Stay tuned for more information on the happenings at the 2014 Autodesk Blogger Event. We've heard some news on AutoCAD 360, the AutoCAD User Experience developement process, and some inside information from a successful VAR.
More information coming soon. Thanks to Autodesk for the invitation to their offices. Although they always treat us well, let me add the disclaimer that we will are never "told" or even asked what to say by Autodesk. In fact, they are always open to what some might call negative feedback. When you meet these Autodesk employees in person and listen to them, it becomes clear they truly care about the products they design and create. <end disclaimer>
Many people are aware of the AutoCAD drawing (v 2.18) of the solar system, circa 1985. The name of the file is solar.dwg and it was included as a sample drawing at one point. You can download the drawing from this Between the Lines post from a couple of years ago.
Why am I bringing this up again now? I just thought is was pretty awesome that you can view this drawing using AutoCAD 360, on a smartphone. At one extreme, you can view the entire solar system including the almost 6 BILLION km orbit of Pluto. At the other extreme, you can zoom all the way down to the ±1/3 inch writing on the plaque on the lunar lander sitting on the moon. See screenshots below. (Note: I changed the colors of the linework to green in the screenshots for visual clarity)
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.