I’m quite sure that you’ve all heard of AutoCAD WS by now. AutoCAD WS gives you the ability to view AutoCAD DWG files over the internet or via an app for the iPhone, iPod, or iPad. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I’ve seen the app, but I do not use it because your Civil 3D product support team is comprised entirely of Android users. Yes, every single one of us. Our team mascot is a tiny green robot. So to say that we are not intimately familiar with the AutoCAD WS app would be the understatement of the decade. That’s why we all scratched our heads when a case came in today asking how to get AutoCAD Civil 3D objects to show up on an iPhone running AutoCAD WS.
Since we didn’t have the app to play with, I turned to a colleague, a friend, and the biggest Mac fanboy that I know, James Wedding. If you don’t know James, he and I have worked together before and have known each other for years. He’s the face of the Autodesk Civil Resource Center and THE James of “Ask James.” He’s also an all around good guy, and one of the premiere Civil 3D gurus. I knew when I asked him what the secret to viewing Civil 3D objects on AutoCAD WS was, he’d have the answer quicker than I could type it. And he did.
Set PROXYGRAPHICS to 1 before saving your drawings.
See how easy that was? Since there are no object enablers for AutoCAD WS, you have to enable proxy graphics in order to see the objects that make up a Civil 3D drawing. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?