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 cadclues@gmail.com 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: http://myapp.is/CAD%20Clues 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.