Monday, September 25, 2017

Poll: For what Other Products Should Revit Add-ons Cover Add-in Applications?

Here on Revit Add-ons, a while ago, we polled our readership about whether or not we should also cover Navisworks add-ins. By about a 2:1 margin, the results indicated we should, and that's worked out pretty well for us.

On the Autodesk App Store, there are a number of other products that might be of frequent use to our readers, namely BIM 360Autodesk Advance SteelVault, and 3ds Max. Add-in applications for these products might also be of interest.

We've opened a series of polls to judge interest in add-ins for these other products. We genuinely care about what our readers think so please take a few moments to complete them below. Thank you!

Polls close on Monday, October 2.

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Free Webinar Sep 26 – BIMcollab: Creating Issues Part 4

From the registration website:

Tuesday tech talks - Creating issues - part 4

Tue, Sep 26, 2017 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM GMT

In this small webinar we show you how to use the visibility feature in BIMcollab.

Register for the webinar here.

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for September 18-24, 2017

The week of September 18, 2017 was a very busy one here on Revit Add-ons with 33 posts published.


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about the self-explanatory Batch Change Circuit Breaker Size, and about the simply-named Hangers for placing duct hangers automatically along suspended MEP linear elements.

From around the Internet, we posted about the new CadMouse Wireless input device.

Also, we published a bunch of posts about AGACAD's products. We'd sporadically posted about many of them over the years, but, when we looked closer, we realized that our posts were mostly about updates, and so we decided to put up their original descriptive product posts. Last week we covered those in the following list. This week we hope to finish the job (those AGACAD folks are a busy lot!), as well as publishing a proper product roundup.

Roundup – For Sep 18-24, 2017, New and Updated Revit and Navisworks Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of September 18, 2017 was a fairly slow one with regards to Revit and Navisworks add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Two new(-ish) add-ins were published and five were updated.

For the new add-ins, Hangers is for placing hangers along MEP linear elements automatically, and the free rvt2skp is for exporting Revit models to Sketchup models. (Though new to the App Store, we posted about rvt2skp in November of last year.)

For updated add-ins, the popular Scope Box Synchronizer received a relatively significant refresh.



Export your Autodesk® Revit® project to .skp for free | Free
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 9/20/2017 – This plugin is compatible with Revit 2018, Revit 2015, Revit 2016 and Revit 2015.

Hangers 2018
This tool is designed to place hangers along the (Ducts , Pipes,Conduits,Cable Trays) automatically | USD 12.99
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 9/20/2017 – Initial Release

Scope Box Synchronizer V1.6

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.6, 9/18/2017
  • Fix for a rotated Revit link
  • Names are now visible on the links dropdown to distinguish between multiple copies of links 
  • Filter the list of Scope Boxes according to which ones you've actually used in your project
  • Application is digitally signed.


The application is able to import all or selected Scope Boxes from a linked Autodesk® Revit® project into your project, as well as checking if yours and the linked Scope Boxes are the same - if they are different you're able to Synchronize your Scope Boxes to match those in the linked project. Similar to the built-in Copy/Monitor functionality, but on Scope Boxes.

After importing or synchronizing you also have the possibility to reorder the Scope Boxes either automatically or with drag and drop.

Before synchronization, some Scope Boxes are not the same as in the linked Revit Project...

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wood Framing Rafter+ – “Wood Rafter Systems for Any Geometry”

From the AGACAD website:

Wood Rafter Systems in Revit® for Any Geometry

Wood Framing Rafter+ lets you quickly create full rafter systems in Revit® models for timber frame roofs of any shape or complexity. Custom-framing functions and versatile schedule generation further accelerate BIM workflow. No more drafting – you just design and decide. 

  • Frame an entire roof based on its 3D model including hip/valley rafters, ridges, girders, collars, battens, horizontal beams, sleepers, trimmers, etc. 
  • Auto-detect and frame roof openings; cope ends of existing beams
  • Freely revise your Revit® model; update and adapt rafters and beam systems 
  • Get real-time take-offs and auto-sorting

Wood Framing Truss+ RT – “Full-Power Wood Truss Creator”

From the AGACAD website:

Full-Power Wood Truss Creator for Revit®

Wood Framing Truss+ RT gives Revit® users a single robust platform to generate wood truss systems instantly, perform structural analysis, and auto-generate shop drawings tailored to your standards. Functions are versatile, parameters are easy to control, and changes occur in real time. It’s a potent BIM workflow booster: no more drafting – just design and decide. 

  • Build full truss systems in one go with the configurable 3D grid (escaping the limited and time-consuming nature of standard Revit® truss family insertion)
  • Easily assess options – such as wooden truss framing – in economic, structural or systemic terms, to make the best decisions
  • Create new parametric uniquely shaped truss families based on model lines and roofs for immediate use in your projects 
  • Freely revise your Revit® model; update and adapt truss systems
  • Get real-time take-offs and views, automatic creation of shop drawings and cut lists, and easy export to CNC machines

Wood Framing Floor+ – “Turbocharger for Timber Frame Floors”

From the AGACAD website:

Revit® Turbocharger for Timber Frame Floors

Wood Framing Floor+ automates wood framing work with floors in Revit® projects. It's powerful, flexible and easy to use. It helps you make better decisions, move much faster and avoid errors at every BIM stage – from design and documentation to segment fabrication and construction. 

  • Auto-generate detailed multilayer floor framing for your Revit model using predefined or custom rules and templates 
  • Frame multi-story houses 10 times faster than using standard Revit interface
  • Easily control supporting structure, including battens and flooring; distribute details, service holes and more 
  • Automate sheathing layouts 
  • Freely revise your Revit model by easily selecting the elements and properties you want to modify 
  • Find structural and engineering clashes; cut and frame openings according to predefined rules 
  • Easily prepare shop drawings and cut lists, with all required views, where elements are dimensioned, sorted, tagged, scheduled, and mass calculated 
  • Optional export to any CNC machines and CAD/CAM production lines, such as WEINMANN, Randek, etc.
  • Floor frames update and adapt according to any changes 
  • Perform structural analyses without leaving Revit or export your wood frames to external analysis software at any stage of design process 

Wood Framing Wall+ – “The Ultimate Timber Wall Software”

From the AGACAD website:

The Ultimate Timber Wall Software for Revit®

Wood Framing Wall+ automates wood framing work with walls in Revit® projects. Powerful, flexible, and easy to use. It helps you make optimal choices, move much faster, and avoid errors at every BIM stage – from design and documentation to wall segment fabrication and construction. 

Fire Sprinkler – Effective Design of Fire Sprinkler Systems

From the AGACAD website:

BIM software for effective design of fire sprinkler systems

Fire Sprinklers (previous name Smart Sprinklers) makes it quick and easy to design high-quality fire sprinkler protection systems in Revit®, with automated real-time updates for project changes. That ensures you’ll get accurate bills of materials and builders work drawings, and accurate on-site assembly. 

The software incorporates NFPA, AU and ISO standards and can accommodate any others. It uses simple yet flexible rules to distribute sprinkler heads instantly throughout a current or linked Revit model with the clash tolerance you specify. It also properly sizes system pipes and automatically connects them based on the visually-depicted routing option you choose.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cut Opening – Precision Openings for MEP Services and Building Structures

From the AGACAD website:

BIM software to create precision openings for MEP services and building structures

Cut Opening creates openings with fire safety components throughout a Revit® model where ducts, pipes, cable trays and conduits intersect with walls, floors, roofs, ceilings, beams and columns. Cut Opening creates openings with special holding details for structural beams. You get much faster design and drawings and increased precision to ensure accurate bills of materials and builders work.

The software lets MEP engineers define and reserve holes which structural engineers and architects can review, revise if needed, and validate. It then automatically inserts openings with fire safety components into the architectural or structural model. It does so based on openings’ locations and types of clashes with building structures, as well as the predefined sizes and joining intervals for ducts, pipes, cable trays and conduits.

Precast Concrete – Comprehensive Modeling of Precast Concrete Elements

From the AGACAD website:


Precast Concrete enables you to quickly and easily model prefabricated concrete walls, floors, and columns and get full project updates in the Revit platform in real time. Create element views with automatic dimensions, and generate bills of materials and shop drawings for quality production and accurate assembly on site.

Excel2R – Excel-to-Revit Data Import and Links

From the AGACAD website:

Excel-to-Revit® Data Import and Links

Excel2R imports Microsoft Excel spreadsheets into Revit® projects, including style settings. Tables are easily created and kept current because data are linked. This significantly speeds up project documentation. 

Smart Assemblies – Shop Drawings Generation

From the AGACAD website:

Shop Drawings Generation with Corresponding Views and Dimensions

Smart Assemblies is a solution for much faster production of assemblies’ documentation in Revit®. It creates the views, rules-based dimensions, and assembly sheets you need for combinations of structural and architectural elements. Smart Assemblies thus overcomes limitations in Revit functionality, so that even manufacturers and on-site personnel can generate shop drawings easily. 

Compatible with Autodesk® Revit®, Revit® Architecture / Structure /MEP, Building Design Suite.

For structural engineers, drafters, fabricators and architects who need to create precise detailing and fabrication shop drawings for concrete, steel and wood structures and their parts.