The latest BIM 360 Docs update is packed with highly-requested features such as document-level hyperlinking, improved PDF title block management, the ability to move any document in any folder, a measure tool for 2D drawings and 3D models, and other viewer enhancements. This update also includes an updated iOS app with support for creating and editing RFI’s and download enhancements.
Document Management – Hyperlinking
In January we introduced folder level hyperlinking, and now we have added document level hyperlinks. Links from Issue and RFI notifications, as well as links from the activity log, will navigate directly to the 2D drawing, 3D model, or other project file. In addition, you can copy the URL and share it to another project team member, providing direct access to the model, drawing, or file (requires the user to have permission to view the document).
Document Management – Project Title Blocks and Cancel
Until now, users uploading PDF drawings to the “Plans” folders were required to define the PDF title blocks at the folder level. This update includes the highly-requested ability to re-use Title Block definitions across the project. Once a title block has been defined, it will be available for future uploads of PDF drawings (note – this applies to all Title Blocks created after the February 28 release). For example, this screenshot shows a title block called “New Title Block” available for an upload to a different folder.
We have also added the ability to cancel a publishing job after the initial upload. This option is available for files in the publish log that either are waiting for the next publish step or that might have failed during processing.
Document Management – Move any document
This update includes the ability to move a document (all versions) from one folder to another, so that you can easily re-organize your project documents without losing any of the critical history and audit trail. This also allows you to upload a multi-page PDF drawing set or a Revit model to a “plans” folder in Docs, and then organize the auto-extracted sheets into discipline-specific folders, such as architectural, mechanical, and structural.
Viewing and Review – Measure and Calibrate; Edit Hyperlinks
In Docs web, you can use the new measure tool to verify dimensions in 2D drawings and 3D models. For design files (RVT, DWG, and DWF) this tool will automatically display the correct (model-based) measurement data. It also includes a calibration tool so that you can easily determine dimensions on a PDF drawing once you have set the calibration based on a known dimension on the drawing.
In addition to the automatic callout hyperlinking capabilities for 2D drawings, Docs also provides the ability add manual hyperlinks between drawings. In this release, we have updated the navigation UX for navigating to the hyperlinked sheet (just tap on the preview image) and we have also added the ability to delete a manually added hyperlink.
Docs Web Usability – Project List
We have improved the usability of the project navigation drop-down menu. Now the most recently viewed project is listed at the top, with the remainder of the projects listed in alphanumeric order.
Mobile – iOS Version 2.0
The latest IOS app provides the ability to Create new RFI’s and respond to and comment on existing RFI’s.
This update also includes download improvements: until your chosen folders and documents have downloaded, the app will remain active, ensuring that your downloads will not be interrupted if the device is otherwise inactive.