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How to Incorporate BIMx into your Business over your Lunch Hour - Updated

By now you should know how awesome BIMx PRO is. As the marketing material says, it’s “the ultimate BIM project presentation application — featuring the BIMx Hyper-model, a unique technology for integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation.”

It’s more than just a novelty app used to show clients their new home. BIMx is used by contractors, on-site, for real projects. Big projects - like $500 million projects. It’s the real deal, a huge differentiator and you need to start using it ASAP.

Because it is so cool and offers so much, many newcomers tend to think that it must take a lot of work to set up and implement into their workflows. This couldn’t be further from the truth. And this post will show you how to start utilizing this revolutionary technology in your business. Once and for all. And you can set it up in your lunch hour.

BIMx comes in two flavors: BIMx and BIMx PRO. In a nutshell, BIMx allows you to navigate and explore both the 3D model and 2D documents together seamlessly. These are linked together by blue markers that appear in the documentation and in the model. BIMx PRO adds a host of additional features.

You can view both flavors on the Desktop BIMx viewer that is installed with ARCHICAD, but the hyperlinked 2D documents can only be viewed on a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad or Android device. More about that later. In this post, we’ll focus on learning to create BIMx PRO presentations, since the steps cover BIMx also.

Step 1 - Open Your Office Template

So let’s open up your office template. You do have one, right? Good. If not, consider one of ours. BIMx files can be created using various methods. The fastest and most easily reusable method is publishing, so that’s what we’ll cover. When we publish to BIMx, there are essentially two ways to store BIMx files we make: Save them to your computer or network and then share it manually; or upload it directly to the internet. GRAPHISOFT provides everyone on SSA (ArchiPLUS) with up to 5Gb of free space on their BIMx Transfer Site(link is external), because you know, sharing is caring. We’ll discuss both storing me