Autodesk Desktop Connector

Apr 14, 2023 – Autodesk released the Autodesk Desktop Connector

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The Autodesk Desktop Connector is available via Autodesk Access or via download from the Autodesk subscription site. The update requires access to the original install resources.

The official listed release date is Apr 13, 2023.
The Autodesk Desktop Connector (ADC) update build version is

Warning: Check the Release Notes page in Autodesk Desktop Connector Help for the current and correct download link.

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Autodesk Desktop Connector

This Autodesk Desktop Connector (ADC) release supports the Autodesk 2024 products.

Autodesk Desktop Connector Install Details

The earlier version of ADC 15.8 must be uninstalled prior to the installation of Autodesk Desktop Connector

The Desktop Connector install is manual.
A computer Restart is suggested.

Note that Autodesk clearly states that Autodesk Customer Support only supports the current version of the Desktop Connector.

New Features and Enhancements

We can now Change Workspace. This feature has been added back into this release giving us the ability to change the location of the Workspace to another fixed drive location.

Introduced checks into Desktop Connector which identify unexpected aspects of the Desktop Connector environment that might cause undesired behavior in the product.
Refer to Handling Unhealthy Environments to understand the details of what may cause unhealthy Desktop Connector environments and to understand which ones will be automatically cleaned while others may need user action to correct any issues identified by Desktop Connector.

Resolved an issue where hovering over the path in Reference Explorer shows multiple paths. Added additional behavior to only show the path of the file selected.

Updated help and dialogs around Long Path Messaging to help understand how long path systems work in the Desktop Connector Environment.

Files that Desktop Connector intentionally will not sync (example tmp, bak) now show up in File Explorer without a status icon.

Home Screen Improvements

Fixed a bug that when the Desktop Connector is opened from the system tray you may get a blank panel with a configuration icon at the top right. Added improvements to the Home screen to avoid the blank screen and panel will show the accounts as expected.

Fixed a bug where an account that has Autodesk Docs subscriptions and other subscriptions and does not have any projects selected, the drive/connector drop-down menu is not selectable. Improved the drop-down dialog to be selectable in the workflow.

Install and Deployment

Included is a recommendation on How to Deploy Desktop Connector as an IT Admin with best practice guidance using deployment scripts.

Provided the Reset Desktop Connector page to assist you in resetting the Desktop Connector and put the install back into a clean state.

Added additional guidance on Renaming Projects and Accounts to help when creating new and renaming existing projects or accounts.

Fixed a bug in the uninstaller when using a system account where the configuration stored in appdata was not getting cleaned up.

Syncing Behavior

Fixed an issue where a file remains locked after renaming the file while syncing. Updated behavior so files are not locked after renaming the file while syncing.

Corrected the problem of files not properly syncing after being disconnected from the internet. This version will sync the files when the user reconnects and starts the Desktop Connector.

Fixed a bug where file explorer shows the lock icon and you would have to manually refresh the file explorer to update the view. File will now refresh and provide locking status automatically.

CAD Workflows

Fixed a bug where non-Revit Cloud Workshare models being locked by the Desktop Connector and not unlocked until manually unlocked. The behavior has been updated so user does not have to manually unlock the file.

Included additional help content to notify users of Recommended Settings for backup (bak.) Files in AutoCAD.

Updated workflows in Navisworks which are documented in the current Desktop Connector 16.x FAQ.

Read the Release Notes