Accessing the Cloud from Within Revit

This looks great but can I store project files in the cloud, open them in revit then save them back to the cloud l as I would to a server or drive?
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    Hi Thad,

    Great question, and we'd love to hear more about your ideal integration between Revit and Autodesk Cloud documents.

    For right now you cannot save to or open from the Autodesk Cloud directly from within Revit. It sounds as though this is the scenario you are describing.

    If you are interested in having access to Revit files remotely for collaboration, sharing or working from multiple machines, then you can use the browser to upload and download files directly to and from Autodesk Cloud documents.

    Would love to hear more about your ideas and requests for integration with Revit.

    Thanks,
    Shanna
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    I really agree on what Thad suggested.

    Here is the scenario as I see it.
    I wan't to upload the latest drawings (2d/3d) to our guy in the field. So I'm working in Revit and I simply go to Application Menu -> Publish -> DWF to Autodesk Cloud.
    I then have the ability to write comments and other meta-data when uploading.
    When he gets the files and tags them with comments and callouts he saves it to the cloud and I can receive this information directly from Autodesk Cloud into Revit and link the comments and callouts on to my Revit Sheets.

    This would be a great collaboration tool (I know you have Buzzsaw but I belive it's to complicated).
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    • AutoDesk 360 has usually been too slow to upload and down load from, It is no real difference from iBackup, Drop Box or other file holding/sharing sites.
      What is really need for true productivity is a "live" model in a server that is available for design teams to work on Building Information Models simultaneously from different physical locations.
      One solution we are using is BIM9
      http://bim9.com/solution/
      Main central file is located in our facility, and other have local files in their offices/job shacks. Projects are accessible and editable w/o lugging around a heavy laptop, can use smart phone, desktop, netbook, what ever.
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  • I think it would be cool to be able to use iCloud just like it were a drive on our computers. With proper bandwidth and storage quotas, it could drastically reduce the storage needs for our servers and would facilitate working from multiple offices quite easily.
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    I'd like to add to what Tad and Martin describe. I work with consultants and independent contractors that are not local to me. It would be great to have a central file stored on the cloud that would allow me to make local files to my computer or server and then collaborate back to the central file stored on the cloud.

    So, to summarize, there would be a multifaceted approach to using files on the Cloud:
    1) Storing files for remote access and being able to save and open directly to/from the cloud.
    2) Having a Central File stored on the cloud from which several different users can make their own local files.
    3) Collaboration tool used in the field with the designer to answer and coordinate construction related issues.
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    Thanks for sharing this David.

    Can you talk a bit more about #2 and what you are envisioning for this? When you say several different users can make their own local files, why are the users doing this and what would they be doing with these files? Would you expect these files to be synced back into the central model? Also, does this need to include versioning as part of that, or maybe you are thinking of something much more simple?
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  • I'm thinking that it would work just like having the Central model stored on my server. Then someone working remotely (say a draftsperson on contract in another city/state) can create their own local file and yes they would sync back into the central model stored on the cloud. My specific circumstances are that I have a small Interior Design firm. We coordinate with Architects, some of which use Revit, and I need a way of coordinating with them as if I were in the same office. Also, being a small firm, I also have the need for contract help. It would be great if that contract help could be a virtual employee and synch to the central while we're both working in our local files.

    Versioning would not be part of this since we'd be synching with the Central, but I would imagine that versioning would be part of #3 so in the big picture if it needs to be integrated then fine.
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  • We would look to the cloud as a solution for a co located team to be able to work together on the same sets of data across firewalls but without the need for check in and out so that the files only exist once, so it becomes a live save location for applications. There are management issues etc above and beyond this, but to have that would be a good start.
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    • We have a subscritpyion.
      What we would like to have is central file located on the Sync directory ( I assume it is on 360 site)
    • It probably would have to be a pathed directory like iBackup and BIM( can provide. It not than we cant all be working on the file at the same time
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  • Just use google drive for this feature, works like a clock.

    A great idea for autodesk is to leave the cloud technology to cloud companies like google och dropbox. Remake the concept and make smaller sharp webapps instead. It is the future and no more.... Big "one line process solutions" wont work in a open source world. There is no customer gain in using autodesk 360 today for true cloud projects connected for example to exteranl db sources and so on.

    Drop me a line if you what to talk more about this, or if you need help with your cloud issues.
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  • I had the same question as Thad. I guess the idea of a cloud in my mind is an online server. I work at a university teaching students to collaborate. It is hard to teach them the benefits of using xrefs. In an office there is a central server where everyone saves work to. With a student group there is individual laptops and it would be nice to have an online server to act as a server. Thanks Daniel for mentioning google drive. I will look into this for this purpose. But maybe autodesk could have an online server for students...
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  • Hi Roxanne and others,

    Thanks for the continued feedback on what you would like to see with the Autodesk 360 products. We are continuing to work on new features and ideas for the products so please keep letting us know how you would like to see it work going forward.

    Also some of this does work that way today with AutoCAD and AutoCAD based products.

    Thanks again for posting your suggestions and observations so far.

    Bud Schroeder
    Autodesk Inc.
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  • Bud,
    Thank you for your response. You say AutoCAD and based products do work as online servers... What are those? How do they work? Can you point me in the right direction? Are they available at students.autodesk.com?
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  • Hi RoxyBeth,

    I missed this question. For AutoCAD 2013 and most AutoCAD 2013 based products you can use the Sync Engine to sync your files to the Autodesk 360 Cloud Account. Anyone can get an Autodesk 360 Cloud account for free and it includes 3 gigs of free space.

    http://360.autodesk.com

    Keep in mind that you can sync and share files and folders, but it's not a share like a mapped drive letter. It's going to be linked to your Autodesk 360 account. I would suggest creating an account and checking it out. Be sure to read the help on the Autodesk 360 site, it will answer a lot your questions as well.

    Thanks for posting your question and sorry I missed this until now.

    Bud Schroeder
    Autodesk Inc
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    • Thank you Bud for your response. I had already gotten a 360 account but the term you used "Sync Engine" got me digging deeper. I discovered that my AutoCAD had not been installed with the full online options. Here is a link to another discussion group talking about adding AdSync.msi file from your installation media. These files came automatically with my students installations but not our Master Education Suite. If it had been installed on my computer originally I would not have had these questions to begin with!!

      http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/AutoCAD...

      We installed the AdSync.msi files on our systems and I am loving how AutoCAD saves to the cloud! Thank you very much. I just wish I could have found this a few months earlier.
    • Hi RoxyBeth,

      Thanks for the update and glad we could help out.

      Bud Schroeder
      Autodesk Inc.
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  • Hi,

    Can we put central files on the cloud and have multiple users create locals from it, working from the central file simultaneously? Is it too slow?
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  • To do this your "cloud server" will need to be mapped. AutoDesk 360 will not do this. You may try using Amazon Web Services for your Revit Central File location, and an app called "CloudBerry" which will give you and your consulates a local mapped drive letter for Revit to recognize. It is fairly quick depending on you connection speed that you are paying for and your LAN config. Good for those who do not have local servers to use Revit Accelerator
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  • Adding my support and request for a CENTRAL Model cloud solution through 360. I am based in the UK but work on projects in New Zealand. Having LOCAL models in the UK office, UK home PC, NZ office and having multiple users in each area is a logistical nightmare. I have been pushing for Revit Server to be installed but that hasn't happened and that wouldn't help me when working from home as I would have to connect via a VPN connection and that is impossible with a Revit model. Looking for a nice simple solution to save the CENTRAL model in 360 and have LOCAL copies created by all the team members locally. Dropbox can work as long as the C:drive location is the same for all users however you can run into issues if people sync at the same time. 360 cant be used as the CENTRAL model path will point to the creators user files location which obviously not accessible to others. On my home PC I have a user account set up to mimic my works user account and I can use 360 as a CENTRAL model location as the paths are the same. So all we need is a central location on everyones C drive (or drive of choice) with a mechanism to stop the possibility of multiple sync's. Also 360 needs to support linked in Revit Models.
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