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BIM 360 Docs Update – March 29, 2017

Joan Allen
April 1, 2017

The March 29, 2017 BIM 360 Docs update delivers on the roadmap themes of Document Management and Viewing & Review workflows, with new versions of the Android and iOS apps, as well as enhancements to Docs web.

Document Management

Export Activity Log to *.csv and other Activity Log enhancements:  The BIM 360 Docs Activity Log provides Project Admins with a complete view of project activities such as viewing, uploading, downloading, and issue management.  In this release, we are introducing the highly-requested “export” feature so that Project Admins can download the activity log (to *.csv) for offline review and analysis.  This feature includes the ability to choose any date range as well as an email option.

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Copy a specific version of a document:  We have added the ability to copy any version of a document to another folder, to better support design and document sharing workflows, such as copying specific versions of files from a “WIP” (Work in Progress”) to a “Shared” folder.

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Viewing, Reviewing, and Approval

This update includes viewing and review enhancements across all platforms:  web, iOS, and Android.

Android v1.3 – Callout hyperlinking navigation and issue creation

The latest Docs Android app includes the ability to quickly and intuitively navigate directly from one drawing to the next with detail callout hyperlinking.  This update also includes the ability to create issues on 2D drawings.

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iOS V2.2 – New RFI Capabilities

The latest Docs iOS app includes the ability to view a project-level RFI list and the RFI details from the “Manage” menu.  You can also navigate directly to the document from an RFI in the list, and add RFI attachments and comments and attachments from both the list view and the document view.

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Docs Web – Improved RFI and Issue access and navigation

Now you can click on a direct link from an RFI or Issue in the list view, and navigate directly to the associated drawing (with the panel opened to the specific RFI or Issue).  

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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

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    Hi Chad – 

    Thanks for the feedback!

    #1 – Thanks, that is an interesting suggestion.  We’ll need to investigate further.

    #2 – Auto-zooming into the specific area of the viewer (for markup, issue, etc) is planned for a future release.  We are working to provide a consistent, cohesive experience across our solution.

    #3 – Great point.  Today, you can go back from the drawing view to the RFI (or Issue) list / item by clicking the “back” button in the browser.  We’re looking into enhancing this experience for a future release.

    Best Regards,

    Joan Allen

    Sr. Product Manager, BIM 360 Docs

  2. AvatarChad-Smith

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    The last point is the one that interests me, but it still stops short on functionality.

    1. Opening the preview popup needs a zoomed in thumbnail of the marker/markup on the sheet.
    2. After selecting ‘View on document’ and the document loads, it should zoom in on the marker/markup.
      BIM 360 Team does this well, why not Docs? A symptom of two different dev teams, developing two different products, without consistency across the products despite being on the same BIM 360 platform?
    3. After closing the document it should go back to the Issue/RFI list which you came from, not the folder where the document is stored.
      In fact I would say when a document is opened from anywhere in the UI, when closed it should go back from where you just came from.
      Maybe as an alternative, to the left of the document name put a folder breadcrumb trail so the user has a choice to the folder instead. While pressing the close (X) button would go back to where you were before opening the document.
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