How to auto-save and auto-sync in Revit

Archi Communications Team

August 04, 2022
iSync auto-save and auto-sync for Revit

In most cad software, it is possible to do autosave, but the same is not included by default in Revit unless we use an application to help do that. This article will go through the steps to enable autosave in Revit using the iSync plugin.

Where is the autosave for Revit? 

Revit does not allow you to save automatically; it only provides automatic reminders about saving your document. But with the help of iSync, we can set an automated save task to run as soon as the model reaches your predefined time interval and has changes to save.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of autosave in Revit?

Revit only shows a reminder that a Revit project needs to be saved. With iSync saving the projects automatically, your last modifications will always be safe. The impact of data loss in case of a crash, program freeze, power outage, or user error is a risk that iSync helps to eliminate. 

The disadvantage of using autosave does not exist, but the save operation takes time. So iSync allows optionally autosave when Revit is not in use.

How often should we do autosave?

Ideally, we want to save as much as possible with the minor disruptions. We recommend that Revit keeps the documents every time it idles. Every time you take a break, attend a meeting or use another computer application, Revit should save your file. iSync allows to save after 1 minute entering in idle mode, but in our experience, it works fine if one syncs after 5 minutes.

Where is the autosync for Revit?

At this moment, Revit does not allow the synchronization of work-shared documents automatically. But with the help of iSync, one can set up an automatic synchronization task that will evaluate if there are changes in your local or the central file that justifies doing the synchronization for you.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of auto-sync for Revit?

When working with a team, it is crucial to exchange the latest changes in the model as fluid as possible. That allows for better collaboration and coordination. Enabling auto-sync with the iSync application makes the sync process run as often as one requires or has a break. 

When the document syncs with iSync, it both relinquishes borrowed objects and saves the changes to your local and central files. By returning the borrowed objects that are no longer in use with the help of iSync, Revit releases the locks of those objects in the central file and makes them available to the team automatically. By saving to the central file, the team can access the latest changes in the model. Still, another important aspect is that the model automatically gets a new backup and restore point. One can use this restore point if there is a crash or a need to repair the Revit document.

There are no disadvantages of auto-synchronization. However, due to a bizarre limitation, a Revit session cannot undo changes after a synchronization. One can always restore from the last automatic sync point if one feels the need to go back to a previous version.

Does iSync do an auto-sync if there are no changes?

No, unless the user specifies that. By default, iSync evaluates if the local and central files have changed. The evaluation status shows real-time on the iSync dialog for all the loaded documents. When a change is detected, it triggers an automatic synchronization task. The advantage of employing this sensing technology is to make the process intelligent and only use computer and network resources related to the synchronization when required. 

What about auto-exit?

iSync safely allows to auto-exit Revit when a session is idle for an extended period. There are mainly three reasons to auto-exit a Revit session using the iSync plugin:

  • Save on licenses usage for network licenses scheme
  • Release computer resources such as memory.
  • Start a new Revit session with a smaller, refreshed memory footprint for better performance.

There is no need to worry about losing any data with auto-exit. iSync saves all the named documents before closing the program. If there are untitled documents, then iSync do not close Revit before those documents get a name.

Where can I download iSync to automate Revit's save and sync functions?

iSync is available for a seven-day free trial in the downloads section of the archi website. So it is just to download and install to trial how iSync will help you automate save and sync for your Revit projects.