New updates this month about IFC models management and viewer, Revit plugin integration, Onboarding and UI simplication, and BCF imports.
New IFC model upload and viewer : this feature is still in beta stage but we wish to make you benefit from it as soon as possible. It allows you to upload some IFC files related to your projects in Bricks. The first version of this feature don't include version management, but keep in touch, we will release that improvement in the next week. What you can do at this stage :
Upload one or more IFC files (not bigger than 50MB)
see the one model at a time in the online viewer
Take snapshot of the model
View the model in full screen
Added a new topic card design to be used by Revit plugin and model viewer to make it easy see the topic screenshots of the models and attach new model screenshot easily
Add illustration and button to create a topic for new project to make it easy know what is the best action to do to start with Bricks
Simplify project list and keep only "My projects" and "Library" More filters will come later, but for now it is better to keep it simple in the user project list and in the project switcher
Make it more straighforward to choose another plan when your organisation is already in a plan or in trial period
Improved BCF import support of these 2 properties ue date and stage. Every BCF stage will create a sprint in Bricks, and the due date will be correctly filled in Bricks
No duplicate imports in BCF when importing same topics, you can import the same BCF file or the same file with modification without duplicating topics, the information will just be updated
Ignore deleted projects to calculate max number of users in an organization
Sync topics with BCF import without duplication of topics when the topic data has been updated in an external application.
you imported topic with BCF in Bricks then updated this topic in bricks by adding a comment.
Then another user using another app, edited the topic title.
Then when reimporting the same BCF file
the 2 changes : update of title in external app and adding a comment in Bricks will be preserved
This way you can import again and again while being sure to have always the latest version!
Automatically upgrade to premium plan when creating a new organization in order to be able to invite members without limits and test the premium plan for a trial period.
Add a "upgrade to paid plan" link to encourage new user to upgrade in the organization menu
Fix a a bug that prevented to use mention a user with @ syntax on mobile devices
Fix a bug that prevented from scrolling the topic list on mobile devices
Roadmap stage or sprint move : It is now possible to change a stage / sprint duration on roadmap by drag and dropping so you can keep the sprint duration, but just move it. It can be useful if you want are not very sure of the date of a stage, and need to change it quickly. Or to adjust with the reality of your workflow
Roadmap stage or sprint resize : In the same logic it is possible to resize the duration of a stage or sprint just with handle you will see when hovering on a stage or sprint bar
Add more options in project menu : To make it easy access option like Workflows and Import
Fix a bug that prevented the list to be scrolled in mobile
Fix a connexion problem for BIM 360 attach file to topic
Fix a bug of icons not available in Desktop app
Fix a bug to set default team when creating a Topic in a team
Kanban drag and drop improved : In kanban it is now possible to drag a topic to a column far away without having to drop the topic in a column you don't want to.
Roadmap zoom factor : You are now able to have 2 zoom factor in roadmap view : by month or by week, this way you can see bigger roadmap globally, without having to scroll too much.
Move to next sprint : When a sprint end, display the list of topics done or incomplete. Ask the user if he want to move the incomplete topics to a next ongoing spring (in preparation, or started)
Teams removal confirmation : Add confirmation messages when removing someone or yourself from a team
Private teams : Only team member see the existence of a team so you can create some "private" team even for the project owner. As a reminder only project manager can create team and invite members to it.
Add brand new navigation with a left menu ! to make it easy navigate all app and have a bigger screen space to handle your topics or track tasks on the kanban.
add buttons to make it easy start / end sprint [Roadmap]
Add extra links in topic edit to edit a topic more quickly [Topic]
Add an action in a topic tasks list to copy task list in clipboard [Topic]
Add an action in kanban column actions to copy all topics in a column in the clipboard
Add some color to warn you about the end date of a topic
Hide done and archived topics from table view to make it easy focus on what needs to be done
Add a TODO filter to show only open topics in topic list and exclude Done topics from table view
Redesign the user project menu
Augment to 8 chars minimum limit to password to reinforce security
Allow drag and drop of topics in kanban workflow with a All teams filter
Import all users from BCF files as observer to let you manually change their role as needed but get access to the imported topics
Add shorcut options for common actions in topic actions menu
Add a help menu to make it easier to access our help information
Private teams : now when you are project manager or owner and created a new team, only user invited to this team can see the team exist. Before other managers could see the team in project settings but could not access to it's content. Read more about how teams works here.
Improve performance and memory usage
Fix a bug when moving card from team to team, they was showing in the wrong team
Fix a bug where kanban column actions were not visible [BOARD]
Hide done topics from board (expect workflow board) to focus on what needs to be done [Roadmap]
Link to board and list from roadmap sprint [Roadmap]
Open topic side view from roadmap sprint planner [Roadmap]
Add keyboard event in sprint planner [Roadmap]
Be able to change and see team of a topic from any topic edit form [Topic edit]
Improve card design consistency [mutliple screen]
Add a color indication to end date and a warning in case of overdue
Fix bug when moving or marking as done multiple topics with filter to all Teams [Topic List]
Fix bug that prevented access to public project for anonymous [Project]
Revit plugin v0 (On demand, please send us a email to test) This version allow to have bricks in the revit context and create topic while you see the revit screen.
Add a welcome page for Desktop App
Add a livre blanc page in marketing site to send livre blanc by email (white paper on agile methologies for AEC)
Add a confirmation step before deleting multiple topics
Get context when creating topic in kanban board to get currently applied automatically set
Improve projects settings design
Open sprint / stage sideview more easily in roadmap view
Technical tests to do connection with Heroku hosting and MongoDb Atlas cloud DV
Backend double control on data saving / More security
Fix a bug when importing BCF that make page unresponsive
Fix slow stage status change on big project
Show all teams content to all users when project is public
Fix a problem where topic did not show correctly the sprint / stage they were assigned to if the sprint was ended
Stage / sprint created as started will be correctly started
Topic assigned to sprint / stage that is ended now show the ended sprint / stage
Add an observer role for project member that need only to read the exchanges. Extra advantage is that those users are free for the organization that created the project
Add a new board type by end date to display the topics organized by urgency of the end date. It is compatible with sprint end date, so if a topic have no end date but is within a sprint that have one, it is the end date we take.
Add a Sprint / Stage organizer panel to list all the sprint topics from roadmap view
Add a display of topics from all teams in topics list, board, table and file tab
Add a link to desktop app to download for windows users
Add a default display for file in project > file when file is not an image
Launch demo just after the onboarding
Add oberver role in onbarding invite form
Make roadmap header (the date bar) sticky to make roadmap more readable
Hide not done topics in End date Board
Allow long title topic to display in multi-line in kanban
Improve board performance for big project
Fix a problem when duplicating projects with an account with google signin
Fix double loading of API queries
Fix team not visible in demo
Fix the display of contextual menu in roadmap when connected to a public project as an observer
Fix a bug to duplicate a project with an account created with google signin
Fix empty project menu when not having permission to duplicate project
Add an observer role to limit what user can do on a project
Fix board slowness and "strange" animation when drag and droping from column to column
Fix bug preventing from filtering the board with sprint
Desktop app for windows users ! : To have Bricks with you others apps in your desktop ! The app is similar to the wep app but may be better for you if you use it often.
Activate subscription plan for users : Bricks is still free but free version is limited to 3 users. The billing is done per organization and we count the number of different users you may have invited in all the organization projects, you can invite up to 2 users + the creator of the org and then you can pay to get more seats. The 3 free seats remain free, so if you need to work as a team of 5 people. You only need to pay for 2 seats.
Google chat integration: Along with slack, we now support the integration with google chat to automatically sync the bricks topics in google chat real time communication
Public project library : discover project templates to start from. Or demo projects to know what is possible to do with Bricks. You can duplicate any of those projects and modify them as you want. Only featured project are listed. So if you make a project public, it will never be listed here unless you want to contribute to Bricks library! In that case, please ask us and if your project is of a general interest we may include it in our feature selection.
Add buttons to start / pause / end stage from the list grouped by Stage display
Multiple edit topics to be able to set same value for multiple topics from topics list
Improve roadmap : Fix some display bugs and add sprint / status information on card
Create a update parameter API using graphql to update project parameter in a more efficient way and save request payload
Fix favicon display for windows users
Fix a display bug when opening the chart
Fix a bug relative to saving a stage with a flow
Fix a bug that prevented do action on kanban just after saving a topic
Sort Kanban by custom order and save the order on a per project per team basis
Flow in multiple stages If the flow is the same, why not using it on multiple stage !
Teams are displayed in alphabetic order in all context including topic move feature
Export in xls and pdf follow order of topics displayed
Display stage status in topic group by
Fix a problem to import trello cards in a team different from general. It was partially imported. Now all cards are imported corectly.
Fix problem with Create organization button on onboarding
Roadmap view : Allows to list sprint and stage in a timeline to have a clear view of the project progress and link to stage / sprint topics easily
Duplicate topics allows to duplicate an existing topic. It can help you to use a topic as a template for example if you use always the same kind of topic with the same tasks. It can be alternatively a way to archive a topic with all the comment history.
Email preferences: Be able to set the emails you want to receive
Add workflow to stage allow to precise if a stage is in preparation, started or ended and send email to all project to announce the change of status
Add some inline help message in project settings
Multiple topics move to be able to move multiple to other teams and to be able to reorganize the project as the number of teams grows
Flow management: Define standard workflow and clarify a checklist with your team members on a stage per stage basis.
Social login : Possibility to login and create an account associated with a google email
Sort by end date in topic list to order the topic by the optional end date of a topic. It add to the other sort possibility
Set organization clickable in project viewer only if we belongs to it
Limit teams we can move topic to, to the teams we belongs to ! In order not to be able to move topics by error to team we can not have access
Improve sideview panel header design
Allow creation of topic in done state from Kanban
Improvement in the clickability of the context menu button (larger and with a bigger click zone)
Fix a update problem of files tab when uploading new image
Fix a display problem of image viewer
Do not show an error when trying to delete a task we were trying to add
Fix a bug when removing a stage which was associated with a sprint
Fix a bug where creating a new topic was preset with previous topic created
Sort topic list by name, update or priority. Save the sort preference team by team
Project owner can define the organization he work on a project
When a project is created, the organization it was created in is automatically assigned to it's creator
Show user information on hover on topic tasks
Always open topic side view when clicking on a topic (on card and card title)
Assign sprint to stage to be able to schedule work period (sprints) in a given stage
Hide ended sprint from topic properties values and kanban by sprint
Update to angular 9 (latest version of front end framework that Bricks use)
Fix a problem to remove project parameter option value
Fix a display problem of progress graph
Fix an buggy confirmation when removing files from comment
Display assignees only who have access to current team
Fix errors after signin for project invitees with not defined prefered languages
Mark as done allow to quickly move a topic to done from topic list or multiple topics
Export to xls allow to export topics to Excel in the same way we already export to pdf Learn more
Uniformize action context menu icon and handle touch device. Replace horizontal ... icons by a vertical one to make it easier to see and handle. Display on hover on desktop and always display on mobile. Uniformize display across all application.
Link to BIM 360 viewer instead of file list to make it easier get the very file we have attached to Bricks and not a file list where it is not possible to quickly see the file
Organization renaming and custom url: It is now possible to rename an organization and set it's url manually which is independant of it's name. We added also a description to communicate about organization mission and improved the display of information in organization lists.
Project Admin can now move topics between teams even if it's not their topic
Allow now to rename TO DO and DONE columns
Improve mobile design of user list of projects
Fix user name display in user menu
Fix redirect when accessing on an non existing project
Fix password reset invalid button state
Fix redirection when trying to access a project of organization we don't have access
Fix workflow state order in topic edit
Public projects: projects can now be set to public or be kept as private (default value). When project are public anyone with the project link can access in readonly mode (as a guest). Setting a project as public is a great way to share a project to others without inviting them as members. Some of the best public projects will be included in a library of open source projects templates available from your projects list.
Duplicate projects: It is now possible to duplicate a whole project to copy it's structure, copy it's topics. It can help you create reusable templates or just make a backup of a project at a given time. Mind that duplication don't copy project users and you can copy only what you have access to !
Team are no more accessible by admin by default: Change invitation by default in team for admin. All users need to be invited, not only the members. So the administrators don't have extra privileges and only the user that need to access to a given team conversation can view it.
File tab team handling: File tabs now handle teams. So only files of your team are listed. You can then share privately inside your team. If you want to share to all project members. General team is perfect for that.
Improve comment & description markdown rendering in topic comment and description to improve readibility of code (`my code`), emphasis (*text*), blockquote (> I quote someone) and titles (#, ##, ###)
List team by alphabetical order to improve usability whith multiple teams
Improve manage team page User interface for consistency with the rests of the app
Add a preview in browser option for PDF files
Mass reopen and delete topics to make it easy do some batch actions for example when topics are done (archiving) or if an import error has caused many "bad" topics to be created for exampl
Fix some email digest inconsistencies and sending issues
Fix kanban columns sometimes don't show
Fix Kanban differentiate touch device from desktop device
Fix opening of image viewer from topic sideview
Fix kanban long column name display bug
Fix firefox project list display bug
Fix projects search between tabs
Fix problem with project edit confirmation display
Fix in topic grouped by that groups open status are lost when opening side view
Fix in topic grouped a double loading (slow loading and refresh of scroll)
Fix display of history when saving topic estimation changes
Attach files from BIM 360 to a topic comment with a viewer
Navigate in topics with smooth infinite scroll in my topic page
Warn the user when the page have change
Display visually when topic are done in kanban, topic list, table view and my topics page
Automatically save properties in topic page with no submit button
Edit comment while in topic side view (kanban and topic list)
Grouped by assigned should show grouped
Language switching inconsistency
Adding a task should not scroll to bottom of page
Workflow field should show with correct updated value
Wrong history date display in topic side view
Fix visibility of check in archived topic list
Fix possibility to add tasks after having deleted a task
Fix possibility to select text in topic side view
Fix a column order problem when importing trello board
Display a message when page has changed (new topic, comment...)
Mentions all users having participated in a topic
Ask to fill organization when inviting user to a project and display of members by organization
Edit topic properties from side view panel
Loading spinner + bar : show more clearly when a page is loading
Multiple archive topics : to make it easy archive multiple topics at once
Ask user to fill profile when user create account from invitation : so that invited user fill their profile correctly the same way people that created their account directly
Many bug fixes!
Daily email digest of all project modifications
Trello import : Import topics from any trello board !
Sprint status: Manage sprint status : start, pause and end sprints
Make topic unread status more reliable
Image tag recognition and search image by tags
Be able to edit topic from topic list in group display
Make links in task clickable
Move to angular 8 version
Important performance improvement
Export topics as a pdf report
To send a state of project topics for a meeting or by email, it is convenient to create some pdf reports. It is now possible, you only have to select the topics you want to export or all topics of a project. Currently, we have one generic report template but more reports types will come later. Stay tuned.
Edit topics directly from topic list or Kanban
It is now possible to edit a topic directly from topic list or Kanban to save type and don't lose the context of the list.
Open topic in side view panel in all displays : list, table and Kanban
To be able to quickly see the content of a topic, we generalized the side view that display the topic in context with the list of topics. Previously it was available only on topic list. Now it is available from all displays : topic list, Kanban board or table of topics.
Reorder tasks to better hierarchize what needs to be done
It is now possible to reorder topic tasks to better hierarchize the succession of tasks to be done to complete a topic.
Add more services in uploader + image editing
Bricks uploader support now the most important file sharing service like google drive, Dropbox, box or one Drive as well as device camera and images platforms like google photos and Instagram. It is also possible to edit an image before upload it in Bricks to for example crop it, improve its luminosity or put it in black and white.
Be able to set workflow state in topic page
Previously it was possible to set workflow state of a topic (to do, doing, done by default) only from Kanban. Now it is possible to do it just by settings a fields in topic page.
Add a new filter in topic list to filter by workflow state
All to filter topics as in Kanban by workflow state
Fix drag and dropping of Kanban card when scrolling big list
When the list of cards was big and you scroll down on a column. Drag and dropping to another column was restoring the scroll to initial scroll, which was quite confusing. Now the display of Kanban don't change any more after the drag and drop.
Fix a bug that prevented to delete an image from an empty comment
Fix a bug of refresh of the team list when changing project with project switcher
Prevent from creating sprint, staged... with end date anterior to start date
Fix a bug when importing BCF files in a not default Team
Fix a bug when changing team in kanban when one of them have no topics
Make it possible to perform quick edits to the uploaded image like cropping, make it lighter, or in black and white
The 3 types of pages : user, organization and project have now a similar header that recall in which page we are. The header and the main menu are always visible even if we scroll down the page. More info.
It's now possible to set topic properties (stage, work package, estimation....) directly when creating a topic. So you don't need to go to topic page to do it. More info.
Previously it was only possible to assign a topic to a team member. Now it is possible to assign each task to a different member. This way you can define more precisely who do what and guaranty things are done. More info.
Take a screenshot of your screen, then paste it in topic comment or description. It will be uploaded as other images. A time saver for example to paste an annotated screenshot of the BIM model.
All menus like user menus or contextual menus are now easily clickable and appear correctly even on mobile.
We improved the style of topic properties form and topic search filters. Indeed, it was previously difficult to unselect a property. Also, the visual style is now much lighter. Also, we added a convenient way to edit parameters or project members directly from the select list.
BCF is an exchange file used in BIM to export / import issues between applications. You can for example create issues in Solibri model checker or Tekla BIMsight, export a BCF file containing issues information along with screenshots... and imports them in Bricks. You can assign default properties and create the imported topics in the team you want.
To be able to identify there are new unread comments or topics in a project, topic card summary displays with bold case when unread and normal case when all status are read. If you use Gmail, it is the same format, so you should be used to that!
To have more information about a team member contextually we added a pop-up that show on hover on the member profile image. Then you can quickly have information like his full name, his user name, or phone number.
In order to see quickly all my tasks spread in different projects, we created a new page that is accessible thanks to a visible icon on top right of the screen. In this display we separated in 2 categories of topics : the topics assigned to you by others, or the topics you created.
A project button on each topic line link with the specific project and comment thread. You can then use my topics view as a way to choose on which project you are going to work and recall you due tasks.
The goal of this redesign was :
to have a lighter and more colourful display similar to the other pages like topics
to show contextual information in the topic header, like the type of kanban
To make it easier to add topic in context by separating create topic button
To propose a similar experience you are probably used to using email clients like Gmail, we limited the scroll of topic list to the height of the screen. This way you can always see topic details side by side with the list of topics and more rapidly scan your recent topics.
As some of our users asks us, we placed a convenient create project button directly from the projects page. As a project is always associated to an organization, we thus allow the user to select one of his organization in which he wants to create the project.
To make clearer what is urgent and what is not, we used a gradient of colours from yellow to red.
It is now possible to choose a comment that will be considered as the topic response. A way to formalize what is the decision about a specific topic.
Table view page add a new way to view and edit your topics. You probably will be already familiar with it as it is similar to what you can do in Excel or Google spreadsheet.
The main advantages of table display are :
to have many topics on one screen
to compare topic properties easily
to edit multiple topics quickly
It is now possible to filter kanban by sprint. So you can see only the topics that belongs to the current sprint. You can then see what is missing to match your goal.
Pages have now custom titles that permit to share them with more context on social network, when you save them as a bookmark or as a link to your mobile phone home screen.