Forge Demo Sites

Continuing with the previous post, when we talk about what Forge is and what you can do with it, the best way is to see demos. Many of samples shown in the recordings in my previous post are available for you to try out yourself.

Viewer

Autodesk Viewer
https://viewer.autodesk.com/
Free viewer site. You can give it a try with your favorite model.

AutodeskViewer

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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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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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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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Forge Authentication API

As I mentioned in my previous post, BIM 360 uses the following Forge API’s:

  • Authentication (OAuth) 
  • BIM 360 (HQ) API
  • Data Management API
  • Model Derivatives API
  • Viewer

So far, my focus has been on a big picture discussion about Forge in respect to BIM 360. Let’s shift a focus a little and look at each component level. As a starting point, let’s take the first one, Authentication or OAuth.

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