Yes, it’s true, you can now use UNIFI as your single source for all of your digital content including Revit, Bentley, AutoCAD and SketchUp files not to mention jpg, pdf, xls, doc, even movies! Now, as you work on various phases of a project, you can have easy access to all of the content in one place. In future releases, we will be creating add-ins to popular design software solutions which will further enhance our multi-format capabilities. In addition to multi-format, we were very busy adding additional features:
- …and More about Multi-Format – If an item can be saved as a file, it can be stored, searched and found on UNIFI. All previous features that dealt exclusively in Revit files will now work with all file formats.
- There are some exceptions, we do not allow executable files to be uploaded and we’ve provided a list of potentially malicious files here:.https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc767397.aspx
In addition to multi-format, we were very busy adding additional features and bug fixes to this release:
- Content Requests – files will now live within the context of a Content Request and can be inserted directly from a content request or added to a library.
- New Preview Image Picker – we updated the custom preview image picker to work with multi-monitor workstations and have a better workflow.
- C4R Support – we now support inserts & exports from C4R projects.
- Embedded PDF Viewer
- Non-Revit Files Will Open in File Extension Associated Program – if user does not navigate away from the file a watch is placed on it and saved changed will automatically be queued for upload to UNIFI as a new revision of the file.
- Protected Libraries – company admins can designate a library as protected. Content in a protected library will not be updated unless approved by a company admin.
- More Type Catalog Upload Fixes
- Batch Insert Improvements – several bugs with batch insert have been resolved. Project Browser docked state no longer matters and communication with Revit has been streamlined.
- Easy Edit is Now Available to Non-company Admin Users
- Use F5 to Refresh Search Results, File Details, Notifications, etc.
- Most Text Labels are Now Selectable and Can Be Copy/Pasted to External Programs
- Project Name Will Be Included in the Connected Program Picker
When you upgrade to 3.0 – you gain access to all of these features above plus high quality manufacturing content via UNIFI Connect which is available in the Subscriptions area of the app.unifilabs.com. We’ve got several new manufacturers on board, here are a few.
The UNIFI Team has been hard at work to release a new version of our content management solution that’s compatible with Revit 2018 and over 60 new features and bug fixes! We call it v2.3, but we know you are most interested in what’s included – here are a few highlights:
- Support for Revit 2018 as well as previous Revit versions.
- Batch Insert from Search – You can now insert multiple items into a family by multi-selecting (via shift-click or control-click) from the search results page, right clicking and selecting Batch Insert from the context menu.
- Insert into Families, not just Projects – we now allow you to insert a family from UNIFI into another RFA.
- Open Families into the Family Editor – we’re hoping to cut down some steps when editing a family by allowing users to click an Edit button in the file details that will open a family directly in the Family Editor of Revit.
- Pending Batch Upload Details – We’ve added a little bit more detail to the pending batch upload screen. Thank to Kristina for the suggestion!
- Inserting Type Catalogs – Added more horsepower behind inserting type catalogs. You should notice a difference when inserting type catalogs of significant size.
- Bubble burst – In some cases, there was a little bubble shown when hovering over a preview image. Thanks Kenny for pointing that out!
- Details – We’ve had issues where type catalogs with thousands of types created a poor user experience. As a short term solution, we’ve decided to show a max of 40 types in the file details page.
- Warning messages – There have been some cases where type catalogs have been dropped from a RFA when uploading a new revision of the RFA and the txt file is not included. We now warn you before uploading to make sure this change is intended.
- Catalog viewer – Previously when there are existing types in the project that weren’t inserted from UNIFI, we weren’t showing that in our type catalog viewer. We’ve fixed our type catalog viewer to now show those types.
- Overwriting preview images – Previously when a custom preview image was set for a file and a revision was made, the custom preview image would be overwritten by the revision’s preview image. We’ve fixed it so the custom preview image remains even after a new revision is made.
- Inserting type catalogs – Added more horsepower behind inserting type catalogs. You should notice a difference when inserting type catalogs of significant size.
- Revit 2018 steals focus when using UNIFI 2.0.4 – so be sure to upgrade!
Remember, when you upgrade – you gain access to all of these features above plus high quality manufacturing content via UNIFI Connect which is available in the Subscriptions area of the app.unifilabs.com. We created a short video to walk you through how easy it is to get this content into your libraries.
The UNIFI Team is more than ecstatic to release 2.2! This was a jam-packed version filled with over 120 new features and bug fixes. Here are some of the big ticket items:
- UNIFI Connect – We are very excited to introduce a brand new product, UNIFI Connect, which is included as part of the UNIFI platform at no charge. UNIFI Connect provides access to high quality manufacturer content leveraging the proven workflow of the UNIFI platform. Manufacturers host their content in UNIFI as channels and UNIFI users subscribe to them making the content available to the entire organization for search and insert into models. Click here to listen to the webinar and read more about Connect on our website.
- Office Locations – Company admins can now create Office Locations in our UNIFI Portal and set users to those locations.
- Schedules in Batch Tag Manager – Schedules are now visible in the Batch Tag Manager in the UNIFI Portal.
- Structural Icons in Saved Search – We’ve added a set of structural icons in our Saved Search in the UNIFI Client.
- Batch User Import – Company admins now have the ability to specify security groups when batch importing users from excel/csv in the UNIFI Client.
Our team continues to squish those pesky bugs. Here are some notable mentions:
- Library Admin Filter [UP-181] – The library admin filter is now correctly filtering the users list in the UNIFI Portal. Thanks Tammy for pointing this out to us!
- User Details Delete Button [UP-404] – We made the delete button on the user’s detail page of the UNIFI Portal actually delete the specified user.
- Accents on letters mess w/SSO [ULA-215] – Fixed an interesting issue where having accents in your username caused issues when logging into SSO.
- Double clicking when inserting [UC-517] – For all the fast clickers out there, we found an issue where if double clicking to insert a file from the file details page would can an error. We’re happy to have resolved that issue!
- Downloading type catalogs from Browse/Search [UC-500] – We are now including the txt file when downloading a type catalog from browse or search.
As always, if you have questions – please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to delivering many new exciting features in upcoming releases, including….drumroll please….Multi-format Support in Q2!
A post-script – at the front of this release note…2.1 is now generally available as of 1/6/2017.
We are excited to announce the availability of new features in UNIFI through our 2.1 release! The new release is being rolled out in phases, with customers who deploy manually receiving it first. Within the next week or two, we’ll then deploy 2.1 to all users who have used the ‘Per User’ installer.
- Schedules – UNIFI now supports Quantity and Key schedules. This capability compliments an existing support for system family types, drafting views, and of course families. All of these are stored as individual elements – allowing rapid retrieval of specific things you need without having to open and wade through old Revit projects. UNIFI also offers a preview of the schedule itself without having to use Revit! Go here for more info
- New Sort Types – Date Created and Date Modified have been added to the UNIFI Filter Menu and in the online Batch Tag Manager
- Cloud Parsing Status – The details page for any element will now display a variety of ‘cloud parsing status’ messages – Instead of a generic ‘Pending’ label, you will now see where the file is at in the process, particularly if the file has stalled due to an issue with the file itself.
- Fulfill Content Requests with Project Content – You can now fulfill content requests with Revit project elements (schedules, groups, etc.). This is done by having the request open in UNIFI, then using the Export option from the Revit Add-in.
*We fixed 11 minor bugs. Other underlining improvements were made to improve performance and accuracy of your searches.
- US-780, US-794, US-767, US-599 – Several other add-ins have known issues when installed together with UNIFI. These add ins include: Dyno, Enscape, Archicad Add-In. We are attempting to work with the developers of these tools to correct areas of add-in conflict.
- US-662 – One user has reported that a type catalog is appearing empty, despite it working properly without UNIFI
- US-962 – We are investigating an issue where a user was unable to insert Curtain Wall Types whose panels utilize nested families.
- US-566 – A user has reported that when returning to a search result, some of the entered search terms are not present any longer, particularly when using explicit tags and other terms.
We continue to work hard on yet more features that will add further value to your company! Take a peek at our announcement of upcoming availability of Manufacturer content – directly within UNIFI. Whether these libraries appear to your users, will of course depend on how you configure user permissions! Click here for more info!
It’s release time again at UNIFI! We are excited to showcase the newest features to the platform that make it even easier to manage your BIM content! Please take a minute to review what’s new in UNIFI 2.0.4 below. But first, we’ll take this opportunity to mention a few other important updates:
Webinar: Gain Control Over Your BIM Content
Please join us Wednesday, September 7th at 10amPT / 1pmET) to hear from directly from the UNIFI team how these new features in Version 2.0.4 allow greater control of your growing BIM content library. *Spoiler alert: we will also be unveiling some of our recent work in the Web Portal! Register for the webinar HERE – an on-demand recording will be available for those unable to attend the live webinar, but you need to register.
Twitter Support Handle:
UNIFI now has a support Twitter handle @UNIFIsupport. We will use this account to post links to webinars, helpful tips and tricks, announce service maintenance and respond to product or support questions. We invite you to follow us there as well as our main @UNIFILabs account for service updates and announcements.
We want to thank all of you who geek out with us on the Idea Portal! We love the feedback and are listening to every vote, comment and idea. We evaluate every bit of it in our decision making process. The 2.0.4 release feature additions fulfills 7 submitted ideas and 73 total votes!
- *Support for Revit 2017 files. Don’t worry, we already upgraded all your content for you so you don’t have to wait for content upgrades when you insert files! Our Cloud generated over a million upgrades in less than 3 days!
- *Added the ability to rename elements. Here’s a snapshot:
- *[UC-86, UC-172] 2.0.4 now shows the full filenames as element titles, rather than scrubbed text (2.0.3 showed titles without special characters). Also, search results and File Details pages now indicate Revit ‘Family’ as a separate field where it was previously included in element titles. Other field names have been renamed to be more consistent throughout the UI.
- *[UC-207] The search results and File Details pages now include the following fields: Family, Rating, Last Modified, Date Modified.
- *[UC-163] The User Management page now includes columns for ‘Company Administrator’ and ‘Date Created’. The Library Management page now includes a ‘Date Created’ column.
- *[UC-74] Library reports now include more fields and are consistently named with other fields.
- *[UC-58] Email addresses throughout UNIFI appear as clickable links.
- [UC-165] UNIFI updates now occur more seamlessly. The new .MSI updater completely removes old versions and reports the current version in the Add/Remove Programs dialog.
*Indicates idea submitted via Ideas Portal.
- •[ULA-54] Some user accounts assigned to a new identity provider were not remaining assigned to that identity provider.
- [ULA-50] The ‘Is Default Provider’ setting for OneLogin was not setting new users to use OneLogin by default.
- [US-413] Elements that were a part of a batch upload, when approved individually, were being separated from the original batch and still ‘Pending’.
- [US-289] While fulfilling a content request, applying a custom preview image caused a library communication error.
- [UC-243] Content Request Due Dates were not being properly converted to UTC causing the dates to not show properly for some users.
- [UC-456] Toggling ‘Favorites Only’ from within a Saved Search results page, causes ‘Favorites Only’ to be toggled when navigating to the search page.
- [US-392] Inserting a system family type with a long name caused a crash of the UNIFI client.
- [US-473] Clicking on the ‘Run Diagnostics’ option from support menu returned an error’.
- [US-108] The Administrative Help Document was not accessible from the support menu.
- [US-301] The Status column in the notifications page wasn’t accurately showing the filtered status in some cases.
- [US-344] Some URL parameters were not being shown as clickable links on the file details page.
- [US-302] ‘Completed’ content requests still allowed different libraries to be selected after marked as completed.
- [UC-247] Improvements were made to the overwrite prompts when inserting elements.
- [US-271] We fixed a couple issues associated with inserting families that utilize Type Catalogs.
- [US-328] Clicking ‘Send Activation Email’ when creating a new user failed to actually send an email.
- [UC-30, UC-38] Two or more users logged into the same machine can now simultaneously have UNIFI open.
Remaining Known Issues:
- [US-585] Some files continue to show as ‘Pending’ on the file details page, despite already having been parsed.
- [US-566] Search criteria from the search page is not remembered in some cases when entering the file details page and returning to the search results.
- [US-557] Elements that have pending revisions are displaying the uploaded date of the pending file instead of the last approved revision.
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!
What our customers are saying:
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