Layout references get changed to the embedded SKP file

I use an iMac studio with Ventura OS and store my files on my iCloud storage account. In Layout, if I click on a view port and then “Open in Sketchup” up comes the SKP file but instead of my correctly titled SKP file i get a different file that has the correct name with multiple numbers before and after but it isn’t the original correct file. If I open References that multi numbered file is highlighted and it says next to it says “embedded”.
I can “Unlink” that file and then “Relink” to my original file all goes back to the correct file. If I Edit that file and work with it, save it etc…all works. Later if I try to “Open with Sketchup” up comes the embedded file again. i.e. the link gets broken. It’s been speculated it might be due to the file being stored on the iCloud and takes too long to download so the computer defaults to the embedded file inside of Layout. While I’m doing my own test, has anyone had a similar problem and how have you solved the issue.

I know very little about the Mac system but, storing in the cloud and opening from there can cause issues. The best practice is to save the file to a local drive and open it from that drive.

Hi Tom, Did you ever get a helpful reply to this question? I’m coming up against the EXACT same issue today and my workflow is identical to yours. (Mac on Ventura with files saved to cloud). Please share any tips you may have gathered. Thanks!

Oh my, I missed your inquiry. I have been experimenting with the issue. Not fully resolved but…the SU team did what RLGL suggested, put your job file on a local and save it there. I have yet to build another model where the issue starts happening. I’ve spoken to a couple of folks who all say the same. I was directed to Trimble Connect for storage but found out that it’s only available for SKP files and not Layout (for some reason that evades me). In my case it only happens with large files which stands to reason if youre sending lots of data back and forth to the cloud all you need is a short break in the stream and it would cause problems. BTW I’ve ask SU and the Community to share their systems of saving files and their organization habits that create fail safe storage and recollection. I’ve yet to get anywhere with that. I’m self taught without a true engineering brain so struggle with multiple SU files creating complex LO files and losing names and updates for changes. SU should have a class at BootCamp etc… Good luck I’ll publish my discoveries.

Working with files from the cloud or external storage can cause the files to get corrupted, sometimes it can be solved but sometimes its imposible to recover it, if you need to storage on the cloud you could download it yo your computer, work there, save it and upload it again to the cloud, also if you have a lot of files with the same name as backups get rid of those so layout can’t link to any of those files.