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Daniel Kovacs
Graphisoft Alumni
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BIMx Updates

 2024

BIMx on Apple Vision Pro

2024. February 07. - BIMx visionOS 2024.5507
BIMx was released on the Apple App Store for Apple Vision Pro, just five days after the device’s official release.
The initial version supports full immersion mode and includes most BIMx features adjusted for Apple's new spatial computing platform.

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2023

BIMx Web updated on BIMcloud SaaS 2023.4

2023. December 14. - BIMx Web 2023.5262 on BIMcloud SaaS

Updating BIMx to the next-generation app brings the following benefits for BIMcloud users:

 

Favorite saving and Presentation in BIMx Web and Desktop

2023. November 20. - BIMx Desktop (Windows&macOS) 2023.5381, BIMx Web 2023.5410 on BIMx Model Transfer

New features on web and desktop platforms: Favorite saving and Presentation.

 

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  • Save your favorite layouts and model views with their current 3D settings (camera position, sun settings, cut, shading, etc.) and adjust the order of favorites where needed. Use favorites for easy navigation between parts of the documentation.
  • Play a presentation to hide every button from the interface, and enjoy animated transitions with an automatic switch. Presentation is available for favorites and also for gallery items (saved in Archicad).

Read more about these features in the How to Present with BIMx article, the BIMx Web user guide, and the BIMx Desktop user guide.

 

Transition to the new cloud licensing is complete

2023. November 15. - BIMx iOS 2023.5322, BIMx Android 2023.5350

This update includes the following changes:

  • The transition period to the new cloud licensing (introduced on 09.27) has ended. Now a BIMx Pro license needs to be assigned to your Graphisoft account to access Issue creation and BIMx API extensions. Membership (without license assignment) in an eligible company is not sufficient to enable these extra features anymore. Find useful details in the BIMx Licensing article.
  • The "Create Graphisoft ID" has been temporarily removed from BIMx's sign-in dialog. Tap on "About Graphisoft ID" in the bottom-left corner of this dialog to easily get to registration: https://id.graphisoft.com/user/register
  • "Pro" status is now displayed in BIMx's "..." more options menu next to your name if a BIMx Pro license is assigned to your Graphisoft account.

New licensing and additional features in BIMx Mobile

2023. September 27. - BIMx iOS 2023.5231, BIMx Android 5211
The main BIMx update in 2023 includes the following:


Shadows and interactive labels in BIMx Web and Desktop

2023. September 27. - BIMx Windows 2023.5188, BIMx macOS 2023.5188, BIMx Web 2023.5260 on BIMx Model Transfer
New features on both web and desktop platforms:

Changes on Desktop:



BIMx Desktop Viewer has moved to online stores

2023. July 10. - BIMx Windows 2023.5041, BIMx macOS 2023.5042

BIMx Desktop Viewer is now available on Microsoft Store (Windows) and Apple App Store (macOS). Download the free application to get the next-generation desktop app's latest improvements, like the Measure tool and Shading options!

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Archicad 27 will be the last main version that includes BIMx Desktop Viewer with an installer. Future BIMx updates will only be released for the store version.

Read more about the move in this article.


Accurate sun positioning by date and time

2023. June 12. - BIMx iOS 2023. 4966, BIMx Android 2023.4990

We're pleased to announce a new BIMx mobile feature that many of our users have requested. Sun positioning by date and time is available in the sun settings palette in the iOS and Android apps!

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BIMx now displays sun movement on a path according to the project location and time zone – realistic shadows appear on the building and neighboring areas. Future BIMx Web and Desktop Viewer updates will also include this feature. 

Read more in this article.


Measure and shading options in BIMx Web

2023. June 12. - BIMx Web 2023.4921 on BIMx Model Transfer

BIMx Web has been recently updated on BIMx Model Transfer, bringing the following new features in addition to stability improvements:

  • Smart Measure tool
    The long-awaited measure feature is available not only in the mobile apps but now in BIMx Web, too. Measure distances, angles, and areas both in 2D and 3D!
  • Display settings quick menu
    This quick menu in the bottom right-hand corner collects the settings relevant to the currently open 3D model. The field of view slider has been moved here from the general settings for easier access.
  • Shading options
    Additional render modes have been added to the default Realistic shading: Hidden line, Simple shading, Monochrome, and black and white.

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Learn more about the new features in BIMx Web's online help. These improvements will also be available in the desktop version soon.


Smoother navigation and enhanced transparency in BIMx Android

2023. May 16. - BIMx Android 2023.4873

This update includes three noticeable changes in addition to the regular bug fixes and stability improvements.

  • The Android app has also received the enhanced transparency described in the iOS announcement below. Shadows are now visible on transparent surfaces like windows and curtain walls, resulting in a more realistic 3D representation – not only in the default Cast shadows render mode.
  • Smoother 3D navigation experience. Explore the virtual model with up to several times higher FPS (Frames Per Second). Increased performance is most noticeable in larger 3D models, mainly consisting of simple geometry elements like walls, slabs, beams, and columns. This improvement was first released on iOS in late November – read more details and see measurements in this article.
  • The required operating system version has been increased from Android 10 to Android 11. BIMx can be installed and updated from Play Store on devices running Android 11 or later.

Enhanced transparency in BIMx iOS

2023. May 15. - BIMx iOS 2023.4854

This update includes two noticeable changes in addition to the regular bug fixes.

  • Visual quality has been further improved with enhanced transparency. Shadows are now visible on transparent surfaces like windows and curtain walls, resulting in a more realistic 3D representation. 
    See the right side of the comparison:
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    Note: this enhancement is available in other shading options like Realistic and Simple shading. Future Web and Desktop Viewer updates will also receive it. 
  • The required operating system version has been increased from iOS 13 to iOS 15. BIMx can be installed and updated from App Store on devices running iOS 15 or later.

Next-generation BIMx Web and Desktop apps

2023. Feb 15. - BIMx Web 2023.4654 on BIMx Model Transfer, BIMx Desktop 2022.4567

The next-generation BIMx Web app is already available on BIMx Model Transfer. BIMx Desktop has also been updated to the next-gen version. Get it on our revamped download site! 

This powerful update includes improvements for architects, clients, and every BIMx user:  

  • refined, modularized navigation system with new axis inverting toggles 
  • increased performance with up to 15x faster loading times and optimized memory use 
  • adjustable camera view cone and eye height 
  • optimized UI with functional improvements 

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Read the Community article for more details.


2022

BIMx Web update on BIMx Model Transfer

2022. Dec 05. - BIMx Web 2022.4389 on BIMx Model Transfer

This minor update includes a loading optimization for models exported from Archicad 22 and earlier. The conversion step is not needed anymore, resulting in more stable and faster loading of the Hyper-model index (list of publisher items).
The next-generation Web app on BIMx Model Transfer is coming soon – stay tuned!

 

Improved Performance in BIMx

2022. November 24. - BIMx Desktop 2022.4390 and BIMx iOS 2022.4506

We are pleased to announce the latest BIMx releases:

  • BIMx Desktop  – get the latest version from our revamped download site.
    • Now running natively on Apple silicon, with improved 3D performance and loading speed. A separate installer is available.
    • Faster loading of the model index (list of publisher items). Increased loading speed is also available on Windows and Mac Intel devices, for models exported from earlier Archicad versions.
  • BIMx Mobile on iOS (Android coming soon) – install the update from Apple App Store.
    • Smoother 3D navigation experience. Explore the virtual model with up to several times higher FPS (Frames Per Second). Increased performance is most noticeable in larger 3D models, mainly consisting of simple geometry elements like walls, slabs, beams, and columns.

For more information, please read this article.

 

Shadows in BIMx Android

2022. Sept 08. - Android app version 2022.4341
Shadow casting is available not only in the iOS but now in the Android application as well. 
Read more about shadows here.

Shadows in BIMx iOS

2022. July 14. - iOS app version 2022.4233
Realistic visuals are becoming increasingly important in architectural presentations. Considering your feedback, we implemented cast shadows in BIMx Mobile! 

  • This new free functionality is available as the default render mode, initially in the iOS application. 
  • You can now adjust sun direction, height, and shadow intensity to achieve the perfect look.
  • Shadows are calculated on the fly: cut the 3D model and see the shadows adjust automatically.
  • Save favorite views with different sun positions and create stunning presentations! 
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This enhancement will soon be available on Android, and later on the web and desktop products as well. 

Read more about shadows here.

More functional BIMx Web and Desktop Viewer​s

2022. July 14. - macOS and Windows app version 2022.4025, browser app version 2022.4026
This update brings the following benefits:

  • support of the new 3D format exported from Archicad 26
  • Ambient Occlusion, BIMx's on-the-fly rendering that can be switched on/off
  • new basic rendering that visually reflects project orientation - headlight method replaced to direct light, aligned to the project's Location Settings defined in Archicad
  • opening models with the Camera View Cone associated with the 3D model in Archicad - the ability to customize the 60° fixed View Cone used in previous app versions

The desktop application is part of the Archicad 26 package and is available to download on graphisoft.com.

The web application is available on BIMx Model Transfer and opens Hyper-models in a new browser tab instead of the smaller embedded frame.

Read this article for further details.

BIMx Web Viewer on BIMcloud

2022. March 16. - BIMx Web Viewer 2021.3866 on BIMcloud 2022.1
After releasing BIMx Web Viewer on BIMcloud SaaS in January, it is now available on BIMcloud too.
Note: BIMcloud Basic does not include BIMx Web Viewer.


BIMx Web Viewer on BIMcloud SaaS

2022. January 07. - BIMx Web Viewer 2021.3865 on BIMcloud SaaS 2021.3
BIMx Web Viewer is finally available not only on BIMx Model Transfer but now on BIMcloud SaaS too. 
Read more here.


2021

New BIMx for Android featuring a New 3D Engine

2021. July 07. - Android app version 2021.3557
A new version of the BIMx Android application has just been released today featuring a brand new 3D Engine, new free functions, redesigned menu structure, and even more:
  • New rendering method for more realistic view with real-time lighting calculation
  • Improved startup speed - models open faster than ever before
  • Redesigned menu structure, so you find all settings in one place
  • New subscription plans are available inside the BIMx app / see more: BIMx FAQ and BIMx Licensing
The following previously PRO-only features are now available in the free version: 
  • Smart Measure function 
  • BIMx Presenter-mode  (Gallery-based)
  • Access BIMx hyper-model elements from outside of BIMx
New PRO in-app subscription feature set: 
  • Open 3D models of any size, thanks to advanced Data Streaming technology
  • Save your favorite 2D and 3D project views
  • Create BIMx presentations using your favorite views
  • Print hard copies of any 2D and 3D view
  • Inter-app communication and integration with external databases via BIMx API

Renewed BIMx Desktop Viewer in the Archicad 25 package

2021. July 07. - macOS and Windows app version 2021.3441
The 1st update of the renewed desktop application is now part of the Archicad 25 package, and also available as a separate download from here. Build 2021.3441 includes several bugfixes, significant 3D performance improvements, and some smaller enhancements like 3D model loading progress indicator. See this article about BIMx changes arriving with Archicad 25.

 

Renewed BIMx Desktop Viewer

2021. January 14. - macOS and Windows app version 2020.3231
The renewed BIMx Desktop Viewer is available to download on graphisoft.com from now. This is a macOS/Windows application that allows you to navigate in the virtual architectural project (saved in .bimx file format from Archicad) on desktop computers and notebooks. This new version lets architects and their clients access the full content of a Hyper-model, including 3D models, documentation and any embedded BIM data. It also supports touch screens, game controllers and SpaceMouse devices (https://3dconnexion.com/uk/spacemouse/) that helps anyone explore the building model and understand project deliverables.
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NOTE:This in not an update for BIMx Desktop Viewer that already existed before but a brand new app so you have to install it in a separate folder if you want to keep both. This new app will be a default component of the Archicad 25 installation, until then you can install it manually.

2020

BIMx Lab for Android

2020. September 29. - Android App version 2020.3092 The first public release of BIMx Lab is already accessible in Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.graphisoft.bimxlab BIMx Lab app delivers the next-generation 3D engine for BIMx, GRAPHISOFT's mobile BIM communication tool. This technology preview app aims to eliminate the BIM model size limit, prevalent on mobile devices, and collect user feedback for fine-tuning the technology for all BIMx apps. You can access productivity functions in BIMx Lab that are available otherwise only in the paid BIMx Pro version. All of those are free in BIMx Lab for a while, as we are planning to maintain BIMx and BIMx Lab apps side by side until BIMx Lab will deliver at least the same stability and quality. Then the new BIMx Lab engine will be merged into BIMx. Please start using it and send your comments/suggestions to bimx@graphisoft.com!


New BIMx for iOS featuring a New 3D Engine

2020. July 08. - iOS App version 2020.1087 A new version of the BIMx iOS application has just been released today featuring a brand new 3D Engine, Improved speed, redesigned menu structure and more:
  • Hyper-models with unlimited 3D model size, thanks to advanced data streaming technology
  • Photo-realistic view with real-time lighting calculation for better shadows
  • Improved startup speed - models open faster than ever before
  • Redesigned menu structure, so you find all settings in one place
  • In-app purchase option to replace the stand-alone BIMx Pro application / more info
  • New subscription plans are available inside the BIMx app / more info

2019

BIMx Web Viewer renewed

2019. September 29. The renewed BIMx Web Viewer (Help) allows clients and other project stakeholders to view BIMx Hyper-models directly in their browsers, enjoying various intuitive, game-like navigation options.
  • It is an integrated part of the free BIMx Model Transfer service and works on any mobile and desktop devices including iPhones, Android phones, Windows PCs, Apple Macs or convertible computers like Microsoft Surface.
  • BIMx Web Viewer is supported on most major browsers (System Requirements) (though it most thoroughly tested on Chrome, Edge and Safari) and it does not require any browser-plugin to download or any software to install.
  • BIMx Web Viewer offers various intuitive, game-like navigation options. Viewers can navigate in the 3D model by using their keyboard, touchpad or mouse and their touch screen. Enable the gamer mode and control the movement using an Xbox compatible video game controller.
  • Active ARCHICAD SSA (Software Service Agreement) holders can easily embed BIMx Web Viewer in their own website to present their company’s portfolio to clients and prospects in a unique way.

2018

BIMx 2018 Q2 Update –  Presentations with BIMx mobile

iOS App version 2018.2.1562 and Android App version 2018.2.1584
  • The new Presenter feature  allows architects and clients to experience building designs in a more immersive and organized way. With it architects can hand-pick the most expressive 3D model views or drawings and organize them into an animated presentation on their smart-phones and tablets.
  • In addition to one-on-one project discussions, BIMx Presenter can be the highlight of any presentation when the smart-phone or tablet is connected to a TV screen or projector. Switch to continuous loop to automatically run the presentation in the background during meetings, exhibitions and conferences.

BIMx Model Transfer service - BIMx Web Viewer released

2018.04.19. - The browser-based version of BIMx  is now available, making ARCHICAD content navigable as an additional service of the BIMx Model Transfer site. The BIMx Web Viewer lets users and their clients access the full content of a Hyper-model, including 3D models, documentation and any BIM data without having to install an application or browser plug-in. Users can navigate directly in their browser window on both PC and Mac. Active SSA (Software Service Agreement) holders can easily embed BIMx Web Viewer in their own website to present their company’s portfolio to clients and prospects in a unique way.

2017

BIMx 2017 Fall Update - BIMx Tips and Hyperlinks in Schedule views now available

iOS App version 2017.2.1250 and Android App version 2017.2.1271
  • BIMx Tips
    • Presents optional, short BIMx usage tips and tricks within BIMx apps a few times in a month, when the app starts. Also, provides a weblink to the related GRAPHISOFT Help Center article where the tip is explained in details. Available in ENG, GER, RUS, KOR and JPN languages. Both on iOS and Android.
  • Hyperlinks in Schedule views
    • Hyperlinks will be generated automatically between 3D model elements and their representation in Interactive Schedule drawings placed on a Layout within the same Hyper-model. When you tap on the schedule item an interactive popup helps you to find and select the related element(s) in the connected 3D model. In this way, not only the model derived 2D drawings but also the schedules will be hyperlinked with the 3D model.

BIMx 2017 Q2 Update –  Architects can now display their credits in BIMx mobile

iOS App version 2017.2.951 and Android App version 2017.2.1002
  • Combining ARCHICAD 21 new Publisher Set Properties and BIMx latest release, Architects can now display their credits (website URL and Logo) directly in the BIMx hyper-model
  • ARCHICAD 21 publishing improvements
    • The BIMx transfer site quotas (Public and Private) are now available from the Publisher Set Properties window, allowing the users to have an overview of the storage space already used
    • Now you can select multiple Schedules for the Info Set, in the Publisher Set Properties window
  • BIMx enhancements
    • Welcome screen (new users only)
    • New features overview (after application update)

BIMx 2017 Q1 Update part II -  Push notification from BIMx Transfer Site

iOS App version 2017.1.787 and Android App version 2017.1.827
  • Push notification is now supported in BIMx: get a short text message when a Hyper-model obtained from BIMx Model Transfer service has been updated and is ready for download.
  • Enhanced download protocol has been introduced, making it significantly faster to download a Hyper-model or an update from the BIMx Model Transfer service.
  • The issue on devices with iOS 10.3 version, which causes BIMx files to disappear if the Hyper-model name contains accented letters (éáöüí etc.), has been fixed.

BIMx 2017 Q1 Update part I -  Share your project on social networks in BIMx

iOS App version 2017.1.662 and Android App version 2017.1.682
  • Google Drive is now supported in BIMx to transfer Hyper-models on all desktop and mobile operating systems (including Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS and iOS as well as Google Android devices).
  • Apple AirDrop is also supported in BIMx, making it easy to transfer Hyper-models among any iOS or macOS devices.
  • New options for sharing Hyper-model with friends and business partners:
    • as an interactive, panoramic 360 Photo on Facebook
    • as a Tweet or LinkedIn update, with embedded camera view, directly from the BIMx model
    • or using any other sharing methods (email, iMessage, Messenger, Viber, Yammer, etc.) for which you have installed the appropriate app.

2016

BIMx 2016 Fall Update - BIMx is now supporting the most popular Virtual Reality device

iOS App version 2016.3.530
  • Google Cardboard Support
    • Look around at pre-defined positions through your Gallery items or favorites
    • Walk freely within your 3D model with custom speed options
  • BIMx now supports split view, you can work simultaneously on two apps at the same time on your iPad
    • Beneficial if you are using URL-based data exchange between BIMx and a 3rd party app
  • BIMx allows you to create hyperlinks with more elements included into the same URL
Android App version 2016.3.561
  • Google Cardboard Support
    • Look around at pre-defined positions through your Gallery items or favorites
    • Walk freely within your 3D model with custom speed options
  • BIMx allows you to create hyperlinks with more elements included into the same URL

BIMx 2016 Q2 Update - Free access to 2D content of any Hyper-model

iOS App version 2016.2.397 Android App version 2016.2.432 BIMx Model Transfer service
  • New design
  • Improved performance and higher availability
BIMx Product Site
  • New site fully dedicated to BIMx, access it from here

BIMx 2016 Q1 Update - Hyper-model sharing becomes platform independent

iOS App version 2016.1.227 Android App version 2016.13.255 BIMx Model Transfer service
  • The sharing link can be forwarded anytime later to anyone, thanks to the BIMx Model Transfer site storing the model sharing links together with the Hyper-models.

2015

BIMx 2015 Q4 Update - Access model elements in BIMx via hyperlinks

iOS App version 15.4.158

BIMx 2015 Q3 Update - BIMcloud connection taken to the next level

iOS App version 15.3.58
  • Join a BIMcloud Teamwork project from BIMx to enable BIMx PRO functions
  • Attach Camera Photos to the BIMcloud Teamwork messages
  • Create schedule sheets with interactive web page and email address hyperlinks
Android App version 15.3.102

BIMx 2015 Q2 Update - Direct Cloud Storage Access

iOS App version 4.0.2809 The latest BIMx update released together with ARCHICAD 19 presents four new features on iOS devices: Android App version 3.5.3510 This new update introduces BIMcloud messaging from your Android device as well as compatibility developments to support BIMx files exported from ARCHICAD 19.

BIMx 2015 Q1 Update - Simplified licensing with BIMx PRO

iOS App version 3.6.353 BIMx Docs has been renamed to BIMx PRO. This change doesn't affect the existing features in any way and doesn't contain any addition to what BIMx Docs had. With the update BIMx Docs becomes BIMx PRO. Simplified Licensing

GRAPHISOFT simplifies BIMx licensing options for iOS devices. From this point two licensing options are available:

  • purchasing a license for all models on one device (suitable for architects)
  • sharing a license for one model with other parties for an unlimited amount of time (architects can share the model with all AEC stakeholders)

 Just like before, BIMx is the free app offering In-App purchases and BIMx PRO is the paid app containing all extras by default. Read more about the new simplified licensing options in our BIMx Licensing article.

Faster Model Download

This update brings a significant improvement to model download speed. Larger file downloads from the BIMx Model Transfer cloud service remain stable even when the app is in the background.

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