Local Save

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The “Local Save” app improves version control in combination with files that are managed by the Desktop Connector (DC).


During normal design work in Autodesk® Civil 3D®, it is common practice to save your file from time to time, certainly before doing a major change. When you are working locally or on a shared network this does not have any secondary consequences, because there is no version control in a standard windows environment. The Desktop Connector changes this, every save is seen as a new version and is uploaded to your cloud environment (Autodesk® BIM 360® or Autodesk® Construction Cloud®). Resulting in a very high number of versions in your cloud environment that do not represent important changes that should be shared.


To remedy this, users set the Desktop Connector in “Work Offline” or copy the file to another folder on their pc. In both workarounds the connection to the cloud is severed during the design work, opposite to the collaborative workflow that the Desktop Connector aims to enable.


The “Local Save” app enables saving, a file managed by the Desktop Connector, to a secondary location on your pc without doing an upload (create new version) or breaking your connection to the cloud.


The app creates a new command “LSave”. This command creates a .SV$ file (backup of the current working design DWG file) with the same name as the DWG file in the preconfigured “Automatic Save File Location”.


The installation also contains a Partial Customization File “CIVIL_3D_CLOUD”, containing a Local & Cloud save button for the standard Add-ins ribbon and a extended quick access toolbar “Civil 3D Cloud Quick Access Toolbar”. The quick access toolbar includes two new buttons: Local & Cloud Save, the quick access toolbar is not activated when installing the plugin (only the buttons in the Add-in ribbon. To add the quick access toolbar the user needs to edit their workspace using the CUI command. If your workspaces are managed centrally, then please discuss with responsable parties on the best method of adding the Local Save app.

Now the user can choose whether to save locally or to the cloud (creating a new version).


Key-board shortcuts:

- Local Save = CTRL + B

- Cloud Save = CTRL + E

About This Version

Version 1.0.1, 5/30/2023
support for 2024 product version

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  • Complete Versioning Control!
    Winston Pagliaro | June 28, 2023

    Love the functionality. No more worrying about Desktop Connector going way overboard on the versioning. 

  • 2024???
    Kevin Spear | May 25, 2023 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I love the idea of only "saving" to the cloud when a version is needed. But I currently work in C3D 2024, which hasn't yet been supported. Any news on supporting the current version?  Thanks!

    Wouter Bulens (Publisher) | May 26, 2023

    Hi Kevin, Thank you for your feedback. The new version for 2024 is in its final review stage and should be made public next week. Future updates will be added for upcoming AutoCAD/Map 3D/Civil 3D versions.

    Wouter Bulens (Publisher) | May 30, 2023

    C3D 2024 support is now available.

  • Great add in
    Dick de Jongh | May 23, 2023 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Great Add in avoiding to many versions in BIM360

    Works great wen you want to work "offline"and save 

  • Very good plugin!
    Vincent Fredon | April 25, 2023 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Excellent idea to avoid too many versions of Civil 3D files in a Collborative Project.

  • Great Tool
    Paul Rehbein | April 20, 2023 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Great supportive tool when working with Cloud Collaboration for Civil 3D. Fixes the issue of having too many unwanted cloud DWG versions. 

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