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April 16, 2015
Join Trelligence as we co-present with Greg Olsen, HDR at the AIA TAP Symposium in Charlotte, NC

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February 20, 2015
Trelligence Affinity featured in "AEC Technology Updates: Design and Analysis Applications" by Lachmi Khemlani, Ph.D. for AECbytes

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December 2-4, 2014
Visit Trelligence at booth 186 at the AU 2014 Expo in Las Vegas

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December 2, 2014
Trelligence launches Affinity Release 9.0 at Autodesk University 2014 - Booth 186

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September 18, 2014
New Video: Integrating SketchUp and Revit with Trelligence Affinity
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May 14-16, 2014
Visit Trelligence at booth 8 during the COAA LIFTOFF Spring Owners Leadership Conference.
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April 14, 2014
Visit Trelligence at Table 104 during the IFMA BIM Conference in Washington DC.
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March 27, 2014
Trelligence Affinity is now compliant with Revit 2015

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March 18, 2014
AIA TAP webinar - "Ensuring Owner Requirements" - Guy Messick, AIA of Interior Architects presents Affinity Project Review. Earn 1 AIA LU (now on-demand)
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February 26, 2014
Trelligence Affinity Newsletter - Our first newsletter of the year is now available. Click to open PDF
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February 21, 2014
Webinar presented by Advanced Solutions: What's in Your Toolbox? Site Planning & Conceptual Design is now available on-demand
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January 28, 2014
Webinar: Flexible Staffing Management with Trelligence Affinity.
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Tips & Software Update

Use the links to the right to browse through tips, best practices, and software updates for the current Affinity release.

Remember, you can always call or email us if you have any questions about Affinity - support is included in your subscription! Or, you can schedule a consulting session with one of our Affinity experts.

For Affinity + Revit Best Practices, click here.

 

UPDATES
Schedule regular deployment of Affinity Updates

STACKING DIAGRAM
New visual cue shows when you exceed the Target Floor Area

REPORTS
Maintaining width : height ratios for logos


TEMPLATES
Mass delete template items


TEAM REPOSITORY
Connect a Revit project to a Team Repository

NETWORK FILE SHARING
Improved alerts prevent unintentional overwriting of Affinity files


 

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Schedule Regular Deployment of Affinity Software Updates

We issue minor 'dot updates' (e.g. Affinity 8.1.73) of Affinity on a regular basis to ensure the software always includes current features and fixes. These updates are provided on the Customer Portal (for free) for you to download. While you do not need to download every update, it is best to ensure you are using a relatively current version of Affinity.

The updates do not automatically download to your computer, so we recommend that your IT department schedule regular downloads - once or twice a month - from the Customer Portal and deploy the updates to all users.

Note: The dot updates include minor fixes and some new features. If you experience any issues while working in Affinity, download the current version of Affinity from the Customer Portal as a first-step, as it is likely that we have already repaired them.

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New visual cue shows when you exceed the Target Floor Area

In previous versions, the stacking diagram visually displays differences between the target floor area and the stacked building by showing the empty space at the end. However, it did not display when you were over your target floor area.

As of Affinity 8.1.75, there is a vertical line on each story of the stacking diagram that indicates the target floor area. You can see when you exceed the target by looking to the right of the target floor area indicator (the vertical line).

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Maintaining Width : Height Ratio for Logos in Reports

When adding a logo to a report, you can maintain the width : height ratio by following these steps:

  1. In a table, set a cell Data Type = Image
  2. In the 'Set Background Image' dialog, select 'Pixels'
    (The current width and height pixels are displayed)
  3. Check the 'maintain ratio' box
  4. Modify either the Width or Height value
  5. Press ENTER ('Tab' will not submit the change)
  6. The opposite value will adjust to preserve the existing ratio

Set Background Image

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Mass Delete Template Items

The current release enables you to make mass deletions of template items. This is another customer request that will help project teams to make changes to Templates more efficiently.

  1. Select the items in the left navigation pane
  2. Right-click
  3. DELETE
  4. Click 'Yes' to confirm deletion of selected items

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Connect a Revit project to a Team Repository

  1. Select 'Team' from the File Connection dialog in Revit
  2. Select the project in the Team Projects dialog and press 'Checkout'
  3. Once the checkout completes, it will ask you if you want to open the file. Answer Yes.
  4. If other people on the team open the project, it will checkout a local copy for them automatically.

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Updates

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Improved alerts prevent unintentional overwriting of Affinity files

As of Affinity 8.1.70, 'file open' alerts have been improved to notify you when another user has a file open and when you are risk of overwriting a file. Pay attention to these new alerts to avoid deleting the work of your team members. Here are the two warnings:

  1. File is in use by another user

    Although the safe option is to select 'No' and open the file later when the other user is finished with it, there may be times when you just want to view the file for reference. If you choose 'Yes', you will have access to a read-only copy of the file (the 'Read-Only' label will appear next to the file name).

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  2. read-only overwrite file option

    This notification will appear if you try to save the read-only file. Although there are situations where a file may appear in use although it is not (e.g. if the User looses network connectivity), you will want to double-check before overwriting any changes another user may have made.

    If you are unsure, you have the option to use 'Save As' to save a copy of that file instead of replacing the existing one.

Note: If two users have the same file open, whoever saves the file last will complete the final overwrite. Be sure to communicate with your team members.

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