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 These folder structures are rigid and require that administrators manually maintain new, outdated or unpopular content.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.

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