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DrawingView provides great flexibility in customizing application for your project. Different trades require different punch list items. For Example, Punch List icons for Architects are different than those for Electricians. Plumbers and Structural Engineers use different Pun List icons. You can create your own Punch List icons for your projects. Please note: Only Project managers (who have uploaded the PDF/DWG) can make this change.
- Login to DrawingView from your Web-App. https://app.Drawingview.com
- Select the project for which you want to change the punch list icons.
- Click on Punch List tab on the main menu.
- Select Brackets on the top right corner.
- You can add new Punch List icons. Also, you can Edit current icons in this screen.
- These icons are available to every member in your project team. They are available on all devices as well (iPhone, iPad, Web).
Punch List is one of the main features of DrawingView. You can create it from any device (iPhone, iPad, or Web).
- Login to DrawingView (on iPhone, iPad, or Web), and go to the project. You will be able to see all sheets of the project.
- Tap on any sheet that you want to view. You may want to zoom in (or zoom out) by pinching-in (or by pinching out).
- You will also see a tool bar that is available on the device. It is available on every sheet. On iPhones, it may be in collapsed mode. Simply tap on it, and it will open up.
- Tap on the “punch” icon, and select the category for this punch.
- Now tap anywhere on the sheet where you want to put the punch on. You will see that the punch is added to that location on the sheet. Also, a simple form opens up where you can insert info about the issue, as well as attach photos. Fill it and save it.
- You have a new punch created in the punch List.
- Note1: There is a “Layer” icon on top right corner for every sheet. If you want to see the sheet without the Punch, then simply tap on that icon.
- To view the complete punch List, go back to the Project (where you see all the sheets). You can tap on the Punch icon on your device to see the complete Punch List.
- Note2: Sheet is automatically attached to every punch.
Time runs very fast!
We launched DrawingView 8 months ago as a free “beta” product. At that time, we wanted to launch a product that was simple to use and easy to adopt. Our main focus was to enable every user in the Construction industry to be able to use a fantastic product that requires no training!
Fast forward 8 month. We have more than 5,000 business users using our product regularly. They have created thousands of projects on our platform, and have generated many more sheets, punches, photos, RFIs, Annotations..and lot more. Nothing is more important to us than to seeing our users using the product easily in their complex construction projects.
Last few months have been incredibly busy for us. We were super busy with developing new features, and giving it to our users ASAP. Our “beta” users have been very supportive of us in our journey. Creating a High-Quality product is incredibly difficult. Our users worked with us and shaped the features that are the backbone of our fantastic product. I am happy to share that a large number of features in DrawingView are suggested by our “beta” users.
I hope that our users continue to provide us guidance and feedback as they have done in the past. We are constantly creating innovative features. And we intend to continue doing so for a very long time in future. It is fun, but running a smooth technology operations is expensive. Additionally, we are growing very fast. And this also puts stress on our Cost.
In order to continue our innovation and to run our operations, we’re now introducing a very simple subscription service. It starts with just $49 /- per user license. We want to keep it simple. So, you do not have to keep track of anything. You get Unlimited projects, and Unlimited sheets. Infact..its unlimited everything!
As we move into the new year (2017), we intend to bring a lot more fantastic features to DrawingView. If you want to add a new feature in DrawingView, simply send us an email, or call me at any time.
I can be reached at sandeep@DrawingView.com or at: (510) 393-2286.
Founder & CEO, DrawingView
Sometimes your PDF plan will contain images (of drawings) instead of drawings. Here are the steps to find out if your PDF plan has images:
If it is confirmed that your Plan PDF has images, then follow these steps to process your plan:
Step 1: Create a Project, upload plan, and select “Review & Publish” option.
Step 2: Project will start processing. It may take few minutes (upto 20 – 30 min) to process the whole plan. Your screen would look like this:
Step 3: After the sheets are processed, your screen will look like this. Note that the sheet names will most likely be like: Sheet No 1, Sheet No 2, Sheet No 3 etc.
Step 4: Click on “Review” tab on this page
Step 5: You will see that in “Review” mode, system is not able to fetch (and display) Sheet number and Sheet names.
Step 6: For each sheet, find out the Sheet Number, and Sheet Name. You should “manually” insert this value (Sheet number, Sheet name) in given text boxes. You will have to manually read the information from the sheet and insert the information in text boxes.
Step 7: After you set Sheet number and Sheet names for all sheets, click on “Update” at the bottom of the page.
Step 8: You should also manually create links on each sheet.
Step 9: All sheet numbers, sheet names, and links will automatically sync with all devices where this project is loaded.
Sometimes your plan PDF contains “images” of drawings. It is difficult to find the difference whether the drawings are “actual” drawings or they are images of drawings. Here is one good test to find it out:
Test to Find out if my plan PDF has images:
Step 1: Create a project from the DrawingView Web App and upload PDF
Step 2: Select “Review & Publish” instead of “Auto Publish
Step 3: System will take you to “Sheets” tab. It will display that the PDF is under “processing”.
Step 4: After the sheets are processed, your sheets may look like this. Note that in this example, system is not able to extract correct names of sheets. Sheet names come out to be like: Sheet No 1, Sheet No 2, Sheet No 3 etc. If this is the case, then most likely your PDF has images of drawings.
Step 5: It is highly recommended that if your plan has images in PDF, then you should follow steps given in this article to process this plan:
Sometimes your construction projects do not have plans in PDF or DWG files. Instead you get these plans as images (JPG, GIF, PNG etc). In these cases, follow these steps to use DrawingView:
Step 1: Create PDF from images – There are many free online services where you can convert your images into one PDF. Here are few services that you can use:
Step 2: Now you have your plan in PDF. But this PDF contains images (to show drawings). You should follow steps in this article to use DrawingView effectively.
You can remove the punch or photo from the sheets.
Step 1: Open the sheet in your iphone or on your ipad. You should be able to see punch or photo icons on the sheets.
Step 2: To delete a punch or photo, “tap-and-hold” on the punch / photo icon on the sheet. When you do that, a “x” icon will pop-up on that icon.
Step3: Simply tap on that “x” icon, and that punch or photo will be removed from the system.
Step4: Note that this punch or photo will be deleted from the “cloud” server also. And it can not be recovered again.
Let us know if you have any questions. Enjoy!
You can add images to the sheets in your project.
Step 1: Open your iPad, and go to a project. Open any sheet in this project.
Step 2: Tap on the “image” icon in horizontal bar (at the bottom of the screen) on the sheet.
Step 3: Tap anywhere on the sheet. A “picture” icon will come up.
Step 4: You can take a new picture using the camera or select a picture from gallery.
Step 5: Add a title and description of the picture.
Step 6: You can delete the picture by pressing “image” icon on sheet for few seconds. Remember: If you delete the image, then it will automatically be deleted from iPads of other team members.
Note 1: This image is automatically shared to all members in your project team.
Note 2: You can put comments on the image. Also, other team members can also put their comments on the image.
In DrawingView, users can upload more than one PDF in any project. This process can be done at anytime in the lifetime of a project.
Here is the step-by-step guide:
1. Login to your DrawingView Account
2. From the drop down menu on top, select the project that you want to work on. Now you are “in” the project.
3. Click on “Add Sheets” button on the right.
4. Select PDF from cloud or from your computer
5. Give a name to the PDF that is being uploaded. By default, it is “Set #, File Name
6. If the project requires “review”, then the system will display that this project is in “review”.
7. Click on Review Tab to “review” new uploaded sheets (from PDF).
8. Make sure that you are reviewing the correct Set. If not, then change the Set from dropdown.
9. Sheet number and names are “auto-populated”. If you want to change them, then you can do so.
10. Repeat #9 for all sheets that are under review.
Note: If Sheet number in new PDF is the same as any of the sheet numbers in older PDFs, then system will consider that this sheet is the next version of the previous one. In this case, it will NOT ADD this new sheet as a separate sheet. Instead it will create a new version of the sheet with that sheet number.
11. When all sheets are “reviewed”, then click on “Update and Publish”
12. Status of the project will change to “Published”. Sheets from new PDF will be pushed to iPads of crew members.
DrawingView automatically finds out sheet numbers and sheet names in your project. If you want to change the number or the name of any sheet, then follow these steps:
Step1: Open the project and click on “Review” tab.
After you click on “Review”, you will be able to see a page that shows the editable Sheet Number and Sheet Name for every sheet in the project.
Step 2: Change the number (and name, if required) of the sheet.
Step 3: Click on Update
System will “reprocess” the sheets and generate new links. It may take few minutes.
When the processing is finished, your sheet will have a new number. Also, all links in the project will be updated. New changes will be automatically pushed to every iPad that has this project.
User can collaborate with team members on Projects in DrawingView.
Here are the benefits of adding Team Members:
1. All Team Members will be able to work on the same project.
2. When Project Admin uploads new files (or new versions of the PDF), then sheets will automatically sync to iPads of all Members (Collaborators)
3. If a Team member creates annotations, pictures, or punch-lists on a sheet, then these elements (annotations, pictures, punch-lists) will automatically be available on other members’ iPads
4. All members can put comments on images (from other members).
5. Project Admin can add or remove any member at any time.
Here are the steps required to add new members to the Project.
Step 1: Select the Project from the list of projects that you are working on
Step 2: Click on Collaborators
Step 3: Click on Add Collaborators
Step 4: Click on “Add Collaborators”
Step 5: Enter Email addresses of users you want to add (separated by comma), and then click on “invite”.
Step 6: Users will get invitation email. Also, the user will appear in Collaboration tab as a collaborator. When new users Login on their iPads, then the project will automatically sync to their iPads. They will also have access to all other elements (annotations, images, punchlists etc.).
Project Admin can add, update, or delete the Team Members at any time.
DrawingView makes it super easy to put all of your construction drawings in one place. Here are the steps that you should take to create a new project and upload drawings:
- This feature is available on the Web Application (using Browser). If you are on your iPad, then open the browser and visit the site https://DrawingView.com. Or open any browser on your PC or Mac, and go to the same site.
- Enter project name and upload blueprints. DrawingView allows you to upload blueprints from your local machine or from cloud. We support almost 20 integrations including Box, DropBox, Google Drive, or any URL to upload your blueprint PDF.
- Once blueprint PDF is uploaded on DrawingView, we process it in the background. It usually takes around 20 minutes to process a 50 sheet PDF.
- After the processing, sheets are automatically Synced to your iPad. Simply open the DrawingView app on your iPad, and you will see the project and the sheets syncing there.
- You can take the iPad on your site. View all sheets on the iPad. No internet connection is required to view the sheets and its details.