Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Revit Add-ons Gets Social

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The Autodesk 360 Integrated 3D Viewer and Revit Files

I recently posted about the New Autodesk 360 Tech Preview, including the ability to view over 60 different 2D and 3D file formats in the integrated viewer.

There's an excellent post from Scott Sheppard on the It's Alive in the Lab blog detailing Autodesk's move away from Autodesk Design Review desktop software to the zero client, cloud-based viewing capability of Autodesk 360.

Also, over on his What Revit Wants blog, Luke Johnson details his positive experience with uploading and viewing Revit files on Autodesk 360. Luke also makes the following keen observation: "With features for team communication and wiki, it is obvious that Autodesk 360 intends to be more than just a file sharing and viewing tool."

Free Revit Macro to Set Scope Boxes and Reference Planes to the Shared Levels and Grids Workset

For you DIYers out there, over on his BIM 42 blog, Simon Moreau has posted the source code for a Revit macro to set all scope boxes and reference planes to the Shared Levels and Grids workset. This way it's then easy to turn of these elements in linked files.

Credit: Luke Johnson's What Revit Wants blog.

Free OBJ Exporter Add-in for Revit

From the IngleGreen website...

OBJ Exporter for Revit – free plugin – New v1.8

A free Revit 2014/2015 add-in to export Projects and Families to OBJ format. The OBJ files have been tested with 3ds Max Design 2014/2015, Blender and Octane Render.

The images show the resulting OBJs from the Revit Sample Projects inserted into Octane Render and Blender.

There is the option to export material textures. Texture image files are copied to a ‘textures’ directory based on an XML file listing. A sample XML file is provided. (It is not possible to identify the texture image files from Revit directly).

As from Version 1.3 by default now exports as Revit Objects. The exports do take longer. You can however still export as individual polymeshes if you untick the ‘Group Meshes’ checkbox.

Version 1.3.3 adds the Revit Category to the Element Name and provides a fast Group Option.

Version 1.8 has the option to export only the items you have selected.

Paolo Emilio Serra has created a video showing the Revit OBJ Exporter in action on his Point Revit blog.

There's more information available on the IngleGreen website.

Credit: Luke Johnson's What Revit Wants blog.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Please Consider Donating to My Personal-Hardship Funding Campaign

I consider myself very fortunate to have a blog that reaches so many people, and is ad-supported to boot. If you find Revit Add-ons to be helpful in making your Revit life a little easier, please consider donating to my personal-hardship funding campaign on gofundme.

As you can read here, Revit Add-ons is one of the few bright spots in a long run of bad luck for me, and my personal hardships have recently grown to unexpected and unmanageable proportions.

Every little bit helps, and any help that Revit Add-ons readers can provide will be GREATLY appreciated, and I'll thank donors in a future sidebar. Thank you for your consideration!

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The Revit Sundial Release Preview

You've probably heard about Revit Sundial by now, the cloud-based, hosted release preview that "provides a sneak peek into potential future enhancements for architects and MEP and structural engineers. With more than 35 features and enhancements to try, the preview includes Solon integration for more personalized building performance analysis, sequencing for power circuits, and enhanced rebar tools."

You may have also read that this release preview heralded the return of the Inside the Factory blog, following an over 2 year hiatus.

To this point, thinking that Revit Sundial was simply a preview of Revit 2016 (!), I've been quite content to sit back and watch my esteemed blogger colleagues' post about Revit Sundial. What's especially interesting to me though is that when one clicks the What's New link on Inside the Factory, Revit 2015 Help is opened! What is then described is a "Revit 2015 Subscription Advantage" release, with Revit Sundial being a preview of features that are being considering for a future subscription release.

While I have no inside information on the matter, it seems that Autodesk subscription customers may be in store for a mid-model year Revit release (I don't know if subscriber-only full-on product releases are common from Autodesk, but there is certainly precedent from competing vendors like Bentley Systems). Alternatively, some features may be rolled out as subscription enhancements, which puts this topic in the purview of Revit Add-ons. Again though, I have nothing to base this on, other than what I've already stated.

Mark this one as developing, and stay tuned. :)

Useful Links:

Revit Sundial
What's New in Revit Sundial (AKA "What's New in Revit 2015 Subscription Advantage")
Inside the Factory (for Revit Sundial updates and information)

You might also be interested in: Project Solon: Building Performance Dashboards for Revit

Friday, August 22, 2014

Number Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Allows the (re)numbering of any family instance into a text based parameter. Use prefix or suffix values in the numbering. Number family instances by clicking on them in sequence. Option to isolate the model category being numbered. Pick categories and parameters from an available list.

The Number add-in costs USD 1.99.

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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Free Room Sync with Linked Models Add-in for Revit

From the Case Apps website...

If you have ever needed to schedule elements by room from a model that did not contain the actual room elements and realized that you were up a creek, this tool is for you.

This tool will display a simple dialog box where you select the linked model that you want to sync rooms from and click the sync button! All rooms that exist in the linked model will be either copied into the current model or have their parameters updated if any changes in parameter values for the rooms are detected.

The linked model can be in a different location or even rotated, your rooms will come in where they ought to.

There's more information available on the Case Apps website.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Free CGS Revit Family Upgrade Add-in

Family Upgrade

With the Family Upgrade Tools user can upgrade all families from previous version of Revit Architecture to current version. User can choose whole folder to upgrade.

You will save time upgrading Revit libraries of different formats (*.0001, jpg, txt...) with just one click.

There's more information available on the CGS plus website.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Free UBM (Universal Building Model) Export Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Export current model to Universal Building Model (UBM) format.

Format is developed by Lement LLC, NPO Sodis (, contains geometry, hierarchy, element parameters and states (i.e. flashed, transparented, hidden).

Save exported file dialog

Exported UBM file in SurveyViewer tool

Hierarchy generation dialog

Ribbon button of plugin

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