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What’s New in AutoCAD 2018? Share Design Views Enhancements

Heidi Hewett
April 10, 2017

Last year, with the release of AutoCAD 2017, we introduced a new tool that enabled you to easily share design views of drawings to facilitate collaboration with stakeholders, while also protecting your DWG files. When you share a design view, stakeholders viewing the design don’t need to log into A360 or have an AutoCAD-based product installed. Plus, considering that only you have access to the source DWG files, you can feel comfortable sharing views of your design with anyone you need to. Share Design Views functionality is updated in AutoCAD 2018 to support the new DWG file format, and the A360 viewer offers more flexibility than before.

You can access the new Share Design Views tool from the Publish flyout on the Application menu or from the A360 ribbon tab using the ONLINEDESIGNSHARE command.


The design views are posted online with a link you can share with collaborators. Now, you can easily access your recent uploads from the A360 viewer home page.


By default, uploads are only available for 30 days. With this release, however, you can extend a design view for an additional 30 days at any time, with an unlimited number of extensions.


Need annotations? In addition to sharing your design views, you can post, review, and resolve comments.

Check out this video to see how easy it is to share and view designs using this functionality.

Want to find out more about the new AutoCAD 2018? Check out Heidi Hewett’s entire “What’s New in AutoCAD 2018” series here!



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Heidi Hewett

Heidi Hewett has dedicated her career to educating people on the use of AutoCAD software. She began using AutoCAD as a student in 1986 and soon after earning her B.S. in Architectural Engineering, Heidi transitioned from an Autodesk customer to an Autodesk employee. During her career at Autodesk, Heidi has held a variety of positions including Product Support Technician, Training Specialist, and Senior Applications Engineer. In her current role as the AutoCAD Technical Marketing Manager, Heidi assists the marketing team in developing and delivering technical marketing material for AutoCAD. She continues to educate Autodesk customers, partners, and employees through Webcasts, seminars, and her AutoCAD Insider blog. It is her passion for education that inspired Heidi to earn an M.S. in Technical Communication and an M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies.