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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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- Daniel Hughes, Revit-BIM Playbook

 

Trelligence Affinity Frequently Asked Questions

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Affinity FAQs

Section

FAQ

 Beta Program

Does Trelligence offer Beta Program participation for major product releases?

Affinity 8 Release

What are the new features in the Affinity 8.0 release

What training is available on Affinity 8.0?

 Affinity Tutorials

Does Trelligence offer any online tutorials with Affinity?

 

Software Integration:
- ArchiCAD
- Revit
- SketchUp

What versions of ArchiCAD are supported by Affinity?

What versions of Revit are supported by Affinity?

How do I configure Revit and ArchiCAD to recognize the Affinity plug-in?

Does Affinity integrate with SketchUp?

Can an existing ArchiCAD or Revit plan be loaded into Affinity to provide a starting point for restacking a building?

General

Who are typical Affinity users?

Can multiple space plan scenarios be developed and saved?

Does Affinity run on the Apple Mac platform?

Corrective Actions

What can I do to correct display problems in Affinity?

How can I fix problems with generating or viewing reports after installing Affinity?


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Beta Program

Does Trelligence offer Beta Program participation for major product releases?

Yes; we welcome your participation in our product Beta Programs. Please contact us for information on the next scheduled program, or revisit our website at a later date to check for an announcement of the next program.

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Affinity 8

What are the new features in the Affinity 8.0 release?

Affinity 8 delivers enhancements to the Affinity for Revit plug-in, as well as general performance and graphics improvements in the Affinity Desktop. Affinity 8 also introduces new Module Licensing options, allowing customers to select add specific modules (e.g. Affinity Programming, Affinity Design, Affinity Design Validation) to their Affinity Suite licenses for a custom Affinity package that meets your firm's unique needs.

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What training is available on Affinity 8.0?

We offer a full range of (online or onsite) end-user and technical training courses, as well as tutorials and help documentation. Ask a sales representative for details. sales@trelligence.com

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Affinity Tutorials

Does Trelligence offer any online Tutorials with Affinity?

Yes. We deliver two Tutorials with Affinity. They can be accessed by going to the Help menu in Affinity and selecting Affinity Help. We also offer a number of videos on our website.

The Gallery Tutorial is an excellent way to gain an initial understanding of Affinity's scope and functionality. It asks you to review a completed project for an art gallery, and then walks you through the steps required to create that same art gallery from new. To access the Tutorial:

  • Open Trelligence Affinity -> double-click on Gallery Project (contains a sample project file) -> access the Tutorial from Help -> Affinity Help -> Introductions and Tutorials.

The Template Tutorial provides an introduction to the template creation and maintenance process. The configuration of templates is usually assigned to an individual with good knowledge of the firm's business processes, and is somewhat technically savvy. You may also contact us or your Reseller to assist you with developing domain-centric (e.g. Healthcare) templates for your firm.

  • Launch Affinity -> go to Help -> Affinity Help -> Introductions and Tutorials.

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Software Integration

What versions of ArchiCAD are supported by Affinity?

Affinity supports ArchiCAD 15 - 17 (32- and 64-bit).

What versions of Revit are supported by Affinity?

Affinity supports Revit Architecture 2013 - 2015 (32- and 64-bit).

How do I configure ArchiCAD to recognize the Affinity plug-in?

When you first install Affinity for ArchiCAD, you will need to install the ArchiCAD plug-in file as a one-time step. The ArchiCAD plug-in file can be found in the plug-ins subdirectory of the Affinity installation. There is a separate sub-directory for each supported release level of ArchiCAD.

In ArchiCAD, select the Add-on Manager. Select "Search for More Options" to display a file dialog box. Navigate to the applicable Affinity plug-ins directory, then select and add AffinityLink.apx to the ArchiCAD "Available Add-Ons" list. Click OK and exit, then restart ArchiCAD.

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How do I configure Revit to recognize the Affinity plug-in?

Configuration is not necessary, Revit will automatically recognize Affinity.  Revit must be installed on the same computer when you install Affinity for Revit. You can access the Affinity menu within Revit by selecting 'Add-Ins' in Revit, or 'Analyze' if you are using Revit 2012.

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Does Affinity integrate with SketchUp?

Yes. Affinity provides bi-directional integration with SketchUp Pro 2015, enabling you to use SketchUp to render an Affinity design model in 3D, and/or to use SketchUp to manipulate / modify the building envelope, and record / store those changes in the Affinity model.

Can an existing ArchiCAD or Revit plan be loaded into Affinity to provide a starting point for restacking a building?

Yes. To bring a floorplan from ArchiCAD zones into a new Affinity project:

  1. Open the project in ArchiCAD

  2. From the Affinity menu in ArchiCAD, choose New Project to create a new Affinity Project.

  3. Then choose Schematic Design. Add as many stories to the space planner as there are in the ArchiCAD project. This ensures that the stories in Affinity are ready to capture the zones from each story in the ArchiCAD project.

  4. From the Affinity menu in ArchiCAD, choose Refresh Zones and click ArchiCAD to Affinity, then click OK.  The zones from ArchiCAD will be populated in the Affinity Schematic Design.

  5. Save the Affinity file from the Affinity menu, and then work within Affinity Desktop to restack the spaces and stories. This action does not autogenerate a space program for the project - it only generates the spaces in Schematic Design

  6. Go to Project Program to build the space program for the project.

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General

Who are typical Affinity users?

Affinity is designed for commercial Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Owner/Developer (AECO) professionals. All members of the planning, programming, and design teams can benefit from the efficiencies, data handling, and analysis provided by Affinity. Users from the early planning stages of a building project, through to the completion of the design phase, will save significant time using Affinity. Affinity can also be used as a source of detailed information about an existing facility, providing valuable data for facilities managers and property owners.

Can multiple space plan scenarios be developed and saved?

Yes, this can be accomplished through several approaches. In all cases, Affinity design scenarios can be loaded into Revit Phases and Design Options.

Approach 1

  • Affinity includes the ability to create multiple design scenarios in the same project file. Each scenario can be printed, preserved and demonstrated, and used to calculate and report on areas, quantities, estimated costs, and compliance to program requirements.

  • In Design, go to Tools / Edit Scenarios, and create scenarios by entering names, e.g. A, B

  • Spaces in a design layout can be assigned to a specific scenario. For example, several different options for a new building wing can be viewed using scenarios.  This also applies to all other aspects of layouts, including buildings, stories, and spaces.

Approach 2

  • Create multiple "versions" of your project file, each representing a specific set of floor plan scenarios.

  • Launch Affinity and create the Space Program for the project. Save this file as the original project Space Program.

  • For each floor plan scenario, start with the original Space Program file, create a scenario using the Affinity Schematic Design function, and save to a new project file (e.g. scenario1, scenario2, etc.).

  • The different scenarios can be printed, viewed online, or compared side-by-side by opening multiple instances of Affinity, one for each scenario file.

  • Reports can also be run and viewed for each scenario for comparison.

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Does Affinity run on the Apple Mac platform?

Yes - Trelligence Affinity is fully functional on an Apple Mac platform running a Microsoft Windows Virtual Machine.

Corrective Actions

What can I do to correct display problems in Affinity?

Users may experience display problems in Affinity, e.g. the 3D view not appearing, due to some system settings. To resolve the issue, we recommend turning down (off) Hardware Acceleration on your graphics card:

- Launch the Control Panel and select Display
- Select the Settings Tab, and press the Advanced button in the dialogue box
- Select the Troubleshoot Tab, and slide the Hardware acceleration bar to the None setting
- click on the Apply button
- relaunch Affinity

If this does not work, please contact Trelligence at support@trelligence.com.

How can I fix problems with generating or viewing reports after installing Affinity?

On rare occasions, the Affinity reporting subsystem fails to install because of a conflict with DLLs installed in the system directory by another application.  Because of the way Windows now searches for DLLs, we cannot override, ignore or replace DLLs that are in that directory. Microsoft is very clear that applications should not place their own DLLs there for this very reason.  However, some applications ignore this.

Remove any of the following DLLs from the windows/system32 directory (or the 32-bit equivalent if you are in a 64-bit environment) and re-run the Affinity install:

- nss3.dll
- nspr4.dll
- ssl3.dll
- plc4.dll

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