June 14, 2017 (BIM Track 1.11)
This release aims at vastly improving the 3D viewer’s performance. By introducing new technologies such as progressive rendering and frustum culling, we have pushed the limits of our viewer to an higher level. A variety of changes were also introduced to increase the user experience in general. See below for a full list of changes.
- Progressive rendering was added to the 3D viewer. This should vastly increase the viewer’s performance on complexes models. Please note that it’s possible to increase/decrease the progressive rendering strength in the option menu. When needed, the viewer will hide some elements in the model to allow a smoother navigation on complexes models and these elements will reappear progressively depending on your rendering priorities preferences as soon as the navigation stops.
- An option menu was added for the progressive rendering where it’s possible to specify your own rendering order preferences. If you are currently reviewing HVAC issues, moving the HVAC to the top in the rendering priority will ensure that HVAC elements are displayed first.
- An option called ‘Frustum culling’ was added to the 3D viewer. This option aims to improve the 3D viewer performance on large scale projects. When enabled, every element that lies outside of the viewing area will not be systematically rendered.
- The ‘Fullscsreen’ option within the 3D viewer will now act as a real fullscreen instead of simply collapsing the left hand-side panel.
- It is now possible to upload and display multiple models that use different unit systems.
- To enlarge the viewing area, the left-hand panel will now collapse automatically upon entering the 3D viewer.
- Improved error handling in the 3D viewer. The viewer will also try to recover its previous state when the browser runs out of available resources in an attempt to prevent crashes and a ‘loss of context’ from occurring.
- Other small various changes were made to the 3D viewer to improve the user experience in general.
- It is now possible to save a section plane with an issue in Navisworks 2017 & 2018. Interoperability for this feature is somewhat limited due to API limitations for Revit and pre-2017 versions of Navisworks.
- Images contained in the comments of an issue are now displayed in the report.
- Fixed an issue where some username would not appear next to their comments in the report.
- Fixed an issue where the company name was not properly filled when exporting the user list of a hub to an Excel format.
- Fixed an issue where the user’s preferences in regard to the date format and time zone were not taken into account in the hub management page.
- Fixed an issue where the notify field would appear empty when editing an issue within the add-in.
- Fixed an issue that was causing the scrolling bar in the selection tree of the 3D viewer to be super sensitive when it contained a very long list of items.
- Fixed an issue that was causing users to be disconnected upon trying to archive an issue.
- Vastly improved the performance of the filtering system in the archive.
- Fixed an issue where an error would occur if the user would try to post a comment that contained HTML characters.
- In the add-in, the first and last name of the issue creator will now be displayed instead of the user’s email address.
- Time displayed in the reports will now take daylight saving into account when applicable.
- The names contained in the ‘Assigned to’ field will now be sorted alphabetically.
- Archived comments will no longer appear in the reports.
- ‘Due Date’ notifications will no longer be sent for closed issues.
- Groups created using the add-in will now properly be displayed on the web.
- Fixed an issue where the total number of issues in the project would be inaccurate if the project contained merged issues.
- Various French localisation fixes.
- Small UI and user experience fixes.
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