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Connect for Browser now enables opening Microsoft documents in Office 365 applications!


The file details panel offers an option to open documents in Office 365 applications:

Read and edit support is provided for .docx (Word), .xlsx (Excel) and .pptx (PowerPoint) formats; read-only access is available for  .doc, .xls, .ppt and .vsdx (Visio) files.


Users with Office 365 Business license are able to edit documents and save changes directly to Trimble Connect.

After activation of “Edit” mode, Office file content can be changed without downloading the file to your local machine and re-uploading after completing your edits. Actions that save the content in the document after editing to Connect are:

  1. Closing the browser window
  2. Refreshing the browser
  3. Changing the mode from “Editing” to “Viewing”


Changes made to the file content are saved directly to Connect and result in a new version of the file, accessible through the file details in the right-side panel in Data Explorer. Note that there is a delay of about a minute for the file version change to be visible.

The latest updates of the Connect Sync tool have improved synchronization processing logic. We have also migrated the sync process data from a hidden folder into a database.


And we have good news for fans of the dark theme in MacOS: the latest Sync Tool for Mac Update now supports this "easy on the eyes" UI mode.

Today we launched another new version of the Trimble Connect 3D Viewer, available at This update introduces support for Layer Management: from now on when drawings and/or models with Layer information are loaded in the 3D Viewer, geometry visibility can be managed through the new Layers panel on the left side of the application.


The Layers panel will be visible when any drawing (DWG) or 3D model is loaded and has at least one layer. Layer visibility can be managed from the panel or by selecting entities in 3D space.



Overview of included functionality:

  • Layer Visibility — show or hide individual layers by clicking on the "eye" icon, or use multi-select and right click on the selection to open the dropdown menu.

  • Search Layers — search for specific Layers based on Layer Name, then turn them on or off as a group.
  • View Isolated Layers — review the Layers that are currently visible and manage visibility (toggle between "All layers"/"Isolated layers").
  • Change Visibility for All — the Change Visibility option makes it possible to show all or hide all Layers.
  • Sort Layers — change sort order for listed Layers.
  • Isolate Element’s Layer — select a CAD entity or a BIM element and isolate the Layer it is assigned to. This also works with multiple selected entities or elements - the combination of Layers will in this case be isolated in the viewer.


Note that model object visibility controls does not change layer visibility.

There is a new updated version of the Trimble Connect for Browser application user guide available. Updates include a description of the Workflow Extensions in Chapter 9. You can find the new user guide attached to this blog post.

Check out this latest Trimble Connect instruction video which walks you through the new Property Sets Access Control feature of the Workflow Extensions.



The April 29, 2020 release of the Trimble Connect 3D Viewer introduces a new feature for the Workflow Extensions: the property sets access control.  






Property Sets Access Control Introduction Video 





With the new property sets access control feature, project admins can define the access level for each property set in the library for each user group separately. The new access control permissions model replaces the previous one with new access levels. It is possible to choose from three different access levels:  Edit access, Read only access, and No access.



How to Apply the New Permission Model to an Existing Property Set Library


Action is needed to update existing property set libraries to the new access control permission model. Note that after the new permission model has been applied, all project admins in the project will be able to see and edit the library. Also, the previous implicit access control rules that stated that users who have the same company membership can edit property sets while other project users can only view property sets, will be replaced with access levels that are explicitly defined by the project admin for each user group.  


As a project admin, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Property Set Manager panel and select a library
  2. Click either the new Manage access control icon, or the text from the property set details:
  3. A message about the new permission model is displayed:
  4. Click Use new permissions model.
  5. The Access Control Manager panel is displayed. Set the permissions as described in the How to Manage Access Control section.
  6. Click Save. A draft of the permissions is saved and the Access Control Manager panel closes.
  7. Click Publish to apply the changes. Note: If publish is not clicked, then changes will be discarded when moving away from the page and the message about the new permission model will be displayed again the next time when the Access Control Manager panel is accessed.



How to Manage Access Control


All project admins in the project can manage access control of all libraries in the project.


As a project admin, follow these steps:


  1. Open the Property Set Manager panel and select a library
  2. Click either the new Manage access control icon, or the “Manage access control” link in the property set details panel
  3. The Access Control Manager panel opens:

    The Access Control Manager panel is organized into a grid view where there is one column for each property set in the library and one row for each user group to which access has been granted. The access level granted to a property set for each user group can then be selected from three possible values: Edit access, Read only access and No access. Their meaning is as follows:

    • Edit access means that members of the user group can add the property set to model objects and edit the property set values in the Connect 3D Viewer
    • Read only access means that members of the user group can only see the property sets that have been added to model objects but they cannot edit the property values
    • No access means that the property set is hidden from the members of the user group in the Connect 3D Viewer


    There is one column with a special meaning. The first column is always labeled as “Library access”. The meaning of this column is twofold: Firstly, it serves as a quick way to set the access levels for the whole row to the same value without having to click each column’s value separately. Secondly, it sets the default access level that is given to new property sets that are created to the library.


  4. Initially, the access control manager grid has only one row that is labeled as “Default access”. This row represents the access level that is granted to all project members unless a more specific rule can be found from the rows below. In other words, all users who don’t belong to any user group, or are members of a group but no access control rule has been defined for the group, get their access based on the values on this row.
  5. Click the Add access control for another group button. A dialog box opens:
  6. Start typing a name of a user group and select the correct group from the auto suggestions. Click Apply.
    1. Note: The Connect user groups are managed in the Team page that can be accessed by following the link in the Access Control Manager page. There must be at least one user group defined before it can be added into the access control manager grid.

  7. Add all needed user groups into the grid view and set the access level for each user group and property set.
    1. In the example below, the default access for the post and pre pour checklists is hidden but CIP Work Crews and Site Managers have edit access.
  8. Note that users who are given edit access are required to have the Business Premium license to be able to edit the values.


Delay Before Access Control Changes Become Effective


If the edits include changes in the user groups or in the project admin role, then there is a 15 minute delay after the publish before the changes become effective. For example, after assigning a user to a group, it takes up to 15 minutes before the user will see the effect of the change.

Maximum Access Control Policy Size


There is a maximum size for the access control policy document that is created based on the settings made in the Access Control Manager panel. The exact size of the policy document varies based on the details of the access control settings so it is impossible to give a unique amount of property sets and user groups after which the size limit is reached. However, typically adding up to 10 property sets and up to 30 user groups per property set library can be fitted.  If the maximum size of the policy is exceeded, then saving changes in the Access Control Manager panel will fail with an error message. If more user groups and/or property sets are needed, then a new library must be created.

From Drawings, Documents and Spreadsheets to Data in BIM

Planning and collaboration in construction projects typically involve the creation and exchange of drawings, documents, and spreadsheets. This file-based approach results in a large number of files, versions, and folders with project data, which makes it extremely challenging for project team members to find the right data for informed decision making.

Trimble Connect’s mission is to provide the right data to the right people at the right moment. Connect’s ability to share and view constructible models today already helps hundreds of thousands of users to share, review, understand and coordinate project designs. 

We are now adding data to this capability to also enable the inclusion of associated data in the constructible model context. 

Processes such as materials management, quality assurance, and project planning can truly benefit from data that is available directly in the context of 3D models: instead of finding rows in a spreadsheet combined with markup in multiple drawings, simply click on an element to see the material status, QA results or planning dates. With Connect Workflow Extensions this - and much more - becomes possible.

Data-driven decision making requires a common data environment. Connect now offers this within the context of the 3D model to go beyond the world of drawings, documents, and spreadsheets -  unlocking the potential of BIM for the first time.


Access to Workflow Extensions

  • Available to Connect Business Premium subscribers. 
  • Learn more about Connect Business Premium here.
  • All other users of Connect (Personal and Business) have read-only access to the data included in projects through the new Organizer and Property Set functionality. 


Workflow Extensions Instructions

  • Please see the attached PDF document to learn about how to use the new Workflow Extensions: Organizer, Property sets and Content Browser

Connect for Browser has been upgraded. With this update, we are bringing back the (improved version of) email notifications for recipients of file shares when using the "Any users with the link" in the “Share data” function. This reintroduces the ability to send email notifications from Connect to people outside the project to share files.


The ability to copy a download link (to enable pasting in a separate email) is still available as well — the generated link is presented after clicking the "Share" button. 


Connect for Mobile v2.11 is now available in Apple iOS App Store and the Google Play Store.

Our focus for this release has been on bringing the new 3D viewer closer to the existing viewer in terms of features and functionalities.


New Features

Object Links in the new 3D Viewer: You can now add and view object links for 3D models loaded. When tapping the link, a list of all attachments will be shown. The following options are available for adding links: Device Camera, Gallery, Data Explorer, Todo and URL.



Support for .trb/.tekla file formats: These file formats can now be viewed in the mobile application. 3D views created from these file formats can also be launched from views list inside the project. Note that these files can only be in the new 3D Viewer. 


Launch views in new 3D Viewer: You can now open 3D views either in the new 3D viewer or the existing viewer. 
3D Views created from .trb/.tekla files will automatically be launched in the new 3D viewer.


Object properties in the new 3D Viewer: View 3D element info after selecting it in the model. In the info panel, you will see the list of selected object elements and also have the ability to deselect one or more elements. When tapping an item in the object info panel, all properties of the selected object will be listed. Measurable properties such length, area, volume, weight are converted as per the project's Units settings.



License refresh option: When a new Connect license is applied, you can make it available faster (on demand) using the new “Refresh License” option in the Project List menu.


Some known issues:

  • There are a number of remaining View parity issues. They are mostly related to color, transparency, selection states, markups and measurements. We are aware of these and target to address these in the next release.
  • Unit settings are not applied to measurement values in Views.
  • Embedded views (e.g. from Todo's) are sometimes listed in the Views list screen.
  • Selection state of the 2D markups will not be reflected in Android devices running OS below 6.
  • Views that are created from Connect for Mobile after hiding the model will not be reflected properly in other clients. When launching these views in Connect for Mobile, show/hide models won’t be reflected properly. Users will have to tap “Show All” to view all the models on screen.
  • When loading large model files into the 3D viewer, the application stops or may not respond due to memory constraints.
  • The character size of measurement values may be bigger when using tablet devices.
  • Models with a large number of objects may not be rendered properly while performing Pan/Zoom operations in the model viewer.
  • Model alignment values set from other clients are not always properly reflected in Connect for Mobile.
  • You may experience a slow response when displaying the “Statuses” option from the right side of the model viewer screen.

A new version of the Trimble Connect Sync Tool is now available through the "Applications" area of the Connect for Browser app.

New in this release (2.53.1):

  • Connect Sync now supports scheduled local transfer synchronization for project administrators, which means that files deleted locally can be deleted in the Connect cloud from the Sync tool by admins.

  • We increased the size limit for individual files from 10GB to 50GB for Connect Business Premium subscribers. 

  • The application icon for the Sync Tool was updated to the new style.

  • Project loading was redesigned to improve performance of project page loading.

  • We added a tool-tip to the “stay signed in” setting.

The following defects have been addressed:

  • A number of customers reported that not all files were uploaded as expected — this has been addressed (TCSYNC-480).

  • Performance of data loading was insufficient in some projects; improvements have been implemented  (TCSYNC-497).

  • Stability issues fixed (TCSYNC-469, TCSYNC-494)