Friday, June 22, 2018

Critical Mass – 5-Star Rated Revit Add-ins* on the Autodesk App Store

Peer reviews can help one to decide on apps to use or purchase. Unfortunately, reviews on the Autodesk App Store can be hard to come by. Apps that have thousand of downloads can have just a few reviews. Furthermore, the App Store's sort-by-rating function isn't the best as it doesn't take the number of reviews into account.

Listed below for your convenience are the 5-star rated Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store with at least four reviews, sorted by number of reviews, highest to lowest. Add-ins are also separated between free and paid.

We'll refresh this list every six months or so. And remember, reviews are important. Please take a few minutes to share your own experiences with apps on the App Store by submitting reviews!


COINS Auto-Section Box
Brings fluidity to the Autodesk® Revit® section box when modifying complex areas of a model. Saves seconds when communicating, costly minutes when modeling, and valuable hours throughout a project | Free
 (97 reviews)

Palladio X BIM WindowsLayout
Arrange windows by a scheme | Free
 (55 reviews)

Scan to BIM – Pipe Extraction

Editor's Note: This add-in is not to be confused with IMAGINiT's add-in of the same name, which has been discontinued.

From the Scan to BIM website:

Scan To BIM

Pipe extraction from point cloud Revit add-in

The most affordable pipe extraction solution at only $49/month.

ArtisGL Exporter

From the Autodesk App Store:

This plugin requires ArtisGL 3D Publisher to be present on the user's Windows 10 PC. The plugin allows the user to export Autodesk® Revit® scenes directly to ArtisGL. In addition, the user can export .OBJ file with materials.

For older Windows versions (Windows 7, Window 8) the plugin can be used to export .OBJ files only.

About ArtisGL

Create, render, share, print and publish 3D content over the world. ArtisGL is a powerful real-time rendering engine which produces various presentation-ready results. You can render in real-time, publish to WebGL, promote for free, animate, share, and print your 3D scenes and models. All content is Virtual Reality ready.

This product supports the following output targets.
  • Publishing Web and mobile ready interactive scenes (WebGL)
  • Video exporting with SD/HD/FullHD resolution
  • High resolution image processing (Add-on required)
  • High resolution 360 panorama exporting (Add-on required)
  • 3D Printing
  • Virtual Reality ready content creation

Giant-Size Roundup – For June 4-17, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The weeks of June 4 and June 11, 2018 combined to be very busy ones for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Five new add-ins were published and another 26 were updated.

For new add-ins, for Revit, Batch Export NWC_v 2019 is for exporting multiple Revit models to Navisworks, Section View Aligner is for aligning new or existing section lines with elements, and Xport Elements to ETABS® is for copying and pasting elements from Revit to ETABS. For Navisworks, iFBIM CVP SYNC is for exporting and importing clashes and viewpoints data from iFieldSmart. For BIM 360, Buzzsaw Migration Service is for transferring data from Autodesk® Buzzsaw® into BIM 360® Docs, Box, OneDrive, SharePoint, and others.

For updated add-ins, BIM Track™, Bonus Tools, CTC BIM Project Suite, Greenlee BendWorks®, and STRATUS each received relatively significant refreshes.



Batch Export NWC_v 2019
The tool is designed to batch export Many Autodesk® Revit® models to NWC | USD 2.99/M
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 6/12/2018 – Initial Release

Section View Aligner 2017
Quickly and easily align a new or existing section line to a face or edge | USD 14.99
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 6/11/2018 – Initial release

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Greenlee BendWorks® v3.1.560

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 3.1.560, 6/8/2018
  • Custom Run Naming: Change individual conduit run names during the multi-split process
  • Smarter Back-to-Back Bend Logic: Updated back-to-back bend logic makes Bendworks even smarter and easier to use when modeling back-to-back bends.
  • Improved Cut Mark Values: Improved accuracy of the first mark cut value
  • Output File Conduit Labels Order: Updated the order of before and after conduit labels in the CSV and TXT files for accuracy.
  • Multi-Split Error Checking: Refined error checking in multi-split feature to eliminate inconsistencies
  • Enhanced Accuracy for 360-degree Angles: Updated the rounding associated with the 360-degree maximum angle error to improve accuracy
  • Updated Feedback Interface: Feedback in message windows have been revised for clarity 
  • Improved Error Feedback: Enhanced graphical output for select errors and warnings provides more information
  • Error Codes Linked to Help File: Error codes now include hyperlinks that lead to detailed explanations and solutions from our updated help files.
  • Enhanced Check and Export: The Conduit check and export option now also checks for pre-process errors along with process errors.

Bonus Tools v20.18.06.07

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version, 6/11/2018
  • Revit 2019 fix.
  • 112 Dockable Dialog - Removed - Will still show for the following tools as their feedback window. 08 Family Tracking, 13 Dimension, 15 Elements On Level, 16 Inplace Families, 17 Referencing Files, 18 Remove All Views, 23 Group To Family, 28 Reference Planes, 29 View Template Usage, 31 Setting Out Points, 32 Navis To Revit, 33 Excel New Rooms, 33 Excel New Sheets, 34 Add Shared Parameters, 40 Copy Parameter Values, 41 Room Number To Door Number, 43 Place Family Types, 47 Areas Rooms To Mass, 52 Renumber Category, 58 File Coordinates, 59 Clash Importer, 67 Extensible Storage List, 71 RDS Tool, 73 Unused Elevation Markers, 75 Import Family Type, 78 Plan Regions, 79 Grid Alignment, 80 Revision List, 84 Scope Box Map, 85 Line Patterns Advanced, 87 3D Room Tag, 88 Element Properties Advanced, 90 Copy View Templates, 96 Room Paint Bomb, 98 Find Painted Elements, 99 Copy Scope Box, 100 Schedule Usage, 105 Tag All, 108 Add Project Shared Parameters, 110 Legend Usage, 111 Shared Parameter Usage, 112 Dockable Dialog, 114 Fill Patterns, 116 Line Styles, 121 Document Marcos, 122 Material Usage, 124 Update Key Plan
  • 113 Dockable Element Dialog - Removed - Pending further development. 
  • 08 Ribbon Settings - Update - Supply Usage toggle to turn off/on. Each time a tool is activated, a record will be sent to Kiwi Codes. This allows us to focus development on those high use tools. 
  • 08 Ribbon Settings - Update - Supply Warnings toggle to turn off/on. Each time a warning is created, a record will be sent to Kiwi Codes. This allows us to focus on fixing and removing bugs.
  • 35 View Filters - Reinstated. 
  • 127 Style Output - New - Export Style information to Excel.
  • 128 Filter Usage - Number changed.

BIM Track™ v1.20.0 – Featuring New Project Dashboard

From the BIM Track website:

Introducing project dashboard: personalized issue metrics and activity timeline

June 6, 2018

With last night’s release, we have introduced a major new feature to make BIM Track task management even easier for individual users: project dashboard. Project dashboard gives you a project-specific look at what affects your issues as an individual user. It will be the first thing you check when you log in, with an activity timeline that shows all activities that are relevant to you. It also includes metrics to quickly see how many of your issues are past due and much more. Check out our short video below, scroll down to learn more or visit your web platform, click “Dashboard” from your Project menu on the left-hand side, and start exploring.

CTC BIM Project Suite v19.0.1

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 19.0.1, 6/14/2018

BIM List
Bug Fix:  Resolved an issue which prevented processing Revit 2019 family files

BIM List

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

STRATUS v2.0.1.0 for Revit and BIM 360 Docs and Team

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version, 6/15/2018 – this update includes automatic spool assembly sheet generation, enhanced QR code labels and scanning for tracking, additional shop tooling integration, and more


GTP Services is a software development company working to extend Autodesk products for the construction trade contractor.  We build add-ins for Autodesk® AutoCAD® and Autodesk® Revit®, specializing in solutions for MEP and Fabrication.

STRATUS is offered in the Autodesk App Store as a 30 day free trial.  Please contact GTP Services for pricing and additional details.

STRATUS is an extension for BIM 360 Team and Docs.  It provides desktop add-ins for AutoCAD/CADmep and Revit, which leverage Fabrication content as well as normal Revit parts.  It includes special features that work with Greenlee's BendWorks and Dewalt's HangerWorks.  For fabrication, STRATUS integrates with TigerStop and PypeServer.

Free iFBIM CVP SYNC – Sync Clashes and Viewpoints Between Navisworks Manage and iFieldSmart

From the registration website:

This iFBIM CVP SYNC Plugin allows you to export and import clashes and viewpoints data from iFieldSmart platform.

To use this plugin, you need an  “iFieldSmart” account.

For more details about an “iFieldSmart” account, please send an e-mail to, and we will get back to you within a day.

You can find the Plugin in Navisworks "Tool Add-ins -> IFBIM CVP SYNC”
It's totally free app and you can download from Autodesk App Store.

Ribbon Tab

Xport Elements to ETABS® – Copy and Paste Structural Elements from Revit to ETABS

From the Autodesk App Store:

Xport Elements Autodesk® Revit® to ETABS® performs copy/paste operations of structural elements through two simple interfaces: one for Revit and one for ETABS®. In the Revit interface, the user can select and copy walls, slabs, and columns, including columns of different sections rectangular, circular, slant or vertical. The ETABS® interface converts these elements into model objects and automatically assigns the respective section geometry.

The process is fast, simple and straightforward, and gives the user control over the number of elements to be exported, which can be one single element or multiple elements.

Batch Export NWC

From the Autodesk App Store:

The tool is designed to export Autodesk® Revit® models to NWC.

The application will open the Revit files and it will export it to NWC and close the files.

The application will save a lot of time.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Section View Aligner

From the Autodesk App Store:

Different modes of operation
  • Create New Sections (if one is not pre-selected)
  • Pre-select section line before starting add-in
  • Emulate native Autodesk® Revit® alignment command selection procedure

Section Dimension
  • Match individual section dimensions (width, depth, height) to that of the selected element.
  • Provide an additional offset for those individual section dimensions (width, depth, height).
  • Specify the input units (Feet, Inches, Meters, Centimeters)

View Template Properties
  • Specify an optional view template for new sections and/or existing sections

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for June 2018

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

We published 41 posts in May 2018, and received 59,377 pageviews.

Uncharacteristically, two of our regular weekly articles made the cut this month, the May 1st edition of New and Updated Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store at #1 and the May 2nd edition of The Week that was in Revit Add-ons at #5. This latter article was the last of the series that we've published so far as your faithful editor has been struggling with some health issues of late. Hopefully we'll get back on track soon.

Our post about the Revit 2019 releases of the Omnia Revit Scope Box add-ins charted at #2. At #3 was our Product Roundup of free add-ins from CADD Microsystems. This was the first product roundup that we'd done in quite some time. We'll try to get more in the pipeline soon.

Our posts about Renumber Elements, Revizto v4.7, and SPIT i-BIM rounded out the month at #4, 6, and 7 respectively.

Pointfuse for BIM 360 – Convert Point Clouds to Mesh Models

From the Autodesk App Store:

Pointfuse bridges the gap between reality capture and digital construction. It automatically converts point cloud data from laser scanners or photogrammetry into intelligent as-built mesh models that can be classified and used throughout the Autodesk® BIM 360® environment.

Pointfuse is unique in automatically segmenting the mesh into discrete, selectable surfaces, by identifying objects based on their geometry and assigning unique identifiers to them. Removing the human aspect of the modelling process eliminates a significant bottleneck, while also removing any chance of subjectivity, producing consistent results. This makes Pointfuse models repeatable and directly comparable - ideal characteristics for accurate project validation.

Pointfuse provides:
  • Automation
  • Segmentation
  • Auto-classification

These models, which are highly optimised, reduce the size of working data by a factor of up to 100. The models are then significantly easier to use and share compared with the original point cloud.

Pointfuse imports point cloud data from laser scanning,
photogrammetry and hand-held scanners.