There has been many questions on this forum regarding the state of the Team Projects.
Is my team projects saved locally?
Is it safe to clear the cache without loosing my Team Project data?
Why can I not invite other users?
Why can I not see any invite while somebody has sent me an invite?
Why can I not see my Share button?
I am going to write some helpful answers to the questions above. Please let me know if this is helpful.
If I keep the technicality aside, I would say that we save team projects at two locations:
There are some UI indications to tell if the team projects has been saved to either of these locations.
To verify if the current state of the team project has been saved locally, check the title bar of the application. If there is no asterisk sign (*) with the name of team project, that means your team project has been saved to your local drive. If it is present there, it means the saving is in progress and it should be completed in some time. Refer the screen shot.
To verify if the current state of the team project has been saved to our remote server, check the sync status icon. If you see a green check mark, this indicates that your changes are safely saved to our remote server. This is also the indication that the team projects cache can be cleared now. (You should not have to clear the Team Project cache as this cache is generally of very small size). If there is any other icon there (other than the yellow warning triangle which I would explain in a moment), then this means that the sync will be done shortly. There can be a delay of around 5 minutes but the sync to remote server should be done in that time. Refer the screen shot.
There can be some situations where
For any such kind of issues, there is one place to look out for and that would be the sync status control. It's the same place where you saw your green check mark icon. If you see a yellow warning triangle there, then all of your above issues can be explained. This warning triangle can come in two cases:
This sync status control icon is at different location in After Effects. Please refer the screen shot .
I have tried to explain some of the Team Projects states with corresponding UI indications. We are happy to hear your feedback on this and also how we can make all these indications more accessible and intuitive to user. Please do let me know if that makes sense.