Release Notes for November 19, 2013 Upgrade

Enhancements Added

Visual Variance

Variance in the Model Viewer is here!

Take change management to the next level by visualizing not only added and deleted elements between model versions, but also type and quantity changes.

To learn more about Comparing Model Versions (Variance Reporting), click here.


Tool Tips

Hover over any cell in the Grid or object in the Model Viewer to learn more!

In the Grid: Assemble rounds dimensional values to the hundredths decimal place. By hovering over a quantity cell, more of the quantity value will be revealed.



In the Viewer (standard mode): Hover over any object to quickly see the object's name, source ID, and quantity.


In the Viewer (compare mode): Hover over any object to quickly see the object's name, source ID, quantity, and variance. For Type Changed Only (yellow) you can expect to see the how the instance was altered. Quantity changes will show the variance in a positive or negative numeric value.

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Jump to Selection

Select an object in the Viewer and jump to the selection in the Grid! 

      • As you select an object in the Model Viewer, the Grid will automatically jump, or scroll, to the selected instance.
      • When multiple items are selected in the Viewer using Ctrl+click, the Grid will scroll to each instance as it is clicked in the Viewer.
      • When using the right-click menu to Select all... the Grid will expand to the instance level for a group of the chosen type. Be sure to check the rest of the Grid for any partially highlighted check boxes at the group level, which indicates some instances are selected within that grouping.


To learn more about Working with the Model Viewer, click here.

Ghost Mode for Model Viewer

Need to see an object in relation to another object that has been filtered out of the Model Viewer? Your answer is Ghost mode!

Ghost mode allows filtered out objects to be visible in the model, though not selectable or apparent in the Grid. By default, Ghost mode is turned on for the Model Viewer. Ghost mode can be toggled on or off by using the keyboard shortcut [G] or the ghost icon in the Model Viewer window.


After applying filters within Assemble, you can choose to see the remaining visible objects either free-standing (Ghost mode off) or prominently displayed with the rest of the model visible, but "grayed out" (Ghost mode on). Ghosted objects can only be selected by deleting the filter that suppresses them.

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While comparing model versions (variance mode), Ghost mode is turned on by default.

To learn more about Working with the Model Viewer, click here.

Sort Projects on Dashboard

Assemble is releasing its first version of project sorting on the Project Dashboard.

The first version of Sorting will allow users to sort the projects by Name (in alphabetical order) or by project creation date; either Newest first or Oldest first

Newest First is the default behavior you are familiar with in Assemble, and will remain as the default sorting order. 


To learn more about Working with the Project Dashboard, click here.

Improved Keyboard and Mouse Controls

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tab key is no longer used for x-ray mode. [Tab] is used to quickly move from cell to cell in the Details pane (Edit window).

We have removed [CTRL] from all of our keyboard shortcuts, with the exception of multi-selecting in the Model Viewer.

Keyboard shortcuts are now available for the Grid, such as [C] to quickly add and remove columns and [<] [>] to expand and collapse the Grid.

To view the entire list of keyboard shortcuts, select the Keyboard and Mouse Controls icon in the Model Viewer window.


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When using the shortcut keys for model viewpoints (1, 2, 3, etc.) text will be briefly displayed over the model to indicate which viewpoint you have selected.

In addition to the enhanced shortcuts, modifications have been made to the Model Viewer's tools.

      • The Home icon now displays a drop-down menu for viewpoints.
      • A new icon has been added for Ghost mode.


To learn more about Working with the Model Viewer, click here.

Enhancement Notes

1.  Selection color has changed from lime green to blue. The selection color has been modified to allow for a positive delta coloration of green in variance mode. 

2.  When exporting to Excel or Navisworks Search Sets, the default setting was previously set to Include instances. The default setting has been changed. The Include instances check-box  will be de-selected by default To include instances, check the Include instances check-box.


3.  The folder organization for variance search sets has been modified to reflect the variance filters within Assemble.


4.  We have dialed back the precision requirements for object variances to provide more meaningful use of the viewer. Our default precision is 0.01. Objects with a quantity variance beyond 0.01 will be ignored as a variance. For example, if the area of a floor slab increases from 400.00 SF to 400.01 SF, a variance will be reported and the object will be color-coded according to the proper variance filter. A floor slab with a quantity of 400.0001 SF changing to 400.005 SF will not be reported as a variance.

Bugs Addressed

1.  A user's log-in email address is not case sensitive. Users can sign in with email address in lower-case or in CAPS, regardless of how the email was typed when originally created.

2.  Stacked walls now have their own category to provide the parametric data for the system family. Similar to curtain walls, geometry for the stacked wall family is not represented in the model. Geometry for the wall types that make up the stacked wall are represented in the model.  

Note: To utilize the new Stacked Wall category, the new add-in will need to be installed.  Models containing stacked walls will need to be republished if you would like to see the stacked walls classified in their own category.

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