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BIM 360 Docs Release Notes Archive

The June 27, 2017 BIM 360 Docs web update provides improved PDF publishing and exporting, including the next phase for downloading published PDF drawings (now with the option to include the automatically generated callout hyperlinks).  This update also includes support for publishing IFC files to the “Plans” folders and localization in Dutch (in addition to existing German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese localized versions).

We have also recently updated the Docs iOS and Android apps.  On iOS, you can now measure 2D drawings and 3D models and use the markup tools on drawings and models in “Project Files” folders.  The Android update includes the ability to create issues and markups in offline mode, a project-level issue list, and the option to view in thumbnail or list view.

PDF Publishing and Exporting

In April, we introduced a new, improved PDF publishing process.  Since then, we have continued to improve this feature with regular updates. In this release, we have added improvements to the “Review” step.  Now if you have documents with empty or duplicate fields, you can filter and view only those documents, making it easy to identify and fix any errors prior to publishing your drawings.

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Now when you download published PDF drawings from the “Plans” folders, you can choose to include the automatic (and manually added) callout hyperlinks with your drawing export.  To use this feature, select multiple PDF drawings from the same folder, choose download, and select the “include hyperlinks” option.  The drawings will download as a multi-page PDF file.  The hyperlinks between any two downloaded drawings in the same multi-page PDF will be maintained.  If, by chance, you download a drawing with a callout hyperlink that points to a drawing that you haven’t downloaded, the hyperlink will instead point to the online version of the “target” drawing. 

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IFC File Publishing

Now you can publish IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) files to the “Plans” folders in BIM Docs, providing improved support for project teams that are using this platform-neutral file format.  

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Mobile App Updates – iOS and Android

For iOS, we have added the ability to measure 2D drawings and 3D models, extended markup capabilities to documents in any folder, and added a new “Downloads” view to make it easy to manage and view your documents downloaded for offline use.

When you view a 2D drawing or 3D model on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll notice the new “measure” icon.  Our new measure tool allows you to measure point-to-point on 2D drawings and 3D models.  

You can calibrate (using a known dimension) on the drawing or model, as well as choose from a multiple measurement units.  

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To ensure you are selecting the exact location on the drawing or model, we provide a magnified view.  

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We have also added a “Downloads” view so that you can easily view all of the downloaded drawings, models, and other files in one view.  From here, you can also remove documents that you no longer need offline.  

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We have made a number of important enhancements to the Android app.  Now you can create issues and markups in offline mode. In addition, you can view all project issues at a glance with the project-level issue list.

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You can also see a full list of all activity associated with the issue:

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In response to customer feedback, we have also added a document “list” view (in addition to the thumbnail view).  This allows you to more easily scroll through your drawings and models to find the one that you need.

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We hope that you’ll enjoy these latest web and mobile updates, and please send us your feedback!

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Joan Allen

Joan leads product management for BIM 360 Docs. Joan is a registered Civil Engineer with over 25 years of experience in construction management and technology for the AEC industry. Since joining Autodesk, she has focused on delivering innovative, cloud-based solutions for connecting AEC project teams and improving project delivery workflows, including Autodesk BIM 360 Glue and Autodesk Buzzsaw.


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  1. Avatarjoan.allen



    Hi – thanks for the comment.  Today Docs provides automatic notifications when new files or file versions are uploaded, as well as notifications for RFI’s and Issues.  We plan to add notifications for markups in a future update.  

    One option you can try today is to create  the markup and then copy the document URL in the browser.  You can then email this to your team members so that they will have a direct link to the specific drawing or model.

    Best Regards,

    Joan Allen

  2. Avatarh.guerbuez9FZ4A



    Why my team members or followers of a folder dont get a notification when i make a markup?

  3. Avatarcody.austin



    Great update! Looking forward to the document “list” view available in the iPhone app.

  4. AvatarAndy_Leek



    Will “area” measurement be available soon, for both mobile and desktop?

  5. Avatarcjcook



    Is the List View only available on Android at this time?