This week I’m taking a slight detour to post about the new features for mobile devices in AutoCAD WS 1.4.
First up is GPS support—the ability to mark your location on a drawing. When I first heard about it, I assumed that it would require some geo marker in the drawing itself, but nope!
All you have to do is pull up the drawing on your mobile device, look for the location icon, and choose “Set Location.”
(You do have to allow your device to access your current location for this to work.)
Then just tap on the point of the drawing that represents where you’re standing at the moment. This next image shows what happens after you tap:
The little red pin represents your location, and you can edit the coordinates (lat/long or drawing-based) if you don’t think it’s accurate enough.
Once you’re done, you’ve tied the drawing to that location for the rest of your editing session. So if you move to another room, and want to make a note about it, you can use “My Location” to add a marker to your new location.
After you tap “Mark” you can add a note about that location.
There’s a big red X and a note there now—no special object type, just two lines and a piece of text—that I could use to remind myself that that’s where I took the picture Photo1.
Pretty neat, huh? With this feature, you don’t have to worry about figuring out where you are on a drawing—just tell AutoCAD WS once, and it’ll track it for you.