Using Cloud Technology to Improve Collaboration Around Technical Drawings

Create, edit, comment, and review from any device anywhere using Cloud CAD ARES Kudo

Now Create, Edit, Comment, and Review Your DWGs Easily in a Team

Teams who use technical drawings (DWG) can now create, edit, comment, and review from any device anywhere using Graebert ARES Kudo and the power of Amazon Web Services

Working from anywhere with complete, collaborative access to shared documents is fast becoming standard workgroup practice. But until now, professionals who need to work together using technical drawings have not enjoyed the same level of freedom as those who use such Cloud-based solutions as Google Docs, Salesforce, Oracle Netsuite, or other Web-based productivity services. 

Graebert ARES Kudo is an agile Cloud-based CAD solution offering a unique value proposition for efficient teamwork where a need to collaborate around technical drawings exists. Kudo allows teams to author, share, and modify CAD files. It is a true CAD editor, and also the centerpiece of a collaborative ecosystem for technical drawings. Start a free 1-month trial of Online CAD ARES Kudo right now and see for yourself.

ARES Kudo can be used standalone, or as part of a complete technical drawing system. Graebert’s online CAD comes with a minimal cost of 99$/€ per year (limited-time offer), whereas the ARES Trinity bundle including all online, desktop, and mobile CAD, namely ARES Kudo, ARES Commander, and ARES Touch, costs 250$ per year. That means, For the cost of a single copy of Autodesk’s AutoCAD, you or your company can purchase multiple copies of ARES Trinity of CAD products. For larger companies, an enterprise edition of ARES includes license management software is also available.

“We are not shy to say that Graebert’s ARES Kudo technology is years ahead from any competition

Wilfried Graebert, CEO and founder of Graebert GmbH

Graebert CAD Software scales its business CAD solution to match demand using Amazon Web Services (AWS) Auto Scaling. The joint effort with AWS enhances Graebert’s ability to build highly reliable and agile solutions, empowering our Cloud-based CAD technology ARES Kudo says Robert Grabert, CTO of Graebert GmbH.

Most often, Kudo is used to connect members of design teams working on the same project. It can function as a hub, connecting users on ARES Commander for desktop (Win/MacOS/Linux) and ARES Touch for mobile devices (iOS, Android). ARES Commander, ARES Kudo and ARES Touch work in synergy as a “Trinity” of solutions. Because the ARES Trinity of CAD Software uses the DWG drafting document standard, drawings created in DWG in other CAD programs can also be used in the ARES ecosystem. 

Strengthen Teamwork using Cloud CAD ARES Kudo

ARES Kudo can be used standalone, or as part of a complete technical drawing system.

The capabilities of ARES Kudo offer a unique value proposition when compared to desktop CAD. Sign-up for a free 1-month trial version of ARES Kudo to enjoy the features listed below:

Always ready to use and up-to-date: There is no software to install and nothing to update. When you open Kudo in a browser window, it is always the latest version of the product. Kudo works with the current versions of Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge.

Secured access: Some team members need to author and edit drawings. Some need to edit and comment; and some only need viewing access. Each user is authenticated by a login and password and can only access the files to which he was granted viewing or editing rights. These rights can be revoked by the file owner at any time.

Synchronize files: Any update one user is making to a drawing is instantly shared with the other users. No risk to work on outdated versions. If ARES Touch mobile users are part of the collaboration, they have the option to work with drawings offline but the files will be synchronized back as soon as the Internet is available.

Continuity of work: No need to copy files or use external drives, the files follow the user on any device and each solution of the ARES Trinity. You may start on your computer with ARES Commander and continue with ARES Kudo or ARES Touch.

Session handling: When one user is editing a file, the others can only view it, which avoids creating conflicting versions that would be hard to reconcile.

Collaboration tools: Online CAD enabling users to discuss the project with comments and markups. For example users on the field may use ARES Touch to insert photos or voice recordings to report about issues and the users at the office will get this feedback in real time.

Collect feedback and validation: Possibility to generate free-to-use view-only links that enable your contacts to view and comment your drawing directly in their Web browser. Besides, this link is constantly updated as you continue to modify the drawing and can be protected by password or disabled at any time. Those who only need to view do not need to purchase an ARES Kudo license. 

Comparing Cloud CAD Alternative AutoCAD Web with ARES Kudo

An independent CAD expert recently compared Graebert ARES Kudo to Autodesk AutoCAD Web. The report concluded that ARES Kudo “significantly outperforms” AutoCAD Web in almost every area of comparison. Read more about the report on comparing ARES Kudo with alternative AutoCAD Web.