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V2.1 Release Notes

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.

New Features/Enhancements:

  • 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.

Known Issues:

  • 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!

V2.0.4 Release Notes

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.

Ideas Portal:

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!

New Features/Enhancements:

  • *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:
Feature-Rename1   Feature-Rename2
  • *[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.

Bugs Fixed:

  • •[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.
Release Notes

V2.0.3 Release Notes

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.

Bugs:

  • [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.

Known Issues:

  • [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.

Custom Preview Images

So, you’re plugging away at work and your best Revit user submits the best door family they have to Unifi.  Awesome!  The system is working, the users get it!  But then you see the preview image!  Oh yeah, they are one of those who like a black background in Revit!  Sigh!  At least it’s not magenta!You could reject it and have it fixed, but you still need to validate it.  Best option: approve the content and fix the image yourself!

Unifi can help with this due to its ability to capture custom images.  Yep, any image shown on your monitor can be assigned as an elements preview image.  Editing the image is totally optional, but there may be times it needs to be done.  You definitely do not have to edit every image on every piece of content.  Steps for this are outlined below or check out this quick video!  No sound in the video, sorry!

  1. Start up a test project or open content.
  2. Modify view.
  3. From an item’s detail view, select “Edit File” from the buttons in the top right corner.
  4. Make sure the image you wish to capture is open on your screen.
  5. Click on the “Capture Image” button that appears below the item’s image. At this point, Unifi will hide and your monitor(s) will be blued out except for a small clear square near the center of the main monitor. A “Save Image” and “Cancel” button will appear at the top of the same monitor.
  6. Click on the clear square and hold the mouse button down as you move this square over the desired image.
  7. Click on one of the corners to resize the square if you desire. The square defaults to the minimum allowed size. The image you select will be resized to fit into the item’s icon.
  8. Click on the “Save Image” button to import the image into the item detail. After a moment, your image will replace the one that was previously shown.
  9. Click the green “Finished” button to save the changes.


Thanks for your time.

Chris Ridder – BIM Manager – GBD – LinkedIn – @cridder_


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