Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ideate Explorer Add-in for Revit Gets a Major Update

Ideate today announced an update to their popular Ideate Explorer add-in for Revit. Ideate Director of Software Development Glynnis Patterson says, “This new release lets our customers delve both deeply and seamlessly into their Revit files, since they can now work in Revit and Ideate Explorer at the same time. We make sure our BIM data management solutions are robust and our updates meaningful and frequent. This new functionality answers a No. 1 customer request.”

Following is information on Ideate Explorer from the Ideate website...

Audit BIM Projects With Ease
  • Ideate Explorer for Revit Saves Hours, Uncertainty, and Revit File Space
  • Find and delete wrong, obsolete and hidden problem items, including DWGs
  • Find, refine and revise elements, even those excluded from the project browser
  • Get a full, in-depth view of any Revit model and understand all elements present
  • Easily maintain standards compliance
  • Ensure quality assurance and quality control

You can use Ideate Explorer for Revit extensively to manage Revit models. With it, you can search for and find any and all elements in the current view or entire Revit file – even ‘missing’ and hard-to-find ones – clean-up Revit projects and keep them clean, delete problem items to dramatically reduce cumbersome, erroneous file size, and analyze files quickly. This essential Revit tool makes it easy to assess Revit file health, execute necessary changes quickly and get a BIM project back on the right path.

There's more information available on the Ideate website.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Free BIMsets Cloud Writer - Manage Revit Shared Parameters in Google Sheets

From the authors of the award-winning SP.Writer add-in comes BIMsets Cloud Writer for Google Sheets. From the BIM Source website...

A sheets add-on to help manage, create and deploy shared parameters for Autodesk Revit.

BIMsets Cloud Writer is designed to streamline the process of managing shared parameters for the Autodesk Revit platform. The add-on allows users to import existing shared parameter files, edit, append and export new files that can be used in the Revit application. The current method within Revit to manage these parameters is quite time consuming and does not allow bulk editing or modification. Additionally all edits are required to be performed inside the application. BIMsets Cloud Writer removes these limits by allowing the shared parameter file to be edited outside of the Revit platform. Additionally the file can be accessed from anywhere via Google Drive and Google Sheets, adding the ability to collaborate across a team, and to have access to built in version control for any changes that are made. The Sheets interface also lends itself to being able to manage multiple files at the same time via additional tabs in the instance that you have client specific requirements that require multiple files.

There's more information available on the BIM Source website.

Credit: Luke Johnson's What Revit Wants blog.

Kubus Releases BIMcollab - A BCF-Based Issue Management System for BIM

From the Kubus press release...

KUBUS announces the release of a new groundbreaking product: BIMcollab®. This BCF based issue management system for BIM in the cloud operates across applications. It helps bridging the differences between BIM tools, and targets the multidisciplinary cooperation between companies working on construction projects.

We are happy to invite you to try BIMcollab for free. Upload BCF files or connect to BIM applications and invite team members to view your issues. Improving communication in BIM projects starts today.

With the introduction of BIMcollab® we now offer our BCF Managers for free. These add-ons for Revit, simplebim and ArchiCAD have a direct link to BIMcollab® from the before mentioned BIM authoring tools.

There's more information available on the BIMcollab website.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Roundup: New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 12/7/2014


Wall Rasteriser
H1 Information Modeling e.K. | Win32 and 64 | 12/12/2014 | USD 1.99

Define your grid with detail lines and Wall Rasteriser creates your horizontal and vertical reveals on the fly.


Knovel Quick Search
Elsevier | Win32 and 64 | 12/12/2014 | Free

Find engineering best practices, trusted technical references, material properties data all in one place, and quickly pinpoint answers to help you solve critical business challenges.

Ideate Explorer 2015 - Trial
Ideate, Inc. | Win64 only | 12/11/2014 | Trial

The Ideate Explorer for Autodesk® Revit® tool gives you an easy, intuitive and profound way to search, filter, quantify and select elements in a Revit model.

Marsh API LLC | Win32 and 64 | 12/8/2014 | 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.

ArchVision, Inc. | Win32 and 64 | 12/8/2014 | Free

2015 now supported! Download and Drag & Drop RPC Content into AutoCAD®, Autodesk® Revit® & Autodesk® 3ds Max. Place, edit & render thousands of RPC People, Trees, and Cars & Objects.

Related: Other roundups.

New RPC Creator Add-in for Revit from Archvision

From the Archvision website...

Convert 2D Images into RPCs Instantly

Expand your firm's RPC content collection instantly with RPC Creator.

RPC Creator is a new feature available only in ArchVision Dashboard. Easily convert existing commercial, public or personal 32-bit TIFF or PNG image into an RPC and easily place into any supported application. Quickly add meta data for searchability and organization.
  • Convert any alpha-masked TIFF or PNG image to RPC 
  • Automatic creation of geometry and previews 
  • Bulk processing of your TIFF and PNG libraries 
  • Add real-world height for each RPC and it scales perfectly in your scenes 
  • Full support for custom RPCs in Autodesk 360 Cloud Rendering

There's more information available on the Archvision website.

Wall Rasteriser Add-in for Revit - Create Wall Reveals on the Fly!

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Wall Rasteriser lets you create multiple wall reveals based on detail lines. Do you want to rasterise your facade without complicated workflows like parts or curtain walls?

Just define your grid with detail lines and Wall Rasteriser creates your horizontal and vertical reveals on the fly.

Create detail lines to define the reveal position.

Select one or more detail lines and walls and start the Wall Rasteriser command.

Define your reveal type and profile and commit by pressing the OK button

Reveals are created at the defined position.

3D view of created reveals

The Wall Rasterizer add-in retails for USD 1.99.

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

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Roundup: New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 11/30/2014


Level Displacer
Boost Your BIM | Win32 and 64 | 12/6/2014 | Free

Create displacement sets for all elements on each level of your model and translate each displacement set by an incremented value in X, Y, and Z

A4H_Print All PDF DWG
Architecture For Humanity | Win64 only | 12/5/2014 | USD 20.00

This Application will save you the effort of printing each sheet with a confirmation of its name, and no more frustration with sheets Sizes.

Family Manager Basic 2015
Hi-Tech Company Software Solutions (Chennai) Pvt. Ltd. | Win64 only | 12/4/2014 | USD 2.99

This tool helps to directly load families from one Autodesk® Revit® project to another and to easily save families from a Revit project as ‘rfa’ files in a local PC path..

Modlar Tools
Modlar Ltd. | Win32 and 64 | 12/4/2014 | Free

The Modlar Autodesk® Revit® Tools app allows you to easily browse and place Revit families directly from current Revit families only version of

Bonus Tools
Kiwi Codes Solutions Ltd | Win32 and 64 | 12/4/2014 | Trial

Bonus Tools contains multiple apps and can help any practice save time. New tools include; SheetEMup, Renumber Parameter, Highlight 3D Elements, Areas or Rooms to Mass. Also major Ribbon upgrades...

Lumion Collada Exporter

Act-3D | Win32 and 64 | 12/3/2014 | Free

Using this add-in you can easily export your scene from Autodesk® Revit® to COLLADA format (*.DAE).

Related: Other roundups.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Free NWC Batch Export Add-in for Revit


The NWC Batch Export is a tool by BIM One that helps you export your 3D views in batch to a predefined folder. Instead of having to go through the classic export process for each and every view, you can simply select multiple views at once and let the plugin do the rest.
  • Time saving
  • Constant export through NWC files
  • Naming convention is dealt within Revit

There's more information available on the BIM One website.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Autodesk Announces Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit at AU

From Autodesk's website...

Formerly code-named Project Skyscraper, Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit is game-changing service that connects building project teams with centralized access to BIM project data in the cloud.  The new service is available in commercial release in North America, starting on December 7.

Overcoming the barriers of corporate firewalls and physical location, A360 Collaboration for Revit enables true centralized access to Revit models by team members in all disciplines from multiple firms or sites.  It also replaces costly work-arounds for sharing models such as use of FTP sites, sharing software or inefficient use of email with attached PDFs. As a cloud service, Collaboration for Revit does not require complex and costly IT setup and maintenance.  All project and design data is stored in Autodesk’s secure cloud environment.*

Included with subscription to A360 Collaboration for Revit, access to the Autodesk A360 Team cloud-based project collaboration platform allows the entire project team, even project contributors who do not use or have access to Revit software, to view, search, and socially interact with all project design data. With both the web and mobile A360 experiences, all members of extended project team can work together more efficiently on projects, make more effective decisions and deliver superior results.

With A360 Collaboration for Revit, team members can automatically see who else is working on the project, and changes made by one team member are immediately visible and available to everyone.  No contact lists to manage, and no FTP exchanges needed.

With the Communicator for Revit in-context chat tool that comes with A360 Collaboration for Revit, project team members from all disciplines and firms can communicate directly with each other, in real-time while working on their project models in Autodesk Revit. A vast improvement over email or phone, Communicator provides notifications of new chat messages, connection requests, and sync status for workshared models to help the team work better together.

Describing his firm’s use of the beta version of A360 Collaboration for Revit on a major renovation project for the Oregon State Capitol building, Bjorn Clouten, project manager and senior associate architect at SRG Partnership said: “We’re sharing linked BIM project models with the entire project team in the cloud. Everyone has instant access to the latest information. It’s terrific. We’re enjoying the kind of smooth BIM collaboration that we’ve sought for more than 10 years.”

There's more information available on Autodesk's website.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Roundup: New and Updated Revit Add-ins on Autodesk Exchange Apps for the Week of 11/23/2014


Inreal Technologies | Win32 and 64 | 11/28/2014 | Trial

Enscape™ – the best way to virtually walk through Projects in Autodesk® Revit®. It enables you to show and communicate designs in your team or to your customers effortlessly.

Auto Floors Builder
BIMCODER, Inc | Win32 and 64 | 11/26/2014 | USD 19.99

Customers use the tool to automatically generate floors based on beams and columns of given level. So customers can save a lot of human operations and time.

Text Utility
Hyder Consulting | Win32 and 64 | 11/24/2014 | Free

"Text Utility" to update Text font style.

BackToCAD Technologies, LLC | Win32 and 64 | 11/24/2014 | Trial

KazQR allows the creation of vector and raster QR Codes as full editable CAD drawing or as a raster file for PhotoShop, InDesign, and Illustrator etc.

LowCarbonComfort | Win32 and 64 | 11/24/2014 | Trial

Dynamically create 1000s of MEP equipment families.


Auto Join All
Architecture For Humanity | Win64 only | 11/29/2014 | USD 15.00

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

AsiaSW | Win32 and 64 | 11/25/2014 | USD 19.00

Do you need to measure the surface of a face, the length of an edge from an object of Autodesk® Revit® or pick points in a 3d view to get distance from this points,PowerMeasure is the solution for yo...

CL3VER | Win32 and 64 | 11/25/2014 | Free

CL3VER transforms your Autodesk® Revit® projects into browser based interactive 3D presentations to reach any stakeholder with an engaging presentation of your design intent and win bids.

Curtain Modeler
BIMCODER, Inc | Win32 and 64 | 11/24/2014 | Trial

Creates curtain system on the surfaces of linked models, and modifies panel types easily for specified curtain panels by selecting, save and reload.

STF Exporter
Kyle T. Morin | Win32 and 64 | 11/24/2014 | Free

Export Autodesk® Revit® Spaces and Light Fixtures to STF File format.