Language Support for BIM 360 Docs Web

Not directly related to API, but my colleague in France recently asked me about Japanese language support for BIM 360 Docs. I knew BIM 360 Docs supports Japanese since last year or so. I remember testing it at that time. Unfortunately, I have forgotten how I did that last year. I ended up spending a little time exploring it myself (once again) to make it work. So here it is, I decided to make a note of it this time. It might get handy for people who support in more than one language like myself.

First, the product documentation is here. According to the documentation, currently BIM 360 Docs web supports in the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese.

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Forge DevCon at AU 2017 Las Vegas

Have you registered for Forge DevCon at AU 2017 Las Vegas?  If you haven’t and planning to come, here are a few pointers to register. (It may not be obvious how to add DevCon afterward.):

  1. Register to Forge DevCon through the AU registration page.
    • Combined ticket includes Forge DevCon – $2,175
    • Forge DevCon standalone ticket – $295
      (AU is very expensive, isn’t it?)
  2. If you already have a ticket to AU and want to add Forge DevCon.
    • You can add to the AU full price ticket – $95
    • Call customer service at call 888-371-1722 (toll-free in the United States) or 415-446-7717.
    • Or send an email to customer service autodeskuniversity@autodeskevents.com.
      They will add for you.

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BIM 360 Docs Account for Development

As we finish the BIM 360 focused webinars, we are receiving requests for BIM 360 Docs account for development. I talked about it in the second webinar. Here is the instruction to make it easy to find by googling.

  • ADN members – if you are an ADN member, you can request a developer version of license from the ADN extranet: adn.autodesk.io >> Development Software and Web Services Request Form.
  • Paid account owners – If you already have a paid BIM 360 Docs account, you can use your own account. (If you do not see “Apps and Integration” tab under SETTINGS tab of Account Admin module, you don’t have an access to API. You will need to request to activate it. Please refer to this post for where to make a request.)
  • If neither of above applies to you, you have two choices:

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Materials from BIM 360 Online Hackathon Webinars

We just finished BIM 360 focused webinar series. The webinars were a part of BIM 360 Hackathon, the online event lasting for three months from August 1st to October 31st. The event is to kick off the opening of the new App Store for BIM 360. (Yes, we have App Store for BIM 360 now!) Currently, the store shelf only has apps that are “home grown”. The idea of the webinars is to help developers jump start implementing web service applications using BIM 360 and Forge.

If you missed the webinars, no worries. The webinars were recorded and are posted to the YouTube. I’m adding the links to the recording along with the presentation slides below.

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No “Custom Integrations” tab?

Update on 11/29/2017. “Apps & Integrations” tab was renamed as “Custom Integrations”.

To access data stored in BIM 360 Docs through API, you need to manually “provision” your app first. This is done in “Account Admin” page >> “Settings” tab >> “Custom Integrations” >> “Add Custom Integration”:

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Folder Creation API for BIM 360 Docs

API to create a folder in BIM 360 Docs is finally available. Before you go back to your code and try it out yourself, however, I should point out a few things that you may want to be aware:

  • It uses commands (not POST-project-folders end point)
  • It supports in the user context only: i.e., 3-legged authentication and 2-legged with x-user-id specified. No full 2-legged is supported at this time.

Note that BIM 360 Team and other A360 based data management service uses POST-projects-folders endpoint to create a folder; the command version does not work for them. These may potentially add confusion if you are not aware up front. BIM 360 Docs team is aware of these gaps and will continue to work on to provide consistent, full 2-legged support at later time. For now, most importantly, we have a way to create folder!  Let’s take a look.

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From DevDay Online 2016 Webinars

Last month, we held a series of webinars titled “DevDays Online 2016”. They are online version of Developer Days presentations that we gave in several cities across the world last November and December. They are intended for people who couldn’t attend the conferences in person.

I was responsible for BIM 360 API updates. If you watched a recording of the last year’s my DevCon session, the baseline of the contents are similar. But it was slightly updated with the news about the preview of Data Management API access for Docs being released.  If you are new to Forge API and interested in using the API with BIM 360 Docs and family products, this will give you a good overview of what Forge API is about in the context of BIM 360.

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Field API: Updating a Equipment Creates a Duplicated Record

Q. I’m trying to update an existing equipment record. By calling /api/equipment, however, I end up creating a new record with the same values.  I used /api/get_equipment to get an equipment record, and using /api/equipment to update. What do I need to do to update an existing record?

A. Please check your JSON string representing a record and make sure that you are using “id” and not “equipment_id”. For example, if your equipment ID in JSON data looks like this:

[{“equipment_id“:”a9df893e-d9b9-4098-b434-e7d2be62d0a8”, …

then, you will need to modify it to:

[{“id“:”a9df893e-d9b9-4098-b434-e7d2be62d0a8”, …

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Forge Subscription FAQ

I’m not an expert of sales side of discussion. Still, questions like “does ADN membership include Forge subscription?” comes to me occasionally. Forge subscription model itself has evolved since the DevCon last year. There are a few things that I myself wasn’t sure and needed to ask. So here I’m sharing a few questions and answers that I happen to have received recently. These are supplemental to the information that are described on the official Forge pricing page: https://developer.autodesk.com/en/pricing

Disclaimer: the information written here is from the best of my knowledge at the time of this writing (2/4/2017). There may be some changes coming in future. Please check the latest on the official pricing page, and use “Contact Forge Sales” button found at the bottom of that page for more information.    

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HQ API: Get Companies Under a Specific Project

The latest update for HQ includes an API enhancement; you can get a list of companies that are related to a specific project. The documentation is found here:

GET projects/:project_id/companies

In UI, you can find corresponding information under Project icon >> {a_given_project} >> Companies tab (see the image below).

I just gave it a try. Nothing complex. But thought keeping some snapshots (while I have it at hand) might help understand what this functionality is about more easily.

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