Architects, Designers & Engineers: AutoDesk Takes AutoCAD to Android


Android may have already taken over the earth but there is still tons of room for growth and one key growth area is in professional services and institutional solutions. With the announcement of AutoCAD WS for Android, AutoDesk will allow architects, designers and engineers the ability to download, view, edit and collaborate on drawings from their Android device.

This application will interest a limited number of people, but for the professionals it DOES interest it could be immensely valuable. I can especially see this being used on a tablet experience but let’s hear from the folks out there who would use it – what do you think of AutoCAD for Android?

The app will be available for download starting April 20th. For now, check out the full press release:

Autodesk Brings AutoCAD WS Mobile App to Android

SANRAFAEL, Calif., April 12, 2011 — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced the availability of the AutoCAD WS mobile application on the Android platform. A free* web and mobile application, AutoCAD WS uses cloud computing technology to enable Autodesk software users to view, edit and share their designs through web browsers and mobile devices.

AutoCAD WS for Android enables an expanded group of users to enjoy the benefits of effortless collaboration with architects, designers and engineers from anywhere in the world and experience the freedom of taking designs with them—wherever they go.

“Architects, engineers and designers have clearly communicated that they want access to their AutoCAD projects on their Android devices and we are more than happy to meet their needs. The impressive and consistent growth of the Android ecosystem serves as an excellent platform for Autodesk to further expand its accessibility through AutoCAD WS,” said Tal Weiss, AutoCAD WS software development manager, Autodesk.  “Now our customers with Android smartphones and tablets can use AutoCAD WS to collaborate with colleagues in the field, and across the globe, on a wider variety of mobile devices.”

Users of AutoCAD WS for Android will enjoy features such as a simplified, intuitive set of viewing, editing, and markup tools so users can work on their designs while on the go. Users can open drawings from email attachments, sync files from the web, or upload drawings directly from AutoCAD software through the integrated online tab. Drawings can also be saved locally for use in the field when an Internet connection is unavailable.

One feature unique to Android version of AutoCAD WS is the text annotation tool supports integrated voice commands available on devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or above.  Now Android users can insert comments and notations on a drawing simply by speaking rather than typing them into the text edit box.

Additional feature enhancements that are available with this release include:

  • Plot to PDF (web app only): Users can publish their DWG drawing to PDF using the free AutoCAD WS web application just as they would withAutoCAD software.
  • Anywhere Storage (web and mobile apps): In addition to the AutoCAD WS cloud, customers can now connect directly to alternate storage folders from their Android, iPad and iPhone devices, as well as through the AutoCAD WS web application. This currently includes: the Autodesk Buzzsaw service, Dropbox (through DropDAV), Microsoft SharePoint, Windows Server 2008,, MobileMe, and Egnyte, and other cloud storage providers who support the WebDAV protocol.

Availability: AutoCAD WS for Android will be available for download on the Android Market beginning April 20, 2011. Register and find out as soon as the download is available.

How about if some Android Manufacturers use AutoCAD for Android on their Android Phone to design 3D models of new Android Phones? Sounds tight dawg.

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  1. I would use this. Does it say hoe much it will cost? Autocad is one of those pricey pieces of software.

    1. Autocad as is free. You can use it now, the website stands for web service. I have recently started using this and love it. Skylight editing may be a long shot adding a note here and there is feasible.

      1. Wow, autocorrect pwned me on that one. I meant to say:

        Autocad ws is free. You can use it right now. The ws stands for “web service”. Full editing may be a long shot on a mobile device but making a few notes would work. Besides, WS has several great features, it allows collaborative editing and file sharing. It is not a mobile only application, and can let you share drawings with people who don’t have Autocad. Everyone should check it out even of only for use in the web browser on your pc.

        1. and people wonder why I can’t stand soft keyboards…

          1. soft keyboards have nothing to do with auto correct.

  2. I have dreamed this day would come… oh my.

  3. This is great news for me. I have no real desire to try and create AutoCAD project on a phone or tablet, but the ability to take what I have created elsewhere with me in my pocket is great news.

  4. I’d be pretty happy if this was for SolidWorks or CATIA, I hate AutoCAD… even the new versions seem ancient to me

    1. Rhino ftw

    2. Amen!

  5. iPhone version is free, i think its safe to assume Android version is free as well.

  6. As someone who has an accredited architecture degree I’m excited. However, “editing” dwg drawings seems like a long shot.

  7. As an engineer that goes out on site to do fieldwork this would be a great tool to help keep the drafting going at the office. However, I don’t think doing any heavy editing will be useful or practical

  8. hell yeah!!! i have lost count of all the meetings when having this would have saved me a lot of time :), a viewer is all i needed but if i can edit it’s most welcome…

    when i get my transformer i suspect it’s going to be even better to use

  9. I’ve been using AutoCad since version 10 on a Mac not less. I currently have it in my 3 win7 machines. I cant see how it really can work in any real way on my D2G with it’s tiny screen. As it is my 24″ screen is to small. I’ll definitely get the app though.

  10. I’ve been using AutoCad since version 10 on a Mac not less. I currently have it in my 3 win7 machines. I cant see how it really can work in any real way on my D2G with it’s tiny screen. As it is my 24″ screen is to small. I’ll definitely get the app though.

    1. I think they’re looking more at people using tablets :)

  11. Alright Google, the feet dragging is officially over with. Time to get SketchUp on Android NOW!

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