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Desktop Connector for BIM 360 – February 28, 2018

James Austin
February 28, 2018

The Preview Release of Desktop Connector for BIM 360 is now available. This adds desktop connectivity to your BIM 360 workflows, connecting your Docs Project Files in the cloud to your windows computer. The Desktop Connector for BIM 360 enables the following workflows:

  • See BIM 360 Docs project files and folders on your desktop computer
  • Upload, download, open and delete files in your BIM 360 project
  • Upload and create folders in your BIM 360 project
  • Edit files on your desktop – save changes in your BIM 360 project

For more information and to download a copy of the Preview Release of Desktop Connector for BIM 360, please visit this page.
We hope you find some valuable workflows in this preview release, and we look forward to hearing your feedback.

For support and help documentation, please visit this page, and please take a look at the workflow videos below if you want to see a little more.

See BIM 360 Docs on your desktop computer

Using Autodesk Desktop Connector for BIM 360, you can now see your BIM 360 Docs Project Files in windows explorer.  This video shows how the two work together.

Working with Files and BIM 360 Docs

Once you have installed the software on your machine, you can get to work with your files in either environment – take a look at these videos to see how you can upload, download, open and delete files in either place.

 

Working with folders and BIM 360 Docs

Use the Desktop Connector to upload folders and their contents to the BIM 360 Docs projects that you have permissions for (we respect the Docs permission model).  Watch this video to see how simple it is to drag and drop content into BIM 360 using this workflow.

Connect your local workflows to BIM 360 Docs

It’s now simple to collaborate on your design and construction files using Connected Desktop. Simply open your file from BIM 360, edit it locally, then save and your changes will be published back to the project.

You can also use the Desktop Connector in your authoring tools as a drive location for linked files. Simply direct the application to the location in BIM 360 Docs, and let it take care of the rest.

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James Austin

Product Manager | BIM 360

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  1. AvatarASilvaNAGA

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    Is there an option for uploading screen shots to better clarify/illustrate comments?

  2. AvatarASilvaNAGA

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    Currently I have the following Autodesk solutions and would like to better understand where they may overlap and differentiate:
    – BIM 360 (Preview)
    – BIM 360 Team
    – A360 Drive
    – Drive
    Any assistance in clarifying the requested would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Avataralejandro.iturriaga.aecom

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    How do the user permissions trace back on the desktop? Does a publisher have the same permissions on the desktop plugin as he/she would on the cloud ? is it the same for all other user profiles (View only, View+publish, view+publish+edit, view+publish+edit+control)

    1. AvatarJoan Allen

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      Hi Alejandro,
      The Desktop Connector respects all of the folder permissions that are set by the Project Admin, so Desktop Connector users will only be able to access and upload to folders if they are assigned the proper permission.
      Best Regards,
      Joan Allen
      Autodesk BIM 360

  4. Avatarsheik_uduman

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    really good, can we connect the data to the server ?

    1. AvatarJames Austin (Post author)

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      Thanks. I think you refer to the ability to control the location of the storage location? Please see my previous repsonse, and the link therein – at present it is not possible to control that.

  5. Avatarasafaryan@alec

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    Oh my god!!! this opens so many opportunitites!!! this is a game changer now!! THANKS!!!
    Please, someone tell me I can map it to my server or shared drive instead???!!!!

    1. AvatarJames Austin (Post author)

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      Hi,

      Thanks for the feedback, we’re glad this is going to give you some value. With regards to your last question about mapping the drive location, this is something we’d need to add support for on the Connected Desktop platform itself. At present this is a known limitation, but feedback has been passed to their Product Management team (see here for more info, and to follow if you like). We hope this helps.