SkyDrive + AutoCAD WS (a marriage made in the clouds)

Microsoft released a new desktop application for Windows and Mac that can be used to sync a local folder to your SkyDrive account. Similar to how Dropbox works, the folder stays synchronized with SkyDrive and all changes (additions, modifications and deletions) appear in very close to real time on your desktop, web and phone.

The best part is that Microsoft is offering existing SkyDrive users a limited time chance to upgrade their account to 25GB of free storage.You can add an additional 20GB of storage for $10/year, 50GB for $25/year or 100GB for $100/year. This is very competitively priced with similar cloud storage solutions.

The iPhone SkyDrive app is smart enough to be able to open DWF’s or DWG’s you have added to SkyDrive with AutoCAD WS. This is a very slick feature with being able to sync a local folder to AutoCAD WS in the cloud.

The desktop SkyDrive app also allows you to choose the folder you want to sync. So in reality, you can pick your dropbox folder and keep everything nicely synchronized across both cloud applications.



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  1. Here’s something else really nice. If you move your Dropbox sync folder to below your SkyDrive sync folder, you can keep everything nicely synchronized. (!/cadtoolbox/status/196056790578896896)

    I can now create a MS Office document using the DocsToGo app on my iPhone, sync it with Dropbox and then continue editing it later using the Microsoft Office Web apps. Of course, you can do the workflow in reverse or edit them on your PC using the standard Office programs. Everything stays in sync. Quite awesome.

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  2. One more nice thing, set your Apple iCloud photostream download folder to below your SkyDrive sync folder and when you take a photo using your iPhone it will download to your local machine and then sync with SkyDrive.


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