Batch Create Checklists and Tests in the Field

We are pleased to announce the latest release of the iOS app with a major new feature: batch creation of checklists and tests! This release also adds next/previous buttons for navigating between items in a list and a healthy dose of bug fixes.

Batch Create Checklists and Tests

In upgraded projects, tapping the “+” button above the checklist or test list will present a new batch create window. Just like the web, you’ll be able to select one or more assets, one or more templates, and then set options such as type and assignment before tapping “Create” to create the checklists or tests.

Easily create checklists and tests in the field with the new batch create

Batch creation is only available within upgraded projects, and only project templates are available currently. A future update will add account templates.

After you’ve created checklists or tests, why not try the recently added batch answer feature to efficiently answer them?

Next/Previous Buttons

You can now quickly step through your lists using our handy previous and next buttons. These are especially useful in the app’s full-screen mode.

New next and previous buttons allow navigation even when the list is hidden

Bug Fixes

This release also includes many bug fixes.

  • Fixed crashes that would sometimes occur when deleting items from a list.
  • Removed hard-coded stand-in numbers on the equipment list view.
  • Changing the sync interval no longer disables automatic syncing.
  • Window titles in App Exposé now properly reflect the window’s contents.
  • Using the app with Airplay Mirroring now responds properly.
  • Equipment list now properly sorts by status in the asset picker.
  • Fixed situation where some lists wouldn’t update their totals after deleting or adding new items.
  • Asset type switcher in the asset picker now scrolls smoothly.
  • Markups added to images using the iOS Markup are no longer removed when the image is added to the app.

We hope you enjoy these updates! As always, let us know how we can help you at support@cxalloy.com and let us know what other features we should be adding at feedback.cxalloy.com.

Webinar Series

We recently held the first of our new webinar series, Bringing Transparency and Effectiveness to the Whole Project Team. You can watch on demand right now at CxAlloy.com/media/20200211.

Join us for future webinars. Every month we will feature speakers from the commissioning and construction industry to share the ways they are using CxAlloy TQ to work faster and more effectively.

During the live event, we had a lot of great questions come in, but we didn’t have enough time to answer them all live. Afterwards, our speakers got together and wrote up answers to share below. If you have additional questions, contact us at support@cxalloy.com and we’ll be happy to help.

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CxAlloy TQ February 2020 Release

We are pleased to announce the first CxAlloy TQ update of 2020! In this release we’ve made two important tools more useful: importing and the report generator. We’ve also added an export for project attributes and, of course, fixed some bugs.

Importing

New import options for issues include Issue Status, Assignment, and Asset.

We’ve made four key additions to the import capabilities of CxAlloy TQ. You can now:

  • Import issue and equipment status.
  • Import issue assignment and asset.
  • Import multiple systems for equipment and multiple zones for spaces.
  • Import areas served for equipment.

These are long-requested improvements that we are really excited to make available. They open up new flows for managing data in your project and reduce the amount of time it takes to set up large-scale projects with complex combinations of systems and locations.

These new import capabilities are available now, and we’ll provide a deeper dive into how they work in an upcoming blog post.

Report Generator

Many more options are available for each section in the Report Generator.

We have greatly expanded the filtering options available for each section. Each section (issues, checklists, tests, etc.) now includes all or most of the same filters as that section’s list view. For example, when adding the “Construction Issues” section, you can now filter by:

  • Status
  • Priority
  • Source
  • Discipline
  • Location
  • Asset
  • Area Served

Even better, you can select multiple options for each of these filters, just like you can on the list page.

These filters create new possibilities for the reports you create. For example, you can now create a final report for just one building in a multi-building project – just filter each section to that specific building. Or, create a system- or discipline-specific report. There are a lot of options – literally!

To accommodate all these new filters we’ve expanded the options window to a two-column view with sorting and filtering on the left and format options on the right.

We’ll outline all the new options and some ways to use them in an upcoming blog post.

Attributes Export and Bug Fixes

This release also adds an “Export” button to the attributes list in both project settings and account settings.

You can now export project and account attributes.

As always, let us know how we can help you at support@cxalloy.com and let us know what other features we should be adding at feedback.cxalloy.com.

CxAlloy TQ 4.0 for iOS

Newly released in the App Store is version 4.0 of the CxAlloy TQ iOS app, which features significant foundational changes to support exciting new functionality in iOS and iPadOS 13. Aside from dozens of small improvements and bug fixes, this update features three main tent-pole features.

Multiple Windows

A big new feature in iPadOS 13 is the ability for a single app to have multiple windows. Now, in 4.0, you can tap and drag projects, project sections, and list items into their own windows. Work on two different sections of the app or even completely different projects side by side!

Powerful List Views

Do more directly in the app’s list views with support for swipe actions, iOS 13 contextual menus, and batch actions with the new Select button. We’ll add additional actions to the list views in upcoming versions.

State Restoration

When returning to the app after switching away for a while, the app will make an effort to restore your location in the app, getting you back up and running quicker. We’re excited about these features today as well as the possibilities they unlock for the future. Have questions? Let us know at support@cxalloy.com.

Easier Renaming through Imports

Recently we released an update to imports that makes it easier to rename items using an imported Excel file. Although technically possible in the past, doing so was confusing, time-consuming, and prone to error. It’s now much simpler and easy to understand.

As equipment is the most common scenario for renaming, we'll be talking specifically about equipment for the remainder of this post. However all imports (issues, checklist and test lines, spaces, etc.) now work this way as well.

Now if you check the “Update existing equipment” checkbox when starting your import you will have an additional option, “Match”, that you select for one of the columns in your spreadsheet. This column is used to match up the rows in your spreadsheet with existing equipment in the project.

With the addition of the “Match” option you are now free to use the “Name” option to specify new names for the matched equipment. A simple spreadsheet for renaming equipment would look like this:

MatchNew Name
AHU-1AHU-1A
AHU-2AHU-2A
AHU-3AHU-3A
AHU-4AHU-4A

If you don’t have any new names as part of your import you simply don’t select “Name” for any of the columns of your spreadsheet.

As an added bonus, CxAlloy TQ will now automatically update the names of any related checklists and tests when you change the name of equipment.

In this post we’ve focused on equipment, but this same approach can be used to update issue descriptions, checklist and test line questions, and more. For all the details you can read our import support article.

Batch Answer – New for CxAlloy TQ iOS App

The latest addition to the iOS app is Batch Answer – a new interface for answering similar tests or checklists.

Many tests or checklists are created from the same template and thus have identical lines. With Batch Answer, you can quickly and easily answer these identical lines from a single screen. This includes:

  • Adding and changing an answer
  • Adding and editing a note
  • Adding an issue
  • Adding a photo

How to Batch Answer

To batch answer, first use the “Select” option to select each test (or checklist) you want to batch answer.

Next, tap the “Answer” button – this will show the Batch Answer screen. This screen closely resembles a single test, but in this case, each line can be expanded by tapping a drop-down indicator on the right.

With the line expanded, you can answer one or more tests.

To batch answer tests or checklists, each must meet the following requirements:

  1. Created after 9/24/2019
  2. Created from the same template
  3. Has not been structurally modified. This includes: no edits to line text, no lines added or removed, and no lines reordered.

You’ll know whether or not these three conditions pass because the “Answer” button will enable/disable.

We are excited to hear how you use Batch Answer to speed up your answering of tests and checklists!

File Markups and Callouts

One of the most transformative features we have been working on this past year is File Markups, letting you draw and place text on images and PDFs. We were excited to launch File Markups in beta at our User Conference and want to give you an overview of this upcoming feature.

Markup tools appear on the right side of the toolbar

File Markups build on the new file viewer we released this summer. With Markups you’ll see new tools for adding circles, rectangles, arrows, text, and freeform drawings when viewing images and PDFs. Tools default to the style commonly used in construction (red lines, cloudy borders) but extensive style options are available.

Each markup type has extensive style options available

We were careful to ensure that Markups work as you would expect: Each markup is treated like any other content, with associated permissions based on who created it, full syncing between iOS and the web, and integration into reports. For a detailed explanation of permissions please check out our support article.

Callouts

Rectangle and circle markups will create a Callout, which is an image of just that region of the photo or PDF.

The Callouts section lets you view rectangle and circle markups without having to open the files

Callouts provide several benefits: you don’t have to click to open a file to see the markups, they effectively “zoom in” on the area in question, and they can surface information from any page within a PDF.

A new “Callouts” area is shown on any page that already has “Files”, and a new “Callouts” option when creating PDFs is available.

Please note that arrows, text, and freeform drawings do not create accompanying callouts. We made that decision purposefully to provide a consistent and useful experience with callouts. You can read a full explanation behind that choice in our support article.

We think File Markups and Callouts will be really useful in lots of situations, from highlighting key paragraphs of a spec, to pointing out a specific riser in a photo, to drawing attention to electrical notes on a crowded drawing. We hope you look forward to it!