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Release 16.0.0

Mail Type Rules and Mail editor updates


Aconex Main Application


External APIs

Bug Fixes

File Content Indexing (beta)


This release introduces Contextual Mail which will improve the accuracy of mail type selection for your project.

We’ve also updated the Mail text editor - editing and formatting mails will be a much richer experience from now on - you can even work in tables within a mail.

Note that some of the items mentioned here will be released during this 30-day release cycle, rather than at its start. You may not see some of these additions until later in the cycle.

Aconex Main Application

Mail Type Rules

Aconex now allows a project to specify which mail types can be used for initiating, replying to and forwarding mail. Note that this feature will be enabled in Aconex mobile in a future release.

The aim of creating Mail Rules is to control which mail types can be used for certain business processes. The project owner can specify which mail types are allowed to be used for starting a mail thread, and which can be used for replying and forwarding. It makes it easier for users to choose the right mail type. See here for more information.


We've removed functionality in Mail. Users will no longer see the Copy by Fax option against recipients.

upgraded the text editor

Rich Text Editor Upgrade

We’ve upgraded the text editor in Mail.

  • The first thing you’ll notice is a change to the formatting toolbar. We’ve kept the commonly-used formatting options visible, but we’ve grouped less frequently used features in dropdown menus. The toolbar is now less cluttered and easier to use.

  • You can now create and edit tables directly in your mail body.

  • The mail body area automatically grows as you add content. This means no more scroll bars when reviewing your mail.

  • Based on user feedback, we’ve removed the dotted red line, a feature to help with positioning the cursor where there was no line break.

  • A number of bugs encountered when composing mail have been fixed. Further details are provided in the Main App Bugs section.


Access Control

Model revisions can now be made private to the originating organization, shared with a few people and their organizations or made available to all organizations on the project.

When uploading a new revision, Administrators and Editors for the model stack can choose who can access the revision (specific people or to the entire project).

External APIs

Mail Services (Version 2)

Aconex is moving towards versioning of external APIs with the release of Mail Services Version 2.

Aconex recommends using the most recent version of the external APIs in order to take advantage of the latest functionality.  The recently launched Restricted Fields & Mail Rules features require version 2, for example.

Although this upgrade won’t affect your current usage of APIs today, version 1 will be deprecated in the next six months.

Click here for more information.

Create/Reply/Forward Mail Schemas

Due to the new Mail Rules functionality, we have made the Create/Reply/Forward Mail schemas contextually aware. They are no longer coupled to the View Mail schema.

Mail Types which are not configured for initiating, replying or forwarding will not be presented as available mail types in the Create/Reply/Forward Mail schemas. As a result, the View Mail schema should be used to capture all available mail types in use on the project.

Click here for more information.

Bug fixes

The upgrade to the Rich Text Editor in Mail has addressed the following bugs:

  • Some mails displayed extra line breaks when previewing or sending mail
  • Some mails saw changes to the font when previewing or sending mail
  • When responding to a Tender RFI, users of IE11 were occasionally seeing html tags in the body of the mail.
  • A number of issues identified by users of Microsoft Edge browser when they were editing mail

File content indexing (beta)

The "Include file content" option (which enables search criteria to apply to content within files) now includes an information tool tip that explains what the option does and links to more detailed online help.