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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

TurboSite v1.2 for field documentation

April 8th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Bob Mayer, COO, of IMSI/Design talked about the latest release of TurboSite, TurboSite v1.2, a mobile app that does field documentation.

The rest of the TurboViewer series of apps runs on Android. Their other mobile apps will run on other tablet platforms relatively soon, too (they’re being worked on).

“Of the new features, we believe that the Skype and FaceTime video chat, Materials support, and the new AutoShape functionality are going to be the most popular enhancements,” said Mayer.  “These improvements address very different areas – collaboration, visualization and annotations.”

What makes it different from other field documentation products? Mayer says there is no other field documentation product that does what TurboSite does… “we believe we’ve created a new market category here… made possible because of the unique capabilities of smart devices (portable, long battery life, GPS, video, audio, photos, chat, accelerometers, compass, etc.)… in other words, the stuff we’re doing can’t be done on a desktop PC.”

Before smart devices (and TurboSite) came along, field documentation and site evaluation was a horribly manual, time-consuming, and really a disjointed process., said Mayer.

Most architects and engineers are familiar with the old process of documenting a building with a digital camera and making notes on paper or a laptop, and referring to blueprints.

“With TurboSite all your plans are on your smart device. GPS knows where you’re at in a building,” says Mayer.  “When you find a problem, simple take a picture or video or notes at your exact location on your digital plans, there is no guess work required.  Hit save… and you’re either off to the next spot… or instantly email or print your findings to your entire design and construction team.”

“We’re the first software package to tackle this.  We estimate we save up to 80-90% of the actual time it takes to document field work… and 100% of the pain.”

This app was built by a practicing architect who managed AutoCAD products at Autodesk.

TurboSite v1.2 includes:

*  Skype and FaceTime Video Chat

* Cloud File Storage Support.  Users signing up through
with TurboSite will be allocated 10GB of free storage space

*  Materials Support.  3D drawing files that have materials assigned to
them can now be displayed. Material support includes color values,
transparency, and lights

*  AutoShape Revision Cloud.  Smoothly Create irregular shaped revision
clouds such as L-shaped or practically any shape

*  New AutoShape Tools.  Draw and refine rectangles and polygons.
Rotate, make parallel, create rhombus, grip edit to make corners 90
degrees. Ellipse grip to convert to circle

*  Multiline Text.  Create multiple lines of text for annotative markup
objects including multiline textbox with leader

*  HTML Publish Enhancements.  Support for multiple layout sheets in DWG

*  Mark-up Enhancements:  Snap to Objects, Rotation, and Control Points.
Markup objects, including circle, cloud, rectangle, line, now have more
control points including a magenta node for object rotation. Markup
objects can now snap to other objects

*  Text and Dimension Enhancements.  15 Degree Polar Rotation for more
precise placement

*  New DWFx Support

*  Performance optimizations and fixes

*  And more

Availability and Pricing

TurboSite v1.2 for iPad has a limited time introductory price of $499
(regularly $999) and is available now.  Mayer said he doesn’t know how long that pricing will last.

Free TurboSite Reader v1.2 is also available now.

Free TurboSite Reader contains most of the features in TurboSite, so people can test drive the paid app by using it.

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