One of the fundamental features in Project Butterfly is its co-editing feature. People have been discussing it in forums and blogs, and we would like to present to you the key benefits of the feature.
What is it?
Co-editing is the feature in Project Butterfly that enables two people to edit the same drawing simultaneously.
Reasons to use co-editing:
- It speeds up the process of designing, when another person’s input it necessary. For instance, it’s very hard to put into words a request to change the geometry of a complex wall, or plumbing.
- You can start a co-editing session when you don’t have enough time to meet in person. For example, if you need to discuss a design with a colleague in another state, or when your schedule is just full and can’t afford the time to travel to another city.
- It eliminates the need to redraw changes that have been discussed in an in-person meeting, or changes you received in a separate DWG file. Ever had someone send you their input on a DWG after you’ve already updated your version of the same drawing?
- The documentation of the session – changes and chat history – is stored and you can view it at any time, via the Timeline (ribbon tab).
Why it’s so easy and simple:
- Both sides of the session see the exact same view of the drawing – such as pan, zoom, layers, stylesheets and fonts.
- The recipient side doesn’t need a Butterfly account of his own. He just joins in the session from an invitation you send to him.
- Your recipient doesn’t need any software or files (i.e. you don’t have to send him the DWG or anything else).
Sounds good, right? It is.
How to start a co-editing meeting? [see video]
- Open your drawing in Butterfly
- Click on “Co-edit” in the bottom-right widget.
- Enter your recipient’s email address.
- Click “Send”. Voila!
Now all you have to do is wait for your recipient to join in, and you’re good to go.
Did you have a successful co-editing session? Tell us about it in the comments, or contact us.