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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CADdaddy Tools 2015 for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

CADdaddy Tools 2015 is a productivity pack that includes a growing array of tools. For additional information on each tool visit  A trial copy is available at this app store. [To purchase a license for USD 9.99] visit

Export Families:  

What: Batch Exports selected non-system family to disk.
Why:  Revit can export all families to files and also individual families to file. But it cannot export a particular selection and it cannot organize them into folders by category.
Features: Can organize categories into separate folders. Select individual families or groups using tree selection.

Renumber Items:

What: Powerful renumbering tool. Renumbers almost anything in the order selected or all at once with directional sweep.
Why: Renumbering Revit items is a pain!!!
Features: Suffixes, prefixes, user increments, integer and alpha sequences, case matching, renumbers types and instances.

Free COBie Basic Software

From the EcoDomus website...

EcoDomus is offering a free version of its EcoDomus PM online software application called EcoDomus COBie Basic, which will help qualified design and construction teams simplify the COBie deliverable process. To qualify for using COBie Basic please submit the form on the right.
The EcoDomus COBie Basic software functionality enables:
  • Data export from Autodesk Revit to a secure online database (more BIM authoring apps support is on the way)
  • Online data entry and editing for all COBie entities (“worksheets”)
  • Uploading and attaching documents to BIM objects
  • Import and export of COBie Excel files

COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) is an industry specification for the collection and delivery of facility lifecycle information. It provides a methodology for design and construction teams to efficiently capture and transition critical lifecycle data at closeout directly into systems that manage the operational phase of a facility. More information on COBie can be found at

The list of Owners requesting COBie is increasing, and it currently includes prominent public organizations such as the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as private organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and the University of Southern California. Even if an Owner has not specifically requested COBie, EcoDomus COBie Basic provides design and construction teams with a tool to deliver a better data deliverable at project closeout.

Some of the advantages of using EcoDomus COBie Basic include:
  • Improve collaboration among project stakeholders with online access to COBie database
  • Reduce errors and omissions associated with managing COBie data with disparate Excel files or software applications
  • Leverage project resources efficiently to capture COBie data throughout the entire project

The EcoDomus PM and EcoDomus FM software applications provide the ability to utilize BIM for facility lifecycle data management and analytics. The two applications share the same facility database, but provide different workflows and functionality to support the priorities of different stakeholders – PM for project delivery and FM for facilities management.

The full version of EcoDomus PM provides the ability to navigate and add/edit data using our 3D BIM interface, create reusable attribute templates, perform data quality control, and integrate with the leading project management software systems. Users of EcoDomus COBie Basic can upgrade to the full version of EcoDomus PM.

The data collected in EcoDomus PM (and COBie Basic) can flow seamlessly into EcoDomus FM to enable the integration of BIM with systems and processes used to maintain and operate the facility, such as CMMS, CAFM, BAS, GIS, and ERP. Owners can leverage BIM to improve operational workflows and facility performance analysis, enabling them to implement proactive smart building and sustainability strategies.

There's more information available on the EcoDomus website.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Roundup – New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 2/22/2015


Solibri IFC Optimizer
Powerful and lossless file optimization tool for ISO standard IFC files. File size reduced up to 5% of the original. This enables significantly faster load times of IFC based software tools | Solibri, Inc | Free

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

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

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

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

Assign JavaScript formula to parameter and use JavaScript as a simple scripting tool | Lazcad | Trial

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

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Revit Add-in Giveaway – The Award-Winning ViewSync!

ViewSync is the Revit add-in that 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!

I like ViewSync – a lot – even going so far as to recently award it an Editor's Choice award. Now I'm happy to join the developer, Ken Marsh of Marsh API, in giving away 10 one-year licenses to ViewSync!

Here are the rules:
  1. Follow @Marsh_API on Twitter if you haven't already
  2. Download and try ViewSync (trial Request:
  3. Post a positive tweet about ViewSync on Twitter – use hashtag #ViewSync

Each of the first 10 people to complete the requirements above will receive one license of ViewSync which entitles you to use ViewSync on one machine subject to the terms of the End User License Agreement which accompanies the ViewSync software for one year from the date of your tweet.

Good luck!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wanted: Dynamo Contributing Author

Revit Add-ons is seeking a contributing author to write about computational modeling with Dynamo. Of special interest to the Revit Add-ons readership are articles on getting started with Dynamo, using Dynamo to manipulate building information in Revit, and using Dynamo to connect Revit to other applications, such as Excel. If you're interested in this opportunity, please contact Tim Grimm for more information.

New URL for Revit Add-ons

Revit Add-ons has a new URL intended to make it a little easier to navigate to the site. It's Existing bookmarks should redirect automatically.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

dp Stuff Utils for Revit 2015

From the dp Stuff website...

dp Stuff Utils for Revit 2015 is a collection of time saver legacy addins upgraded for 2015 version with a few bug fixes. This time instead of downloading each addin separately all the dp Stuff tools from the Utils series were bundled into one installer. The fixes from 2014 version will mainly affect the users of metric Revit files. See description of each tool below:


ChangeTextCase 2014 Revit AddinChangeTextCase 2014 Revit Addin allows you to alter the case of Revit Text elements. You will be able to chose between: UPPERCASE, lowercase, TitleCase, SentenceCase.

Apart from that you would be able to chose whether you want to alter selected text notes only or all visible text notes in the active view.


CopySelectionIds Revit Addin dp StuffMeet CopySelectionIds addin! I think it took me 10 minutes or so to write and compile this tool. It has absolutely no UI and is the simplest tool on Earth (even simpler than any “Hello World” sample). But who cares – if you are like me and use Revit’s IDs of Selection command a lot and copy Element IDs to clipboard to use them later then it can cut the actions to achieve that goal in half! Now your process of copying selection IDs to clipboard looks precisely like that:
  1. select elements
  2. run CopySelectionIds shortcut (you have got to assign a shortcut to this one!)
That is it – the IDs are on the clipboard!


PermRemoveAreasRooms 2014 Revit Addin from dp StuffRemoveAreasRooms 2014 Revit Addin allows you to delete rooms or areas permanently on the fly directly from any of your Revit views without having to do it from the Revit schedule.RemoveAreasRooms 2014 Revit Addin allows you to delete rooms or areas permanently on the fly directly from any of your Revit views without having to do it from the Revit schedule. You have two options: either pre-select the elements and run the tool to delete just the rooms/areas in your selection, or you can collect ids of rooms/areas that you want to get rid of and copy/paste them via “Type In Element Ids” method.


CropViewToSelection 2014 Revit AddinCropViewToSelection 2014 Revit Addin lets crop your 3D Views to elements in active selection. You will have an option to either pre-select elements to which you want your view to be cropped or you can type in element ids in the plugin’s dialog box.

Randomizer 2015 Revit Add-in

From the dp Stuff website...

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.

This is an updated version of modeless Randomizer addin for Revit 2015

Issues Fixed / Functionality Added:
  • This add-in is now a modeless form. The form stays active and you can keep Randomizing without having to re-run the add-in after every pass. Also you can open or cycle through already open views with the add-in being active.
  •  The Add/Override button allows you to override randomization values of already submitted parameters.
  • Fixed the “native unit” issue that was giving troubles to people working in metric files. Now all the user input values are treated exactly according to Project Unit settings. Also for Angle parameters Randomizer doesn't convert them to radians and works directly in degrees (if the Angle values formatting in Project units is set to degrees)

The Randomizer 2015 add-in is brought to you by DP STUFF and is priced at USD 4.50.

There's more information available on the dp Stuff website.

Roundup – New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 2/15/2015


Fuzor Ultimate
Fuzor Ultimate offers the best of both Design Synergy and BIM Solutions with additional GIS functionality to enable advance site study with real geographical data | Kalloc Studios Asia Limited | USD 300.00/Month

Duplicate type
Allows duplication of family type from an Excel file | AriCad | Trial

Export schedules
Allows you to export Autodesk® Revit® schedules to Excel | AriCad | 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

Productivity suite for Autodesk® Revit® | Revolution Design, Inc | Trial

DPR Model Slicer
Section your Autodesk® Revit® models automatically and repeatedly by using preconfigured settings, which allow multiple different 3D sectioned views to be created within a single interface | DPR Construction | Free

Save Family from Project
Save all the families form active project to a folder | | USD 0.99

New shortcut keys for direct access to the desired folder in one click | Hyder Consulting | Free

A note writing assistant, NoteBuilder gives Autodesk® Revit® live spell check, drafting standards check, change case of notes, it updates all identical notes in a drawing, and more note writing tools | DavidVeld | USD 3.50

Move Circuits
Move circuits easily between electrical panels in your model | Kyle T. Morin | USD 15.99

Revizto is a simple collaboration software for AEC industry. It enables visual communication between professionals and non-design focused users, allowing all parties to work together | VIZERRA | Trial

IFC 2015
Seamlessly replaces the built-in IFC import and export capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® 2015 | Autodesk, Inc | Free

IFC Exporter 2014
Seamlessly replaces the built-in IFC export capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® 2014 | Autodesk, Inc | Free

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Duplicate Type Add-in – Duplicate Family Type from Excel File

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The plug-in Duplicate type allows duplicating family type from Excel file.

The plug-in is available in a 15-day trial version. During this evaluation period, you can use and test for free, without limitation, all the functionalities offered by the tool. At the end of the trial period, the application will be automatically locked.

You can purchase an annual license at any time through the functionality provided for this purpose in the application.

The Duplicate Type add-ins is brought to you by AriCad.

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