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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Free Delete Unused Views Revit Macro

From the ArchSmarter website...

This macro (in Revit 2014 and 2015 versions) deletes all views in the current project that are not on a sheet or are not named with the specified prefix. The macro works with all views, including dependent views. It does not delete legends and schedules.

The macro starts by getting all the views in the current model file. It then loops through the views and checks if the view is placed on a sheet. If the view is not on a sheet, the macro checks if the view name has a particular prefix. In this example, it checks for views beginning with "working". Note that you can edit the code to use any prefix you want - just change the value of the "viewPrefix" variable as shown below.


If the current view does not have the prefix and is not on a sheet, it can be deleted. The macro adds the view to a list of views to delete. Once all the views have been checked, the macro goes through the list of views to delete and removes each one from the model file.

Once all the clean-up is done, the macros displays the list of the views that have been deleted.


There' more information available on the ArchSmarter website.

Free Link/Import DWGs from CSV Macro for Revit

From the ArchSmarter website...

This Revit macro links or imports multiple DWG files into the current model file. The macro reads a CSV file that contains the full path for the DWG files as well as the floor plan views in which to insert the files.


The macro starts by loading a dialog box prompting you to select the CSV file. You can also specify whether to link or import the DWG files.


Once you've selected the CSV file and clicked the "OK" button, the macro reads the file then loops through the data in each row of the CSV file. It checks if the specified file and specified view exists. If they do, the macro links or imports the file. If either the file or view does not exist, the macro alerts you that the file cannot be linked.

The macro links the files using the black and white color mode and places matches the DWG's origin to the model origin. Insertion units are set to the default value of the model file. All of these settings can be changed by editing the "curOptions" variable in the macro code.


There's more information available on the ArchSmarter website.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Convert CAD Details to Revit Linework with Free Convert DWG to RVT Lines Macro

From the ArchSmarter website...

This macro converts linked and imported CAD files to Revit lines. To run the macro, load macro RVT file then make a view active in the file containing the CAD file you want to convert. Go to Manage > Macro Manager. Select the "Convert DWG to Detail Lines" or "Convert DWG to Model Lines" macro. The macro will prompt you to select  a linked or imported CAD file. The link or import can be in any type of view. Below is a screenshot of an AutoCAD roof detail that's been linked into a Revit drafting view.


The macro prompts you to select a linked or imported DWG file. Once you select the DWG file, the macro will access the geometry in the file and create a new Revit line or arc using that geometry. Once it completes the conversion, the macro will let you know how many elements from the CAD file were converted to Revit elements.


The macro creates either detail lines or model lines, depending on which version you run. The macro creates the lines using the "Thin Lines" line style. You can edit the macro code to use any line style you prefer. Just change the value of the "linestyleName" variable as highlighted below.


Just make sure you specify a line style that exists in the current project file.  The macro checks that the line style exists and will give you an error if it doesn't.

Below is a view of the converted AutoCAD file with the linked file removed.



As you can see, the macro does not convert AutoCAD text to Revit text. The ability to read AutoCAD text is currently not available in the Revit API. When you use the macro to convert your AutoCAD details, you will need to add the text manually. It will convert leaders and dimension strings, but not the text associated with those elements. The same goes for hatch patterns. The macro does not convert them to Revit fill patterns (at least not yet).

There's more information available on the ArchSmarter website.

Free Sheet and View Maker Macro for Revit

From the ArchSmarter website...

Sheet Maker
This macro creates sheets from a CSV file and adds views onto the sheets. Edit the supplied CSV file to include your sheet numbers, sheet names and view names. If you want to add multiple views, simply separate them with a comma. This version of makeSheets includes an dialog box so you can select the CSV file you want to use. The CSV file can be located anywhere on your computer. The macro also reads the available title blocks in the current model file. Just select one from the list and the macro will create the sheets using that title block.


View Maker
The makeViews macro automatically creates floor plan or reflected ceiling plans based on the levels in the current model file. I added a dialog box in the new version of the macro. From the dialog you can select the view type to create (floor plan or reflected ceiling plan) as well as a view template and scope box to use when creating the views. If you don't want either, just select "none" from the list.


The ZIP file contains the Sheet and View Maker  macro RVT file and a sample CSV file.

There's more information available on the ArchSmarter website.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Roundup – New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 4/26/2015







NEW

Revit Extension for Fabrication
This extension allows Autodesk® Revit® users to read and write files compatible with Autodesk® Fabrication products (CADmep, ESTmep, CAMduct) | Free



UPDATED

SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing 2015
Using “SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing 2015” enables user to directly extract 2D reinforcement sheets from 3D model in Autodesk® Revit® | Trial

HatchKit for Revit 2016
Installs HatchKit Demonstration Version with HatchKit Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® 2016 | Free

HatchKit for Revit 2015
Installs HatchKit Demonstration Version with HatchKit Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® 2015 | Free

HatchKit for Revit 2014
Installs HatchKit Demonstration Version with HatchKit Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® 2014 | Free

HatchKit for Revit 2013
Installs HatchKit Demonstration Version with HatchKit Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® 2013 | Free

Structural Analysis Toolkit 2015
The toolkit is a suite of tools that supports the BIM process and allows structural engineers to analyze structures from within the Autodesk® Revit® environment | Free

Structural Analysis Toolkit 2016
The toolkit is a suite of tools that supports the BIM process and allows structural engineers to analyze structures from within the Autodesk® Revit® environment | Free

Enscape™ Trial
Enscape™ – Realtime 3D rendered walkthrough for your projects in Autodesk Revit. It enables you to show and communicate designs in your team or to your customers effortlessly | Trial

Enscape™
Enscape™ – Realtime 3D rendered walkthrough for your projects in Autodesk Revit. It enables you to show and communicate designs in your team or to your customers effortlessly | USD 45.00/Month


Revizto Announces Integration with Igloo 360° Technology

From the Revizto press release...

April 30, 2015. San Francisco, U.S. – An exclusive version of Revizto, a visual collaboration software for AEC industry, has been released with automatic integration with Igloo Vision 360° Visualization technology.

Revizto continues to open up new possibilities of virtual reality experiences. And today we’re excited to announce that the new Revizto version 3.3 has integration with Igloo 360° interactive technology.

That means that together with Oculus support (which Revizto previously received in March, positioning as first app for AEC with VR capability) Revizto users obtain yet another possibility – to explore their AEC and BIM models in one more exciting immersive experience – 360° interactive environments.

This became possible thanks to our proud partnership with the Igloo Vision company and their unique 360° VR technology.



Arman Gukasyan, Revizto CEO and Founder, commented: “With adding to Revizto more VR possibilities like Igloo 360°  technology, we actually revolutionize the way the AEC professionals experience their architectural projects. We are very proud of our new partnership with Igloo Vision and excited to get for Revizto Igloo’s state of the art 360 degree technology which will help take our users engagement to the next level of visual collaboration.”

Jake Rowland, Director of Business Development at Igloo Vision Ltd, commented: “At Igloo we're very excited about our new partnership with Revizto. It really breaks down the barriers to engaging with our technology and using it in a practical, collaborative way. Anyone using Revizto can now view and interact with their 3D model data in our immersive environments in just a couple of clicks. It's a huge leap forward for VR and data communication in the AEC industry.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Free Align Views Macro – Automatically Align Views Between Sheets

From the ArchSmarter website...

The "Align Views" macro takes away the guesswork and automatically aligns views between sheets.

To run the macro, load macro RVT file then go to Manage > Macro Manager. Select the "Align Views" macro and click the "Run" button. The dialog box shown below will display. Using the macro is very straightforward. Simply select the view you want to align to then select all the views you want to align to this view.


You can also specify the alignment point. The options are: center, top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right. If you're aligning views of different sizes and want them all justified to the left or right, or top or bottom, specify the alignment point to get the justification you need.


Once you've selected the alignment view, the views you want to align, and the alignment point, click the OK button. The macro will loop through all the selected views and align them to the specified view.

The free Align Views macro is brought to you by ArchSmarter.

There's more information available on the ArchSmarter website.

Free Structural Analysis Toolkit 2016 Contains Many New Features

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The Structural Analysis Toolkit for Autodesk® Revit® software is a suite of tools that supports the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process and allows structural engineers to analyze structures from within the Revit environment.

The toolkit contains the following items:
  • Structural Analysis for Revit
  • The link with Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional 2016
  • Structural Results Storage & Exploration tools

Using this toolkit structural designers and engineers can optimize their workflows in the cloud and on the desktop by using the analytical model built in Revit to conduct cloud-based structural analysis with access to Autodesk 360 services and by extending the Revit model to Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional software or supported third party analysis solutions. Once complete, analysis results can be easily stored and explored in the Revit environment.

The following enhancements are available in version 2016:
  • Gravity analysis: Apart from static analysis, you can perform gravity analysis. It is the analysis type which by deducing the flow paths of loads lets you determine how vertical loads are transmitted from the top to the foundation of the model. 
  • Result Explorer: You can display and explore types of results for gravity analysis. 
  • Perform analysis: You can perform a batch of analyses simultaneously. In the Analyze in Cloud dialog, you can specify a type and parameters for several analyses. 
  • Website - 3D Structure Viewer: You can display results for static analysis and gravity analysis in 3D Structure Viewer. Moreover, you can display detailed results. Results for members and surfaces are presented in the Local Coordinate System (LCS). 
  • Website - 3D Structure Viewer: On mobile devices, you can zoom in/out, pan, and rotate a model using gestures.
  • Website - project page: You can share an analysis with collaborators. Collaborators cannot edit results and cannot download them to the Revit project. They can view analysis results, view a report, and download the Robot model with and without results. 
  • Website - dashboard: You can open the Autodesk® 360 Structural Analysis dashboard on the website clicking Analyze tab > Structural Analysis > Open Dashboard.
  • List of messages: You can toggle on and off the list of messages containing information about performed analyses by clicking Analyze tab > Structural Analysis > Messages.
  • Revit - Robot Integration: When updating a Revit model with changes in section sizes, the link checks compatibility between the section size from Robot and family types loaded to the Revit project. If it identifies a family type compatible with a Robot section, it updates the Revit model with it. 
  • Revit - Robot Integration: You can specify which levels to transfer as story levels and which levels as structure axes to the Robot model. 
  • Revit - Robot Integration: During the Revit - Robot link process, orientation of loads is transferred. Loads are presented in the Local Coordinate System or Global Coordinate System, depending on how they are defined in Revit.




The free Structural Analysis Toolkit 2016 is brought to you by Autodesk.

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Free Revit Extension for Fabrication

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

With the Autodesk® Revit® Extension for Autodesk® Fabrication, Autodesk® Revit® 2016 software users can save models that have been produced in Revit 2016 or Revit MEP 2016 using Fabrication Parts to a file compatible with Autodesk® Fabrication 2016 software products (Fabrication CADmep, Fabrication ESTmep, Fabrication CAMduct).  This interoperability allows users to utilize fabrication model data authored in Revit for use in Fabrication workflows.  Additionally, supported parts in models created in the Fabrication software products can be opened for continued modelling in Revit, or Revit hand-off at the end of the project.

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

Monday, April 27, 2015

Free Ungroup All Add-in for Revit

From the CASE Apps website...

A simple tool for ungrouping all groups of a specific kind (Detail and/or Model).


There's more information available on the CASE Apps website.