Import Assa Abloy 'Openings Studio' Files Directly into AVAproject
AVAproject users can now import files created by the Assa Abloy
Openings Studio specification writing software, directly into their projects.
Assa Abloy owns many of
the most popular and recognizable brands in the architectural hardware industry. Brands
such as Sargent, Yale, Ceco, Curries, McKinney, Corbin-Russwin and so many
others make up their rich product portfolio. AVAware proudly offers
electronic versions of all these product price books for use with the
AVAproject detailing and estimating system.
Like most major manufacturers, Assa
Abloy maintains a team of specification writers in an effort to provide door
and hardware specs to many of the industry's leading architects.
Specifications are created
using a piece of proprietary software called, "Openings
Studio," which also enables Assa Abloy
specification writers to provide exported data (in the form of .JSON or
delimited .TXT files) for use by their distributor partners.
Over the past year, AVAware
has seen growing interest among Assa Abloy distributors
wanting to know if it's possible to make use of Openings
Studio export files to facilitate the creation of project
estimates and submittals. In response, AVAware created a
comprehensive import tool that is able to read Openings
Studio created JSON & TXT files, and convert them to AVAproject
format in a matter of seconds.
Users need only select the file provided
by Assa Abloy, and AVAproject does the rest. Hardware
sets, openings and other related information is brought into a standard project.
The following is a brief list of some of
the special features of the import process:
- Hardware sets complete with product
details and notes are brought into AVAproject as "Hardware Groups",
and automatically linked to their associated openings in the Openings Schedules.
- Openings are brought in complete with
individual leaf sizes and thicknesses, handing, opening numbers, "to & froms" and
other miscellaneous data.
- A comprehensive Hardware List of the
various hardware products used throughout the hardware sets is created, with "short
codes" automatically assigned to them. A "Usage" column in the Hardware List
provides an instant reference to which sets each item appears in.
- Product information such as dates,
numbers, contacts and other miscellaneous details are harvested from the import file
and placed into their corresponding AVAproject fields.
Absolutely no effort was spared in the
creation of the import module. Every possible detail has been meticulously extracted
from the Openings Studio file and preserved in its
The Openings Studio
import will be a standard feature offered in AVAproject, commencing
with the upcoming Autumn 2022 release. In the interim, AVAproject users
in possession of Openings Studio export files can forward them to their
AVAware support representatives to have them imported and returned in
an AVAproject compatible format.
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