By Elvis R. Sverko
Computers, and thumb drives, and servers, oh my! We’ve been storing our CAD files (models, drawings, and datasets) in many locations for a long time. And it’s a mess. It’s like a jungle. And with multiple people trying to work together with all these CAD files, it gets difficult to keep straight. It’s easy to get lost in the woods!
Data management, including Autodesk Vault, has definitely cleared the lot some. And with version controls, it keeps the latest version of files always at the forefront. But most of these kinds of data management systems require users to all be connected to the same server. And that’s great for a large engineering firm, where all its engineers can work on and share the designs. But these designs don’t mean anything if you can’t share them with the outside world.
For Autodesk users, DWF files and Design Review have made collaboration with outside individual reviewers a breeze. They can send DWF files to others who can view, redline, and markup these DWF files, and then send them back so the engineer can make changes. A perfect partnership for drawing approval. But sometimes, collaboration is more than just reviewing a drawing of a model. It’s working on the same CAD model or drawing with people in different locations.
In comes the Cloud. With the recent passing of Steve Jobs up to the clouds, it’s easy for anyone to have heard of Apples iCloud (a storage for all your music, photos, documents, all on the web). And all these files pushed to all your devices automatically. How can we do that with our CAD models?
Welcome to Autodesk Cloud. An online storage of all your design documents. Anyone can sign up, so you can access your documents (1 GB worth) anytime, from anywhere, and share them with others. You can even view your DWF files through a web browser. And those who are Autodesk Subscription customers receive additional storage space.
The Autodesk Cloud service can be a great tool for CAD instructors. Every instructor can use the same files for the courses they teach. Even the students can use it to store their exercise files, and sharing them with the instructor to verify.
Another great tool for the CAD world. These new features and enhancements keep coming quicker, and yet better, that sometimes it’s difficult to keep up. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Bring on the clouds!
“When it rains, it pours.” – American proverb