fieldapi/checklists/v1/:id Change in “source” Field in Response

If you have been using Field API’s endpoint: GET /fieldapi/checklists/v1/:id, you may be aware that it did not return “source” information; “source” field in response has been simply “{}”. This was because “source” was added after the API was written, there was an enhancement wish logged against it (CS-34452). The good news is that this has been implemented recently (June 3, 2019 to be exact). Now you can get this field value (y).

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BIM 360 Project Home: Card Library and Partner Apps

BIM 360 Project Home has a feature that allows you to customize its dashboard. The user can choose a “card” from a card library and add a pane within the main web page of Project Home, which represents the entrance to your app much like iframe does in HTML.

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DA for Revit – Learning Materials

As I’m preparing for a class at BiLT ANZ 2019 conference in Melbourne, I was putting together a list of learning materials for Design Automation, specifically with Revit users in mind. Design Automation for Revit (or “DA for Revit” in short here) is currently in public beta. Anybody can give it a try.

That said, for any serious development, you do need Revit installed on your desktop as after all, you will be running Revit add-ins in the cloud. If you want to learn how Design Automation works and get a feel of it by running code samples, it is possible to try out without having a desktop version of Revit.

To start with, let me list learning materials below:

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BIM 360 Docs Development Account for European Region

As described in this blog, there has been a change in API to access data stored in BIM 360 Docs in European data center. If you have customers in Europe, you most likely want to test your apps in European environment. (Please note that BIM 360 Docs in European region may have limited features compared with the version that is hosted in U.S. data center as typically new features are released in the U.S. first.)

If you wish to have a test environment in European region, please request for a free BIM 360 Docs account as below.

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BIM 360 Issues API Changes

Attention BIM 360 Issues API developers –

Around AU (Autodesk University) time frame, there will be a semantic change introduced to the current BIM 360 Issues API. Field Issues and Document Issues will be consolidated as a single set of Issues; i.e., Field Issues will include Document Issues, and Document Issues will be deprecated.

This change is expected to take place alongside of product’s Issues data migration and UI changes. At AU, you will hear the product team announcing the change and describe the detail. This is a part of enhancement that BIM 360 team is making in the effort to expand Issues functionalities to other modules and to provide a consistent, unified Issues feature.

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See You at AU/DevCon Vegas

Hard to believe, but AU/DevCon Las Vegas, the biggest annual event by Autodesk, is less than two weeks away now. Our marketing team is busy pushing for the number of registrations while various product teams are working hard trying to push the new features out by AU. Our team including myself is busy reviewing new APIs and writing samples with APIs which are still hot in the oven.

I myself is speaking at one DevCon class about BIM 360 API on Monday, co-presenting with Xiaodong Liang and Augusto Goncalves:

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Design Automation for Revit

Update June 15, 2019: Design Automation for Revit (DA4R for short) is currently in public beta. I’ve created a designated page for DA4R, which I intend to update as we go along. Please refer to it for further development.  

As of this writing (6/20/2018), Design Automation for Revit (DA4R) is in private beta. It’s not publicly available. But we receive inquiries quite frequently. So I’m putting together a list of available materials to learn about DA4R. I intend to update this page as more information become available.

To use DA4R, you will need to know both worlds: Revit addin as desktop application, and Forge and/or Web programming. If you are not familiar with both, you may start looking at them to be ready when DA4R is.

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What is Forge? Recordings and Tutorials

Trying to help my colleagues who are presenting about BIM 360 and Forge, I was giving a few pointers as reference. I thought the list might get handy for myself, too. So here it is a list of links to recordings about Forge in the context of AEC and BIM, together with the links to tutorial materials.

First, for those who are less technical and/or if you are interested in finding out what Forge is and what you can do with it, below show you with a plenty of demos of applications by our partners and ourselves:

If you are developer and interested in writing code, these will be a good starting point:

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Troubleshooting Tips for Accessing BIM 360 Docs and Account Admin

Occasionally, we get contacted by a developer who is experiencing a difficulty making API calls to work with BIM 360 Docs and/or Account Admin. If you are having difficulty, here are a few suggestions you may want to double check:

  1. When you create an app on the developer portal (http://developer.autodesk.com), make sure you select BIM 360 API for Account Admin and Document Management for Docs access. The link to the step-by-step instruction about creating an app is found here: https://developer.autodesk.com/en/docs/oauth/v2/tutorials/create-app/
  2. In #1 above, if you do not see all the options for API, you may not have started the trial. Please refer to this blog post if you don’t see all the options: https://forge.autodesk.com/blog/not-all-apis-are-available-my-forge-app
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