Recently, we announced a brand new way to think about how you collaborate with outside design partners on content – Library Sharing. Library Sharing is now officially supported for all UNIFI customers! It’s been thrilling to see how UNIFI continues to add value to bridge information gaps and foster collaboration across the building lifecycle – first through improving how content is consumed, and now offering new ways that it can be distributed.
Here are a few ways UNIFI’s Library Sharing is already being utilized:
Joint Venture Workflows – UNIFI has two customers engaged in a multi-billion dollar joint venture that requires a significant amount of collaboration including the sharing of BIM Execution Documents, standards and templates. Sharing content is a natural evolution in that process and UNIFI’s Library Sharing enables this to seamlessly occur. Staff from both companies particularly enjoy being able to request content for libraries, regardless of who owns the library.
Owner ↔ Consultant – One of UNIFI’s customers is a real estate management firm that literally builds cities. UNIFI is effectively allowing this firm to create content once, store it in the cloud and provide a single source of objects to any of their preferred design consultants. This single source of information provides essential consistency to their entire building ecosystem, which is particularly helpful as the firm is constantly rotating through different consultants. UNIFI is also a win for each consultant because it removes the burden of creating content.
AEC Firm ↔ UNIFI Create Services – Many design firms are increasingly turning to UNIFI to create their BIM content. This allows firms to specialize in their core competencies – designing buildings – while efficiently meeting the cyclical demand of content creation. A firm shares its libraries with the UNIFI Create Team, a group of seasoned experts in content creation. Requests from the firm are easily sent through the Content Request form, providing a complete spec of the content and the content is then completed by the UNIFI team within a day or two and returned to the firm’s libraries.
“UNIFI is the bridge, allowing all of our staff, offices, consultants and clients access to critical content.” Guy – Interior Architects
These are just a few stories of how customers are currently using Library Sharing. How will you use Library Sharing? We’d love to hear your story!
Here’s how it works:
A company administrator can initiate sharing of a library by navigating to app.discoverunifi.com and logging in with their UNIFI credentials. The user then should navigate to ‘Libraries’.
(Note, other areas of the portal are still in beta and may not be entirely functional.)
Then click on the link of the library to open up its page:
The library can then be shared by clicking on the ‘Share’ link:
The pop up dialog will step you through the process. You will be prompted to select the permissions level (currently, only collaborative is available), designate a recipient email address, enter a custom message and agree to the term of service.
Following this, the recipient will receive an invitation email. If the recipient is a company admin of another company, they will be able to follow the included link, sign into the portal and accept the invitation. Note, once an invitation has been sent, any company administrator for that company may log in to the portal and accept the invitation, regardless if the invitation was sent to them. If an invitation is sent to a non UNIFI customer, they will be given the option to try UNIFI.
Once an invitation is accepted, administrators for the company that initiated the sharing will see the shared relationship under ‘Shared History’ and any pending invitations that have been sent will appear under ‘Pending Outgoing Invites’. Pending invitations and current sharing relationships can be canceled and revoked here on the ‘Sharing’ tab.
And that is it! Libraries that are shared with you in UNIFI will appear like this:
Libraries that are shared with another company appear normal.
Here are some considerations:
- Library Sharing is part of the core product, there is no additional cost to use it.
- Only company administrators may set up a shared library with another company.
- Libraries can be shared with entire companies, not single individuals. However, that company may choose to allow access with only select individuals.
- When shared with another company, that company must also be a UNIFI customer to access the library.
- When that company receives and accepts the sharing invite, the library is available to them in the same way that their own libraries are. Users and groups can be granted access to the shared library and saved searches can be created that reference that library. In short, the consumption of content in a shared library works identically to ‘owned’ libraries.
- Content in a shared library (whether you belong to the company that owns the library or subscribing company) can be tagged, rated and favorited like any other content.
- The owner of a library may share it with an unlimited number of other companies.
- If another company has shared a library with your company, you are not able to share the library with others.
- If another company has shared a library with your company, content within that library cannot be added across to your own libraries… but only to other libraries that the same company may have already shared with your company and that you have administrator access to.
If you have any questions about Library Sharing, please contact us. And, stay tuned for more exciting features from UNIFI.
We are pleased to announce that our 2.0.3 release is live! This morning, 2.0.3 was pushed to production in a quick, 15 minutes process that required no downtime for our users. We are excited to see another monthly release that makes several improvements to our platform and bug fixes. Check out what’s new below:
Collaborative Library Sharing
This release includes the exciting capability, previously only available in beta, to share libraries between companies! UNIFI is the only content solution to enable collaborative workflows for not just individual companies, but between those companies and their consultants. Libraries may be shared through our web portal here. Look for a news posting soon with additional information.
Enhancements / Features:
- [UD-642, UD-640, UD-615, UD-542] The Manage Users page improvements are: (See image)
- The page loads much faster, particularly when working with many users.
- A new search filter is available, allowing quick filtering down to specific users. The filter works across all visible fields.
- Improved look and feel
- [UD-512, UD-496] The Notifications page improvements are:
- The page loads much faster, particularly when many requests and uploads exist.
- The default column filters are only applied at log in and when clicking refresh. Changes to the filters are maintained when browsing away and returning to the page.
- [UD-718] The User Menu has been improved to include more profile and library permissions information. (See image)
- [UD-633] UNIFI branding changes. Several subtle changes to the log in page, logo and the general color theme have been made. (See image)
- [UD-590] The User Management page now displays a default selected time period and the magnitude is indicated by hovering the cursor over the graph.
- [UD-588] Applied tags are now displayed in sequential order. Thank you A Manning for the suggestion.
- [UD-706] Removing tags from elements shown in search results will now display UI feedback.
- [UD-74] Navigating away from browse results and returning again will maintain the displayed position of results.
- [UD-704] Libraries selected during a search are now preselected when creating a new Saved Search.
- [UD-671] In some cases, the review page for batch uploads wasn’t correctly showing the libraries selected during upload.
- [UD-648] In some cases, library administrators were able to ‘complete’ requests of other libraries they were not administrators of.
- [UD-645] When browsing, empty categories will no longer appear. This was happening when the connected Revit version filtered out elements available only in later Revit versions.
- [UD-626] In some rare cases, UNIFI was unresponsive after periods of inactivity greater than 30 minutes.
- [UD-613] On the Notifications Page, Approve / Reject buttons did not appear in some cases for individually selected uploads.
- [UD-587] Duplicate group names were allowed when renaming existing groups.
- [UD-510] New files in a batch upload did not recieve applied provided notes.
- [UD-460] When adding new revisions to existing elements, different filenames were allowed.
- [UD-436] Tags that were applied to ‘In Progress’ content requests were not being saved if UNIFI was restarted.
- [UD-432] When logging in with an identity provider, UNIFI will open up the login page for the provider. If this page is closed in the browser, UNIFI will no longer display an infinite loading bar but will return to an active log in screen.
- [UD-329] Some improvements were made to searching with multiple word industry synonyms.
- [UD-328] Revisions to existing elements made by library admins were not automatically approved.
- [UD-296] Some issues with deleting elements have been resolved.
- [UD-114] In some cases, library permissions showed user accounts that had been previously deleted.
- [UD-62] When groups were renamed, the new names were not reflected elsewhere in the application.
- [UD-717] Reverting to existing revisions of an existing element overwrites upload notes.
- [UD-509] Admin comments to content approvals overwrite upload notes .
- [UD-493] Search filters clear and are not remembered when navigating away and returning.
- [US-108] In some cases, users were unable to view the help doc.
- [US-69] Some rare cases of other add-in conflicts exist
- UNIFI has some issues with inserting drafting views when Autodesk Collaboration for Revit is installed and utilized on the active project.
- Autodesk Revit 2014 has some API limitations related to inserting objects that are face-based or work-plane-based.
We are pleased to report of another successful update to UNIFI! Version 2.0.2 represents another minor release and is comprised mostly of bug fixes and improvements to the installer and automatic update system. We expect this release to result in a more streamlined automatic update experience going forward.
- [UD-490] Uploads and exports couldn’t be completed for some users due to a missing Temp folder.
- [UD-554] Resolved an issue that caused usernames to occasionally appear in both the ‘Included’ and ‘To Add’ columns in group settings.
- [UD-530] Searching and Saved Searches: Tags specified in brackets will return results with only those tags applied.
- [UD-525] When browsing categories, preview images were appearing for files not yet approved. This has been resolved.
- [UD-557] When fulfilling requests, changes made to the selected library by Company Admins were not applied. The content will now appear in these libraries rather than the original selection.
- [UD-570] Attaching large files to content requests caused uploads to timeout. This resulted in duplicate requests in some cases. Also, some file formats caused Unifi to crash.
- [UD-445] Resolved a “Library communication error” that appeared when deleting a library and choosing to move the content to another library.
- [UD-441, UD-401] When deleting, some files were not being deleted. This caused the elements to appear in search after being deleted. This issue is fixed.
- [UD-507] Some users who didn’t have a default browser defined were having issues logging in to their SSO identity provider.
- [UD-414] Inserting a type catalog family into a project a second time unnecessarily prompted an overwrite dialog.
- [UD-308] Load times have been improved for the Users and notifications pages.
- [UD-359] Resolved an issue that caused a type catalog family type to not load properly into Revit. Thanks Elizabeth M for reporting!
We are working hard to provide regular and frequent updates to UNIFI and are excited about the improvements and features we have planned for the platform in the next few months! We appreciate your feedback!
We are happy to report a successful 2.0.1 release today! This release is a minor increment to the UNIFI version but significant nonetheless! Over 100 bugs and requests were addressed, making this one of our largest bug fixing releases ever. We were also able to deliver on requests made through our customer ideas site. Six user requests have been marked as ‘Shipped’ that together garnered nearly 50 votes. You asked and we delivered!
We thank you for your continued enthusiasm for the UNIFI platform! Items marked in BLUE below came from our IDEAS PORTAL. Add your ideas today!
- [UD-326] Enabled partial word searching. Search terms that match the beginning of words will return those results. (Image)
- [UD-298, UD-295] Added an option to Auto Start Unifi when Revit is opened. The option appears in the Unifi Revit Add-In. We heard you loud and clear! (Image)
- [UD-290] Several improvements have been made to the searching system. Results will be even more relevant. Take that Windows Explorer!
- [UD-158, UD-98, UD-51, UD-267] Consistency improvements have been made to the interface. Dialogs, buttons, header bars and library selector menus are now more consistent UI wide.
- [UD-400] The user management page has a new look with improved layout and license usage graph and corresponding user activity table.
- [UD-300] The tag autocomplete menu no longer is limited by 10 items.
- [UD-353] Mouse-back button functionality has been added to pages where the ‘back’ arrow appears.
- If UNIFI is already open and a user clicks on the UNIFI icon (whether taskbar or desktop shortcut), UNIFI will no longer close and reopen. Thank you D. Uy for reporting!
- [UD- 264, UD-259, UD-305, UD-400] Several UI bugs have been resolved in the following areas: Library Selector Menu, Notifications column filters and date sorting. Popup dialogs are now topmost to Unifi only.
- [UD-401, UD-398] Following upload, some files were not showing up in search results or while browsing. Great find T. Merchel!
- [UD-261] Elements not compatible with current Revit version were not appearing in search results.
- [UD-266] Tag searches were case sensitive causing searches such as [Doors] and [doors] to return different results.
- [UD-358] Saved Searches were not running if searching across libraries with a “ – “ in the name.
- [UD-288] Some users were receiving messages that they do not have permission to access certain saved searches.
- [UD-116] Some users were receiving a library permissions error when using individual Saved Searches that search across libraries the users no longer have access to. The Saved Searches will properly search across libraries only the user has access to and prompt the user to edit the search if the user no longer has access to any of the original libraries saved as part of the search.
- [UD-289] Adding a tag to an In Progress content request caused the Request Content page to open the next time the In Progress request was opened.
- [UD-313] J. Snyder reported that in some rare cases, uploads marked as approved would revert to pending status.
- [UD-263] Library admins were able to approve uploads that were only part of libraries they were not an administrator of.
- [UD-246] The Notifications button on the Library Management page opened the notifications page but didn’t filter the Uploads and Request tables by that library.
- [UD-311] Users will now see the alert badge on the button for the Notifications page prior to actually opening the page.
- [UD-292] F. Herbere reported that revision notes to existing elements were not appearing in the File History tab.
- [UD-422, UD-271, UD-416, UD-385] Resolved several issues with inserting types from the Type Catalog dialog and the dialog itself.
- [UD-299] Holding Shift while right clicking on an element, followed by clicking the delete button caused a crash. Thank you R. Bell!
- [UD-327] Multiple categories for the same category were appearing in browse mode.
- [UD-268] Users were unable to set an element as favorite if the element was part of a shared library.
- [UD-350] Minimizing the Batch Export dialog caused it to disappear, locking users out of the Revit session. Removed topmost behavior to all applications, it now appears in the taskbar and minimize and maximize buttons have been removed.
- [UD-233] Shared libraries didn’t appear in the Library Selector Menu until a restart of Unifi.
- [UD-312] Some drafting views with long names were failing to export to Unifi.
- [UD-119] Resolved a crash that resulted when inserting a drafting view, and clicking again to insert the drafting view.
- [UD-290, UD-283] The Unifi temp folder utilized for uploads wasn’t getting purged upon successful upload.
We are very happy to announce the release of Unifi v2.0 and the announcement of the new Unifi Analytics portal to public BETA!! This release also includes an industry first – Company to Company Library Sharing! Collaborate around your BIM projects in a new way, with content, providing a more data consistent design for your clients. This is a very exciting release for us and our customers as we further expand the value of the Unifi platform.
- Unifi Analytics Portal BETA
- Unifi in the web, its a intriguing idea… thats what we heard from our customers over the past year so thats what we did! Currently available to Company Admins only with plans to extend to all user types, the Unifi portal is where admins can visualize Unifi usage data from their entire global design force! Analytics, batch tag/library utilities, user management, reports & several other admin focused tools will be available during this Beta release.
- FEEDBACK – Please provide your ideas to make this product better in our ideas app here: https://unifi.ideas.aha.io/?project=UWP
- ACCESS – All Company Admins may access the web app here: https://app.discoverunifi.com
- Company to Company Library Sharing
- How do we collaborate around design? Can we make it easier to share design assets between firms so our clients receive design and data consistency from project to project? As a building owner how can I easily share a single federated library of design content to my design partners across the globe? These are the questions our customers were asking and Unifi Company to Company Library Sharing is answer we created to help make our industry more collaborative around content!
- All Unifi customers may “Share” a library with another Unifi customer for collaboration around projects. Full read/write access is currently available with more access permission rights to come soon. So what are you waiting for, start collaborating easier and provide more consistent designs to your clients!
- All sharing must be initiated from the Unifi portal.
- Both the sharing company & the recipient company bust be Unifi customers to take advantage of this feature.
- Unifi 2.0
- Several enhancements have been made to the Unifi desktop client including a replacement to the Alerts screen which has been redesigned as Notifications. Library sharing is now fully integrated and live! Full release notes below.
Unifi 2.0 New Features:
- Industry acronyms now use the “OR” operator when being searched
- Unifi Search > Filter > Category – You can now type a letter and the Family Category list will jump to location in the list. Your mouse scroll wheel will finally get some rest from scrolling through the large list of categories.
- The Alerts screen has been redesigned and renamed to “Notifications”.
- A new design with sortable and filterable column headers makes it easier then ever to sort through hundreds of content uploads or requests.
- File Download – You can now multi-select elements from either the browse or search results view, Right Click > Download. A new dialog will present several options for downloading your RFA’s from the Unifi cloud.
- Currently only RFA’s are available for download with more element types coming in the future.
- You can download a single file at a time, or in batch!
- Unifi now automatically starts with Revit. This has been a highly requested feature for firms who have rolled out Unifi and would like to increase awareness of Unifi across the firm.
- Please note that Unifi will NOT pull a license from the company pool until a user logs into their account.
- Single Sign On Enhancement
- SSO customers will now experience a more seamless integration with Unifi. A new “Authenticate with Identity provider” button is available on the Unifi Login Screen which will allow the user to simply type in their email address. Unifi will then open a we browser based on the SSO choice the company has connected to Unifi’s API. The browser will take over from there allowing the user to login once and the token will be stored for all future Unifi starts until the SSO provider expires the toke. This will now make Unifi automatically log the user in as it starts without any user input of login information resulting in a happier workplace 🙂
- Login Screen – Email form now has validation to ensure proper email format is entered.
- Shared Libraries
- Search – Library selector will now show both Company Libraries AND Shared Libraries.
- Library Management – Shared Libraries will now display if available
- Browse – Shared Libraries will now display if available. The library name will be shown with the company name who shared it in brackets; ie. “Furniture Library (ACME company)”. There will also be a shared icon on the tile for quick visual identification that the library is shared with your company.
- Content Request – Shared Libraries will now display if available
- Support > Request a Feature – Now takes user directly to the Unifi ideas website
- Upload Page – Revised design with added selection of Company & Library to distinguish between shared libraries if they exist.
- Unifi Installer – various updates have been made to the installer and the updater to allow for a better overall user experience.
- Fixed an issue with slow or laggy experience opening the User Management screen when a company has 1000+ users. (Thanks Fergus!!)
- Fixed an issue in search when the Search Favorites icon does not change when Favorites filter is toggled
- Resolved an issue when Deleting a library and choosing to Move the content to another library the files were not being moved, rather stuck in purgatory…
- Adding a tag to content where the tag already exists now triggers a new tag alert to the user
- Resolved a bug where some users could not be removed from the “Automatic User Group”, this was less than optimal
- Resolved a bug where file names were being truncated at a period “.” on a revision. This was bad “um kaaay”
- Fixed some stability issues with Type Catalog files that would not parse due to white space or break lines in our cloud parsing engine.
- Fixed a bug where Admins could not cancel their content requests, only Reject them which was just silly.
- Fixed some UI consistency issues app wide, screen widths, text wrapping etc.
- Fixed a bug where underscores “_” where not being shown in Browse – Small view mode
We truly hope you enjoy this release. Thank you to all our great customers who share our vision of organizing, analyzing, and distributing the worlds BIM content!!
The Unifi team is ready for the holidays! Its been an amazing year of collaborating with our customers to identify how we can provide their design firms value and enhance their BIM processes. So many of our customers are doing some really amazing things with technology to assist them with designing & constructing incredible buildings all around the globe. The Unifi team is honored to be a part of a industry that is full of passionate design technologists and practitioners!
Happy Holidays to you and yours,
We are very happy to announce the release of Unifi v1.8.1. Lots and lots of bugs have been squashed in this version in our continual effort to provide a stable enterprise level application!
- Fixed a bug where a URL in file details was being truncated when clicked on and would not send the user to the correct URL in the web browser. Whats the point of a web link if it doesn’t work?
- Fixed several areas where Unifi displays date so that it will display in the correct format per your region of the globe. (dd/mm/yyyy & mm/dd/yyyy)
- Fixed an issue when renaming a User Group would not save the new name correctly, and for this we apologize.
- Fixed an issue where Library names that began with underscores, did not show the prefixed underscore in the library selector on the search page. (Thanks Jason R!)
- Resolved a couple issues with the Type catalog window:
- No longer will inserting from a Type Catalog will it overwrite all existing types and their values, this was not cool.
- Once types have been inserted into a project, and you select the family again to insert more types, all existing types in the model are highlighted in the Type Catalog interface.
- Some Type Catalogs were not being displayed correctly due to various delimiters that can be used, whether a semicolon or comma is used, both are now displaying as expected.
- “Star Rating Ascending” sort option was not displaying 0 (non-rated) content up top. This has been fixed.
- During a content request, if an Admin dragged and dropped content into the screen to upload it, then canceled the request, that content was still uploaded to Unifi and available in search/browse. We have stopped this madness.
- Fixed a bug where clicking on a tag from the File Details page was not firing off a new search.
- Fixed an issue when a Admin is reviewing a batch file upload, and clicks the back button, the page is reset to the first page in a multi page review. It has been reported that this was making people throw things at their colleagues. In an effort to promote workplace safety this bug has been fixed.
- Fixed a bug that allowed a user to create two saved searches with the same name.
- Fixed a bug where renaming a Saved Search Group would allow you to create another Saved Search Group with the same name.
- Fixed a bug where when logged out of Unifi with the app still open, and a user attempts to Batch Export content from a open Revit project, Unifi gets angry and crashes.
- Fixed a bug where in some cases if an Admin changes the libraries of a In Progress content request, the library changes would not stick.
- Fixed a bug where entering “<3” in the search bar was returning all results not just favorites. This shortcut now shows you just the content you love.
- Added labels to the Identity Provider text fields so you know what info goes where when editing.
- Fixed a bug when an Admin would Delete a library and choose to “Move files to another library”, the files where not being moved and stuck in purgatory. We are all happier now that Unifi does what it says it will do.
- The Live Chat support has been removed from this release. We are planning to replace it with a more scalable solution, but for now it is now we feel its better to remove it than to have it not work consistently.
Have a new idea you would like to see added to Unifi? A new Ideas portal is now live and open to all customers! Your ideas matter, login and start submitting your ideas directly to the Unifi team today. You can vote on other peoples ideas and let the Unifi team know what YOU want us to build next!
We truly hope you enjoy this release. Thank you to all our great customers who share our vision of organizing, analyzing, and distributing the worlds BIM data!!
The Unifi team is already working on Unifi 2.0 which is being released at Autodesk University Dec 2nd-4th!! If you are attending AU be sure to swing by our booth and try out the new Unifi yourself at our demo center!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
We are very happy to announce the release of Unifi v1.8. Highlighted in this release is the beginning of our graphic styling project including new colors, logo, and several UI/UX enhancements to make your experience using Unifi more enjoyable and streamline your efficiency!
A new Ideas portal is now live and open to all customers! Your ideas matter, login and start submitting your ideas directly to the Unifi team today. You can vote on other peoples ideas and let the Unifi team know what YOU want us to build next! To top it off a brand new Unfii website has been launched, check it out!
- New logos, color palette, and branding graphics have been updated across the Unifi application.
- New Unifi Ideas Portal has been launched! Start submitting your ideas today – https://unifi.ideas.aha.io
- New DiscoverUnifi website is up and live, check it out here–> https://www.discoverunifi.com
- Admins can now edit the Library of a Content Request! (Thanks Fergus!)
- Type Catalogs now display sorted exactly the same way as Revit does. Previously it was sorted per type name by default. (Thanks Ryan!)
- New User Information button added to the top header bar of Unifi. This will show the currently logged in user and allow them to logout. More features will be added to this button very soon!
- Dates displayed across the Unifi application have been set to the users local date/time format. (Localization of Data/Time)
- Added several stability enhancements
- Fixed the Unifi installer to now show the current Unifi version in the Windows Add/Remove programs dialog. Previously it was stuck on v1.6..for some silly reason.
- Fixed an issue where if a library was removed from an existing saved search the user or admin was never alerted of this. If this scenario happens Unifi will now display a human readable error message.
- If a user was once part of a User group then removed, they would still have access to that User Groups permissions. We have fixed this so Unifi Admins across the world can now stop pulling their hair out.
- Fixed an issue where in some cases newly uploaded content would not immediately be shown in searches and browsing.
- Fixed an issue where some content requests where not showing up for Company Admins. This annoying behavior has been resolved.
- Fixed an edge case of company saved searches not appearing once all libraries in a company were deleted. This would never happen in reality, but hey we fixed it anyway.
- Fixed an issue where the sorting options for a saved search were not working. Whats the point of sorting if it doesn’t work?
We truly hope you enjoy this release. Thank you to all our great customers who share our vision of organizing, analyzing, and distributing the worlds BIM data!!
The Unifi team is already working on the next release. We will not sleep, sleep is for the weak…and that is making us walk around the office like…the undead.
In the rapidly growing world of cloud powered applications and web apps, IT teams are finding new ways to manage the ever growing list of tools their users need access to. With this growing user demand for cloud based tools and utilities several of the worlds top AEC firms are moving toward SAML based Single Sign-on (SSO) user identity tools.
What is Single Sign-on? “a property of access control of multiple related, but independent software systems. With this property a user logs in once and gains access to all systems without being prompted to log in again at each of them.” – Wikipedia
When it comes to configuring and customizing apps used by every employee it makes sense for IT teams to spend weeks doing deployments. When you start moving down the list to the apps that only a certain department needs access to it may not make sense to make large investments in on-premise software and deployments. This is the point where IT personnel in AEC firms across the globe are trying to find a middle ground between security, providing their users the tools they need when they need them, and speed of deploying these tools. No IT team wants to be a barrier to their colleagues, but they are the gatekeepers of a firm. They must keep data security and employee access to this data a top priority.
Single Sign-on identity providers such as OneLogin, LoginRadius, OKTA, and PingIdentity are leaders in providing a single source of truth for users access to various cloud applications across an entire design firm.
Cloud identity providers are built in the cloud for the cloud, making deploying cloud software a breeze. Most SSO providers have app stores where you can search for thousands of existing cloud software and connect the two quickly and easily.
What are the top 5 reasons for looking into a SSO solution for your design firm?
- Lowered IT costs
- Improved security
- Increased workforce productivity
- More utilization of mobile
- Improved user experience
Design technology is moving rapidly and how AEC IT personnel adapt to it will be critical over the next few years. Security, ease of use, and scalability will be key factors of which technologies we choose for our design firms. This is why you will find the Unifi app in each of the four providers app stores listed above with more to come upon request! We have listened to our customers and made Unifi compliant with the SAML 2.0 protocol which will allow you to integrate Unifi with any compatible Single Sign-on provider.
I would bet we end up seeing more AEC software leaders move down this path eventually with SSO. SSO integration is just the beginning, its a fully connected world and API’s can turn a great product into a powerful platform. We fully plan to continue to expand our platform integration options further with various API’s and integrations into some of the most popular platforms such as Slack and Trello! More to come on that front in a future post.
Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment or question below.
Updated: 22.214.171.124 released 10/7/15 (bug fixes below)
We are very happy to announce the release of Unifi v1.7. Highlighted in this release is the rollout of new cloud infrastructure across the Amazon AWS backbone including a completely new search engine! This new search engine project (codenamed Dewey) is all about enhancing the user experience with faster browse and searching speeds on a global scale. The Unifi team has invested heavily into a new search engine technology which is extremely scalable and reliable, two major factors we take very seriously for the Unifi product. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with an enjoyable experience when finding content for use in Revit projects!
What does this mean for your designers?
- Our internal metrics show that current Unifi search times average 2 – 8 seconds globally depending on the size and complexity of the search. The new search engine testing metrics show global search times that average .5 seconds regardless of the size or complexity of the search.
- A new “Search information bar” has been added to the top of the search and browse screens which displays how many results are being returned. This bar will also tell the user if any content is being hidden due to a incompatible Revit year among several other informative notes. You will notice the information bar also appears while browsing letting you know how many libraries or family categories are being displayed in the UI.
- The new enhanced search engine now shows reduced results the more words you add to the search bar making it easier than ever to quickly refine your search to exactly the type of content you are searching for.
This is something the majority of our users have been asking for so you got it! Your searching will be even more intuitive then ever with the intent on getting you to the right piece of content faster than ever.
- New Amazon cloud servers added to global cluster making international search times quicker (More improvements in this area are coming soon!)
- New Elastic search engine added (More improvements in this area are coming soon!…can you say integrated parameter searching!)
- Hidden results will now be displayed in the Search Information bar, users can click a link to see all incompatible Revit families
- URLs in Family parameters will now be hyperlinks within the Unifi File Details page. (thanks Ji-Yong)
- Library Admins can no longer delete libraries (thanks Fergus)
- Changed the way the Favorite icon works. The favorite (heart) icon will now toggle your favorites filter to quickly see only the items you have favorited in the current results screen.
- Any incompatible (future Revit version) families are now displayed greyed out and are unable to be inserted by the user.
- Added several stability enhancements
- Resolved a bug where certain files could not be uploaded do to inaccurate file header data within the RFA file
- Fixed some wonky text that would display in some system family names
- Fixed a bug in the content request screen where when the ‘Specific Standards’ option is selected, but no text is entered into the textbox Unifi would get angry (thanks Fergus)
- Resolved a bug where in some cases opening a PDF from a content request would crash Unifi
- Resolved a bug where certain formatted type catalogs would not insert correctly (thanks Blake)
- Fixed some labels in the Content request screen that were confusing
- Fixed a bug where some file details would appear blank if not parsed yet in the Unifi cloud. If a family is still being parsed on the cloud you will now see a “In Progress” message indicating that the cloud is still busy herding the kittens (thanks Jason)
- Fixed a bug with rolling back a file to a previous revision
- Fixed a bug where when a pending file was deleted, it would still show in the Batch Upload Review screen
- Resolved a timeout issue when if a User does not use Unifi for 30 minutes Unifi would release the licenses and the app would not log the user out. (thanks Blake)
- Resolved a bug where certain fill pattern parameters values where not being displayed correctly in the file details page
Known Bugs: We will be working quickly to resolve these known issues in v1.7.
- Queuing large batches of files for upload (2500+) is taking several minutes as the files are checked on the servers to see if they already exist first. We fully intend to make this wicked fast, but right now its not.
Sorting by Star Rating is not working properly in the filter dialog.Fixed v126.96.36.199 The “TC” icon shown overtop of the preview image, when in the file details page, is not aligned properly.Fixed v8 The “TC” icon is not shown in the search results view, both in Grid mode or Row modeFixed v188.8.131.52 New user activation emails may take up to 24 hours for the recipient to receive it. We are working with our 3rd party mail system to get this back to instantly send upon user creation.Fixed v8
- If an Admin rolls back to a previous revision of a file, the parameter values do not update in the File Details page to show the current versions parameter data values.
On very large searches, while results are still loading and the user opens up a file details page, the information can take up to 10-15 seconds to populate. This is not acceptable to the instant gratification generation and will be fixed.Fixed v184.108.40.206 instant gratification achieved! The “delete” button on a new saved search has been changed to “Cancel”, you can’t delete something that doesn’t exist.Fixed v220.127.116.11 Newly uploaded content may be shown as a revision to previously deleted content with the same name. This is a case of content identity theft, and has been resolved.Fixed v18.104.22.168 Automatically adding users to user groups was not working in some cases.Fixed v22.214.171.124 File underscores are not being removed from the content display name causing problems with finding the content while searching.(Thanks Ryan!) Fixed v126.96.36.199 Uploaded and approved content was sometimes not available in the search engine.Fixed v188.8.131.52
We truly hope you enjoy this release. Thank you to all our great customers who share our vision of organizing, analyzing, and distributing the worlds BIM data!!
The Unifi team is already working on the next 1.8 release which will include new highly requested workflow features! Stay tuned for more update news soon!
What our customers are saying:
UNIFI embodies efficiency, we are able to do more with less. Or, in UNIFI’s case – do more per click.
If you’re still using a server, you’re not BIM savvy.
Our relationship with UNIFI is key to ensuring we stay at the forefront of innovation as it relates to design technology and providing the right design tools to specifiers.
UNIFI is the bridge, allowing all of our staff, offices, consultants and clients access to critical content.
UNIFI is the best. It provides the easiest access to content and makes searches better.
UNIFI allows us to work smarter.
Updates are pushed out on the fly, in real time, ensuring that our teams have confidence in accessing and utilizing the most current content.
Our models not only fit the customer’s needs, they help us to create long lasting relationships across our diverse brands.
Foremost I have to congratulate you on your support culture. Second to none!
We now have a central, sterile source of information, with no leakage of content.