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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Updated List of Expiration Dates for Active Revit-Related Autodesk Labs Technology Previews

From Scott Sheppard's It's Alive in the Lab blog...

Project Energy Cost Range
Use a single, simple indicator of potential building energy use and the key factors that influence it.
Expires June 1, 2015

Project EnergyPlus Cloud
Experience EnergyPlus raised to the power of cloud.
Expires June 30, 2015

Project ECMFin
Conduct financial analyses on the desired energy conservation measures.
Expires July 1, 2015

Revit Credit Manager for LEED
Manage your LEED credits with ease.
Expires July 1, 2015

Dynamo Plug-in for Robot Structural Analysis
Connect Dynamo to Robot Structural Analysis.
Expires July 31, 2015

Project Rosenfeld for Rapid Energy Modeling in the field
Capture existing building conditions and create energy analyses.
Expires August 1, 2015

Project Scorch
Perform fire simulations within a structure.
Expires August 11, 2015

Solar Analysis for Revit
Perform solar analysis on the faces of a mass in Revit.
Expires September 15, 2015

Project Dalton
Conduct pipe flow simulation and analysis.
Expires August 9, 2015

There's more information available on the It's Alive in the Lab blog.


IMAGINiT Technologies Releases 2016 IMAGINiT Clarity Family of Products

From TheBIMHub website...

Latest Enhancements to IMAGINiT Clarity
  • Revit/Revit Server/A360 Collaboration for Revit 2016 Compatibility. The new IMAGINiT Clarity line-up supports Revit and Revit Server 2016, 2015 and 2014 versions. In addition, Clarity users can now use A360 Collaboration for Revit and benefit from the task automation that Clarity provides.
  • Next Generation Web Viewing. Users can pan, zoom, walkthrough or flythrough the 3D model. Clicking on individual components allows users to drill down into deeper detail provided by Clarity’s datasheets.
  • Powerful Administrative Controls. Clarity helps BIM coordinators, CAD managers, and project managers proactively access information that was buried deep within Revit. Graphical representations and logs allow users to track the model size, service pack versions, and the amount of time required to synchronize the model. These new features enable managers to identify and address potential problems before they arise, avoiding lost time due to model corruption.
  • Bulk Upload Projects in Revit Server. Previously it took hours to upload, open and synchronize each new model across the network, and re-path links appropriately. Clarity Connect now automates this entire process so the path to team collaboration is shortened.

There's more information available on TheBIMHub website


Two New Macros from ArchSmarter – DWG to RVT PRO and the Free Replace Font

I recently put up a series of posts about free Revit macros from ArchSmarter. The posts covered the following macros:

The developer, ArchSmarter's Michael Kilkelly, has announced a series of "PRO," or for pay, macros, which he describes as "enhanced versions of the free macros I've posted previously," with the first being the PRO version of Convert DWG to RVT Lines...

"DWG to RVT PRO... is a much improved version of ArchSmarter's most popular Revit macro. Using DWG to RVT Pro macro, you can quickly convert imported or linked DWG files to Revit lines. The macro creates detail and model lines as well as area, room and space boundary lines. It's fast and easy... I'm going to convert this macro to a full Revit add-in over the next couple of weeks. If you purchase the macro within the next two weeks, you'll get a free license to the add-in version when it is released."

DWG to RVT PRO is priced at USD 49.00. There's more information available here.

Kilkelly has also released a new free macro, Replace Font, which replaces fonts in text styles.

There's more information available on the free Replace Font macro on the ArchSmarter website.

Lastly, here's a link to ArchSmarter's "Revit Macro Library" landing page.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Roundup – New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 5/10/2015


Drag Rebars - ToRD
This tool helps to copy geometry of the reinforcement rebars by dragging and dropping them to the expected location on any view without increasing the number of reinforcement rebars | Trial


Export Schedule 2016
Export an open schedule from Autodesk® Revit® direct to Microsoft Excel either in CSV or XLXS formats from an open schedule view | USD 1.99

Export Schedule
Export an open schedule from Autodesk® Revit® direct to Microsoft Excel either in CSV or XLXS formats from an open schedule view | USD 1.99

Topo Align
Align topography to elements picked in the model | USD 1.99

This app is used to sequentially number objects by clicking on them. Supports numbering with prefix or suffix into any text based parameter | USD 1.99

Number 2016
This app is used to sequentially number objects by clicking on them. Supports numbering with prefix or suffix into any text based parameter | USD 1.99

Plot Manager 2016 Free
With the Plot Manager for Autodesk® Revit® 2016 you can easily plot your sheets. This free version plots a watermark and has limited options | Free

Plot Manager 2016
With the Plot Manager for Autodesk® Revit® you can easily plot your sheets | USD 25.00

Plot Manager 2015 Free
With the Plot Manager for Autodesk® Revit® you can easily plot your sheets. This free version plots a watermark and has limited options | Free

Plot Manager 2015
With the Plot Manager for Autodesk® Revit® you can easily plot your sheets | USD 25.00

Plot Manager 2014 Free
With the Plot Manager for Autodesk® Revit® you can easily plot your sheets. This free version plots a watermark and has limited options | Free

Plot Manager 2014
With the Plot Manager for Autodesk® Revit® you can easily plot your sheets | USD 25.00

Stairs Builder Add-in for Revit

Stairs Builder is an application based on Autodesk® Revit®. It provides powerful capabilities and friendly features for stairs creation with following characteristics:
  • Fourteen kinds of the most common stairs are supported.
  • Stairs can be created across more than one level. 
  • Levels with different intervals are supported for stairs creation with Stairs Builder. 
  • Landings and Openings can be created automatically. 
  • Stairs type and Railing type can be specified before stairs will be created. 
  • Flexible ways to locate the stairs to be created. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Drag Rebars - ToRD

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

This tool helps to copy geometry of the reinforcement bars by dragging and dropping them to the expected location on any view without increasing the number of reinforcement rebars

In the structural drawings, reinforcement bars often close or partially overlap each other. This makes difficult to observe them in viewports. To overcome this issue, “drag rebars” tool allows copy geometry of the reinforcement rebars to the desired position without increasing the number of rebars in the original three-dimensional model. So, users can easily see details of each reinforcement bars on shop-drawing. The above copy action is simply done by dragging reinforcement rebars and dropping them to any position on the viewport.

Drag Rebars is brought to you by Institute of Information technology for Civil engineering (IIC), National University of Civil Engineering, Vietnam and is priced at USD 25.00.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps website.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Autodesk Launches Dynamo Studio and FormIt 360 Pro at AIA

From the Autodesk website...

Two New Conceptual Design Tools for More Fluid, Powerful BIM-based Workflow

Today at the AIA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Autodesk launched Autodesk FormIt 360 Pro and Autodesk Dynamo Studio, two new conceptual design tools designed to help building professionals support a more fluid, powerful Building Information Modeling [BIM] based workflow.

“Conceptual design has always been a necessary and important part of the architectural design process, but it has been disconnected from other parts of the workflow,” said Jim Lynch, Vice President, Building and Collaboration Product Line Group, Autodesk.  “FormIt 360 Pro and Dynamo Studio help support the conceptual design stage and give architects the means to create a more fluid and connected BIM workflow than ever before.”

Autodesk FormIt 360 Pro

The new Autodesk FormIt 360 Pro offers powerful analysis and cloud-enhanced collaboration capabilities previously not available in the free version of FormIt 360.  As with the free version, Autodesk FormIt 360 Pro is a web and mobile app for early stage BIM connected conceptual design.  It helps users to capture design ideas quickly and easily using intuitive 3D sketching tools and then collaborate, analyze, and iterate these ideas.

Autodesk FormIt 360 Pro goes a step further by adding analysis and cloud-enabled collaboration capabilities.  Users can understand performance from day one with energy and solar analysis, see the relationship between design concept and site location with shadow and sun path studies, and import a map underlay of the physical site to their model.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for April 2015 (Updated)

Of the 30 posts in April here on Revit Add-ons, below are the product-centric ones with the highest number of pageviews.

Updated 5/14/2015 to include Free Align Views Macro.

Ericom Blaze – Faster Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Sessions

"Ericom Blaze transforms RDP into a fast, responsive, and extremely efficient remote display protocol that dramatically reduces bandwidth consumption and optimizes RDP network traffic. Workers can quickly and securely access the tools they need from anywhere inside or outside the network, without sacrificing performance or productivity. Up-to 10x faster display performance of graphics-rich content."

Annotation Tools Add-in for Revit

"Annotation Tools contains three feature sets for Autodesk® Revit®: it enables you to generate labels/documentation for layers of walls and floors, for windowsill height dimensions and also door swings. These features are very us when annotating a Revit project."

Free ArchVision Dashboard with Revit Family Support

"File handling for Revit Families [has been added to] this version of Dashboard! Simply add a Path to a directory(s) containing RFAs and then click on scan paths and you'll see them added to a new RFA Channel within Dashboard. Dashboard will automatically add the folder names as tags and you can then use the Tag Editor to to add new Tags. All the RFAs are then searchable and you can drag & drop directly into Revit."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for March 2015

Of the 17 posts in March here on Revit Add-ons, below are the product-centric ones with the most pageviews.

CADdaddy Tools 2015 for Revit

CADdaddy Tools 2015 is a productivity pack that includes a growing array of tools. Presently featured are Export Families, Renumber Items, Renumber Doors, Hide in Views, Associate Parameters, and Toggle Reference Planes.

"HUGE" Update to Free FormIt iOS and Web

The FormIt team has been working hard on new features and polish to FormIt. So much so, that they decided to remove the “beta” label from the web app!

Also, the FormIt to Revit translation methods and stability have been vastly improved. FormIt Groups translate into Revit Mass families to maintain distinct elements and nested structure. Splines, arcs, cylinders and domes now translate into native Revit geometry without facets.

AWWA Pump and Valve Content for Autodesk Revit 2015 and Autodesk Revit MEP 2015

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) Pump and Valve Content for Autodesk® Revit® 2015 and Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 software helps enable MEP designers, drafters, and engineers to create more accurate water and waste water designs through access to additional components.

Monday, May 11, 2015

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for February 2015

I recently lined up a gig to write a monthly article about Revit Add-ons for a magazine. I planned to focus the articles on the hottest posts on Revit Add-ons over the preceding month. Unfortunately, the magazine ceased publication. I like the concept so much though that I'm going to run with it here; every month, a week or so after the end of the month, I'll take a look back at the statistics from the preceding month and summarize in a recap article the posts that had the most pageviews. The top charting post for the month will be shown with a full pie chart graphic, and the others will have pie charts that show their relative percentage of pageviews.

Though it's arguably a little stale, I'm starting with February – because I already wrote the article for the now defunct magazine. I'll catch up with March and April in the next few days.

I hope that you enjoy these monthly articles.

Free Award-Winning Color Splasher Gets a Major Update

The Color Splasher is a tool by BIM One that allows rapid understanding of model information. It filters, selects and colors elements based on parameter values to help verify model data integrity and improve visualization of non-graphical data. The newly released Color Splasher V3.0 now lets you select multiple categories and then select a common parameter to those categories, color elements in 2D views, and includes MEP category support.

dp Stuff Utils Add-in for Revit 2015

Dima Chiriacov has released the 2015 versions of his popular dp Stuff Revit add-ins. Previously available as separate, free add-ins, most have been bundled together into one for 2015. The newly branded dp Stuff Utils add-in is priced at USD 8.00 and features 10 commands: ChangeTextCase, CopySelectionIds, RemoveAreasRooms, CropViewToSelection, NumberStuffByDirection, QuickViewAccess, RemoveEmptyTags, UpdateAreaCalcs, the award-winning WorksetExplorer, and ArchiSpeak. Dima has maintained his other Revit add-in, Randomizer, as a separate utility. Randomizer 2015 is priced at USD 4.50.

Beginners Guide to Python in Autodesk Revit

For you do-it-yourselfers out there, Chris Welch has approached a complex topic, programming with Python in Revit, on his Product Spec blogsite and presented it in a fashion that should be widely approachable.

Product Review – ViewSync

ViewSync synchronizes open views with the active view. Zoom to an area in the active view and other open views zoom to the same area automatically. When zooming in plan views, ViewSync not only works across other plan views, but also ceiling plans, 3D views, and elevations!

There are some great potential uses for ViewSync. For coordination purposes, it's a no-brainer; for instance, zoom around in the architectural plan view and have the other discipline plan views update automatically. It's also useful for locating the same areas in 3D views and elevation views as in plan, which can otherwise be tricky and time-consuming.

Randomizer 2015 Revit Add-in

Need to create random appearance in Revit? Randomizer 2015 Revit Addin lets you randomize instance parameters of family instances. Random pattern “trick” is being used very often by designers so hopefully this will save a hassle of mimicking random behavior “by hand”. The way it works – it lets you locate the instance parameter that you want to randomize among the family instances in your document by selecting the Category, then Family and then Type of your objects.