We would like to announce a big change happening to Chapoo. In about one month, we will rename Chapoo to Bricsys 24/7, introducing a new user interface and new features. Everything you loved about Chapoo will still be available in Bricsys 24/7. You’ll be able to get your work done, as usual. In the meanwhile, we’ve upgraded the in-product help to ensure fast answers to important questions.
Chapoo has always been a daughter company of Bricsys, global provider of .dwg-based CAD engineering software BricsCAD. The rebranding is the first step in a much bigger development that will be available in Bricsys 24/7. In addition to the existing Chapoo functionality, Bricsys 24/7 will be a full cloud based BIM solution.
So, making the change is the right choice for us. Standing still is going backwards. We want to keep going forward, and choosing to move Chapoo under the Bricsys brand is a big step in that direction. The name Bricsys 24/7 is simply a better name for our product.
We’ve added a new “Welcome to Chapoo” tooltip panel to help new users get up to speed quickly. If you are new to Chapoo, this panel will pop up on your first visit to a project. It will also appear the first time you launch a Chapoo app.
The idea? To make a new user’s experience great. We’ll take them through a profile update, then introduce them to the key functional areas of Chapoo. We’ll deliver an introduction to the Dashboard app, the Structure app, and the Project Tree. Also, we’ll dive down into the use of the actions menu and the unique, graphical document inspector.
The core applications: address book, calendar, the task app and messages all have their own tips panels. And the advanced tools in Chapoo, like the workflows app and the form designer, also use these new tooltip panels to introduce key concepts to new users.
So, you say that you’re an old hat at Chapoo? You can discover these handy tips yourself. Just click on the Help icon in the right upper-corner of your Chapoo screen. Enjoy!
We’ve updated the document details dialog box. The re-design gives you a clearer view of all your document’s details.
You can preview the basics in the Info tab. Want an overview of all revisions, or do you want to revert to a previous version? Check out the Revisions tab.
Finally, the new Communications tab centralizes all annotations, notes, notifications and workflow status messages in one place, chronologically.
Administrators can now predefine a folder’s meta data. Normally, every time a user uploads a file to Chapoo, he fills in pre-structured information – meta data – about the document. He selects for example the document type, discipline and floor. Once the user has filled in the form and uploaded the file, a record of the form will be saved and attached to the document.
Now this process can be automated by the administrator by creating a new folder with the meta data already included. So, each time a file is uploaded the right meta data is automatically attached.
How to do this?
First, go to the Administration app. Then, click on Structure. Next, you can add an existing form to the chosen folder. You should have already created the form in the forms app. As a result, users can now upload files to the folder and the meta data is added automatically to the file.
1. Advanced search
Use the advanced search of the filled in forms to find a document. For example: Search for Plan (Document type), Electrical (Discipline) of the third floor. This really comes in handy if you don’t know exactly where the plan is stored on Chapoo.
2. Search through the records
You can search through the records of the filled in form in the Form Viewer.
3. Automatically generate a name
Optionally generate a name for the document based on the filled in form.
The communication history helps users to keep an overview of the communication about a certain document.
It shows all communication (notes, annotations, notifications, workflow comments,… ) about the document in a comprehensive timeline.
A Chapoo administrator can now set access rights for each individual administrator in the Admin access (part of the administrator app). This way an administrator can limit the rights of one or more administrators.
Let’s say you want someone to be in charge of adding new users, but you don’t want that the person can change the structure, access rights , empty the recycle bin, … Then this new feature will come in handy.
The project owner will always have control over the Admin access feature. He/she will be in charge and is able to give other administrators the rights to the Admin access.
Chapoo has added a new feature to the Calendar app. From now on you can share a calendar with colleagues so they can follow the project schedule outside Chapoo. All they need to do is import the calendar into their personal one like Google or Outlook.
A calendar can be shared and imported in a few simple steps:
- Choose “Share” in the action dropdown menu by clicking the down arrow icon.
- Enable Public sharing
- Copy the link to share it
- Import the link in a personal calendar
Tip for administrators: Don’t forget to enable the share rights in the “Folder access” menu in the Administration panel.
The document viewer has been rewritten completely. Open a document in one of your projects and try it yourself!
New Form editor and viewer*
Simple drag-and-drop wizards help you to define forms in the new form editor. The new form choices field allows you to reuse existing data in a dropdown.
* only for Enterprise customers
More options are available when importing a project.
* only for Enterprise customers
Consult meta data in a Document Folder
Select Metadata as a column in your document folder.
Easily consult task history
Easily consult the comments of an other participant in the task history of a workflow-task.
Consult your folder acces
Get more information about your access rights in the Folder info.
Edit the subject of a Notification
Advantages of using synchronizations:
- Settings saved in memory, no need to drag and drop every time.
Just click once.
- Faster than normal transfers, only changes are transferred.
- No overrides, no data is ever lost.
- Guarantee that everything at the source will also be available at the destination
Chapoo Transfer synchronizations can be set up by dragging and dropping folders from left to right and vice versa. This will open the default up- and download dialogs as usual. These dialogs now contain a new option “Save this transfer as synch”.
For the download dialog you can also select “Include list of documents” to also download an xls containing all documents with their metadata. And for the upload dialog you can input a default description and document status.
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