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Unifi Wins a Race!

I needed to see for myself how much faster I can work with Unifi vs. without.  Some of you ROI hunters out there need to know also, so pay attention!

So I put my lab coat on, got scientific and put together an experiment.  (We are after all a LAB!) A fair experiment.  An honest to goodness, fair experiment.  Remember, I needed to know for myself too.

I built a sample environment.  Then I created a script of components to use in a mock design.  First, 2 walls, then, an opening, then the doors, and on down till the last item. This script was on my other monitor so I could replicate the sequence for each video.  I then placed these components into a large Unifi library.  I also placed them into their respective folders in the generic content library in Windows Explorer.

I wanted to test the time difference to complete the design.

  • Method #1: Use the ‘Load Family’ button to load the families, then use the project browser or component drop down to place instances.
  • Method#2: Use Unifi to load and place instances.

Here is the recorded result:

Unifi WINS!!  By a lot, actually. (2.1 times faster to be exact – There’s that ROI!!)

In both tests I was honestly trying to complete the design as fast as possible.  I found that the traditional load/insert method is plain clunky to use.  There’s a lot of mouse movement required and there are multiple points of access for load and insert commands.  With Unifi, there’s only one place you need to go.  This is especially easy when Unifi is pinned to the top and auto collapsed.

We’re looking into ways of making it even faster, so keep paying attention!

Unifi Browsing : Rethinking an old concept

Unifi has always been about quick access to only the content YOU care about. When content is added to Unifi, our servers immediately begin parsing and storing information for each file. Unifi’s browse mode feature is able to leverage this data to quickly get you what you need. This provides many advantages over other content management strategies.

Browse Mode

This feature was added in the 1.5.2 release as a result of user feedback. While our users love and utilize our search page, the feedback was clear; provide a familiar way to ‘browse content’. Administrators of content libraries care not only about accessibility, but also believe that good content should effectively present itself to designers even when it wasn’t originally sought after. Searches are great for finding specific elements you know exist, browsing is great for discovery of elements you don’t know exist.

Here’s the common problem with browsing (on platforms other than Unifi): content is stashed into containers or folders that are difficult to maintain. These folder structures are rigid and require that administrators manually maintain new, outdated or unpopular content.

The old way: a user provides an administrator with a new file. The administrator has to first open it up to find the category assignment then find the matching folder for that category before placing it there.

However, in Unifi, the browse feature automatically sorts and organizes the content based on the information we automatically extract.

For example: a user uploads a new file to Unifi. The file automatically appears within the correct folder based on the family catagory.

This system works because Browse mode is essentially a pre-configured search query. This means that if something shows up in the wrong folder, you know the problem is with the content only. We hope you also enjoy the automatically created tile images and view display options [Large, Medium and Small]

We’re not done!

As you may know, Unifi stores a variety of different Revit elements including loadable families, drafting views, and system families. More are coming soon so stay posted. Because of this, you will start to see subtle changes in the organization of browse mode.