Release Allplan 2016

Release Notes

General

We edited and corrected various messages of Quality Reporter, resulting in a more stable Allplan.
The maximum document size you can define using the 'docsize' hotline tool is now 1 GB.

Setup and Licensing

New licensing system by Product Key
Improved import of individual drawing files from a project backup
Better data handling when auto-updating future service releases
Improved administration of user attributes with certain international licenses
Improved messages when auto-updating
Improved installation using auto-update after restart of computer

Library palette

Flat hierarchy: you can save all types of library elements (symbol, smart symbol, SmartPart) to a single folder.
Libraries in all paths (default, project, private and office) have flat hierarchies.
Symbols and smart symbols are saved as single files in SYM format and NMK format, respectively.
Symbols in ZSY symbol catalog files of earlier versions were separated into single symbol files in SYM format.
Smart symbols in OM* smart symbol catalog files of earlier versions were separated into single smart symbol files in NMK format.
You can save symbols and smart symbols with resources.
The basic tools - create, rename, copy, paste and delete - are now consistent.
The 'text symbol' hierarchical level is no longer available; text symbols from earlier versions are converted to symbols.
Small icons and symbols help you identity library elements quickly and easily in the palette.
ToolTips include the element type and date of creation.
We added functionality to the filter in the library: you can now show and hide symbols, SmartParts and smart symbols separately.
After the upgrade, the external paths defined in earlier versions are predefined.
We redeveloped localization of symbols in the default path.
We also redeveloped symbol selection for tools allowing you to use a symbol for the outline, for example, the 'Column' tool.
Empty folders are automatically hidden when you use a tool with a prefiltered selection of library elements.
You can search in all libraries (starting in the folder where you start searching).
Allplan saves symbol catalog files and smart symbol catalog files of earlier versions as BAK files to the TEMP folder before it separates them into single symbol files and smart symbol files, respectively.
After the upgrade, Allplan combines the contents of folders with the same name in a single folder.
You can find a new info button for the font size in the library palette.
Using the shortcut menu, you can open certain folders straight in Windows Explorer (except folders in the default path).
Tools using library elements present only appropriate elements for selection. For example, the 'Window' tool lets you select only smart symbols and SmartParts.
We adapted text of special smart symbol functions for use in the library palette.
Symbol names can be longer than 32 characters in the library palette.
Using cut and paste, you can move library elements and folders in the library palette.
Multiple selection of library elements
You can sort library elements alphabetically in ascending or descending order.
You can sort library elements by date in ascending or descending order.
You can hide empty folders.
Improved options dialog box
Multiple selection of folders in the library palette
If the path of a group or folder is too long, Allplan issues a warning.
While searching, you can enter additional letters, thus narrowing down the choice.
You can no longer manage symbols and smart symbols in ProjectPilot.
You can sort folders.
You can no longer select the language for default symbols in the Services application. Allplan automatically adjusts the symbol names when you switch to a different language.
While searching, Allplan does not display the full path names.

More new features
All elements in the default path are stored in the ETC folder; you can no longer find them in STD\SYM.
After the upgrade, Allplan saves symbols and SmartParts to special folders.
You can create as many subfolders as you need.
The path must not be longer than 180 characters.
You cannot use the following characters in names of library elements and folders:
- / \ : “ ? *> <  l "

Object navigator

The new objects palette (object navigator) lists all elements and objects in all currently selected drawing files (current, edit mode, reference mode).
You can control visibility with one click. For example, you can invert selection, show or hide selected objects or all objects and activate or deactivate all objects.
The new objects palette lets you zoom in on objects in the workspace.
Four sorting criteria are predefined: sort by building structure, sort by drawing file, sort by layer and sort by material.
In addition to selecting a sorting criterion, you can customize the sort sequence.
You can group the objects according to the structural levels of the building structure; you can also sort them alphabetically.
You can group the objects by drawing file; you can also sort them alphabetically. If you want, you can change the drawing file status.
You can group the objects by layer and sort them alphabetically: you can change the layer status and visibility.
You can change or re-assign layers in the list by dragging them to another layer group. As an alternative, you can also select cut and paste on the shortcut menu.
You can group the objects by material and sort them alphabetically; objects without materials are assigned to a special group.
You can change or re-assign materials in the list by dragging them to another material group. As an alternative, you can also select cut and paste on the shortcut menu.

Viewports

You can float viewports independently of the Allplan application window. You can even drag them to a second monitor.
You can float viewports with free NDWs independently of the Allplan application window. You can even drag them to a second monitor.
You can dock viewports to the Allplan application window.
You can dock viewports with free NDWs to the Allplan application window.

Interfaces

ODX interface
Custom XRefs are displayed in the preview (DXF, DWG).
You can display exported data as preview bitmaps.
We improved export of smart symbols containing 3D objects and fills.
We improved export of dimension strings to DGN format.
The 'Check file during import' option is active by default.
You can export DGN files containing MicroStation color tables.
Allplan does not create element groups when you import a DWG file with the 'Arrange layers' setting set to 'Documents'.
Allplan always uses the correct text size to import attributes defined for an element in a DWG file.
Allplan always imports BMP files, regardless of how long the name of the DWG file is.
We improved export of mirrored circles and ellipses when you use exchange favorite 1.
You can export hidden layers using the 'Export hidden layers' option.
We improved DWG export of certain documents containing exploded patterns.
Allplan includes underlined text when you export data in exploded manner to DWG (using exchange favorite 1, for example).
Allplan takes into account the resizing factor when you export data to DGN (using exchange favorite 1, for example).
Allplan correctly transfers scale-independent text (for example, in legends).
Allplan correctly transfers label styles with borders to DWG format.
We expanded the dropdown list for selecting exchange favorite.
Smart door symbols you export as 2D data get Z coordinates with the value 0.
Allplan correctly exports the text size of attributes to DGN format.
After importing data with offset coordinates, Allplan displays all elements in their entirety.
Allplan creates an element group from exploded elements during DGN export (similar to DXF/DWG export).
Allplan correctly transfers arrowheads and extension lines to DGN format.
When Allplan detects large coordinates during DXF/DWG import, it displays a dialog box for adjusting the coordinates.

IFC interface
Allplan includes 3D solids with the 'IFC object type' = 'IfcSite' attribute when exporting data to IFC.
Allplan transfers all attributes when exporting multi-layer walls to IFC.
IFC files with special characters in their names get the correct file name in the file header.
Allplan includes openings in walls with the 'IFCCURTAINWALL' IFC Object Type when exporting data to IFC.
We improved IFC export of openings under curved planes.
We improved IFC import of beams with the 'Import IFC Data' tool.
When importing certain IFCXML files with openings, Allplan checks and corrects the extruded opening objects.
We improved IFC export of walls with multiple surfaces.

3D Modeling

The world's leading PARASOLID modeling kernel by Siemens was integrated in Allplan 2016.
New objects: 3D circle and 3D arc.
New object: 3D spline.
You can modify 3D circles and 3D arcs using handles and data entry boxes.
You can modify 3D splines using handles.
You can modify 3D circles and 3D arcs using the properties palette.
You can modify 3D splines using the properties palette.
Spheres are now delimited by curves.
Cylinders are now delimited by curves.
You can modify spheres using handles and data entry boxes.
You can modify cylinders using handles and data entry boxes.
New objects: general 3D object, general 3D surface.
Properties palette for the new objects: general 3D object, general 3D surface
'Extrude' tool with a preview of the work plane
'Extrude' tool with a new option to create new elements
Using 'Extrude', you can extrude a planar surface from a curved element.
New 'Modify Edge Offset' tool for polygonal 3D solids and 3D surfaces
New 'Rotate' tool
New 'Extrude Along Path' tool
New 'Loft' tool
New 'Sweep Path' tool
New 'Chamfer Edge' tool
New 'Fillet Edge' tool
We improved the 'Parallel Lines' tool for 3D lines and 3D curves.
Using the 'Combine Lines to Make Polylines' tool, you can now edit 3D lines.
Using the 'Split Polylines into Discrete Lines' tool, you can now edit 3D lines.
Using the 'Intersect 2 Entities' tool, you can now edit 3D lines.
Using the 'Chamfer' tool, you can now edit 3D lines.
Using the 'Fillet' tool, you can now edit 3D lines and 3D curves.
We expanded the element filter to include the new elements: 3D circle, 3D arc, 3D spline, general 3D object, general 3D surface.
Using the 'Convert Elements' tool, you can convert 3D circles, 3D arcs and 3D splines to polygons.
Using the 'Convert Elements' tool, you can polygonize general 3D objects and general 3D surfaces.
You can convert 2D circles and 2D arcs to 3D.
You can convert 2D splines to 3D.
You can apply the 'Slice' tool to 3D lines, 3D polygons, 3D circles, 3D arcs and 3D splines.
You can apply the 'Slice' tool to general 3D objects and general 3D surfaces.
You can assign attributes to 3D circles and 3D splines.
You can edit 3D elements with curves using Boolean functions.
3D elements with curves are visible in associative views and sections.
3D elements with curves are visible in architectural sections and hidden line images.
Using 'Change Archit. Properties', you can assign architectural attributes, such as surface elements, trade and material, to general 3D objects and general 3D surfaces.
Smart symbols can contain general 3D objects and general 3D surfaces.
Element groups can contain general 3D objects and general 3D surfaces.
You can export general 3D objects and general 3D surfaces to CINEMA 4D.
You can export general 3D objects and general 3D surfaces to 3D PDF.
Allplan exports 3D circles and 3D arcs as curves to Rhino.
Allplan exports 3D splines as curves to Rhino.
Allplan imports 3D circles and 3D arcs as curves from Rhino.
Allplan imports 3D splines as curves from Rhino.
Allplan exports 3D circles as curves to CINEMA 4D.
Allplan exports 3D splines as curves to CINEMA 4D.
Allplan imports 3D circles and 3D arcs as curves from CINEMA 4D.
Allplan imports 3D circles and 3D arcs as curves from AutoCAD.
Allplan imports 3D splines as curves from AutoCAD.

Architecture

General improvements
The 'Filter Assistant' toolbar provides the new 'Filter by fill' element filter for fills with gradients.
The shortcut menus of the 'Room group' and 'Story' elements offer the 'Modify group of rooms or stories' and 'Label group of rooms or stories' modification tools.
We revised the dialog box for 'Replace Smart Symbol, SmartPart': you can now find clear descriptions for the different options.
The 'Smart Window and Door Symbols' tool will no longer be available in future versions. Therefore, Allplan issues a message to this effect when you open this tool.

SmartParts
Using the 'Roller shutters' option, you can now define the position of roller shutters for window SmartParts and door SmartParts. You can thus set rails and housings.
You can choose from new casement types for window SmartParts. For example, you can create bottom hung windows.
You can choose from new fittings for door SmartParts: 'door handle with rosette' and 'door knob with rosette'.
Panic hardware is now available for door SmartParts.
You can define the distance between the window handle and the lower frame separately for each side. This is important for barrier-free building.
You can define the distance between the door handle and the bottom frame separately for each side.
You can define the distance between the grab bar and the bottom level of the door leaf separately for each side. This is important for planning escape routes.
You can select style areas in addition to hatching, patterns and fills for displaying windows and doors in sections. You can make different settings for 2D and 3D.
You can select style areas in addition to hatching, patterns and fills for displaying roller shutters in sections. This is only possible for 3D.
Using the settings for SmartParts, you can define how to display a SmartPart placed in a sloping plane. You can choose between 2D representation and 3D representation. When you choose the latter, the 3D representation of the SmartPart is projected to plan view (as usual in Allplan).
Improved icons for window sills and fittings.
Improved icons for door handles.
Improved icon for the 'Shading SmartPart' tool.
You can model lifting doors using the 'Door SmartPart' tool.
You can find the new 'Skylight SmartPart' tool in the 'General: Roofs, Planes, Sections' module.
When you save SmartParts to the library, Allplan automatically creates a preview of the object in isometric view.
The 'Shading SmartPart' - 'Blinds' tool offers more types.
The 'Door SmartPart' - 'Lifting door' tool offers more types.
The 'Skylight SmartPart' tool offers more types.
The 'Transfer SmartPart Version' tool, which converts SmartParts from earlier versions, converts SmartParts belonging to an element group.
You can use the PIPE command in the SmartPart Editor.

Presentation

Allplan 2016 uses the CineRender R15 render engine.
When rendering with CineRender, you can use the 'Ambient occlusion' rendering method with various settings.
Using the 'Merge' or 'Add' tool in CINEMA 4D, you can update your Allplan model.
When rendering with CineRender, Allplan correctly processes certain bitmap formats.
Allplan internally uses the 'Photometric intensity' option for rendering all types of light. This produces realistic result, in particular, when you use the 'Area' light type for indoor lighting.
The 'RTRender' view type offers the new, easy-to-use 'White model' setting for paper models.
When you select the 'Quality' stop criterion for the 'RTRender' view type, Allplan shows the progress as a percentage (instead of a time indicator). The percentage indicator is more precise.
When you interrupt the 'RTRender' calculation, Allplan will indicate this at the bottom of the viewport.
Problems with displaying superimposed transparent objects in animation were eliminated by OpenGL 4.2 in conjunction with nVidia graphics cards and the current driver. (You can now superimpose up to 32 layers.)
Smooth movement: if Allplan cannot achieve the refresh rate set, if reduces the display quality of the model.
You can now drag textures straight from the browser to the 'Surfaces' palette. Similarly, you can drag bitmaps straight from the browser to the 'Surroundings' palette.
When using drag-and-drop operations for textures, Allplan marks the possible target buttons in the 'Surfaces' palette.
When you create and save a texture in the office folder, Allplan automatically copies it to the current project.
You can copy and paste individual project lights or all project lights.
When changing lights, you can also snap to the corners of area lights.
You can change the properties of several lights in a single step.
The 'Camera path' palette updates automatically to reflect the cameras you are defining using the 'Set Camera Path' tool.
When you retain the file name in the 'Record Movie' tool, Allplan issues a message asking whether you want to overwrite the movie.
We improved precision for drawing the start points and end points of large arcs and splines.
We sped up the update of complex associative sections in certain cases (section of entire model, 3D smart symbols).
The 'Sketch' and 'Hidden' view types display the new 3D elements (polygonal or with curves).
The settings you make for hidden edges in the 'View type' palette for 'Animation' also apply to the new 3D elements.
Using the 'Options' - 'Rooms', you can specify whether you want to display finish elements in all view types or in shaded view types only (hidden, animation).
All shaded view types (hidden, animation, sketch) display selected elements in the selection color.
Visualization of complex 3D elements with arcs and curves is not blocked by tessellation; Allplan increases the quality step by step.
Using the 'Movie Model' tool ('File' menu - 'Import'), you can import and use movie models saved as *.FIL files in earlier versions.

Engineering

Section Along Curve
You can show or hide drawing files and elements using a filter.
Allplan retains the position of the section when you hide elements.
You can create a frozen or associative representation of the section. Only the section is linked with the model.
You can also this tool to the new general 3D elements, too.
We added functionality to the shortcut menu of 'Section Along Curve'.
You can use the new 'Dimension Section' tool to dimension sections. You can find this new tool in the 'Bridge and Civil Engineering' module and on the shortcut menu.

Import LandXML Data
Using the 'Import LandXML Data' tool ('File' menu - 'Import'), you can import 3D terrain points and route location lines.
Allplan imports route location lines as composite elements.
An unnamed drawing file gets the name of the file.

BIM reinforcement attributes
Using object manager, you can assign any attributes to reinforcing bars and meshes placed, such a material, production as precast element or on site, construction stage and so on.
Allplan takes these attributes into account when exporting and importing IFC data.
You cannot assign attributes to reinforcement placed in SmartParts.
We adjusted general and engineering-specific modification tools.
We added functionality to the shortcut menu of reinforcement elements.

Structural Analysis View
You can find the new 'Structural Analysis View' export option in the settings for IFC export.
Allplan exports the following elements: column, downstand beam, upstand beam, slab, panel, wall.
You can create a report of exported elements.
You can export openings in walls, slabs and panels.

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