Friday, February 22, 2019

Product Roundup – Free Autodesk BIM Interoperability Tools

From the Autodesk BIM Interoperability Tools website:


These free Autodesk apps are designed to help architects, engineers, contractors and owners with their Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows.

Autodesk Classification Manager for Revit
Assign multiple classification systems to multiple elements with a single click

Autodesk Enhanced DWG Exporter for Revit
Improves the DWG Export from Revit, helps overcome a number of limitations of the built-in DWG Export feature, and makes the management of configurations simple and straightforward

Free Autodesk COBie Extension for Navisworks

From the Autodesk BIM Interoperability Tools website:


Export COBie data from your Navisworks model

This free tool from Autodesk will allow you to Export a COBie formatted document from a Navisworks model

COBie Extension for Navisworks Features

COBie Drop Configuration

Simple configuration allows for customization of each required data drop.

Free Webinar Feb 25 – MagiCAD for Revit Ventilation: Duct Sizing and Balancing Calculations

From the registration website:

MagiCAD for Revit Ventilation - Feature Overview: Duct Sizing and Balancing Calculations

Mon, Feb 25, 2019 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM EST, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM GMT

Setting up and creation of ventilation systems and using the calculations tools to determine sizes of ductwork, pressure drops, balancing and equipment selection, including diversity calculations.

Register for the webinar here »

Free Renumber Parts – Number MEP Elements for Spooling, and Colorize Based on Spool Name

From the Autodesk App Store:

With this add-in you can number the elements of your spools with a customized prefix, you just have to click the elements one by one and the numbers are assigned automatically.

It also helps you in fixing the mistakes you make if you forget to select a specific element. Finally, after you have assigned a number to all your elements you can colorize them based on their spool name.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Free Dynamo Basics Online Training Course

From the DiRoots website:

Dynamo Basics | Training Course

Course Description

Dynamo opens up the door of advanced computation modelling for data management and geometry based in logic and algorithms. This open-source software is deeply integrated with Revit and allows Revit users to solve and develop impossible workflows that seems not achievable in Revit. The target of this online course is to develop a basic knowledge about visual programming and node logic.

What you’ll learn?

  • Node logic introduction
  • Become familiar with visual programming
  • Develop problem solving skills in a Revit project environment
  • Overcome geometric and data management limitations of Revit

The Cobie Family Setup Tool in the Free Autodesk COBie Extension for Revit 2019

From the Cadline Community website:

Revit 2019 - Cobie Family Setup Tool

By James Philip
January 21, 2019

The Revit 2019 Cobie Family tool is included in one of the three BIM tools which you can download from Autodesk’s BIM Interoperability Site. The tools have been updated in Revit 2019 and now have a new location on the BIM  Interoperability Tools Tab. It allows users to add Cobie parameters to their Revit families in batches and is an essential part of the BIM Level 2 requirement. I have divided the instructional videos into the three distinct stages of the process.

FormIt v17 – Includes New Dynamo Experience

From the FormIt website:

Introducing FormIt v17

by Josh Goldstein
February 20, 2019

The FormIt team is pleased to announce FormIt v17 is available now!

We're kicking off this release with FormIt for Web and Windows. We'll shortly release FormIt for iOS, and FormIt for Windows will also soon be available from the Autodesk Desktop App.

This FormIt update is huge, with dozens of new features, service changes, and general fixes and improvements. Read about the biggest changes below, and head over to the Release Notes for complete details on all the changes.


A New FormIt + Dynamo Experience

Dynamo is now integrated with FormIt for Windows as a desktop application, enabling graph authoring and execution from inside FormIt using your local Dynamo files. (FormIt for Windows only)

Free On the Roof – Design a Roof in Three Steps

Editor's Note: This article was translated from Italian to English.

From the Ondulit website:

Dedicated to designers

How to design a roof in three steps


In Ondulit we have been producing covers for more than 60 years.

From this experience and deep knowledge of the needs of designers born On the Roof , the plug-in free for Revit that allows you to design a roof in minutes with the following benefits:
  • guaranteeing compliance with the rules of good technique in terms of roofing design
  • certainty of compliance with regulations on energy efficiency and building technical standards
  • return of a BIM model of the new roof

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Free Webinar Feb 26 – AVAIL: Revit Library Management Secrets

From the registration website:

Revit Library Management Secrets (60 min + Live Q&A)

Join us as we discuss various best-practices for managing your Revit content libraries including strategies for managing Drafting Views, Sheets, System Families and more. We'll cover some of the special new features of AVAIL 3.10 designed specifically to address System Family and Container file management.

Feb 26, 2019 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada), 4:30 PM in Universal Time UTC

Register for the webinar here »

Free MEP Length

From the Autodesk App Store:

The script collects MEP communications (cable trays, ducts, pipes) and/or length of lines and summarizes them.

Select MEP communications or lines (as a model so detailed lines are accepted).
Hit the script button and the result dialog window appears.
This window contains a summary of selected elements lengths divided by categories
(cable trays, ducts, pipes, lines)

Monday, February 18, 2019

FormIt Winter 2018 Update

From the FormIt website:

Winter 2018 Update

Posted by Tom Vollaro

We launched a new FormIt update today! 

Images courtesy of Josh Goldstein

As with other recent updates, we have been listening to YOU, our loyal users, and spending time fixing a lot of bugs and improving workflows. Here are some highlights for all platforms:
  • Improved performance all around, but specifically with areas such as model navigation and drag face and move
  • Better support for metric units, including modeling at the millimeter level! 
  • Improved Spline tool - which is no longer limited to a single plane
  • Added a Flatten Faces tool - useful especially for imported models with slightly non-planar faces

Free Webinar Feb 21 – Automating Document Issue and Revision Records Using Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky

From the registration website:

Perfect Synergy: Automating Document Issue and Revision Records using Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky

Thu, Feb 21, 2019 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM GMT

Please attend this 30-minute workflow-oriented webinar to learn how to document per-sheet changes to an Autodesk Revit project. Keeping track of sheet issues and revisions can be time consuming and prone to errors. This webinar shows you how to use Ideate BIMLink to extract revision information to Excel and then use Ideate Sticky and an Excel macro template provided by Ideate Software to automate this process. You’ll see how the work that has taken you hours or days can be reduced to just minutes by completing several simple steps using these solutions from Ideate Software.

The presentation will be delivered by our Technical Evangelist, Richard Taylor.

Register for the webinar here »

Free Backup File Organizer

From the Autodesk App Store:

With this add-in installed, each time a backup file is created by Autodesk® Revit® it is automatically moved into a Backups folder in the same directory.

  • Specify the maximum number of backups per project that you want to keep.
  • Specify the backup folder name.
  • Optionally turn on or off for project files, families & templates.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Week That Was in Revit Add-ons for Feb 11-17, 2019



From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about Attach It, for attaching 'any' file (RVT, DOC, PDF, XLS, TXT, etc) and automatically converting PDF and Excel files to images, the free In-Place Family Warning, and Sheet Package, a budget-priced bundle of the ten sheet-related apps previously available from BIM SOFT SOLUTIONS.


From around the Internet, we posted about the BIM Track February 2019 Release, which, among other things, includes advanced View in Model behaviors.

We also posted a couple of times about the free and open source pyRevit, pyRevit Versions 4.6.13, 4.6.14, and 4.6.15 and pyRevit v4.7.0 Beta, which now supports CPython.

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

Roundup – For Feb 11-17, 2019, New and Updated Revit-Related Add-Ins on the Autodesk App Store

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



Sheet Package 2019
This application contains all the tools needed to create sheets and update sheet data | USD 6.00/M
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 2/14/2019 – Initial Release

Attach It
Attach any file (RVT, DOC, PDF, XLS, TXT, etc) to your Autodesk® Revit® file. PDF and Excel files can be automatically converted into images and placed on drafting views | USD 19.00
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About This Version: Version 1.0, 2/13/2019 – Initial submission