Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cloud Computing Part One - Services

What is Cloud Computing?

 To get started, we have a quick video of the basics of cloud computing before we talk about the online services you can use for your data.

With the basic knowledge of cloud computing, it's time to pick a cloud computing service to hold all your information.  Picking a service is not as basic as asking your friend, "What do you use?".  You will need to take the time to look at many factors like:

  • Available Memory (free)
  • Upgrading Memory cost
  • Desktop Client
  • Mobile Applications
  • Sharing Files
  • Security
  • How you are going to edit and use your files

Autodesk 360

Autodesk just jumped into the cloud computing game with the release of Autodesk360 this year.  This service is deeply integrated with Autodesk products.  When you install an Autodesk product like AutoCAD, the software will map a new drive to access your Autodesk360 files.  Also the service syncs all your custom setting, so you can access them on another computer.


SugarSync is by far our favorite cloud service.  The biggest tool is the ability to sync any file and folder to the cloud, not just files located in a single folder.


Dropbox is a fan favorite and kind of the start to cloud computing in the main stream market.  It's simple because the files you place in your Dropbox folder on your computer will be uploaded to the cloud.

Google Drive

Google is a little late in the game of cloud computing, but Google Drive has been one of the most desired.  Google Drive is just like Dropbox, but without having to sign up for another account (if you have a Google account).

Box.Net is a great choice if you want to spend the money.  Box gives you the most free memory, but syncing with your desktop is a pain unless you dish out some $.


Microsoft is also trying their hand at cloud computing.

Here is an overview of the details of each service (other than Autodesk360) to help pinpoint what service will work for you.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July App of The Month: Drawing Tabs

 Drawing Tabs
Drawing Tabs is an awesome app that places your open drawing in a tab like format that makes it simple to move from drawing to drawing.  You are also able to save, save all, save as, close, close all and much more.  I think this is a great app and feature that Autodesk needs to look at adding to the next release.  

Download it FREE on the Autodesk Exchange App Store Here

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The New Autodesk Exchange App Store

Autodesk has made a big updated to the Exchange App store.  You are now available to access and download all the applications from your web browser.  The Autodesk Exchange App Store is available for a large range of Autodesk products like:

  1. AutoCAD
  2. AutoCAD Architecture
  3. AutoCAD Civil 3D
  4. AutoCAD ecscad
  5. AutoCAD Electrical
  6. AutoCAD Mechanical
  7. AutoCAD MEP
  8. Autodesk Alias
  9. Autodesk Inventor
  10. Autodesk Inventor Publisher
  11. Autodesk Revit
  12. Autodesk Simulation
  13. Autodesk Vault
Check out the new Autodesk Exchange App Store, trust me you will like it!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Autodesk 360 Mobile App

Autodesk 360 is about to hit your mobile phone.  The application will be available for iOS and Android phones and tablets.  The application is not available at this time, but you can sign up for a reminder at Autodesk 360 website. This is one more step into the cloud computing era.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Quick Clue - QQuit

Save and close in one command! Just use the command QQUIT to quickly close and save your drawings.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Quick Clue - Time

How much time have you invested in your drawing? 
Use TIME command to find out.


Update: Thanks to Patrick on Google+ for a great reminder on this clue.  The time command keeps track of the time the drawing is open, not worked on.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New Writer - Chris Munoz

Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the stage Mr. Chris Munoz!
Everyone give a big welcome to CAD Clues newest writer Chris Munoz.

Chris is a CAD Technician for a Civil Engineering firm in Dallas, TX. He has been using Autodesk products since 2000. His background is in the Transportation and Site Development area.  Chris has also assisted in the implementation of CAD standards for his company. His proficiency in both Autodesk and Bentley products has allowed him to work on a variety of projects from athletic complexes to airport taxiway design.

Quick Clue - Hyperlink an Object

Press Ctrl+K to apply a hyperlink to any entity in your drawing.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Google Drive + AutoCAD WS

Google just released there long awaited cloud computing service called Google Drive.  Could this be the start of cloud computing in main stream business?.  With Apple calling the next era in computing a "Post PC world", I could see how Google Drive could be the start to that new era.

Google Drive

Google Drive Video

What does Google Drive have to do with AutoCAD WS?
AutoCAD WS is deeply integrated into the new Google Drive.  After installing the WS Chrome application, you are able to open and save drawings to Google Drive.  AutoCAD WS has a tutorial on how to use AutoCAD WS with Google Drive.


What is in the future?
With the popularity of Google Chrome along with the growing interest in cloud computing and web based applications, Google maybe on to something here.

Do you think Google is going to take over the cloud storage market?

Do you think people will start using cloud computing now that Google Drive is integrated into Google Chrome?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Writers Wanted!

If you ever wanted to write or get involved with CAD Clues, now you have your chance.  We are looking for a few good men and women to help us out.


  • A passion for the CAD and Engineering community
  • A passion to share your ideas to the public
  • A Google and Twitter account

What do I get for helping?

As you know we are a free information website.  We do not charge a cent for sharing our ideas or post, but this is a great way to get experience and your name out into the community.  This is also a great opportunity to get on the ground level of this website without investing any money.

How do I get started?

Just send us an email at or post a comment bellow.

3 Things You Need to Know Before Installing AutoCAD 2013

Other then knowing all the AutoCAD 2013 Key Features in the new release, there are 3 things you need to know before installing your shiny new toy.

1. What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing is a big part of the newest update to AutoCAD.  You are able to us the Autodesk service called Autodesk360 to sync your settings and files.  The video bellow is a good overview of what is cloud computing.

2. What is Autodesk360?

Now that we know what is cloud computing, it's time to talk about the service AutoCAD is using to store your information.  Autodesk360 is the service that is integrated into AutoCAD 2013.  This will store both drawing information for access on other computers and mobile devices, along with your custom tools and profiles.  The video bellow will show you an overview of Autodesk360.

3. Exchange Apps and Language Packs.

AutoCAD 2013 has the very cool Exchange App Store introduced in 2012 release.  We talked about the Top 5 AutoCAD Productivity Apps you need to download back in June. Also now you don't have to download and install more then one AutoCAD to change the software language.  The video will give you the overview of the two cool features.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

CAD Clues Blackberry Playbook Application

Blackberry Playbook Application

UPDATE: The mobile application has been updated to conform to all mobile platforms.  You can find the application here: We hope you enjoy the update.

 on twitter, we now have a Blackberry Playbook application to enjoy. 
You can download the new application here.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Civil3D 2013 Key Features

Last post we talked about AutoCAD, now let's take a look at Civil3D. AutoDesk has made a lot of little changes to the new release of Civil3D. You can check out the long list here.

  • Pressure Pipes
  • Infrastructure Modeler Importing
  • Analyze Volume Surface Dashboard
  • Rail Alignment
  • Assembly Automatic Side Detection 
  • Driving Path Updates

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

AutoCAD 2013 Key Features

The time has come! Time to talk about AutoCAD 2013 and all the new cool features.

Command Line Enhancements
Yes they have changed the command line....It's about time. The command line is now a floating object with transparent history.

Array Enhancements
A large  amount of array enhancements have been added to the new release.

In-canvas Property Preview
I am in love with this update.  When you change the property of an object, the changed property will displayed in the model.

Point Cloud Support
The new point cloud tool has been added to the insert ribbon for quick access to point cloud tools.  AutoCAD 2013 also added the ability to xref point clouds.  Also a number of display options for point clouds has been added.

AutoCAD has added press and pull for multiple objects.  Nice! It's about time.

Importing Inventor File
The time has come!  We can import Inventor models into AutoCAD.

Section Views
A large number of new enhanced features for Section Views has been added to the new AutoCAD update.
let's run down the list.
1. The ribbon control for adding section cuts.
2.  New interactive label for views.
3. New view style manager in ribbon for section style .
4. Multifunctional grip editing on section line allows you to move section line, remove vertices, flip direction and reposition identifiers.

Offset Preview
Nice little feature that shows you a preview of what the offset will look like.

Autodesk360 Integration 
AutoCAD has added cloud computing in to the mix this year.  This allows automatic upload drawings to the Autodesk360 server.  One of the best features of 2013 the is ability to upload your settings to the cloud.  I hope to see more integration with cloud computing in the future.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Mobile App - CAD Clues

UPDATE: The mobile application has been updated to conform to all mobile platforms.  You can find the application here: We hope you enjoy the update.

 We are proud to announce the new CAD Clues Android application, Blackberry Playbook, and the iOS Web Application.


The CAD Clues Android app gives you full access to CAD Clues web site along with the twitter feed.

App Requirements
1. Runs on Android OS 2.1 or later
2. Must have internet access enabled

    Network communication
        -Allows the application to accept cloud to device messages from application's service, full internet access.

Blackberry Playbook Application

Thanks to our good friend  on twitter, we now have a Blackberry Playbook application to enjoy. You can download the new application here.

 iOS Web Application

   The CAD Clues iOS WA gives you full access to CAD Clues mobile web site.

   To access the new application, web clip the link bellow and add to your home screen.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

AutoCAD WS 1.4 Update and Review

AutoCAD WS 1.4 update

Autodesk released the very anticipated upgrade to AutoCAD WS.  The new update brings GPS support, 3D object viewing, and Plotting.

Check out the video

Original AutoCAD WS Blog release

AutoCAD WS 1.4 Review

GPS support - Being in civil design I was looking forward to this little feature and love it.  It’s like placing a little me in my design.
Now I will not feel like a dork walking around London. :^)
Friends - London Baby!!

3D object viewing – I have only been able to play with one very simple 3D drawing in the new update.  Every time I try and open an advance 3D object or drawing, the application crashes.   The good news is we now have support for Civil 3D files.

Plotting – I don’t see myself using this feature that much, but is was very nice to send a .pdf via email yesterday of a drawing.

I will keep testing out the new update and try to keep you posted on what I find.

What do you think of the new update to AutoCAD WS?

Do you find the application useful?