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LinkLine: Spring 2014

New for Spring 2014 

BSD SpecLink-E   

BSD’s move to continuous on-line updating for BSD SpecLink-E, originally scheduled to follow the previous quarterly release, was delayed due to a minor technical problem. As a result, the spring release includes all recent changes to the master database, and these will be installed automatically as part of the update. On-line, on-demand updating will begin very shortly after this release has been distributed. Our customers will be able to determine how frequently they want the master data updated and can specify the time of day the updates will be downloaded. Users will also be able to download all available updates at any time, by clicking an “Update Now” option.

In addition to the new updating capability, the latest version of SLE includes a number of small improvements or corrections, most of which have been implemented as a result of customer requests. For example, it is now possible to designate the top row of a table as a header, which means it will be duplicated at the top of the next page if a table is too long to fit on one page. Footers in new projects now include a table by default. The advantage of footer tables is that long section titles or other lengthy inserts will automatically wrap within a cell. There are also many other minor changes and improvements, most of which are discussed in the release notes.

BSD LinkMan-E

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The spring release of LME will follow SLE within two to three weeks. It will be totally compatible with Revit 2015, as well as with all older versions of Revit back to 2009. One useful addition is that default keynote suggestions have been inserted for all Materials. However, the major change in the spring release is totally new data displays on the two dashboards – the Assemblies Dashboard and the Products Dashboard (formerly the LinkMan Assemblies tab and the LinkMan Products tab).

As seen above, the new display shows clearly the relationship between Revit objects and the corresponding products specified in BSD SpecLink-E, with the lighter background indicating active elements in each application. The goal, of course, is to achieve correlation between what is included in the Revit project and what has been specified. In addition, focusing on one of the assemblies in the top of the screen shows which products are included in that assembly at the bottom of the screen, together with their current status in both applications. Of course, it is still possible to “turn on,” or activate any products in SLE that are missing from the specifications by clicking in the appropriate Select checkboxes and then clicking on the “Synchronize” icon.

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The Products dashboard is similar, except that the top of the screen shows correlation of products within the two applications, and the bottom shows which assemblies include the product that is currently the focus of the top view – together with the current status of each assembly – active or inactive.

Revit Objects 

BSD is also continuing the development of intelligent Revit objects. The latest release includes over 100 new objects, including skylights, roof hatches and smoke vents, roof curbs, cantilevered sunscreens, curtain wall panels, and many more door types. There are now over six hundred Revit objects and over 1,700 materials that are pre-linked to BSD SpecLink-E, so using these objects and materials in a Revit project means the LME dashboards show correlations with SLE automatically.

BSD continues to refine and improve our products, and the spring releases of SpecLink-E and LinkMan-E epitomize BSD’s commitment to making our products ever more reliable and useful to our customers. We hope you will like the changes we’ve made, and we look forward to hearing from you.