Trimble Connect Desktop 1.6 Release Notes

Trimble Connect Desktop v1.6 is available and includes the changes listed below. One of the main focus areas was performance improvement in model loading using new technology. There is a noticeable difference in model loading going forward.

New features

  • Magnifying glass functionality has been added for improving picking accuracy when working with touch interface.

  • Support for Tekla BIMsight package import (documents, models and alignments) has been added.

  • User is now able to crate clip planes following a wire.
    Clip plane

  • User is now able to create local only projects and publish them on demand.
    Local project

  • User is now able to define the application to be the default viewer for the supported model formats.

  • User is now able to export saved views as png.

  • User is now able to filter both the file explorer and model tree. Search results are presented as a flat list.

  • User is now able to share both view groups and multiple selected views at the same time.

  • User is now able to upload all files at once or alternatively upload files under specific folder.

  • Added Location property to the API's Project class indicating the name of the POD location the project is hosted on. Added GetContentPath method to the API's Model class.

  • Added additional SetCamera method to the API's ViewportManager class supporting setting the camera based on the given model objects.

  • Linking URLs to model objects is now supported.

They are two options to do so:

  1. Right click an object in the 3D view, and click the Add url button.
    Link URL option 1
  2. Open object properties, and click the Add url button.
    Link URL option 2



  • Model loading speed is significantly improved after the first loading. Model cache is shared which makes the first loading faster for other users. OpenGL support has been removed. Old model cache has been removed.

  • Improved application layout for more convenient user experience. As an example, separate tabs have been now removed and replaced by back button in the project dashboard screen and by introducing last view concept.
    Back button

  • Additional confirmation dialog has been added to notify user if navigating back from ToDo creation dialog without saving.

  • Application start-up time has been improved.

  • File attachments support now specific versions.

  • General improvements to revision handling.

  • Improved model loading experience.

  • Improved performance of synchronizing project library for the first time.

  • Point cloud improvements : Point clouds can be added to TCD by clicking the “Add” button in point clouds tab, and choosing a suitable potree folder or file containing point cloud data.

- Supported types to import: LAS, LAZ, XYZ, TDX, TZF, E57

- Import creates now Potree database instead of folder structure

- URL support for streaming Potree point clouds

- Combined Add and Import functionality to one dialog

- Double clicking supported point cloud file in Data tab's Explorer converts ,adds it to 3D

Point clouds


Point clouds can also be added through web URL by clicking the Add Url button and choosing a suitable Url.

  • User is now able to download all the project files at once or files from a specific folder.

  • User is now able to see the model file extension in the model selection window.

Model selection

  • User is now able to use simple comparison in object list filtering, e.g. > 10 kg or < 10.5 m

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue that prevented saving model rotation values with high precision.

  • Fixed an issue where "Stay signed in" option did not work consistently in certain cases.

  • Fixed an issue where Ifc and LandXML models were not aligned correctly in some cases.

  • Fixed an issue where arrow keys were rotating view while trying to navigate in Models or Objects list.

  • Fixed an issue where certain SketchUp models were not processed correctly.

  • Fixed an issue where changing unit precision was not reflected correctly to the application.

  • Fixed an issue where clicking on a linked file, the file was not downloaded.

  • Fixed an issue where coloring DWG models was not always working correctly.

  • Fixed an issue where colorize group functionality was not working correctly while having assembly selection mode on.

  • Fixed an issue where copying IFC GUID from object properties dialog caused application to crash in certain cases.

  • Fixed an issue where embedded views in ToDos were not shown correctly to other users in the project.

  • Fixed an issue where markups created in Trimble Connect Web were occasionally ending up below object surfaces when viewed in Trimble Connect Desktop.

  • Fixed an issue where measurements were not always correctly shown when drawn on top of the surface.

  • Fixed an issue where model visibility symbol was not updated correctly when loading/unloading models from the model selection dialog.

  • Fixed an issue where object link icons were not refreshed correctly when navigating between different tabs.

  • Fixed an issue where object list filtering was not working correctly with capital letters.

  • Fixed an issue where opening a ToDo was slow in certain cases.

  • Fixed an issue where processing of certain Ifc models was really slow.

  • Fixed an issue where project library's list mode was displaying project's last modified date only partially.

  • Fixed an issue where project opening was causing application to crash in certain cases.

  • Fixed an issue where rebars were not displayed correctly when having transparency applied in the 3D view.

  • Fixed an issue where resetting object colors for certain models was not working correctly.

  • Fixed an issue where some IGS files were not processed correctly.

  • Fixed an issue where switching views while models were loading caused application to crash occasionally.

  • Fixed an issue where sync and add ToDo buttons on top of the ToDos tab were not correctly scaled when using tablet mode.

  • Fixed an issue which caused application window to disappear with certain display setups.

  • Fixed an issue which caused occasional slowness to view loading.

  • Fixed an issue which caused significant loading times with certain SketchUp models.