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.
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.
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.
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.
To ensure you are selecting the exact location on the drawing or model, we provide a magnified view.
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.
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.
You can also see a full list of all activity associated with the issue:
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.
We hope that you’ll enjoy these latest web and mobile updates, and please send us your feedback!