Saturday, November 1, 2014

Roundup: New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 10/26/2014


Advance Steel 2015.1 Extension
Autodesk, Inc. | Win64 only | 10/31/2014 | Free

Advance Steel Extension allows Autodesk® Revit® users to export, import, and synchronize BIM data from their models with Advance Steel for structural analysis and detailing.

Print2CAD 2015, 6th Generation
BackToCAD Technologies, LLC | Win32 and 64 | 10/30/2014 | Trial

Print2CAD 2015 is able to convert PDF files into a DWG or DXF file, which can then be imported into any CAD system where it can be edited.

Smart Browser
AGA CAD | Win32 and 64 | 10/30/2014 Free Autodesk® Revit® Family Browser allows quickly finding Revit families in external libraries located on the designer's computer or company server.

CADtoWIN for Revit
CADtoWIN | Win32 and 64 | 10/29/2014 | Trial

CADtoWIN extends the Microsoft SharePoint functionality inside of Autodesk® Revit® by supporting common file operations like open, save and much more to SharePoint web sites.

Marsh API LLC | Win32 and 64 | 10/29/2014 | USD 15.00

As you zoom, pan, and orbit views, ViewSync automatically synchronizes other open 3D and/or Plan views to the same zoom, pan, and view direction as your active view.

Files Upgrader 2015
Architecture For Humanity | Win64 only | 10/28/2014 | USD 5.00

This application will help you to upgrade all your files to Autodesk® Revit® 2015.

Wall Opening Area Measurement
Boost Your BIM | Win32 and 64 | 10/28/2014 | Free

Measure the area of wall openings - both all openings and those openings whose area is smaller than a user-specified area.


Modlar Tools
Modlar Ltd. | Win32 and 64 | 10/30/2014 | Free

The Modlar Autodesk® Revit® Tools app allows you to easily browse and place Revit families directly from current Revit families only version of
Topo Align
Archisoft | Win64 only | 10/29/2014 | USD 1.99

Align topography to elements picked in the model.

A4H_Align Topo to Road
Architecture For Humanity | Win64 only | 10/28/2014 | USD 50.00

This tool will help designers to Align the Topography to a created Road "Floor or Roof"

AsiaSW | Win64 only | 10/28/2014 | USD 15.00

RoomMass provides a tool for automatically creating mass elements (mesh geometry) from a room’s objects.

Auto Join All
Architecture For Humanity | Win64 only | 10/28/2014 | USD 25.00

Think about sitting on your chair and watching all building elements getting joined together.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Modlar Tools Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The app adds new buttons to your Autodesk® Revit® ribbon that allow you to:
  •  Browse to Modlar Home page
  • Browse a smaller toolbar sized version of Modlar's library within Revit  and download families directly into your project
  • Browse all of the families you have already downloaded
  • Create a quick schedule of all the families used in your project and loads more!

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

CAD Studio Revit Tools V1.9 Released

From the CAD Studio website...

RvtTools 2015 V1.9 supports all variants of the BIM application Revit 2015 (except version LT). Beside a couple of bug fixes and a streamlined ribbon, this new version contains several new functions developed by CAD Studio per wishes received from existing users.

The function Extended filter offers - compared to the default Revit filtering - a more detailed selection of drawing elements. It allows to limit the selection to the project, to the current view or to the selection set. You can group selected components by level, room or category in any order. You can also filter by parameters contained in families.

The new function Export and Import of schedules can easily export selected Revit tables (schedules) to Excel. You can modify some data in Excel and then reimport the updated data back to the Revit schedules.

Besides of this, new functions were added for wall-pipe dimensions, for automatic door-swing detection in curtain walls (L/R) and for more detailed setting of Revit Tools options.

More information about this CAD Studio add-on tool, including detailed description of its individual functions, videos and download of the trial version can be found on the page Rvt Tools.

Updated versions of Revit Tools will be available soon also on the Autodesk Exchange Apps store.

Also, I missed the previously released V1.8...

The new version 1.8 adds e.g. unit setting, saving data to related files, numbering format for duct renumbering, customizable L/R door labels.

There's more information available on the CAD Studio website.

New CADstudio Revit Tools 1.7 for Revit 2013 and 2014
CADstudio - Revit Tools

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What Interesting Times We Live In...

All year I've felt an increasing level of maturity in Revit add-ins and related technologies (more on that at year end when I write up the 2014 Revit add-in award winners) and in the last week the pace of exciting change has seemed to be cranked up to 11 (with all due respect to Spinal Tap).

For instance, energy analysis came to computational programming via Dynamo.

Autodesk Labs rolled out 5 new sustainable design apps:

Also, CASE announced a research project they initiated, BLDG 2.0. Inspired by the principles of mass collaboration and collective intelligence, BLDG 2.0 seeks to fill the void between design intent and verified building performance by providing an open-source analytical interface to building performance databases, a collaborative community of experts, and an online marketplace for ideas emphasizing building energy performance and open innovation.

Perhaps most exciting of all, Google set out to automate the A/E/C industry. Before I go into details on this one though, allow me to share a related personal story. 

In the late 1990's, I read an op/ed piece by the editor of MicroStation Manager magazine. It was about a new Internet search site named, you guessed it, Google. The editor, whose name I've long since forgotten. opined that this. was going to change. EVERYTHING.

I checked out the Google site, saw the now iconic sparse page design – the single search field surrounded by a sea of white – and exclaimed, out loud, at work, "Who gives a [expletive]?!?! And what the [expletive] is an article on an entirely unrelated piece of technology doing in MicroStation Manager magazine?!?!"

Until now I've only resented the editor's foresight because, in my imagination, he's retired and sitting on a tropical beach in a chair made of cash. Now I resent him even more on the grounds that he may truly have had the gift of foresight – because now Flux, the first startup company to spin out of Google[x], the research moonshot lab and incubator at Google dedicated to projects such as the driverless car and Google glass, has set out to automate the AEC industry by creating "seed" buildings that take on different forms and characteristics depending upon where they're "planted" in the urban built environment. 

I've long thought that BIM was not the end state of building design technology (regardless of what the marketing folks tell us, BIM as a technology is really just better CAD – lots better, but still...) One of the most interesting questions to me has been, what's next? I've long thought it to be computational design ala GenerativeComponents, Grasshopper and, now, Dynamo. I think I was right, but I wasn't forward thinking enough. Google, however, was. 

There's a fantastic article about Flux and their efforts to automate the A/E/C industry here.

How to close an article that touches on so many exciting developments rolled out or announced in just the past week? Being from Seattle, I can only think of one of the signature calls of the late great Hall of Fame Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus, "My oh my!"


Solar Radiation for Revit Now Available via Autodesk Labs

From Scott Sheppard's It's Alive In the Lab blog...

I am happy to announce another technology preview available via Autodesk Labs that you can try for free. Revit 2014 and 2015 users can now quickly, easily, and iteratively perform solar analysis on the faces of a mass in Autodesk Revit. They can visualize and quantify the distribution of solar radiation on various areas of a mass by taking into account the shading effects from adjacent objects, such as vegetation and surrounding buildings in an urban setting. The technology preview can also help with shading device design (effective strategies in blocking unwanted solar radiation) and aperture placement (allowing wanted solar radiation). So check this one out.

There's more information available on the It's Alive In the Lab blog.


Free Open Source mantis shrimp: Grasshopper to Dynamo

From the archi lab website...

Mantis Shrimp is a Dynamo (Revit) and Grasshopper (Rhino) interoperability project that allows you to read Rhino’s native *.3dm file type as well as export geometry from Grasshopper. It is written in Python in form of a user objects (on Grasshopper side for exporting) and custom Python nodes (on Dynamo side for importing). It’s an OPEN SOURCE project with all of the source code available on GitHub. At the moment it’s a collaboration project between myself and Mostapha Sadeghipour.

There's more information available on the archi lab website.


RoomMass Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Simple and useful 

Do you need to automatically create mass elements from a room’s objects in your project?

Create geometry from room’s objects so you can visualize it volume in 3D view?

RoomMass is the right solution.

RoomMass for Autodesk® Revit® provides a tool to automatically create mass elements (mesh geometry) from a room’s objects so you can visualize the room’s volume in 3D View.

Download a sample rvt file to view mass generated from rooms from this link:

Watch a video demo:

The RoomMass add-in is priced at USD 15.00.

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

Topo Align Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Topo Align allows you to pick elements (walls, floors, roofs, pads) and align topo surfaces to either the top or bottom face with variable offsets.

You can also align topo surfaces to individual edges and some limited support for aligning topo surfaces to families.

This screencast shows some testing of the addin with floor, roof and pad elements and several examples of how pick edges might be used.

App Dialog

 Topo surface with floor, wall, roof and pad elements placed

Topo surface after aligning to the elements

Topo surface after using edge align to align to 2 edges of the wall

The Topo Align add-in is priced at USD 1.99.

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

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Attention Revit Add-In Developers: A Call for Updates

It's relatively easy to find and post here about new Revit add-ins, but it's much more difficult to be aware of and find information about updates to existing products.

Now or in the future, if you're a Revit add-in developer and have made a significant update to your product that I haven't posted about, please drop me a line with the details so I can write about it for the community. Thanks!

Roundup: New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 10/19/2014


IFC 2015
Autodesk, Inc. | Win32 and 64 | 10/21/2014 | Free

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

IFC Export Alternate UI 2014
Autodesk, Inc. | Win32 and 64 | 10/21/2014 | Free

This application provides an alternate user interface for the export of IFC files from Autodesk® Revit® 2014 and Revit LT 2014.

BIMstop Revit Tools
Modlar Limited. | Win32 and 64 | 10/21/2014 | Free

The BIMstop Revit Tools app allows you to easily browse and place families directly from

IFC Exporter 2014
Autodesk, Inc. | Win32 and 64 | 10/21/2014 | Free

Seamlessly replaces the built-in IFC export capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® 2014

BIMiTs Workshop Drawings 2013
i-Theses bvba | Win64 only | 10/20/2014 | Free

Tool to generate 2D drawings (sections, elevations ...) of selected Autodesk® Revit® objects, directly in AutoCAD® 2013 or AutoCAD® Structural Detailing 2013.

Material Batch Deletion
Shanghai ESoo Software Co., Ltd. | Win32 and 64 | 10/20/2014 | Free

Search and delete multiple materials from project document easily.

CTC BIM Project Suite 2015
CTC, Inc. | Win32 and 64 | 10/19/2014 | Free

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 BIM Manager Suite 2015
CTC, Inc. | Win32 and 64 | 10/19/2014 | Free

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.

Shanghai ESoo Software Co., Ltd. | Win32 and 64 | 10/19/2014 | Free

EasyDimension tool could help you add dimensions for all visible elements in a view for several different categories.


RevitWorks Door Factory 2015 LITE
RevitWorks Ltd | Win64 only | 10/20/2014 | Free

Create Doors & Curtain Panel Doors quickly with the RevitWorks Door Factory LITE: a FREE door maker add-in. The Door Factory creates doors that are incredibly easy to use within Autodesk® Revit®.

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