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    What to do when you cannot create a local?

    Hello my fellow Revit users. I've ran into this a long time ago and never got it resolved and just now got on a project where it's happened to me again. Basically, I do not have the option to create a local. Here are the details....

    My boss calls me up and says "Hey I have some Revit redlines for you to pick up". Take a quick look at the job and it's a small job from our architectural division. The Revit file is pretty old, like November 2012 is the last save date in Windows Explorer. I see no backup or temp directories though, only an RVT file. So I think "Okay, probably a small job with no worksharing." I knew it was Revit 2012 version, so I browse inside Revit to the file and I notice "Detach from Central" is active, and "Create New Local" is grayed out. Just to be safe I copied the file to my local Desktop and Opened, Detaching from Central preserving Worksets. No upgrading notification, which verifies the version was correct.

    Here's the weird part. I test Revit Architecture 2012 with a known file on my local computer that does not have worksharing enabled. It's a temp file for me to use. When I browse to that file I get the "Detach from Central" option, even though this isn't a Central Model. Just to make sure I'm not insane, I open Revit Architecture 2013, browse to my temp file and both Detach and Local options are disabled, as they should be.

    So, I browse to the project files with 2013, and both Detach and Local copies are grayed out. But I do not want to upgrade the version, so I won't open it in 2013. So my first question is this: How can I get Revit Architecture 2012 to open this file without "detaching"? I really think there's a problem with this install because I've gotten into trouble before where a Central Model was "corrupted" because I opened the Central Model unintentionally and the architect went all legal on me, even though we're employed by the same company (just different division) and a simple right-click > restore fixed the issue.

    My second question is... in Revit Structure 2013 I browsed to the structural model, which is not the file I'm doing the redlines on, and it DOES have worksharing enabled. But, again, it does not give me a Local option, only to Detach. And again, no temp or backup folders.

    Can anybody here shine some light on this for me? I'm really at a loss. I don't know if it's a bug, or if I'm just not getting it. Thanks in advance!

    - Tannar

    *EDIT*
    I can run through the scenario with both programs and do a screenshare capture to help illustrate the issue, so just ask if y'all need to "see it".
    Last edited by tzframpton; September 30, 2013, 02:42 PM.
    Tannar Z. Frampton ™
    Frampton & Associates, Inc.

    #2
    Sounds like it's behaving like a local file.
    Edit: Someone may have saved their local file over the central file without checking the Make Central box.

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      #3
      Originally posted by need4mospd View Post
      Sounds like it's behaving like a local file.
      Edit: Someone may have saved their local file over the central file without checking the Make Central box.
      So, is doing a Save As and overwriting a solution? I'll surely make a backup but before I proceeded I wanted to be sure.

      And it's weird that 2012 behaves differently than 2013.
      Tannar Z. Frampton ™
      Frampton & Associates, Inc.

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        #4
        Originally posted by tzframpton View Post
        So, is doing a Save As and overwriting a solution? I'll surely make a backup but before I proceeded I wanted to be sure.

        And it's weird that 2012 behaves differently than 2013.
        At this point, it sounds like that's the only solution as you don't have a central file.

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