0003 - Description of each module
Below you can see the complete list of modules that this course contains. Although you will also be able to see all the topics in the side menu (on the left side of the window), here we will explain the main topics that comprise the individual lessons.
0003.01 - Course topics are listed in the side menu.
Below, you can see the complete list of modules that this course contains:
- 00 - Welcome
- 01 - Getting Started with ARES Kudo
- 02 - Manage files in the Cloud
- 03 - ARES Kudo User Interface
- 04 - Share View-Only Links
- 05 - Control User Access and Rights
- 06 - Email Notifications
- 07 - Session Handling
- 08 - Comments and Markups
- 09 - Drawing Compare
- 10 - Version History
- 11 - Trinity Block Library
00 - Welcome
This module aims to quickly explain the most important things to know before starting the course. If you want to learn how to download and install the programs, or how to activate a license or trial license, please see “Read Me First,” the user guide that specifically addresses those topics.
01 - Getting Started with ARES Kudo
This module begins with a video that quickly shows the stages of working with ARES Kudo, and therefore serves as a summary of the topics that the student will learn during this course. This video will allow you to take a first look at the program, in case it is totally new to you.
ARES Kudo allows you to share a drawing in the cloud with other users, who can access it with the same program, or through ARES Commander and/or ARES Touch.
In this module we will also learn about the different types of licenses that enable you to use ARES Kudo. In addition to the individual licenses on offer, ARES Kudo is included within the ARES Trinity and Mobility Pack plans (which are two types of licenses that incorporate multiple programs).
This module also explains the process to create a free Graebert account, which is necessary to be able to activate the license you have purchased or the free 30-day trial license.
In addition, the first questions of our QUIZ will appear in this module. The difficulty of these will increase as the course progresses, in keeping with the topics that are covered. The objective of some questions is to draw the student's attention to the topics that we consider important to obtain their certification at the end of the course.
02 - Manage files in the Cloud
ARES Kudo runs directly in an Internet browser, enabling you to create and edit cloud-hosted DWG files. Users can set up connections to various hosting services in the cloud, where they can manage their drawings, and even upload those that are already hosted on a local hard drive.
In this module we will learn how to upload files in the cloud, connect our account with cloud hosting services, and create directories and subdirectories to organize our content.
Thanks to these functions, ARES Kudo can serve as a bridge between programs like ARES Commander and ARES Touch with the Trinity license. It also brings this cloud-based capability to the Mobility Pack license, where it is combined with ARES Touch.
03 - ARES Kudo User Interface
The graphic environment of ARES Kudo contains elements similar to those you would find in other CAD programs, such as ARES Commander, AutoCAD, and the like. You will see much that is familiar, including the menus and palettes that allow us to access and execute commands, as well as edit entity properties or create layers, for example, in addition to other available palettes.
04 - Share View-Only Links
Did we save the best for last? It's hard to know what your favorite will be among the features shown in this course, but I'm sure that as with the ARES Trinity course, read-only links will be a student favorite.
The reason is very simple: thanks to this function, you can share the drawing with others — whether they are ARES users or not — through a URL. This URL can be deactivated at any time, it can be changed, and it can even be set to automatically expire on a date you choose. With this URL, even users without any type of CAD license can view the drawing from their browser, thanks to ARES Kudo. This is free for those who access the link.
If a client or other link user wants to comment on the drawing, they can do so, but first they must create a free Graebert account.
After creating the link, you (and your colleagues who share access to the online drawing) will be able to continue working on and modifying the drawing. Your customer will always be able to see the latest version of the drawing, because the link is kept up to date. If you want your client (and other users who know the URL) to stop having access, you can simply turn off the link. Or you could add a password, which would add another level of security to the drawing.
05 - Control User Access and Rights
When sharing a file via the cloud, you must have control over who gets access and for how long, as well as what kind of rights they will have to the file. These procedures — which are crucial for security, as well as collaboration — are what we will learn about in this module.
06 - Email Notifications
In a previous module, we talked about synchronization. Well, the fact is that the automatic notifications sent by email are part of that synchronization.
Each change made in a drawing by a user generates a notification that is sent to the rest of the users. This system enables direct, continual communication of the drawing’s status: You will be able to know who made each change, and when. You do not need to wait for the user to tell you that they have made a change; the program takes care of it automatically. You will see how much time can be saved by this function alone!
07 - Session Handling
In this module, we will learn how to manage simultaneous file access by multiple users. When sharing a drawing file with other users who have editing rights, it is vital that only one of them can edit it at a time; otherwise it would be chaos.
Whoever opens the file first controls the editing session; any users who open it later will be temporarily prevented from editing. (Although a later user can ask the first user to release the drawing so that he/she can edit it.)
Regardless, it is always possible to consult the drawing. In other words, one can navigate through the drawing, take distance or area measurements, or even make comments, at any time. This is true even if you can only access the file in visualization mode.
08 - Comments and Markups
There are two types of comments that can be created through ARES Kudo (and even from ARES Commander and ARES Touch). We call the first type simply comments, while the other is called markups.
The first simply refers to text notes that we can associate to drawing entities. Markups, on the other hand, allow for multimedia comments; instead of just text, we can add photos and voice notes, as well as insert preset and custom stamps. Regardless of the type, other users will see these comments and will be able to reply to them.
Allowing all collaborators to comment on the same drawing saves a great deal of time and money. You must try this feature to understand its power — it will completely change the way you work with drawings.
09 - Drawing Compare
In some cases, especially when several people work on the same project, versions of the drawing that evolved differently may be generated. The Drawing Compare function allows you to identify the differences between two versions of a DWG drawing.
10 - Version History
As an online drawing evolves, updates are generated, and with them come new versions that are automatically saved in a history. This is very important, especially when sharing a drawing with other people.
Imagine that a user wants to know what has changed between the current version of the drawing and a previous one. The user can find the answer easily, since we have tools to compare versions. We can also promote a previous version so that it becomes the current version. You can imagine the power that this gives to those responsible for the project!
11 - Trinity Block Library
Trinity features are connecting all users in your company with unique tools to synchronize drawings, secure remote access, and ensure better collaboration. From the creation of view-only links, which we can also create from ARES Kudo, allowing free online viewing and commenting, to the possibility of giving access to third parties with different roles so that they can be part of the design process.
Trinity is a unique concept from Graebert, combining desktop, mobile and cloud technologies to enhance collaboration.
With the desire to improve the workflow from the cloud, ARES Kudo offers access to the Trinity Block Library that centralizes its blocks in the cloud, facilitating the possibility of reusing blocks and sharing them with others, harmonizing graphics among all users.
This function is available for both ARES Kudo users, or those who prefer to use a Trinity license to access the same content from ARES Commander, ARES Kudo and ARES Touch.