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Friday, June 19, 2015

Roundup – New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 6/14/2015

It was another busy week on Autodesk Exchange Apps with updates of 11 apps and 1 new one from longtime Revit Add-ons reader Troy Gates, which is apparently his first. Congratulations Troy!

Other highlights include updates from current Revit Add-ons advertisers ArchVision, RevitWorks, and Xrev, as well as former advertiser PopIcon Software.This week also saw updates to the popular and free HatchKit add-in.


DoNotPlot allows you to pick categories and subcategories that will not plot/print for each Autodesk® Revit® model. This information is stored in the Revit model for all users of the addin | Free


FREE ArchVision RPC Entourage Starter Pack
2016 now supported! Download and Drag & Drop RPC Content into Autodesk® AutoCAD, Autodesk® Revit® & Autodesk® 3ds Max. Place, edit & render thousands of RPC People, Trees, Cars & Objects | Free

Scope Box Synchronizer
Quickly imports and synchronizes Scope Boxes between different projects as well as reorders Scope Boxes in the project | Free

3DPDF Exporter for Revit®
3DPDF Exporter For Autodesk® Revit® exports your model to secured and encrypted 3D PDF file | Trial

Xrev Transmit
Xrev Transmit is the ultimate print, export & transmittal tool for Autodesk® Revit® users. Publish drawing sheets and the model in numerous formats all at the same time, with the settings you need | Trial

Free DoNotPlot Add-in

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

 DoNotPlot allows you to pick categories and subcategories that will not plot/print for each Autodesk® Revit® model.

This addin will store the categories and subcategories you choose into your Revit model. Whenever you or anyone else with this addin installed prints, the categories and subcategories will be turned off and therefore not printed.

The best use of this addin, is to create your own subcategories inside your families and put content on them that you do not want to print but want to be visible in your model. For example: create a subcategory called "DONOTPRINT" and place some content you wish to not print onto that subcategory. Then add the "DONOTPRINT" subcategory to the list in DoNotPlot addin. Then everytime you print, the "DONOTPRINT" subcategory will be turned off during printing.

The free DoNotPlot add-in is brought to you by Troy Gates.

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

Further reading: Other printing-related add-ins.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Using Dynamo to Automate the “I” in BIM

Nearly a decade ago, Rob Snyder of Bentley Systems, when speaking to me about Bentley’s then groundbreaking computational modeling product Generative Components (GC), told me, “I foresee a day when people will deliver computational modeling definitions as add-ins rather than traditional macros or apps.” I think that, with Dynamo, that vision is becoming a reality.

Luke Johnson recently presciently wrote in a post on his What Revit Wants blog that generative modeling tools excel at what their platform applications excel at. For GC+MicroStation and Grasshopper+Rhino, that’s advanced freeform modeling. For Dynamo+Revit, that’s leveraging, managing and documenting the “I,” or information, in "BIM."

I first saw an example of Dynamo being used to manage BIM information when I posted about the BIM Troublemaker using Dynamo to link Revit with Excel. Lately, I’ve noticed a groundswell of other practical applications of Dynamo as evidenced by the following tweets, several of which come from a post on What Revit Wants.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Video Demo of Enscape in Action – Real-Time 3D Rendered Walkthrough for Revit (Updated)

I previously posted about Enscape, the real-time 3D rendered walkthrough add-in for Revit projects. Here's a nice demo video of the application in action.

Updated 6/18/2015 to include an Editor's Choice Award. Congratulations to the folks at Inreal Technologies GmbH!

Pretty slick! And Enscape is priced at just 45.00 USD monthly. Now that's compelling.

A trial version of Enscape can be downloaded from Autodesk Exchange Apps or from the Enscape website.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Free Excel Export/Import Add-in for Revit

From the BIM One website...


The Import/export Excel allows you to synchronize data back and forth between Revit and Excel. It also means you can alleviate the data management process by delegating tasks related to the model to team members that don’t use the model. You can export schedules as well as Revit standards to manage them in Excel. Once modified, you import the data back to Revit and your schedules or standards are going to be updated.
  • Data management without managing the 3D model
  • Better segregation of duties
  • Reduced training costs on BIM softwares

The free Excel Export/Import add-in is brought to you by BIM One.

There's more information available on the BIM One website.

Other Revit/Excel add-ins
Other free add-ins