In previous article, we covered how you can upload files to Autodesk 360 using AutoCAD. Now let’s cover a little how this integration actually works.
Let’s say you save a file directly to Autodesk 360. So does it mean that you open a file directly from your cloud storage? What if you have slow internet connection and working with large files? Will it affect performance? What if you suddenly disconnected from internet?
You always work locally
The truth is you never save to cloud storage. You save and open files locally. Autodesk 360 sync is the one working simultaneously updating your local copy with your cloud storage.
When you login and activate Autodesk sync, it creates a folder in your computer. It will replicate your online folder and files to this folder.
In Windows 7, the path should look similar to this:
OR you can use short link:
Update: In newer Autodesk application version, the link to Autodesk 360 folder is provided. You can access it directly from Windows Desktop or Windows Explorer.
What Autodesk 360 Sync does is synchronizing folder and files within this folder and your cloud files. Open the folder and compare it with your cloud documents.
So you can work with slow or even no internet connection at all. But of course, to update and sync your files, you must connected to internet.
Copy file there to upload documents
You can upload multiple DWG from within AutoCAD using Upload Multiple button. But actually we can upload almost any file types to cloud storage.
But if you want to upload other types of documents (not DWG), you will need to open Autodesk 360 using browser and upload from there.
But now we know that’s not true. There is other way: Just copy your files in your local cloud folder. Every file you added there will be upload automatically.
What if you overwrite a file with newer version? It will upload the file and keep previous file as a version. Interested? We will cover about this later.
So this folder works very similarly with Dropbox. If you haven’t used Dropbox and want to give it a try, you can sign up for free here.
Disclosure: It’s a referral link. There is no cost you need to pay (unless you upgrade your free account), but I will get additional space if you signup.
Dropbox gives 2 GB of space for free, but Autodesk gives you 3GB for free! And if you are on subscription, you get 25GB! Isn’t that interesting? But of course, you will need to have AutoCAD installed on your machine. I don’t think we can install only Autodesk 360 sync without having any Autodesk product on our machine.
I think 360 is great!
Seriously, this is a very cool feature for AutoCAD. I thought creating section and details from 3D is the coolest feature, but after exploring this, I think this is better. What makes it better is it can manage revisions.
Dropbox simply sync your files, but when you need older version of your document, Dropbox can’t provide it.
Don’t you think this is cool?
About Edwin Prakoso
I work as a Sr. Technical Consultant in Tech Data Advanced Solutions Indonesia. I’ve been using AutoCAD since R14 and Revit since Revit Building 9. I occasionally write for AUGIWorld magazine and also active in Autodesk discussion forum.
I’m an Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP) for Revit Architecture and AutoCAD. I’m also a member of Autodesk Expert Elite, appreciation for individuals who give contribution to Autodesk community.
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