Welcome to the AVAIL Blog

We released AVAIL commercially a couple of months ago in late August after the better part of 4 years of development and eight months in beta.  It has been an exciting time and it’s gratifying to work with all of you as AVAIL progresses.

We’ll use this blog to keep you updated on the latest releases and features as well as glimpses of what’s coming next.  We’ve been trying to keep everyone up-to-date via emails which we’ll continue to publish but we thought a more permanent spot for the release notes and other communication was need, thus blog.getavail.com is born!

If you’ve been out of the email loop over the past few months here’s a synopsis:

AVAIL 2.9.3 Release

  • Took care of some nasty problems caused by the Windows 10 Anniversary update
  • Added ability to drag & drop Revit Drafting Views, Schedules and Groups directly into your current project through the AVAIL Content Browser for Revit
  • Added the ability to control auto-update for network deployments

AVAIL 2.9.0 Release

  • Added Analytics
  • Added support for Multiple Revit Sessions
  • Added email notification when an AVAIL Channel is shared
  • AVAIL Content Browser for Revit now includes update detection

Now you can gather the information you need to better manage your content including most accessed Channels in AVAIL and most searched for content.

AVAIL now supports viewing your company’s AVAIL analytics data in Google Analytics.  Setup a free Google Analytics account and enter your Google Analytics Tracking ID in your AVAIL Management Console.  (Be sure to follow the instruction in the Management Console to properly configure your Google Analytics account)

We’ve even created a sample Analytics Dashboard for you with some basics to get you started.  After creating your Google Analytics account simply click this link to import the custom dashboard – https://analytics.google.com/analytics/web/template?uid=oWmkDMGbSWysDp2WJp-gbw

Some additional notes:

  • Information is tracked in Google Analytics as “Events” which are made up of Categories, Actions, Labels and Values.
  • To see all of the Events in Google Analytics click on Behavior | Events | Pages
  • Note that by default Google Analytics date range is set one day behind.  If you want to see current data you’ll need to adjust the timeframe to include today.
  • You can monitor Realtime usage of AVAIL but expect a several second delay (it’s like magic!)
  • If you’re using advanced BA and BI tools such as Tableau or Microsoft Power BI you can import your Google Analytics data for further analysis.
  • More to come including AVAIL Content Browser for Revit analytics!

Author: Randall Stevens

Randall Stevens is an AEC industry veteran with over 25 years of software development, sales and management experience. Randall founded ArchVision in 1991, a software development firm specializing in 3D graphics and content management technology for the design industry. Randall offers a unique combination of expertise in software and graphics technology, coupled with a background and degree in architecture. Randall is the inventor of the software technology Rich Photorealistic Content (RPC) currently being used by AEC customers in more than 100 countries and chosen by Autodesk as the native tree & planting solution for Revit. Through ArchVision, Randall has built relationships with the industry's leading design and visualization software companies. Most recently Randall has led product development for the AVAIL platform, a fresh approach to the AEC market's content management challenges. Randall received his B.A. from the University Of Kentucky College Of Architecture and served as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Design at the University of Kentucky from 1991-2007. He currently teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Kentucky College of Business. Randall chairs the Advisory Board for the University of Kentucky Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking (iNET) and is on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Governor's School for Entrepreneurs. Randall initiated the inaugural Building Content Summit (BCS) in 2015 and currently serves as the BCS Chairman.

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