Autosave in Revit?

I wonder how much time/money has been lost because we get so focused on what we are doing in Revit that we forget to save our file and our computer crashes or the power goes out. I get asked all the time if there is an autosave feature in Revit similar to the one in AutoCAD. Revit will never save your file in the background like AutoCAD does (thank goodness!) Can you imagine Revit saving a 200MB file in the background?

Revit does, however save detailed information about what you are doing in real-time in a journal file. These files can provide valuable information to your reseller for troubleshooting support issues. By reading them the support technician can determine exactly what you were doing when Revit generated an error or your system crashed. The best part about these files is that Revit can use the latest journal to rebuild your project exactly to where it was when you crashed! This is actually better that AutoCAD’s Autosave feature because the autosave file will only have information back to the last autosave which could have been 10 minutes ago.

To rebuild a file from a journal file follow these “super-easy” steps:

  1. locate your latest journal file, typically found at:
    for Revit Architecture – C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010\Journals
    for Revit MEP – C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit MEP 2010\Journals
    for Revit Structure – C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Structure 2010\Journals
  2. Then just drag and drop the journal file onto your Revit icon on your deskop
  3. That’s it! Now just watch the magic as Revit starts up, opens the file, and rebuilds it right in front of your eyes. This is fun just to watch it!

I hope this information helps to reduce the number of heart attacks among Revit users throughout the world. Please keep in mind, though, never trust the computer – still remember to save often!

Bob Eardley