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Samuel Derenboim

remote libraries - webdav support?


I know people are starting to experiment with different databases, remote management, etc... particularly with this pandemic.


Any way we can support library references via webdav ? (I.E. if we self-host a nextcloud or owncloud instance?)

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We generally find that remotely hosted library content is a major issue and slows vectorworks down massively.


We would always recommend hosting on Dropbox.  We have had issues in Box unless the Libraries folder is 'offline'.


We host and manage a number of content libraries for our clients via Dropbox, and it works fine.

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I agree with @shorter Anything that VW needs to access at "internet" speed and reliability versus a dedicated local network will be less reliable. Using a "syncing" solution like DropBox where each user will keep a local copy that I updated when the "master" changes (or changes the master when the local is changed) will give you better performance. If someone is trying to get away with less disk space and try's to use "SmartSync" (DropBox name) to only see the files on the cloud version and not have to download a local copy, you will probably have issues.


It looks like NextCloud and OwnCloud do true syncing, but I have no experience with either one. 


I would test either carefully with the largest files you normally use. If you are only using these to host reference files that are effectively "Read Only" for the users it should not be a problem. If you have people saving changes to the resources back to the files, I would test for simultaneous changes made by different users and make sure you don't end up with data collisions and data loss.

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