You need to update Desktop Connector prior to April 24, 2018, so that you do not lose access to your projects. You can read my previous posts if you want to learn more about Desktop Connector.
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I have been chatting with one or two industry insiders over at Autodesk recently, and there are some pretty big changes coming to the BIM360 fraternity of products. For the most part, it seems like these will be very welcome improvements. However, it may have an impact on how you run projects through BIM360, and so it might be advisable to check out the upcoming BIM360 webinar (link). Details below:
Stay up to date with everything new in BIM 360. Each month, join us and the BIM 360 Product Team to find out how you can take advantage of the most recent and upcoming product updates.
• Learn how BIM 360 can help you improve project delivery
• Stay up to date with the newest features
• Get early insights into what’s coming in the next updates
• Participate in Q&A with the BIM 360 Product Team
• Get the resources you need to be successful
If you are new to BIM 360, check out our product overview before the webinar and bring your questions.
Copy & Paste the following url into your web browser:
Over the years, Autodesk has provided various means for us to access, sync, backup and share files. Most recently we used “A360 Desktop” (see end of this post) and more recently “A360 Drive“. Autodesk recently released the Autodesk Desktop Connector, which allows you to:
Desktop Connector gives you access to your production A360 data. Using Desktop Connector to modify files that reside in production A360 will automatically sync changes, updating your production file in A360.
You will see a link on your BIM 360 Team hub like this:
You need to sign in:
You should now see a BIM 360 Team link in Windows Explorer:
You can use the tray icon to “Work Offline”.
Release notes here
Getting Started guide here
Some notes about A360 Desktop retirement
A360 Desktop older versions will get this message:
A360 Desktop current versions:
|Windows 32-bit installer – A360 desktop Version 7.3 (exe – 362MB)|
|Windows 64-bit installer – A360 desktop Version 7.3 (exe – 409MB)|
|Windows 32-bit installer – A360 desktop Version 9.5 (exe – 373MB)|
|Windows 64-bit installer – A360 desktop Version 9.5 (exe – 409MB)|
A360 Desktop Expiration link:
The fact that I’m posting about it means that it probably isn’t really that easy, right? There are a few challenging pieces of the puzzle that all need to come together to get C4R or Collaboration for Revit working on a real project. I just went through this process with a mechanical firm so it is all pretty fresh in my mind.
Firstly, note that A360 Team has been rebranded as BIM 360 Team and will be migrated, more details at this post.
Secondly, Autodesk really wants your whole team (like everyone, every consultant, every Revit link) on Collaboration for Revit. However, out in the real world it is just happening bit-by-bit, and in the meantime some hacks and workarounds can make the process a little bit easier.
A Quick Overview
Ok, so Collaboration for Revit runs on top of BIM 360 Team. What this means is that you need to have an active BIM 360 Team license if you wish to run projects. Then, you need a Collaboration for Revit license for each Revit user who will be connecting to that BIM 360 Team site. You still with me? This also means that persons outside of your firm may connect to your projects, provided they have their own Collaboration for Revit entitlement applied to their Autodesk account.
Once you have the BIM 360 Team license, and the Collaboration for Revit licenses, you then need to “Assign” the Collaboration for Revit licenses out to the users (using their Autodesk login details).
Finally, you need to actually do some stuff, like:
Its a lot to take in, so you can see that the blog title is actually a half-joke 🙂 However, we were able to get all this up and running in about 4 hours for one firm, so you can too. Hopefully.
Something that will help
Given that there are a lot of moving pieces, I turned to my favourite research and documentation tool, OneNote. I have created a public notebook that you can view at this link:
Revit Collaboration Public Help
Basically all of the steps involved in getting the licensing setup, inviting users, installing the addin, and initiating models onto Collaboration for Revit are in the notebook linked above. I will continue to update and add to this over time.
Just comment to this post and I will endeavour to answer your question in the notebook, or point you toward the answer.
Now, here are a few other bits and pieces that may be useful, if the notebook doesn’t answer your questions…
moving models to folders:
You can move projects from A360 Free to a paid BIM360 Team hub by using the Transfer function:
Taking models offline and replacing later:
using local linked files
BIM360 Docs site is now live at:
Interestingly, there is some talk of a completely free offering, after the free preview:
Autodesk is now accepting reservations for a limited release and free preview version of Autodesk BIM 360 Docs at www.bim360.com/docs. The product is expected to come to market in early 2016. In addition to the free, limited version of BIM 360 Docs, Autodesk will offer the option to subscribe to additional capabilities that scale to meet more advanced needs of construction firms. The product will initially be available in English only.
Click Reserve your spot here and then fill out the form if you want to get access to the Preview:
A recent Youtube upload gives us a teaser-style look at what some of the features of Project Alexandria may be, including:
This is a competitive market now… Revizto has a good head start on some of this, and FieldLens has a nice mobile implementation. So, the question is, will Project Alexandria (BIM360 Docs??) be compelling enough?
If you are having trouble getting a particular NWC uploaded to Glue, here are some steps to try:
Also, there are new addins available today (11 May 2015):
Go to this link to download BIM360 addins (you will need to sign in to Glue first, then use the link below):
BIM360 Revit 2015 Add-in link:
Recap 22.214.171.124_to_126.96.36.199 link:
If you forget to close Revit before trying to install the Glue update, you might get this error. Just close Revit, remove the BIM360 addin and then reinstall it.
If you are suffering “Autodesk University Excitement Fade”, maybe my tweets about the AU Extension in Australia might help get you back in the mood for learnin’…
Who owns and can potentially access your project data in the cloud? What are the legal implications? Many potential users of BIM360 and other products are concerned about this. Here is Scott Reese (Vice President, Cloud Platforms & Operations at Autodesk) speaking about this during a Q and A session at the Autodesk University 2014 Extension in Sydney, Australia on 10 November 2014.