How to transfer BIMx models to Android devices

by GRAPHISOFT, Csaba Kézér and Brieuc Tassel · updated: 08.02.2016

Share the BIMx model on GRAPHISOFT’s BIMx Model Transfer Site

Use GRAPHISOFT’s cloud service to upload, share and distribute BIMx models to your clients and other parties in the AEC workflow. Both the 3D only and the Hyper-model formats can be shared, downloaded and opened by the Android BIMx app. Once a BIMx Hyper-model is uploaded to GRAPHISOFT’s BIMx Model Transfer Site it can be shared with your customer via the Model sharing licensing option.

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Upload a BIMx Hyper-model

/!\ Depending on your license you might only be able to upload models Publicly (FULL, EDU and TRIAL users). Private upload possibility with 5GB of own storage space is available only for customers with an active SSA (Software Services Agreement) subscription.


Alternative file sharing possibilities

In case you are not entitled to a private upload space on GRAPHISOFT’s BIMx Model Transfer Site or you would like to use another cloud solution to distribute BIMx models first save the model onto your local machine. This can be done both from the Publisher and from the File/Save as… menu:

There are various ways to move the file from your Desktop machine to the Android device. You can upload the file to a cloud storage solution, move it directly to the device through cable or WIFI, send it in an email or share it on a regular website/ftp link. The below points explain each transfer method in detail.

Download models from your Cloud Storage

GRAPHISOFT integrated Android’s Document Picker in the BIMx apps allows downloading and opening BIMx files directly from a 3rd party cloud storage space. Publish the BIMx model from ARCHICAD into your Dropbox/Google Drive folder. If you have the cloud storage provider’s app on your Android device you can simply access it from BIMx. By tapping the icon of your storage you can browse through your BIMx models and download any of them without leaving the BIMx app.


Connect via data cable or WIFI

Devices running Android can be connected to the computer directly. Setup cable or WIFI connection between the Android device and the computer.

It is recommended to store the .bimx files in the BIMx Documents folder. This folder is automatically generated after the first launch of the BIMx app.
The models stored on the device will be added to the model list of BIMx app after the data cable is removed.

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Upload

  • Use the computer interface to move the saved BIMx files between the two platforms. When you are done, the files will appear on the Android device as well.

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Manage

  • Some file managers are also able to match the file format and the relevant application.
    For example X-plore app offers to open .bimx files in BIMx application.

Tip: Hold your finger down on a model selected in the BIMx model list to remove it from your device.


Sending as an email attachment

You can send models as a simple mail attachment, but note that even a small size model can take up more than 10 Megabytes. Not many email providers support such large attachments, so you have to make sure that the recipient’s mailbox is capable of handling the attached model’s size. (e.g. Gmail supports attachments up to 25 Megabytes in size.)

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Upload

  • Attach your model to an email message

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Download

  • Open the mail on the android device
  • Tap on the attachment to download and save
  • The saved files can be opened directly from the mail system, too

Share the file

You can share a .bimx file in various ways. You can use the traditional FTP protocol or any other file storage such as WebDav, Cloud based storage (Amazon) or simple network shares (afp, smb) etc… By default these connections are not supported on the operating system level, but with applications available in the Android Play Store you can use these. (X-plore, Astro, etc.) Of course the previously mentioned Dropbox also does belong to this category.


Download BIMx App on Your Android Device

Anyone who wishes to view the BIMx file needs the BIMx application on their Android mobile device:

  • Open Play Store.
  • Search for BIMx.
  • Click on install and wait until the download finishes.

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