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Sunday, December 6, 2015

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for November 2015

November was a busy month here on Revit Add-ons. There was a new monthly high posts count of 54 as I began to dig out from under a few months of relative inactivity. I write "began" because December looks to be at least as busy.

Statistically speaking, news of the four free "BIM Interoperability Tools" from Autodesk (and CADD Microsystems) dominated. Surprisingly, to me at least, Classification Manager received the most pageviews of the four individual articles. Unsurprisingly, COBie Extension received the least (yeah, I don't get COBie either).

A couple other add-ins did manage to generate impressive stats in November, the free Time Stamper, and BOM to Excel.


Autodesk's New BIM Interoperability Tools Website Features 4 Free Apps
Autodesk has unveiled a new BIM Interoperability Tools website featuring a selection of free add-ins: Autodesk Model Checker for Revit, Autodesk Model Checker Configurator for Revit, Autodesk COBie Extension for Revit, and Autodesk Classification Manager for Revit.


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Free Time Stamper Add-in for Revit – Track the Origin of Each Revit Element
By adding some revision information on every element of a given Revit model, Time Stamper allows you to keep track of your model's history. With the information, you can keep track of the origin and authoring date of each element in complex project, quickly compare two versions of a Revit file and graphically display their differences, and more.


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Product Review – Autodesk Model Checker and Model Checker Configurator for Revit
Concept
The Autodesk Model Checker for Revit is a free add-in that checks Revit models based on a configuration file – read: a set of BIM requirements – and generates a compliance report.

The Autodesk Model Checker Configurator for Revit is a free standalone desktop application that is used to create configuration files for the Model Checker.

I especially like that the configurator and the checker are separate applications. This provides a mechanism for controlling who can create or modify configuration files. In theory, this also means that the Checker can be streamlined and simplified, whilst complexity is surfaced in the Configurator. It's also nice that the Configurator, because it's a standalone desktop application, is not Revit version dependent.

Concept grade: A+


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This free tool will allow you to quickly Assign Multiple Classifications to your elements all at once.


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BOM to Excel Add-in for Revit - Reports, Tables, Quantities
This amazingly powerful productivity plugin will save 100’s of hours in Autodesk® Revit® BOM [bill of materials] data analysis, reporting and quantity estimation. Create clear BOM reports beautifully formatted and exported instantly to and synchronized with Excel for professional team and client uses. Available in both a trial and paid versions so you can try before you buy.


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Free Autodesk Model Checker Configurator for Revit
Build Your Own Configurations for the Autodesk Model Checker for Revit. Utilize Dozens of Free Samples in order to build the checks you need.


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Free Autodesk Model Checker for Revit
This free tool will automatically check your Revit models based on a set of BIM requirements and generate a compliance report. Multiple configurations are included: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, COBie, overall reporting, and many more coming soon.


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