 in February, AutoCAD WS showed it had matured into an important tool for business, offering instant model updates for collaborative working. One of the best features to emerge was ‘Connect To Service’, which allows businesses to access all of the great features of AutoCAD WS (such as live markup and viewing of DWG documents on iPads and iPhones) without having to upload their data to Autodesk servers.
Instead, you can use file sharing applications such as Buzzsaw, Sharepoint and Dropbox and maintain more control over your work. Connecting to these applications is very straightforward; below we’ve provided a guide to connecting to Buzzsaw.
You can find more tutorials on how to connect with other services (including Dropbox, Box.net, Egnyte and Sharepoint) on Autodesk’s dedicated AutoCAD WS website.
Connect To Service
Connect To Service is a new feature that has been added to the AutoCAD WS web app that allows you to store the contents of your AutoCAD WS online account anywhere you choose. It takes advantage of the WebDAV protocol to read and write content from and to a wide variety of online or privately hosted storage solutions including Buzzsaw, Box.net, Dropbox, MobileMe, Egnyte and any file server or SharePoint portal.
The Connect To Service feature was designed to be as transparent as possible. This means that regardless of where your content is held, you will be able to reach it from the following apps:
• AutoCAD WS web app through your PC or Mac’s web browser
• AutoCAD WS mobile app available on all iOS and Android phones and tablets
Making a Connection
To connect to your Buzzsaw account, you need to log in to the AutoCAD WS web app. A new Connect button has been added to the Drawings ribbon in the web app.
When you click on the Connect button, the following dialogue box will open:
In order to connect AutoCAD WS to your Buzzsaw account, you must define the URL and enter your Buzzsaw username and password. Clicking on the star dropdown button offers a list of the most popular services.
Connect to Buzzsaw
When you select Buzzsaw from the list, the URL will be partially completed for you. Enter the name of your Buzzsaw site in place of the <Site Name> prompt and fill in your username and password. You can overwrite the New Folder Name or leave it and click Connect.
This folder will also be visible and accessible under the same name from the AutoCAD WS mobile app for iOS and Android. The contents of your Buzzsaw folder will sync with your mobile device when it is connected to the internet and be available offline just like your other work. You will now see a new folder with a globe icon indicating that it points to your Buzzsaw account.
Any changes you make to the files stored in your Buzzsaw account will be applied in that account, so be aware that if you delete a file using AutoCAD WS it will also be deleted from your Buzzsaw account. DWG files that you upload to this account will not be stored on AutoCAD WS servers.
Rules and Permissions
Any rules or file permissions that were in effect for your Buzzsaw account will continue to be applied when you access it through AutoCAD WS. You cannot share either a folder or the contents of a folder that was linked to using the Connect To Service feature.
To disconnect from a storage destination, you can simply delete the folder from the AutoCAD WS web app. This will close the connection without affecting the contents of your Buzzsaw account.
Our CAD consultants can offer advice on integrating AutoCAD WS with your Buzzsaw and provide all the advice and hardware to set up a Buzzsaw environment. If you’d like to learn more give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email CAD@Jigsaw24.com.