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Using an innovative plugin architecture, CostX® now fully supports native cloud storage for drawing files, with initial support for Amazon S3, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. Additional cloud storage providers will be supported in future CostX®#174 versions
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Support for Windows 8. Support for AutoCAD 2013 DWG file format.
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The release of version 3.31 is the latest innovation in the CostX range of products, which is fast becoming the new industry standard in onscreen takeoff software. The 3.31 release is available for all customers under maintenance and includes the following significant changes:
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Version 6.7
CostX® 6.7 is the latest release in the Exactal® range of world-class digital measurement and BIM-enabled estimating software. This release brings a number of much-requested new features and enhancements, including Auto Count, password management capability, significantly improved PDF output when publishing drawings, and - most excitingly of all - the ability to run CostX® in the Cloud which is set to revolutionise your workflow!
Headline Feature
  • New Auto Count capability allowing users to search a 2D drawing for all occurrences of a given symbol, thus enabling bulk counting of repetitive elements, such as electrical, plumbing, and mechanical symbols, architectural items like doors and fitments, or even plants and trees on landscaping plans. The Auto Count feature supports both raster and vector drawings in 2D format. Search results include rotated symbols, and the system allows the user to set thresholds for how close the matches need to be, and adjust them dynamically as needed. The user can quickly accept or reject the symbols found on screen and save the result
  • Support for CostX® in the Cloud
    • CostX® now fully supports native cloud storage for drawing files used in CostX®. In CostX® 6.7, the cloud storage providers supported are Amazon S3, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. Additional providers will be added in future
    • CostX® is now officially certified as Citrix Ready, providing the stamp of approval for CostX® interoperability with Citrix. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded by Citrix to third-party partners after successfully passing a set of tests demonstrating compatibility with Citrix. This certification gives customers confidence, knowing that CostX® can be successfully deployed with Citrix solutions either as part of a cloud hosted environment or on premise, without worrying about compatibility issues.
    • User settings can now be optionally stored in a local file rather than in the registry which allows users to keep their settings between sessions when using CostX® in modern cloud based application streaming services such as Amazon AppStream 2.0.
  • Printing the drawing window to PDF has now been significantly enhanced, with reduced whitespace padding, clearer dimensions, and significantly improved legend and text, as well as a monochrome drawing option.
  • It is now possible to set a password policy when CostX® is used in the Network configuration. Password policies provide you with a way to prevent users from choosing common passwords, enforce password change, and set password length and complexity requirements
Version 3.51
  • Support for Windows 8 computers.
  • Support for 2013 DWG file format.
  • Now possible to import BIM drawings with user defined properties. Extra or missing data from the Model can be imported and used within CostX as if the data was in the original model. For example, elemental or other codes could be added for better categorization or missing quantities could be attached to objects.
  • BIM Schedule can now be exported and opened in Excel directly (using XLSX format).
  • It is now possible to highlight / select multiple branches on the model tree allowing various objects to be filtered at the same time with the click of a mouse.
  • Model Tree is now much faster to load.
  • Clicking a line in the Schedule while the Model tab is displayed now highlights the object on the drawing. While on the Model tab, moving the mouse over an object on the drawing highlights the line in the Schedule. This allows properties of the object to be seen real-time as the mouse is moved around the model.
  • Object Properties now available from right click menu of the Schedule.
  • Isolate Object now available from right click menu of the Schedule.
  • Show All Objects now available from right click menu of the Schedule.
  • New Ghost View mode for 3D drawings which shows all the hidden objects in a highly transparent form. This mode gives the objects which are not hidden a context within the rest of the building.
  • IFC objects now contain a new property FriendlyTypeName which is automatically calculated by CostX using the information available in the other Object properties. Friendly names are useful for naming the dimensions and dimension groups when importing BIM data.
  • In IFC files, Level 2 names in the Model Tree now also show a friendlier name based on the Name property of the Object.
  • Area Dimension Quickpoint now available in 3D. With the shift key pressed, simply click walls, floors, roofs and other faces to instantly take off the areas.
  • Length Dimension Quickpoint now available in 3D. With the shift key pressed, simply move the mouse near surface edge lines to instantly take off the lengths.
  • New option to force drawings located on network drives to be stored using the UNC path instead of the mapped drive letter.
  • The dialog shown when revising a drawing is improved.
  • When revising BIM drawings, the user now controls the revising of the BIM dimensions using a button instead of them being revised automatically.
  • Raster and Vector measurement modes renamed to Line and Point to better reflect their usage.
  • Significantly improved quality, sharpness and speed of black and white rendered images in PDFs.
  • Certain types of PDFs now take less time and use significantly less memory to load.
  • External properties files now supported with 12d and SKP files.
  • Significant speed improvement loading BIM dimensions onto the drawing.
  • Improved speed on certain Sketchup drawings.
  • Improved support for DWF files exported from Navisworks.
  • Improved support for raster PDF files.
Version 3.31
  • New local drawing cache feature allowing a copy of the drawing file to be cached locally on the CostX Client PC. The next time the drawing is opened, it is loaded from cache which improves performance especially when the network connection to the drawings is slow. The other great advantage is that drawings can still be displayed when the computer is offline from the network
  • Now supports yards as a unit of measure (as well as square yards and cubic yards).
  • The sidebar position is now saved if it is changed by the user allowing more of the drawing, dimension group, and dimension names to be seen on a widescreen monitor.
  • Export Building menu now has new export type; Data Only without Drawing Files.
  • Option added to CostX Options whether to check for Updates.
  • Updated Drawing Optimisation manual.
  • Import Dimension Groups from CSV file.
  • DWG file speed improvements.
  • New Snap button allowing the snap to nearest point feature in raster mode to be turned on or off.
  • In raster mode, the B key now allows snap to point to be briefly toggled (turned off when the Snap button is on or turned on when the Snap button is off). This replaces and enhances the snap off functionality of the O key in previous versions.
  • New Raster button for raster mode.
  • Calibration tool can now snap to points on vector drawings for increased accuracy.
  • Mouse pointers on the drawing now indicate the current measurement mode (area, length, count).
  • Rotated drawings can now be calibrated with separate X and Y calibrations even if the drawing has images.
  • Improvements to View in 3D functionality including displaying images and white paper backgrounds.
  • Improved hiding\fading of measured lengths and counts when the Measured button is not pressed.
  • Support for Autodesk 2012 drawing formats (DWG, DWF, DWFx).
Drawings (3D & BIM)
  • BIM Templates for Revit imports now support breakdown of objects into component parts.
  • Model map IF statements now support < , <= , >= and > for value comparisons.
  • Improvements to IFC BIM Models.
  • Improved support for Sketchup (SKP) files including support for Sketchup version 8 files and speed optimisations.
  • Isolating dimensions on BIM Models is now available at a dimension group folder level (Isolate Folder).
  • New XNUMBER function available in text fields of Model Maps (such as Folder, or Dimension Group) to extract the number values from text properties. For example, using the XNUMBER function on the text 1800mm x 1200mm Sliding Door would return 1800 or 1200 depending on which number you want.
System Administration
  • Import Standard Dimension Groups from CSV file.(DWG, DWF, DWFx).
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