The July 26, 2017 BIM 360 Docs update delivers important new capabilities and enhancements to support better project collaboration and document management.
For All Users: Docs now provides improved PDF capabilities, including support for externally defined hyperlinks and page labels, as well as the ability to download PDF drawings with markups from the “Plans” folders. In addition, you can now download the “source” files (such as a Revit file) uploaded to a “Plans” folder, and add issues to documents managed in the “Project Files” folders.
Project Admins: As part of the ongoing transition to the unified BIM 360 platform, Docs project administration is integrated with the new BIM 360 platform administration experience.
Export markups: In May, we introduced the ability to download a published PDF drawing from the “Plans” folders. In June, we added the ability to download multiple sheets as a multi-page PDF with the option to include the automatically-generated callout hyperlinks and any manually-added hyperlinks. Now we have taken this a step further by providing the ability to download the markups with the PDF file.
The downloaded markups are “annotations” on the PDF file, so when you open up your file in a PDF viewer (such as Adobe Acrobat), the markups are fully editable. Here’s a look at the markups in Docs, and then corresponding PDF file as viewed on the desktop:
Drawing with markups in BIM 360 Docs
Downloaded PDF with markups
Download: Now you can download the “source” files that were uploaded to the “Plans” folders.
Improved PDF support: Docs now supports the hyperlinks that were added to PDF drawings in native PDF editing software, including external hyperlinks and relative hyperlinks. In addition, Docs now displays the externally-defined page labels for each sheet of a multi-page PDF.
Issues: Now you can add issues documents in the “Project Files” folders (in addition to “Plans” folders). Similar to the experience for markups in the “Project Files” folders, selecting an issue from the Issues panel will navigate directly to the specific page (multi-page PDF) or view (3D model).
Project Administration: Docs is now integrated with the unified BIM 360 platform project administration and account administration user experience. When you select “Project Admin” from the menu, you will see a new Project Admin “Members” page. From there, you can select “Manage” to add or edit project members. To access the Activity Log, RFI configuration, or Advanced settings, select “Services” and then “Document Management.”