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I have set up my VW Cloud Services account and linked it with my Google Drive.  There are some folders in my Google Drive that don't appear in the VW Cloud web browser.  I think it's because those folders were created by someone else.  Is there a workaround for this?

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  • Vectorworks, Inc Employee

Hi @tpenna,

Vectorworks Cloud Services currently does not show files that are shared with you on third party integrated storages. We will investigate the possibility to add this feature. 

 

A workaround that I can think of would be to have the person who shared the file with you on Google Drive to also integrate with Vectorworks Cloud Services and share the file with you through VCS. This way, you will see the file in your Vectorworks Cloud Services' "Shared with me" folder.

Regards,

Iskra Nikolova

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On 5/6/2021 at 12:13 AM, LCarm said:

Any luck in getting "Shared Drives" google workplace drives integrated with Cloud Services?

I would also like to know this.

 

With the below update from Dave Donley, i've come back to take a look at VCS,

 

 

As a practice, we have all our documents on GoogleDrive. For big projects that require project sharing, this is obviously an issue. A workaround for this is to have a free dropbox account, but this adds a bit more friction, spreads files out across multiple services and is very annoying when you bump up against the free limit.

 

Is there a way for VCS to access GoogleDrive Shared Drives and then administer the project sharing?

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On 9/2/2021 at 5:46 AM, _James said:

I would also like to know this.

 

With the below update from Dave Donley, i've come back to take a look at VCS,

 

 

As a practice, we have all our documents on GoogleDrive. For big projects that require project sharing, this is obviously an issue. A workaround for this is to have a free dropbox account, but this adds a bit more friction, spreads files out across multiple services and is very annoying when you bump up against the free limit.

 

Is there a way for VCS to access GoogleDrive Shared Drives and then administer the project sharing?

100% agree, please help us Google Workspace clientelle... I will keep trying and see if it gets fixed

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Hi All,

I have some good news for you! We are currently developing support for Shared Drives on Google Drive. I don't have an exact estimate of completion. Unless we run into any major issue, it could be released before the end of this year.

On 9/2/2021 at 8:46 AM, _James said:

Is there a way for VCS to access GoogleDrive Shared Drives and then administer the project sharing?

Even if you integrate Vectorworks Cloud Services with Google Drive Shared Drives, those will not sync to your desktop via the Vectorworks Cloud Services desktop app. So, you wouldn't be able to do project sharing this way. The SharedDrives would only be accessible via the Vectorworks Cloud Services web portal, so you could use the cloud processing, as well as the viewing capabilities of Vectorworks Cloud Services web portal. Have you tried doing Project sharing with the files stored directly on the Shared Google Drives? 

 

Best regards,

Iskra Nikolova

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I haven't tried project sharing through a shared google drive as I was advised not to do so in a forum post by @Tolu who recommended using dropbox instead (I think due to the delta sync functionality that would make the experience much better/more stable but please correct me if i'm wrong).

 

Great to hear more support for Google Drive is in the pipeline, thanks for the update.

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Hi @_James,

That's correct about Google Drive and delta sync. Project Sharing would still work with Google Drive, but your experience with Dropbox would be better because it syncs changes to the Project file much faster, so the time periods in which others are blocked from working with the project file are smaller. I asked if you have tried it, because there is still a chance that it might work satisfactory for your needs, if you are mindful of this limitation. I suggest you give it a try before giving up on that option, because that would be the only way for you to keep all of your files on Google Drive and use Vectorworks Project Sharing. All other options would require you to store your project files elsewhere.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Best regards,

Iskra Nikolova

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