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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for September 2016

Of those articles posted on Revit Add-ons in September 2016, the announcement of the initial commercial release of the content management system Avail received the most pageviews. Coming in second was a post about the latest release of the Autodesk IFC add-in.

Coming in third was an announcement of a sale on the 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Enterprise and SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit. Sadly, the sale ended on September 30th.

Receiving the fourth most pageviews was a post about a new release of Revision Cloud Manager, which always generates a lot of interest.

Next up were a couple of aggregation-type posts, the previous What's Hot article and the weekly roundup of new and updated add-ins on the Autodesk App Store for the week of August 14th.

And rounding out this month's top performing posts was one about a release of CTC's BIM Batch Suite and a case study on RTV Xporter PRO & HOK.


Descriptions are those of the vendors.

Avail for Revit – Initial Commercial Release Now Available!

We’re pleased to announce that AVAIL is now available!  AVAIL is a new, one-of-a-kind content management solution for Revit and all of your visualization assets.

AVAIL helps you organize and retrieve Revit Families, System Families, Drafting Views, Sheets, Schedules, Groups and more across your project teams and entire firm!


Read the full story about the initial commercial release of Avail here.


Autodesk IFC 2017 Add-in Version 17.2.0.0 Released

  • Export rooms and areas even if they have improperly closed internal boundaries.  
  • Only associate a door or window with one opening, even if the door or window is inserted into multiple walls, as per the IFC standard.
  • Add an API option that allows for always reading in bounding box information, even if the entity has a Body representation.
  • Allow reading in curve information that's not contained in the Axis representation, to allow for wireframe import.
  • Improved support for IFC2x and IFC2x2 files.
  • And more

Read the full story about the latest version of the Autodesk IFC add-in here.

Revision Cloud Manager Version 1.1.1 Released

  • you can create and delete clouds and the add-in will update in real-time.
  • the add-in can show the username of last-editor for each cloud, as long as the user has End User Assistant installed and turned on.
  • Save all sheets in the table to a print set.
  • And more.


Read the full story about Revision Cloud Manager 1.1.1 here.


  • Plotter and Exporter new features:
    • View/Sheet Sets defined in a project can now be used to define the views and/or sheets to plot or export (by view/sheet set name)
    • Now supports exporting FBX files
  • Plotter and Exporter enhancements:
    • More robust handling of printers and print settings during PDF exports and printing.
  • Plotter and Exporter bug fix:
    • Upgrade in new location improved when processing workshared models - now opens detached prior to relocating
  • Project and Families Upgrader bug fixes:
    • Upgrade in Current Location error "The central model was saved in a different version of Revit" has been resolved
  • And more


Read the full story about BIM Batch Suite Version 17.0.3 here.

Case Study – HOK & RTV Xporter PRO

"What we were missing was a way to export and print data in an efficient way. After researching and looking at possibly developing a tool internally, we decided to try out RTV Tools’ Xporter. We worked with the developers at RTV Tools to resolve the issues we were facing and one by one we tackled software roadblocks.

"Now that we automate the data, the team is able to come into work in the morning to find their files were processed while they were sleeping. No longer do we have to wait for the latest documents - we can see them in relative real time."


Read the full case study here.

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