Excerpt from the May-June 2022 AVAwire Newsletter


Import Assa Abloy 'Openings Studio' Files Directly into AVAproject

Openings Studio

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.

Openings Studio - Assa Abloy

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 AVAproject counterpart.

Openings Studio

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.

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.

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