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How To: Syncing Local DWG files with ACAD WS Online - Expanding the Autodesk DWG Dojo ...


If you are an avid fan of the Kung Fu Drafter, then you will already know about the CAD in the cloud Awesomeness that is AutoCAD WS.

In our previous article, we showed you How to turn Google Chrome into a Funktastic Autodesk DWG Dojo.  This time around, we want to point you to the latest AutoCAD WS feature, which makes it easy to Sync the drawings saved locally on your computer with the drawings in your AutoCAD WS Account.

So – where are the files we are collaborating on?

AutoCAD WS is a super tool for collaborating on DWG files, but you wouldn’t want to work on it all day!

You may already be familiar with using FTP, Dropbox or Box.net to upload drawing files to your AutoCAD WS account. This is a great way to sync files that are stored on your PC with the files stored in your AutoCAD WS account. This method also allows you to work on your files using your desktop application, yet have your files available for collaboration via WS with people who don’t have AutoCAD, or perhaps aren’t even using a PC!

The team at AutoCAD WS have recently made an addition to the service which allows you to remove the middle man and sync drawing files directly from your Computer.

Setting up the Desktop Dojo

To set up a Synced folder you will need your AutoCAD WS account details handy.

Tip: This process is for Windows 7. You can find out how to set up a synced folder for XP or MAC here.

First, look for the Computer icon on your desktop or in your start menu.

Right click on Computer and select Map Network Drive to start the Add Network Location Wizard.


Click ‘Connect to a website that you can use to store your documents and pictures’.


You will be taken to the ‘Add a network location Wizard’. Click Next.

Select ‘Choose a custom network location’ and click Next.

Under ‘Internet or network address’, copy the address: https://dav.autocadws.com and Click Next.


You will be asked to enter the user name or email and password that you use to connect to AutoCAD WS (I told you we would need it…).

You can call this network location anything you like, so call it something Groovy. Click Next.

Click Finish.

Ready to Rock and Roll

A new window will open showing the files in your AutoCAD WS online account.

Any files saved to this folder will be automatically synced with your AutoCAD WS account.

Thanks Team!

Thanks to the AutoCAD WS team for this very useful addition.

You can also check out this Video by Tal Weiss which takes you through the steps:

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~ Paul Munford is the writer behind the fantastic AutoCAD and Inventor blog CAD Setter Out. When he isn't writing great articles about woodworking his is reading CAD blogs and those manuals that nobody else reads. If you would like to contact Paul, please email him. ~

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