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Creating a Support Package

Istvan Moharos
Graphisoft
Graphisoft
Applies to: Archicad v19 and above

What is a Support Package

Creating a Support Package may help the GRAPHISOFT Technical Support Team to more efficiently investigate an issue you experience with Archicad. The package captures the current state of your project (Teamwork or solo PLN) and includes other diagnostic data which will help to troubleshoot the problem. A Support Package should be created if a support person explicitly asks for it. Send it to your GRAPHISOFT support representative along with a description of the problem.
By accepting our End User License Agreement, you agree to collect technical data which will be collected and processed by GRAPHISOFT. These technical data may contain personal data, which we process under the respective terms and conditions. Support Packages may contain personal data, such as:
  • the IP address of your computer,
  • name of your computer,
  • your username on your computer,
  • address of your BIMcloud / BIMcloud Basic / BIMcloud as a Service,
  • your Archicad Teamwork username,
  • your project name,
  • or your e-mail address.

How to create a Support Package

  1. Reproduce the issue in Archicad.
  2. Go to the Help menu > Create Support Package.
  3. Select the affected solo (PLN) or Teamwork project you want to capture.
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  4. Select the package content to be sent. Default (Recommended) - Use this option if not instructed otherwise. Client only - This option excludes the logs and project data from the server and includes only the client-side data. Use this option if the server cannot be accessed properly or if you need to limit the size of the package. Custom - Use the Package Content button to set the content of the package. The optional content differs for solo (PLN) and for Teamwork projects. Use this option only if you are instructed to do so.
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  5. Describe the nature of the issue in the Comment box.
  6. Hit Create and select a folder where you want to save the package to.
There will be two types of files created during the process. In the case of solo (PLN) projects:
  • project-related files: <project name>.support
  • log files: <project name>_LOG.support
In case of Teamwork projects:
  • project-related files: <BIMcloud/BIMcloud Basic name>[<project name>].twsupport
  • log files: <BIMcloud/BIMcloud Basic name>[<project name>]_LOG.twsupport
If any of the files are bigger than 100 MB, then Archicad saves the package in 100 MB pieces and a number is added to the filename as a suffix. For example:
  • MyBIMcloud - BIMcloud 24[MyProject]_01.twsupport
  • MyBIMcloud - BIMcloud 24[MyProject]_02.twsupport
  • MyBIMcloud - BIMcloud 24[MyProject].twsupport
  • MyBIMcloud - BIMcloud 24[MyProject]_LOG_01.twsupport
  • MyBIMcloud - BIMcloud 24[MyProject]_LOG_02.twsupport
  • MyBIMcloud - BIMcloud 24[MyProject]_LOG.twsupport

What data is saved into the Support Package?

In the case of solo (PLN) projects:
  • *.support files contain
    • The project file itself (as .pln)
    • Libraries used by the project (Not included by default)
    • Autosave files
    • Latest Work Environment
  • *_LOG.support files contain
In case of Teamwork projects:
  • *.twsupport files contain
    • Local copy of the Teamwork project from the user's local cache
    • Autosave files from the user's local cache
    • Server-side project data
    • Local copy of the libraries used by the project (Not included by default)
    • Latest Work Environment
  • *_LOG.twsupport files contain

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