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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
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 »

Graphisoft’s Free and Paid BIMx Updates Brings BIM Project Information to Many

 
August 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith

This year seems to be the year of opening up the information stored in BIM models to those who are not BIM professionals. There are many on the jobsite who need to make use of valuable information stored in BIM, but who need only limited access to it.

BIMx2016q2-press-02BIMx is one of those great tools that now sports some new interesting updates, and has a free version. Akos Pfemeter, vice president of marketing for Graphisoft, talked with AECCafe Voice about the updates to its multi award-winning BIM presentation and communication app, BIMx.  The latest update adds new features to both BIMx and BIMx PRO, broadening the scope of usership to those who do not currently use ARCHICAD BIM (in the free version) but who need to access the BIM model.

BIMx (free) now provides free access to the full set of project information including 2D documents 3D models and any non-geometric data incorporated into BIM.

BIMx PRO (paid) now provides an on-demand measurement feature on iOS for both 2D documentation layouts and for 3D Hyper-models.  What this means is that BIMx users can take measurements (length, area, angles) on Hyper-models using mobile devices.  Further, intuitive assistance is provided by the real-time magnifier tool on layouts and the smart point/edge snapping functions and guidelines in 3D.

The BIMx presentation update also includes a number of functions for Android users, previously available only on iOS, including: On-site photo attachment in a BIMcloud Teamwork message, Google Cloud Print support, Hyper-link recognition on schedules and direct access to any cloud storage. BIMx is available in the App Store and on Google Play. Visit the BIMx product site or view this short video for further details.

AECCafe Voice: Why did Graphisoft make this free version of BIMx with more functionality?

We believe free and broad access to information contained in BIM helps raise its value, thus is the best way to help BIM spread at a faster pace

AECCafe Voice: Are you finding more people who are not Graphisoft professional users using the BIMx products now?

It maybe too early to tell, we have literally just released today.

AECCafe Voice: Can you explain what Hyper-models are?

Hyper-models created with GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD can be shared with anyone who has either a mobile or desktop version of BIMx app. The BIMx Desktop Viewer is a native Mac/Win application that allows you to navigate in the virtual architectural project (saved in bimx file format) on desktop computers and notebooks. Accessing the full contents of the Hyper-model no longer requires a PRO license, making free mobile PDF viewers entirely redundant for accessing ARCHICAD project documentation on construction sites.

AECCafe Voice: How easy is it for users to take measurements on iOS for documentation layouts or 3D hyper-models on the mobile devices? Are they mostly using iPads and Android tablets or are they also using phones?

The vast majority of BIMx users is on tablets, so the answer is yes, it will be very easy for them to take measurements (note: that functionality belongs to the PRO app though).

AECCafe Voice: When did BIMx update for Android users?

BIMx was first made available for Android users in July of 2012, then an update was offered to include the BIMx Docs functionality (the ability to view construction documents within the app) in August of 2014.

AECCafe Voice: Do BIMx users need to have a Graphisoft license in order to use BIMx?

No, to use the free version of BIMx you don’t need to purchase any license from ARCHICAD (you just download from the app store).

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