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Friday, March 13, 2015

Roundup – New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 3/8/2015







NEW

Diala Font Pack - Engineering Font (Trial)
The perfect substitute for RomanS font for Autodesk® Revit® | Jeri Diala | Trial

FenestraPro Target
A free trial of the FenestraPro Add-In for Autodesk® Revit®. FenestraPro Target calculates the overall percentage glazing for a conceptual mass based on user inputs and applies it to the model | FenestraPro | Trial

3D Information Retrieval
Search Autodesk® Revit® element parameter values and linked document contents for a word or phrase | 3DIR | Free


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ExcelPlus (Paid)
This is an Autodesk® Revit® application which imports the selection of data includes the exact format from Excel file into Revit. Imported data will be created as Revit family in Revit | SrinSoft Inc | USD 95.00

ExcelPlus (Trial)
This is an Autodesk® Revit® application which imports the selection of data includes the exact format from Excel file into Revit. Imported data will be created as Revit family in Revit | SrinSoft Inc | Trial

Enscape™ Trial
Enscape™ – the best way to walk virtually through Projects in Autodesk® Revit®. It enables you to show and communicate designs in your team or to your customers effortlessly | Inreal Technologies | Trial

Enscape™
Enscape™ – the best way to walk virtually through Projects in Autodesk® Revit®. It enables you to show and communicate designs in your team or to your customers effortlessly | Inreal Technologies | USD 51.50/Month

Free 3D Information Retrieval Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Using the 3D Information Retrieval (3DIR) search tool for Autodesk® Revit® you can quickly find elements in your building model that contain the words or phrases that you are seeking. Additionally it will search within the contents of linked documents, search within a specified 3D space, and identify the search results graphically.




The free 3D Information Retrieval add-in is brought to you by 3DIR.

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

Diala Font Pack - Engineering Font (Trial)

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

A clean single stroke font based on Leroy lettering.
Using a round tip pen with specific thickness (see below).

NOTE: Trial fonts cut/slice and some glyphs have been deleted. See pictures 1 & 2 for the complete list of glyphs/characters.

Font thickness based 1/8" = 1'-0" view scale with a text size of 1/8" (12" height on model space):
  Light --->     0.0123" / 0.3124 mm
  Regular ->   0.0148" / 0.3759 mm
  Medium --> 0.0165" / 0.4191 mm
  Bold ---->    0.0180" / 0.4572 mm
  Black --->    0.0207" / 0.5258 mm

Font thickness based 1/8" = 1'-0" view scale with a text size of 27/256" (10" height on model space):
  Light ------> 0.0104" / 0.2642 mm
  Regular --> 0.0125" / 0.3175 mm
  Medium -> 0.0139" / 0.3531 mm
  Bold ------> 0.0152" / 0.3861 mm
  Black --->   0.0174" / 0.4420 mm






The Diala Font Pack is brought to you by Jeri Diala.

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

FenestraPro Target Add-in for Revit – Determine the Target Percentage of Glazing

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

FenestraPro Target is a free trial showcasing just some of the functionality provided by the FenestraPro Premium Add-In package.

The tool allows you to determine the target percentage glazing for your conceptual mass model based on the thermal performance of the building envelope.

Once complete, the target percentage is applied to the Conceptual Mass Model.

FenestraPro Premium for Autodesk® Revit® balances the heat loss, heat gain and daylighting requirements of the façade and gives the building designer key parameters within which to work, before applying these design decisions directly to the conceptual mass model.


FenestraPro Premium enables Users to establish the following key design parameters relating to the performance of the building from the:
  • The maximum allowable Percentage Glazing based the thermal performance;
  • Optimal distribution of the Percentage Glazing to maximize passive solar gain, without overheating the building;
  • Performance specification for alternative glazing types;
  • The optimal shading system to control heat gain at peak times;
  • Review thermal, heat gain and daylighting performance values;
  • Display values and indicate performance in chart format, or on the model.
  • Apply decisions relating to Percentage Glazing directly to the Revit model.

This is a BETA Trial release of FenestraPro for Revit, and is of limited functionality. It does not currently save information outside of the Revit model, nor does it generate reporting, which will be functionality added for commercial release version.

As the software is currently at trial and development stage ahead of a full commercial release it has limited functionality and should not be relied upon for any reason whatsoever.  We do not provide any warranty or representations of any kind in relation to the accuracy or completeness of the outputs, and exclude all liability and responsibility for any loss or damage you or any third party may suffer in reliance upon this application.

A commercial release of FenestraPro Premium Version 1.0 is planned for Spring 2015.

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

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

From the Autodesk Account website...

Release Date: 2015-03-12

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.

Content is available in English only.


To access this subscription entitlement, log into Autodesk Account.

Related – Roundup: Revit 2015 Autodesk Subscription Product Enhancements (Updated)

Goodbye Autodesk Subscription ... Hello Autodesk Account

From the Redstack website...

Autodesk are in the process of replacing Autodesk Subscription Center with the new and improved Autodesk Account to provide a greater level or online service to their clients.

Subscription Center is an online portal where Autodesk users can manage their product licenses, subscriptions and services.  From Subscription Center, users can manage their Autodesk license and subscription accounts and services, download files, access support and more.  This service is scheduled to close on March 13, 2015.  a web portal where users can go to manage their Autodesk product licenses, subscriptions and services. This site provides access to download files, tech support, and other services. Autodesk is closing that service on March 13th, 2015.

Autodesk will replace this service with the new Autodesk Account.  From here you will be able to setup your personal profile, manage and access your licenses, subscriptions, software, services and a range of support services.  This new service will be suitable for both maintenance subscription and desktop subscription clients.  The interface is greatly improved for ease of use.

You will be able to login using the same subscription ID and Password you currently use.


From this screen you will be able to access your products and services including updates and trials. Also available is reporting on the licenses you have and the ability to add mobile devices.

If you are trying to download the products you have on Subscription like Product Design Suite, you will need to select the Products link and Download other Autodesk software product(s). This will open a new window so you can access your downloads.

Login to your new Autodesk Account and start using it now.  See the video below which further explains the coming changes ... for further details.

Revizto Reveals First Non-Game App for AEC Industry with Oculus Integration

From the Revizto press release...

March 12, 2015. San Francisco, US – An exclusive version of Revizto, a visual collaboration software for AEC industry, has been released with added Oculus Support.

Revizto poised to be the first AEC application with added VR technology – Oculus integration. It will allow Revizto users like AEC professionals and their clients to explore building design and construction projects in a truly immersive virtual reality.

It is easy to use and explore, just connect Oculus Rift DK2 to PC or Mac and run Revizto Viewer. No need to involve any other specialists or setup additional software to view architectural projects in VR.

“We are proud that with adding VR technology to Revizto, we actually bring to life the first non-game application with VR capability for AEC industry and represent now the whole new level of visual collaboration. At the same time our users – architects, building designers, BIM managers – among first get this privilege to step inside their architectural projects and explore new worlds of their 3D models like never before. We want to extend a huge thanks to our users who really inspired us to do this and especially those who supported us and helped us in testing the Revizto-Oculus integration!”, – Arman Gukasyan, Revizto CEO and Founder, commented.

Revizto as a part of BIM process is used through the whole project lifecycle beginning from a concept stage till facility management. Revizto allows to showcase the project as navigable 3D environment and build effortless collaboration within a project team: BIM managers, architects, engineers, contractors and owners.

CL3VER Releases CL3VER 3.0

From the CL3VER press release...

Real-time photorealistic lighting, VRay material support and secure project sharing for High Quality real-time 3D presentations

Palo Alto, 11th March 2015 - CL3VER, the cloud based platform for interactive 3D presentations, releases CL3VER 3.0, the new generation of the platform dedicated to engineers, architects, and other design professionals. 3.0 is much improved version of the CL3VER platform that includes WebGL GPU-based real-time lightmap technology, Vray material support and a new scene sharing system that will speed up the production workflow of cross platform interactive 3D presentations.

WebGL GPU-based Real-Time Lightmap

Complementing huge jump in rendering speed resulting in the supporting much larger scenes, CL3VER 3.0 introduces a new proprietary automatic real-time lightmap rendering solution that drastically reduces the rendering time required by traditional visualization techniques from several hours to just minutes.

This solution is hardware agnostic GPU-based Real-time rendering technology, that does not rely on any specific hardware to work. From the most powerful dedicated GPU to a traditional integrated GPU the CL3VER lightmap system is consistent on both Windows and Mac.

This disruptive technology provides instant feedback from changes to lights and global illumination lightmaps by displaying an accurate preview in the editor’s scene view of how lighting will look in the published project. Architects and designers can continue to iterate and refine the look of a presentation while final lightmaps update and bake in the background. This dramatically decreases the amount of time needed to make final adjustments to scenes. The user has total control on the quality of the published scene to optimize for its viewing based on requirements.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

HUGE update to FormIt iOS and Web

From the Autodesk FormIt website...

The FormIt team has been working incredibly hard on a whole bunch of new features and polish to FormIt. So much so, that we have decided to remove the “beta” label from the web app! The new url for FormIt on the web is: http://formit.autodesk.com/app. These videos highlight what is new in Web and iOS and a more complete feature list is after the break.





Create Group Instances

The biggest update is the ability to create and modify Groups. This not only allows you to create separate, distinct objects that do not auto-join while sketching – but also allows for instance copies that update when edited. This enables an enormous amount of flexibility in design.  Visit our help for more info.

Conceptual BIM: FormIt to Revit Conversion

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. Visit our help for more info.

Editing Tool Polish

There have been a number of improvements to the editing tools
  • The Rotate tool has been completely redesigned to be more usable and precise.
  • Select and Drag multiple faces at the same time.
  • Use Smart selection on web to find faces of the same size, pockets of faces, and pockets of faces of the same size.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts on web are expanded to include creation tools, group tools, and editing tools.
  • There are also a few features only available in the Web app:

FormIt Web Fly-through Mode – click on the jet pack guy!

FormIt Web Content Library – link to a local folder or a folder on A360 to read in a user defined folder structure and then drag and drop from the Content library panel into the FormIt Web scene to add pre-made elements into your design

There's more information available on the Autodesk FormIt website.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Roundup – New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 3/1/2015







NEW

Duplicate views
Allows you to duplicate existing views in the project | AriCad | Trial

Color Splasher
Visualize and verify the information in a model with color | BIM One Inc | Free

CADdaddy Tools 2015
CADdaddy Tools 2015 is a productivity pack with great tools: family exporter, renumbering tools, hide elements in selected views, associate family parameters, and toggle reference planes | CADdaddy | Trial


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Import plate reinforcement from Robot
The application performs the import of theoretical reinforcement plates from Autodesk® Robot Structural Analysis and allows controlling the actual layout of reinforcement in Autodesk® Revit® | Ar-Cadia | USD 15.00/Month

CTC SuperDoor Configurator 2015 (Purchase)
SuperDoor Configurator includes both Autodesk® Revit® families and software which provides a wizard interface that guides users through quickly and easily creating quality doors. For Revit 2013-2015 | CTC, Inc | USD 370.00

CTC SuperDoor Configurator 2015 (Trial)
SuperDoor Configurator includes both Autodesk® Revit® families and software which provides a wizard interface that guides users through quickly and easily creating quality doors. For Revit 2013-2015 | CTC, Inc | Trial

CTC BIM Project Suite 2015 (Purchase)
Automate tedious tasks, use the power of Excel with Revit, manage content, compare a project at 2 points in time, validate families in rooms and much more. For Revit 2013-2015 | CTC, Inc | USD 450.00

CTC BIM Project Suite 2015
Automate tedious tasks, use the power of Excel with Revit, manage content, compare a project at 2 points in time, validate families in rooms and much more. For Revit 2013-2015 | CTC, Inc | Free

CTC BIM Manager Suite 2015
For people who manage Autodesk® Revit® content and projects, BIM Manager Suite contains tools to help standardize, protect, and quickly change Revit families and projects. For Revit 2013-2015 | CTC, Inc | Free

Auto Join All
Think about sitting on your chair and watching all building elements getting joined together | Architecture For Humanity | USD 25.00

popIcon 2015
Improves productivity by giving users an early interface that puts tools, tabs and icon families at your fingertips | popIcon Software | Trial

CTC BIM Manager Suite 2015 (Purchase)
For people who manage Autodesk® Revit® content and projects, BIM Manager Suite contains tools to help standardize, protect, and quickly change Revit families and projects. For Revit 2013-2015 | CTC, Inc | USD 1,250.00

CADtoEarth.Revit
CADtoEarth is a family of innovative add-in applications for the most popular CAD packages that link modeling environment with Google Earth and Google Maps | AMC Bridge LLC | AMC Bridge LLC


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