Friday, February 15, 2019

BIM Track February 2019 Release – Includes Advanced View in Model Behaviors

From the BIM Track website:

New release: Advanced view in model behaviors

BIM Track’s view in model feature might seem like a simple tool, but it’s one that will save you an average of 2 minutes per issue opened. We know your workflow efficiency depends on it, so the main focus of this release is to give you more cross-platform, view in model options.

View what you want, instantly

In this release, you gain more control over the view camera and view state and can modify its’ behavior in Revit, Navisworks, Tekla, and AutoCAD.

What’s Hot in Revit Add-ons for February 2019

Here on Revit Add-ons, with What's Hot, at about the middle of each month, we look back at the preceding month to see which new posts received the most pageviews.

In January 2019 we published 88 posts, slightly below our goal of 3 per day (for 93 total).

For the first time, we broke the 70,000 pageviews per month barrier, with 72,994 pageviews.

For our shortlist, this month we included posts that received at least 400 pageviews.

Schedule to Excel topped our list. It was the only new add-in related post that charted.

Rarely do Navisworks-related articles make our shortlist, but, this month, the IrisVR-related post Navisworks to Google Cardboard: How to View Clashes in VR came in at #2.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Design Automation Sample – Debug Revit Plugin Locally

From the Forge website:

Design Automation - Debug Revit plugin locally

By Augusto Goncalves
January 29, 2019

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DesignAutomationBridge is used by Design Automation for Revit to trigger the DesignAutomationReady event and used on the plugin to capture this event. It can also be used to emulate the environment and debug plugins locally. This video demonstrates how it can be done. This video uses the Learn Forge sample with 1 input file, 1 input JSON and 1 output, but the same approach can be used for different input/output specs.

Sheet Package – A Budget-Priced Bundle of 10 Sheet-Related Apps

From the Autodesk App Store:

This application contains the following apps:
  1. Batch modify Revisions on sheets: The tool will help the user to edit Revisions on sheets parameters.
  2. Copy Sheets: This tool will duplicate the needed viewports for the new sheets, saving hundreds of hours used in setting the new sheets and adjust the viewports.
  3. Create Sheets from Excel List: This tool is designed to create sheets in Autodesk® Revit® model using an existing Excel sheet list.
  4. Batch Create Sheets: To facilitate the process of creating sheets in Revit, this tool will help you to create any number of needed sheets by one click.
  5. Import / Export sheet data from Excel: The tool will save a lot of time by transferring the sheet list information from Excel and from Revit to Excel.
  6. BATCH (ADD / REMOVE) LEGEND: This tool is designed to batch add/remove legends in Revit sheets. 
  7. Place Views On sheets: This tool is designed to place sheets on views automatically.
  8. Sheet Renumbering: The tool is designed to renumber the sheets automatically.
  9. Synchronize same viewport location to all sheets: This tool is designed to synchronize the viewport location in the same location in all selected sheets. 
  10. Edit sheet parameters: The tool is designed to batch edit sheet parameters. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Design Automation Sample – Check Models With Revit and Create BIM 360 Issues

From the Forge website:

Design Automation - Check models with Revit and create BIM 360 Issues

By Augusto Goncalves
January 31, 2019

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This is a multi-API sample, which makes it super-interesting. And, if you remember right, it was presented at Forge DevCon 2018 Las Vegas keynote! The feature goal is to perform some basic check on BIM 360 files, if it finds anything, create an Issue.

Free In-Place Family Warning

From the Autodesk App Store:

If you have ever had to work with in-place families in Autodesk® Revit®, you know that they are tough to deal with. Everyone has their reasons for making them, but sometimes far too many are created. This addin will offer a virtual “hand slap” to remind people that this tool needs to be used purposefully. This is also done with a fun reference to a popular 90s movie.

The Parallax In-Place Family Warning plugin installs as an application-level addin and requires no user interaction. it simply launches when an In-Place family is attempted. If the user chooses to continue, the popup will no longer appear for the rest of that Revit session. (This tool initially had a password, but completely locking users out isn’t our style.)

Attach It – Attach Any File (RVT, DOC, PDF, XLS, TXT, etc) & Automatically Convert PDF and Excel Files to Images

Editor's Note: We previously posted about this add-in with information from the author's website, but the following Autodesk App Store listing contains additional information.

From the Autodesk App Store:

Attach It allows you to attach (or embed) any files into your Autodesk® Revit® files. Attached files are saved in the Revit file and can also be reloaded if they have changed on disk. If you use the option to convert a PDF or Excel file to images in drafting views in your Revit file, you can use the Reload command to update these images. To convert PDFs into images, install the free GhostScript tool from

Free Webinar Every Other Thursday From Feb 14 – UNIFI CORE Demo and Q&A

From the registration website:

Join us for a live demo of UNIFI CORE every other Thursday at 12:30 pm PST/3:30 EST
  • Feb 14
  • Feb 28
  • Mar 7
  • Mar 21
  • Apr 4
  • Apr 18
  • May 2
  • May 16

If it’s your first time checking out UNIFI or if you’re a current customer looking for a regular opportunity for some casual UNIFI CORE QnA, these regular demos can help.

The first 15 minutes of the demo is a general overview of UNIFI CORE with the last 15 minutes reserved for QnA.

Register now!

Register for the webinar here »

Monday, February 11, 2019

Structural Design Dynamo Package v1.0.5

From the Revit blog:

Structural Design package version 1.0.5

By Tomasz Fudala
February 7, 2019

Three months ago, I published the Structural Design Dynamo package, which supports various structural workflows in Dynamo and Revit. I shared some example scripts [here and here] based on the package. I also taught a class at AU on this subject.

Since that time, many of you have reached out to me. First, I would like to thank you all for your positive and inspiring feedback!

Many of you have started to use this package on your everyday projects, but some of our international friends found the Geometry.GetWindowDoorOpeningCharacteristics node a bit limited.

In the previous version of the package, some of the parameter names were hard-coded (names of the dimensions of opening type parameters, host thickness).

I have good news to share – version 1.0.5 of the package comes with an updated node.

Learn the Power of Dynamo and the Structural Design Package for Automated Reinforcement Detailing – Part 2

From the Revit blog:

Learn the Power of Dynamo for Automated Reinforcement Detailing – Part 2

By Tomasz Fudala
December 13, 2018

In this blog post, I’ll continue the subject I started a few weeks ago. In Part 1 I covered how structural engineers and detailers can automate reinforcement designs with Dynamo in the example of straight rebars around window and door openings. Let’s extend the functionality of the script by adding additional rebars for wall openings.

Learn the Power of Dynamo and the Structural Design Package for Automated Reinforcement Detailing – Part 1

From the Revit blog:

Learn the Power of Dynamo for Automated Reinforcement Detailing – Part 1

By Tomasz Fudala
November 27, 2018

In this blog post I would like to demonstrate how to automate reinforcement designs with the Dynamo graphical programming interface using the example of standard rebar designs for window and door openings.

Revit 2019.1 comes with Dynamo 1.3.3 preinstalled, however the workflows covered in this blog post are compatible with Dynamo 2.0. When you try to run scripts presented in this post you should make sure you are using Dynamo 2.0, which you can download and install from

Dynamo 2.0 can be installed side-by-side with an existing 1.x version allowing you to have control over which major version you use for your project. In Dynamo for Revit, you will be prompted to choose which version you wish to run on first launch of Dynamo. This setting is cached per-session of Revit. A restart of Revit will enable you to change to a different version of Dynamo.

CtrlWiz / Xbox Controller for Autodesk® Navisworks® – Control and Navigate Your BIM Model With an Xbox Controller

From the Autodesk App Store:

Navigating a BIM model shouldn’t be a difficult task. We’ve made it easy with CtlWiz. CtrlWiz allows movement within a BIM model using an Xbox Controller. Explore, change viewpoints, switch elevations and even measure, all at your own speed, Ditch the mouse and keyboard for a tool that was created for virtual movement. Download CtrlWiz today.

  • Perfect for a Kiosk, or a job box
  • Older users with limited hand control can finally use Navisworks
  • Intuitive controls from leading video games
  • More affordable than competing 3D mouse solutions
  • No learning curve

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Week That Was in Revit Add-ons for Feb 4-10, 2019



From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about the free Parameter String SearchSection Box for Autodesk® Revit®, and the free Zoom To Selection.

From around the Internet, we posted about the free Naviate Rebar ExtensionQARC4REVIT, ‘Australia’s First Comprehensive Revit Content Delivery System,’ and the free Raccorderie Metalliche Product Line Placer.


From the App Store, we posted about Advanced Revision Cloud v2.5.

For additional App Store updates not mentioned here, see our latest roundup »

From around the Internet, we posted about Guardian v1.4.0.

We also made what will be perhaps the last needed update to our Revit 2019 Product Enhancements from Autodesk article, this one for the much-awaited update of Autodesk Enhanced DWG Exporter for Revit.

Roundup – For Feb 4-10, 2019, New and Updated Revit-Related Add-Ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of February 4, 2019 was a moderately busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Two new add-ins were published and eight were updated (including one for Navisworks and BIM 360 each).



Parameter String Search
Search Autodesk® Revit® elements and their parameter values for user-specified string values | Free
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About This Version: Version 2.0, 2/5/2019 – Supports Revit 2019

Section Box for Autodesk® Revit®
Section Box for Revit is an easy to use user interface for sectioning your Revit model | Trial
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About This Version: Version 1.1.0, 2/4/2019 – Initial Release.

Advanced Revision Cloud v2.5

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 2.5.0, 2/6/2019
  • Status of Revision Clouds now shown in different colors. 
  • Graphics show the same colors of the Status of Revision Clouds.
  • Sheet Column now shows the info where the Revision Cloud is visible. If the view hosting the revision cloud is placed on a sheet, the information of the sheet will be displayed.
  • NEW FEATURE: UPDATE FROM EXCEL. Now you can update the Revit file using the information from the excel file, previously exported with Advanced Revision Cloud.


This add-in will help you manage your Revision Clouds with Advanced Tools.