Offline workflow BCF Manager

Offline workflow BCF Manager

Creating, importing and exporting issues offline

It is advised to always use the BCF Manager with an online workflow by connecting to BIMcollab Cloud. If this is not possible, you can create, import and export issues as BCF-files to exchange them with the rest of your project team.
The rest of this article describes the offline workflow.
  1. Open the BCF Manager in your preferred application
  2. To start a whole new project, select 'New offline project'  (1)
  3. If you already have a BCF file to start the project, choose 'Import BCF File'  (2). The issues from the file will be imported.
    You can find an example BCF file on our website.
    See the Heading 'Export issues from the Cloud for a offline workflow' below, to see how you can export issues from the Cloud into a BCF file
  4. Press the '+' button (3) and start to make new issues, or click the pencil button  to edit existing issues
  5. When you are ready to export the issues to a BCF file, hit the Save button  (4)

For more information on how to create and edit issues from the BCF Managers, consult the Quick Start Guides for the BCF Managers.

Import the BCF file in BIMcollab Cloud

It is possible to import the BCF file in a project on BIMcollab Cloud:
  1. Go to your own BIMcollab Cloud or to join.bimcollab.com
  2. Go to the preferred project
  3. Go to the Import tab
  4. Click on 'Browse'
  5. Select the preferred  BCF file and hit the Open button
  6. The 'Import' button will turn yellow, press this button

If some fields are indicated as mandatory in the project, fill in a default value for these fields. Default values can be entered for other fields as well. If these fields are not filled in in the BCF file, the default values will be used in the imported issues.
The file will be imported. Existing issues will be updated and new issues will be added to the project. A history of the performed imports will be displayed on the Import page.

Export issues from the Cloud for a offline workflow 

To share the Issues in BIMcollab Cloud with your team members who work in offline mode, you can use the report function, to export the issues to a BCF file. 
  1. Go to your own BIMcollab Cloud or to join.bimcollab.com
  2. Go to the preferred project
  3. Go to the Issues tab
  4. If necessary, apply a filter, to only show a selection of Issues which you want to save in the BCF file.
    If you do not apply a filter, all of the Issues will be exported

  5. Click on 'Report'

  6. Choose the file type BCF and press the 'Create report' button

    A  BCF report will be created
  7. Go to the Report tab
    The created reports will be displayed here
  8.  Press the download button to download the BCF file

After downloading the file you can open this with the  BCF Manager. See the heading 'Creating, importing and exporting issues offline' for the steps. 

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