Dropbox and AutoCAD

As of November 2017, Dropbox and AutoCAD became best buddies.

By connecting your Dropbox account to AutoCAD, Dropbox users can now open and save DWG files directly to Dropbox without leaving the AutoCAD desktop application.  This is particularly useful for a number of reasons; Short on disk space, Contractor access to your files, Not using selective sync etc.

To link AutoCAD to a Dropbox account, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Autodesk App Store and search for “Dropbox.” (Or follow this link which will work if you’re signed into your Autodesk Account already.)
    Dropbox and AutoCAD: Downloading the AutoCAD add-in.
  2. Select “Dropbox Plugin” and follow the link for the free download
  3. Once the download is finished, run it (or open the Dropbox download from your “Downloads” folder)
  4. Follow the prompts to install the plugin
  5. If you have a personal Dropbox account and a work account, you’ll be asked which account you’d like to connect to AutoCAD. You can connect both
  6. Once installed, Dropbox can be found in two places in AutoCAD:
    1. In the Applications Menu
    2. In the “Add-ins” toolbar
  7. You’ll complete the linking process by logging in to your Dropbox account:
    1. Open the Applications Menu in AutoCAD
    2. Select Dropbox
    3. Click “Connect To Dropbox”
    4. Follow the prompts to log in
      Dropbox and AutoCAD: Connecting AutoCAD to Dropbox

Dropbox and AutoCAD: Open an AutoCAD file from Dropbox

  1. Open the AutoCAD Applications Menu
  2. Select Dropbox
  3. Click Open from Dropbox
  4. Select the file you wish to open. (In the pop-up that appears, you can toggle between your accounts by clicking either Business or Personal. You can also see all .DWG files in both Dropbox accounts by clicking “All AutoCAD drawings”.)
  5. Click Open
  6. The AutoCAD drawing file will be opened in a new tab

Dropbox and AutoCAD: Save an AutoCAD file directly to Dropbox

  1. Open the Applications Menu in AutoCAD
  2. Select Dropbox
  3. Select either:
    1. Save to Dropbox – This will overwrite any previous version of the file
    2. Save As to Dropbox – This will create a new copy of your file that you will need to rename
  4. Click Save

 

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