Learn how to customize the Synchro workspace.
- [Instructor] Let's review how to start Synchro and how to open the appropriate windows in the Synchro workspace. To start Synchro find the Synchro program shortcut on your desktop and double click on the shortcut. When the software opens you could have a variety of different windows that show up which makes your display look different from mine. Another reason why your display may look a little bit different from mine is the different version of Synchro from what I'm using. Older versions may have slightly different menu options with commands in slightly different locations.
But no matter what version of Synchro that you're using they all have the same commands and you can follow along. What I'd like to do now is open up specific windows so that we have the same user interface as we're moving along in our exercises. Select on the word windows on the Synchro ribbon. With the windows tab open you can see all the different windows that you can have open inside of the Synchro environment. What I'd like to do is if any of these are highlighted in blue it's for you to select on them so that they're no longer highlighted in blue so that you get the same interface that I have.
Once that they've all been deselected come up here to Navigator and select on Navigator, click on Gant to open up the Gant chart view, select on Task Properties to open up your Task Properties and then select on Resources. Now one of the things that you'll notice is that when we selected on Resources it automatically docked that window over the top of the Navigator window. What this means is that we can have two windows in the exact same spot open inside of the software.
To flip between those windows down toward the bottom of the screen you can select on the appropriate tab. Such as select on Navigator to open up the Navigator window or selecting on Resources to open up the Resources window. Now if we wanted to shut one of these windows off we have two different ways that we can do it. We can either select on that window up here on the ribbon or we can click on the x in the upper right hand corner of that window.
And that's what I'd like to do with Resources is just shut that down by clicking on the x. You'll notice that those same options are available over the on the right hand side with things such as the Task Properties. If we would close that Task Properties window by clicking on the x it now clears the blue color around Task Properties. But let's select back on Task Properties to open that window again and we can see that it's highlighted in blue to indicate that it's open somewhere on the screen. One last thing I want to point to is that for some reason you can't see your Gant chart it's probably because you have this tab, in my case called support.
For you if you're using an older version of the software it may be called welcome, that's currently open. Now here in the welcome menu or the support menu you'll find a variety of online resources that you could use that includes various Synchro training options, equipment that you can download as well as plugins and tools that can be used to export out models from different design software into Synchro. But to get away from this menu, to see your Gant chart you just need to select on Gant to open up your Gant chart view to see your Synchro schedule.
Brian Myers focuses on the major features of Synchro for project management, animation, and presentation. Learn how to import scheduling and model data, schedule tasks and visualize them with Gantt charts, track progress, and even create animations based on tasks. Brian also shows how to export your work to paper, PDF, and image and video files. Start watching to find out how Synchro unifies the process of BIM and scheduling for more insight and control at every stage of construction.
- Understanding the Synchro interface and navigation
- Importing 3D models and schedules
- Creating tasks
- Scheduling with Gantt charts
- Model-based scheduling
- Reviewing baseline vs. actual progress
- Creating 3D objects
- Modifying and synchronizing 3D objects
- Subdividing objects
- Exporting presentations
- Printing and exporting 3D PDF, FBX, AVI, and image files