January 2011


In This Newsletter

Happy New Year

Coming Soon: AVAproject 2011

Available Now: AVAproject Help

New Catalog Installation Program

AVAproject Tip: Bypass, Communicating and Bifold Doors

AVAware XML Export

Green Project Growth

Catalog Updates

  • Adams Rite
  • Arrow (USD & CAD)
  • Baron
  • Curries
  • Dor-O-Matic (CAD)
  • Falcon
  • Glynn-Johnson (USD & CAD)
  • LCN (USD & CAD)
  • Monarch (CAD)
  • Sargent (USD & CAD)
  • Schlage (CAD)
  • Schlage E.S. (CAD)
  • Von Duprin (CAD)

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from everyone at AVAware, where we are looking forward to new software releases, updates to existing software and another year of unparalleled customer support.

Catalog Updates

Coming Soon: AVAproject 2011

The first of two AVAproject Suite releases scheduled for 2011

available soon!

The 2010 calendar year encompassed an array of milestones for our company. From settling in to our new building to our unprecedented 2010 AVAproject update, the 35th Annual DHI Conference and Exposition in Chicago and a host of backend improvements and upgrades (allowing us to better support our growing customer base and team), it was a very fast-paced, productive year.

Typically, we package one major release of the AVAproject Suite in the late spring of each year. A single annual release simplifies the task of deployment for our clients, reducing the work required to update computer systems, revise processes and procedures, etc.

This year we are more ambitious than ever with new features and projects in development! AVAproject 2011 boasts so many new features, capabilities and user interface enhancements, we are splitting it into two separate releases!

The first, scheduled for release later this month, will include a number of new tools, options and improvements, while also laying the foundation for the spring release. This first release will set the groundwork for spring release capabilities, as well as provide support for AVAproject Fusion, our premiere data mining and reporting system. Additionally, the first release is packaged with a number of new features and enhancements

The Catalog Viewer

A new visual Catalog Viewer is now available from the Catalog Browser. Each catalog in the Catalog Browser can be double-clicked to open an on-screen "Binder". This Binder displays all catalog cut pages. Pages can be "turned" by clicking to the left or right of the Binder spine.

The Catalog Binder, Catalog Cuts Section

The Catalog Viewer also displays any available release notes for the selected catalog. The release notes provide chronological documentation of catalog changes, additions and discontinuations - information that is otherwise difficult to obtain or even unavailable from the manufacturer(s) directly

Project Templates

AVAproject now supports Project Templates which act as a quick starting point for a new project and are no different from existing AVAproject files. In fact, templates can be created from any existing AVAproject file. A Project Template typically contains information that is common among many projects, such as company information or a default hardware list. Project Templates allow new projects to start with such information already present, saving time re-entering this data.

The Project Template List

Project Templates can be used to create new projects through the "New Project" button's new drop-down list. Additionally a default Project Template can be specified through the Tools menu, which

AVAproject will use automatically when creating a new project.

User Interface Enhancements

Several changes have been made to the AVAproject user interface. Recently open project files are now listed as a sub-menu of the "Open Project" menu option, providing quick access to the 10 most recently open projects.

The Recent Projects Sub-Menu

Treelines (or Guide lines) have been added to the Project Bar to represent the hierarchical nature of the various sections. Although seemingly a small change, treelines illustrate the inheritance of different menu items, simplifying project navigation.

Additional Features

A new option for Partial Hardware Schedules (hardware schedules for individual hardware groups) allows for the inclusion or exclusion of miscellaneous hardware items, providing much more control over the appearance of the Hardware Groups report. An auto-complete feature has been added to every cell that employs a pull-down list, and the product search feature within the Product Builder has been updated, allowing results to be returned that match any part of the search term, not just the beginning.


Available Now: AVAproject Help

A more robust AVAproject Help File is available for download from the client area of AVAware.com. The new AVAproject Help includes the Getting Started Guide for new users, and is an expansive knowledge base for even the most experienced AVAproject users.

Documents in the AVAproject Help File

The AVAproject Getting Started guide is now included in the new AVAproject Help File, with revisions for 2009 and 2010 appearing in separate sections for clarity. This separation means that users of older versions of AVAproject will have a clear delineation of what is supported by their particular version of AVAproject.


Additional supplements have been added as well, including articles from our website that give in depth explanations of features in AVAproject.

Release notes for both AVAproject and AVAcad are

accessible in the Help File, as well as the AVAware End User License Agreement. Release notes are a comprehensive list of features that are added or bugs that are fixed in a given update to AVAproject or AVAcad.

This help file is part of our continuing effort to keep AVAproject users informed by making more resources available. We plan to update this help file with every major release or revision of the AVAproject Suite.


The new AVAproject Help File is fully searchable, which makes finding a specific topic or feature extremely easy.


Searching the AVAproject Help File not only brings up articles with the same title as the search term, but searches inside each article for relevant search terms as well. This means that any mention of the search term will be returned as a result.

Available Now

The new AVAproject Help File can already be downloaded from the client login area of the AVAware.com website. The new Help File will also be included in any subsequent releases of AVAproject, and will be accessed from the Help > Help Topics menu.

New Catalog Installation Program

The release of AVAproject 2010 brought with it the AVAware Repository, a new method of storage for AVAproject system files. The AVAware Repository was created as a response to the introduction of User Account Control (UAC) and the “Virtual Store” in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

We have previously covered exactly what UAC and the “Virtual Store” are in our AVAware Repository Document, but essentially these two features work in tandem to provide several layers of protection against unsafe modifications. More specifically, UAC creates this safety net through a series of confirmation windows, while the Virtual Store uses virtualized folders to emulate restricted areas of the computer.

While these preventative measures are beneficial to the end user, they end up creating a

Catalog Updates

The new Catalog Installation screen, after installation has completed


significant challenge for software developers.

As previously mentioned, the AVAware Repository stores AVAware system files, including AVAware catalog files.

Prior to AVAproject 2010, catalogs were located in sub-directory of the Windows Program Files folder. Our previous catalog installation program added catalogs to this directory. With the previous    catalog    installation

program, users of AVAproject 2010 were required to specify a new path (the AVAware Repository path) when installing catalogs, or wait for the Repository Migrator tool to run when AVAproject is started to move the catalog files to their proper location. Our new catalog installation program addresses this issue. The installation program determines what version of AVAproject is running and installs catalogs to the appropriate directory for that version. Everything is handled by the catalog installer – the user does not have to do anything differently or take any extra steps after installation.

The new catalog installer is included with all catalog downloads.

AVAproject Tip: Bypass, Communicating and Bifold Doors

Some common features of AVAproject that often go unused or are incorrectly configured are Communicating and Bi-fold doors. Both are easy to set up and make otherwise complicated door configurations straightforward.

Bypass Doors

Bypass doors are assigned in the Openings Schedule through the Handing column, by selecting the "Bypass" option. The Bypass handing will only be available if the opening that is selected is a paired opening, and has no left or right hand variations.


Communicating Doors

Communicating doors (sometimes referred to as Communicating Frames) can be assigned two different ways in AVAproject, and are easy to set up. Which way a communicating door is assigned depends on whether or not there is an AVAcad elevation attached.

If an elevation is attached to the opening, the elevation needs to be opened in AVAcad. Select the door, then open the Handing drop down from the bottom toolbar and select one of the communicating door options (any handing that has the prefix “COMM”).

If no elevation has been attached to the opening, communicating doors may be selected using the handing column in the Openings Schedule.


Bifold Doors

In order to assign an opening as a bifold, make sure the door catalog that is selected includes bifolds. Then, select a bifold handing from the Handing column of the Openings Schedule.

AVAware XML Export

Across many business communities XML has become a hot topic, yet the misinformation and confusion surrounding XML is staggering. Though an enchanting buzzword, XML is very often misused and misunderstood.

What is XML?

XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a strict, text-only "format" that has become extremely popular in recent years because of its ability to store, describe and transport data. It's important to note that the XML "language" itself doesn't "do" anything; it is simply a general set of rules for describing data. An XML file contains only plain text information; the format of a particular XML file is unique to the

software application(s) that create or will use the file. Therefore, a particular XML file is of little use without an XML document definition, also known as an XML Schema.


The AVAware XML Export

The AVAproject XML export has been developed to make the process of integrating AVAproject with other applications straightforward and

familiar for software integrators accustomed to working with XML data. As with the text and MDB exports, the XML export carries all of the data contained in a project file.


Sample XML Export

To obtain a sample XML export from an AVAproject file, visit the downloads section of our website.


Click here to read the full article.

Green Project Growth

Green construction displays strong growth despite slow economy

McGraw-Hill Construction repo-rted an increase of 50% in the green construction sector over the past two years, jumping from $42 billion in 2008 to $71 billion. This growth, throughout a slow economy, shows promise for the future of green construction projects. McGraw-Hill predicts that by 2015 market spending for green building will reach $155 billion.

The U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED (mentioned in our September and

November newsletters), has also experienced growth. In nonresidential projects with a value of over $50 million, a third of all new projects use LEED certification. Clearly more than an industry buzzword green building (and by extension LEED certification) is becoming more prominent each year.

Growth in green construction directly relates to us through the hardware chosen for projects - many catalogs have hardware that is LEED certified. Information about the LEED credits associated

Catalog Updates

with manufacturer hardware can be found on the manufacturer website, along with a full listing of LEED credits and requirements on the USGBC website.

To learn more about LEED ratings and credits, see our September Newsletter or visit the U.S. Green Building Council website.

We welcome any questions, comments or suggestions about any topic mentioned in this edition of AVAwire. Please visit our website for more information, or contact us directly at (416) 239-9099.