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    Where are A360 Collaboration for Revit local files stored?

    I must have some kind of mental block; I can't seem to see any info regarding the location (on my hard drive) of local files for A360 projects. I see that when working on an A360 project the file name in the window title bar doesn't include my username. Is there even a "local file" for A360 projects, in the traditional sense?

    The help file is still a bit thin. Is there a more fleshed-out reference somewhere?
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    Sorry you're having issues getting answers to the questions you got. We can help you out.

    Yes, there is technically a local RVT + an RVT for each linked model. They are tucked away in the Collaboration Cache, which is located at "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit 2015\CollaborationCache"

    This is purposely located in a corner of the drive, because team members using Revit shouldn't really need to ever go there to do anything, nor does the BIM Manager. Team members just navigate to A360 within Revit's file browser, and Revit makes sure they are working on fresh local versions of the Cloud Workshared model in A360 Collaboration for Revit (C4R).

    I'm glad to walk you through any particular questions you have on the topic. We've got our User Assistance team (folks who write the C4R documentation) taking a look at this thread, so we'll probably be writing/modifying documentation for this area based on this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    We've got our User Assistance team (folks who write the C4R documentation) taking a look at this thread, so we'll probably be writing/modifying documentation for this area based on this thread.
    Good to hear Kyle - thanks for stopping by!

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    Thanks, Kyle. My only interest in the A360 local file is for emergency data recovery. Local files have always served as a distributed backup of sorts. It's good to know that layer still exists with A360 C4R.

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    Interesting, though, that the A360 local files are named cryptically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hclbaumbach View Post
    Thanks, Kyle. My only interest in the A360 local file is for emergency data recovery. Local files have always served as a distributed backup of sorts. It's good to know that layer still exists with A360 C4R.
    No need for that now, as you can roll back to any SWC version via the Manage A360 Models dialog:
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    Quote Originally Posted by hclbaumbach View Post
    Interesting, though, that the A360 local files are named cryptically.
    It's by design. Those local models have some non-standard stuff going on with them, so we don't test or support what might happen if you go using them in other places. If you don't have to worry about a backup, what else would you want to do with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    ... because team members using Revit shouldn't really need to ever go there to do anything, nor does the BIM Manager. Team members just navigate to A360 within Revit's file browser, and Revit makes sure they are working on fresh local versions...
    Oh, please, Oh Please do that with ANY worksetted .rvt file!
    I've been begging for year to make that whole "Create Local" process happen behind the scenes.
    It's really difficult to explain to a newbie that they can't double-click on a .rvt file on the network, or that if they open the .rvt from their C: drive, they must do a SWC immediately, or if someone else has saved over the Central, their Local is out of date, or they can't . . . . .
    You get the picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Oh, please, Oh Please do that with ANY worksetted .rvt file!
    I've been begging for year to make that whole "Create Local" process happen behind the scenes.
    It's really difficult to explain to a newbie that they can't double-click on a .rvt file on the network, or that if they open the .rvt from their C: drive, they must do a SWC immediately, or if someone else has saved over the Central, their Local is out of date, or they can't . . . . .
    You get the picture.
    Definitely under consideration.

    -Kyle
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    If you don't have to worry about a backup, what else would you want to do with them?

    -Kyle
    I'm concerned with two things:

    1. I don't want to have to tell my colleagues that all of their project data exists in the cloud and there is no way to get access to it if any one of a number of extremely-low-probability events happens. I'm just not sure us crusty old architects are willing to put all of our data in the cloud and not have some kind of local copy.

    2. My colleagues screwing up access to A360 themselves, without any kind of local copy of their data.


    I'm totally on-board with the notion of hiding local files. But I'd love to have the option to, at my convenience, push a button and download *all* of my A360 data in one go. Maybe daily if I'm working for someone that is particularly paranoid.

    I know this is a familiar refrain when discussing anything that involves giving up local file hosting for cloud-based services and I hate to be that guy. I know it will be the first question I'm asked, though.
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    Thanks for elaborating; makes sense to me.

    There's not currently an option to do exactly what you want, but here's what you can do:

    1. You can do a "Save As" command from Revit for any cloud workshared model and that'll detach it and save it locally.
    2. You can download RVT files in bulk from A360 Web, and they'll be downloaded along with any links into a zip file.


    There will likely be a web API for download of the data from A360 soon, so who know what our development community might build to address this very topic.

    -Kyle
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