This development cycle was a short one but packed full of valuable improvements that should help to increase productivity for Plan Reviewers as well as Applicants.
We’ve made some dramatic improvements to the automatic comment synchronization when saving markups within Bluebeam. You now have the ability to configure how the issues are categorized and grouped within the comment letter. Available options are to group by: Author Name, Assigned Discipline, Discipline Color Code, or Static Text. The discipline color coding is especially helpful and allows review teams to customize their bluebeam tool set to color match their discipline. For example, any markups made in red might always fall under the Fire discipline and be grouped that way within the comment letter. Additionally you can configure and prioritize multiple fallback options just in case a category cannot be automatically determined. For example, you might decide to group comments by color code, but if a markup is created that does not match any discipline’s color code, you can fall back to the reviewers assigned discipline as a category. Color coding also makes it easy for the applicant to spot which discipline’s comments are on a given page.
In addition we’ve also added the following features:
- Improved Comment Synchronization
Bluebeam markups are now filtered so that only the following markup types will be added into the comment letter:
- Text Box
- Improved Markup Page Identification
We’re now recording exactly which page a markup resides on. The page number and sheet title are now displayed next to that issue within the comment letter. When an applicant clicks on the document title, they’re automatically forwarded to the page that the comment resides on as long as they’re viewing the markup in a pdf viewer that supports document page linking (Adobe, Chrome, Firefox).
- Bulk Parcel/Address entry feature
allows applicants to copy and paste hundreds of parcels and or addresses at once instead of entering them one by one.
- Mandatory / Recommended Issues
You now have the availability to mark an issue as mandatory or recommended. Existing clients will see no change here unless you turn the feature on. Once turned on, you’ll see that all issues are mandatory by default but you can change them to recommended (optional).
- Configure Default Inspection Emails
You can now customize the default emails that are sent when an inspection is approved, declined, or conditionally approved. Each inspection result type can have it’s own default email.
- Asynchronously Modify Planholders
The planholders feature has been modified to sort confirmed and unconfirmed bidders into one table. Confirmed bidders are now highlighted in green. You can now modify the state of the planholders (confirmed/unconfirmed) or their email preferences without the page needing to refresh the between each change.
We’re currently working on:
- Time Zone Localization
- Improvements to Reports
- Additional E-Commerce Integrations
- Infrastructure Improvements