Cloud

An insight into progeCAD Professional functionality

progeCAD Cloud

progeCAD Cloud allows to backup your drawings to the major Cloud services right from the progeCAD program. The following Clouds are currently supported: Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. All you need is to install an application on your PC in correspondance with the Cloud service you choose, using the appropriate progeCAD commands available in the File menu or from the relative toolbar.

How to BACKUP your project on the Cloud (SAVECLOUD Command)

  1. Open a drawing you want to backup
  2. Run the Backup to Cloud command
  3. Select your Cloud service and associated files if such available
  4. Carry out the Backup procedure

As a result progeCAD creates a single *.pcloud archive file in the folder on your Cloud. The *.pcloud file contains:

  1. The DWG file
  2. All relating to it external references (raster images, xref files, fonts, print files)
  3. Additional documents if such available

If synchronization is active, the project archive will be uploaded on the Cloud. Otherwise, the *.pcloud archive will be available only on the computer where it has been generated until synchronization is performed.
Note: Once your Cloud synchronization is performed, the project backup becomes available from any computer with your active Cloud account through the Restore from cloud command.

Cloud - Backup procedure

Toolbar: Cloud  
Menu: File > Backup to Cloud
Keyboard: SAVECLOUD

The SAVECLOUD command allows to create a *.pcloud archive containing a drawing and all the associated files. This archive is saved in the respective folder of the chosen Cloud service and when synchronized, all the computers with your active Cloud Account can access the archive. You should keep in mind that backup on the Cloud is just a safety copy of your drawing which can also be accessed from different workstations linked to the same Cloud Account, giving you an extra possibility. The Cloud should not be considered as a tool replacing your own drawing archive.

Backup of a drawing

  1. Before proceeding to Backup, make sure that all the modifications made to your drawing have been saved by using the standard Save or Save as commands.
  2. Execute the Backup to Cloud command from the File menu or from the relative Toolbar.
  3. Select a Cloud service from those available. ATTENTION: only those cloud services will be available which corresponding applications have been installed on your PC

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  4. Select the local folder corresponding to the Cloud you have chosen. (It is possible to organize your backup in folders and subfolders. For more details see the next section Select a destination folder).
  5. The Dependencies section allows to add associated files if such available to the *.pcloud archive. Raster images and xrefs are automatically uploaded in this section. You can also decide if to include all Font definition files used in the DWG drawing.
  6. Complete the procedure clicking on the OK button.

 

At this point you will have your project saved in the local folder of the respective Cloud service with the following syntax: NAMEFILE.pcloud. The synchronization of the folder will go in accordance with your Cloud settings.

Select a destination folder

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The following three functions allow to create, rename and delete folders and subfolders, starting from the main folder of the Cloud service you have chosen. The same structure will be transmitted onto the Cloud and consequently available to all the computers connected to it through synchronization.

 

icon1.png  Use to create a new folder. By selecting an existing folder, a subfolder is created.

icon2.png  Use to rename the selected folder.

icon3.png  Use to delete the selected folder.

 

How to RESTORE a drawing from the Cloud (OPENCLOUD Command)

The Restore from cloud command allows to open *.pcloud archives synchronized through your Cloud Account on any PC.

  1. Make sure your PC is synchronized with your Cloud Account
  2. From progeCAD execute the Restore from Cloud command
  3. Select the *.pcloud archive you want to restore
  4. Indicate a folder on your PC where to extract the archive
  5. As a result the drawing opens automatically

If any modification is made in your DWG drawing, you need to perform the Save to cloud command over again to update your backup. Consequently you need to synchronize the Cloud.

Cloud - Restore procedure

Toolbar: Cloud
Menu: File > Restore from Cloud
Keyboard: OPENCLOUD

 

Opening of projects saved on a Cloud

IMPORTANT NOTE: You cannot work or display your projects right on the Cloud, projects must first be downloaded on your computer. The Cloud is only an online backup service.

  1. Execute the Restore from Cloud command

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  1. Select the Cloud where the project was archived
  2. Choose the *.pcloud file you need in the folder assaigned to progeCAD projects

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  1. At this step you are prompted to select a path on your computer where to place a folder containing all the project files extracted from the Cloud.
    The *.pcloud archive is automatically decompressed and saved on your computer as a normal folder with files.
    ATTENTION: You should consider as working files those downloaded on your computer and not the ones uploaded on the Cloud.
  2. After editing your project, if modifications were required, you need to repeat the Backup to cloud command, making sure that synchronization is active, so as to update your online backup.

 

Cloud Service Configuration

progeCAD supports the following cloud services: DropboxGoogle Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.
This short guide illustrates how to install and activate your Cloud service.

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Website: https://drive.google.com
  1. If you do not have a Google account, go to www.google.com to create an account by clicking on the button SIGN IN > CREATE AN ACCOUNT
  2. Access your Google account
  3. From the Google application panel, choose DRIVE​​​​​​gdrive-1.png
  4. In the Drive main window click on the Settings Icon > Download Drive to open the Download Drive page where you can choose and download a Drive application for your computer.
  5. Once the application is installed, simply insert your ID and Password and the service will be automatically activated.

    The application creates a “Google Drive” folder containing the backup archive in the Windows current User environment.

    Google Drive The synchronization of the archive is active by default, its configuration options can be found in the Drive Control Panel that can be reached by clicking on the respective Icon in the Windows notification area.

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Website:https://onedrive.live.com
  1. To make use of Microsoft OneDrive, you need to have a Microsoft account. You can create a new account right from the OneDrive page indicated above, by clicking on the SIGN UP button.
  2. Access your account by clicking on the SIGN IN button.
  3. In the OneDrive main window click on the Get OneDrive apps item to download a free OneDrive application (Please note this application is compatible only with Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1).
  4. Once the application is installed, simply insert your ID and Password and the service will be automatically activated.

The application creates a “OneDrive” folder containing the backup archive in the Windows current User environment.

The synchronization of the archive is active by default, its configuration options can be found in the OneDrive Control Panel that can be reached by clicking on the Icon in the Windows notification area.

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Website: https://www.dropbox.com
  1. If you do not have a Dropbox account, go to www.dropbox.com and click on the SIGN UP button to create it.
  2. On the Dropbox homepage click the DOWNLOAD button to download the application.
  3. Once the application is installed, simply insert your ID and Password and the service will be automatically activated.

The application creates a “Dropbox” folder containing the backup archive in the Windows current User environment.

The synchronization of the archive is active by default, its configuration options can be found in the Dropbox Control Panel that can be reached by clicking on the respective Icon in the Windows notification area.

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