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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

CGS Revit Tools 2016 – New Tools and Enhancements

Editor's Note: It was challenging to transpose the information from the CGS Plus website to Revit Add-ons owing to differences in how the sites are laid out. Information that is not directly related to enhancements or updates in 2016 is shown for context in grey text.

From the CGS Plus website...

BIM Manager
The BIM Manager tools enable a user to manage their content. The tool set includes best seller, BIM Query, which is an advanced spreadsheet parameter editor for Revit instances and types.

BIM Query - UPDATED in 2016
This tool enables the user to quickly edit Type and Instance properties for selected Categories. The user can edit properties with a built-in spreadsheet editor or save and open in MS Excel. Once the Excel file is updated, you can load it back and apply the changes to Revit model. 

In CGS Revit Tools 2016 BIM Query tool have several new functionalities. It enables user to manage preset queries (e.g. save query, export query, etc.), it has an ability to display and edit Revit schedules in BIM Query. Updated BIM Query has new functionality to move selected columns (left or right), new tool that opens find dialog, ability to create new instances of non-system families…

QA / QC
This set of tools gives you opportunity to check your model and assure quality of your projects.
Project Cleanup - UPDATED in 2016
The Project Cleanup tool provides the ability to create a lightweight file that contains only the views and elements specified by user. Tools help clean up a project, from removing unplaced rooms to purging unnecessary line types or materials, etc.

In CGS Revit Tools 2016 Object Style Cleanup tools was added. The tool removes selected object styles (e.g. imported project styles or project styles you imported with families) from the project.

Toggle Transparency - NEW in 2016
New tool toggles transparency for picked instance. You can control opacity amount in settings dialog.



Analysis
This tool set can analyze selected geometry and store calculated values in shared parameter.

Reinforcement
New set of tools to manage reinforcement visibility in 3D views.

Make Obscured / Unobscured - NEW in 2016
Tool makes selected rebar appear obscured or unobscured in active 3D view. If nothing is selected, the tool selects rebar from active view. Reinforcement


Visibility Make Wireframe / Solid in 3D - NEW in 2016
Tool makes selected rebar appear as lines or solid in active 3D view. If nothing is selected, the tool selects rebar from active view.


Annotate
Annotation tools include text alignment and automated legend creation. Users can generate a graphical legend of various elements in just a few steps with Legend by Category tool.
Import Spreadsheet - NEW in 2016 
This tool imports MS Excel spreadsheet (XLS, XLSX) as Revit schedule. User can modify it, apply it to sheet and use it in project.


Text To Upper Case, To Lower Case - NEW in 2016 
These two tools convert selected TextNote element to upper or lower case. You can manage exceptions in Settings dialog.


Align - UPDATED in 2016
This set of tools aligns text notes or labels to other text notes, labels or lines. The Align Text tool is used for aligning text according to selected elements. The tools are useful when editing your annotation tags this way you can be sure, everything is aligned properly. 

Center, Middle - NEW in 2016
These two tools convert selected TextNote element to upper or lower case. You can manage exceptions in Settings dialog.


Modify
This tool set includes tools for creating floors based on selected rooms and tools for easier grid name editing.

View
This tool set includes view manipulation tools like setting a cropped region based on selected elements, resizing a section box for 3D views according to different settings a tool for automatic creation of assembly views.
Duplicate Sheet - NEW in 2016
This tool enables user to duplicate active sheet. User can choose whether to duplicate views that are placed on active sheet.


Select
This tool set includes advanced selection tools where you can select elements based on different criteria (e.g. Levels, Categories, Phases ...)
Select - UPDATED in 2016
Set of tools for selection instances by Category, Type, Host, Bounding elements or Worksets. 

Family - NEW in 2016 
Tool Family selects elements from the active view or whole model according to the family of the instances that were selected prior to running this tool.

Select by Type or Category Filter - UPDATED in 2016 
The Selection Filter tool displays a tree of elements in a project, grouped according to the users selection (e.g. by Category). It enables efficient control over the selection of certain elements. This tool enables the users to filter elements either from the selection, whole model or active view. When selecting Instances based on Properties the properties are now grouped by Instance and Type. 

CGS Revit Tools 2016 enables user, besides grouping instances by Category, by Levels, etc. group instances also by Worksets.

Content Admin Kit
Series of tools Content Admin Kit are newly developed part of CGS Revit Tools. Tools offers an advanced managing of the parameters in families and projects.
BIM Content - NEW in 2016
Parameter Administration Kit tools has enlarged its set with two new tools. New tool BIM Content shows radial menu with content in your library folder. Users can update library folder path with Settings under Content Admin Kit.


Manage families - NEW in 2016
This tool enables user to opens library folder in Windows Explorer, where it's content can be updated (add Families, organize folders, etc.). Users can update library folder path with Settings under Content Admin Kit.


There's more information available on the CGS Plus website »

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