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Friday, September 30, 2016

AVAIL Version 2.9 Released – Now has Google Analytics

From the vendor's announcement...

AVAIL 2.9 is now available for download at http://getavail.com/Download.

*Note that this release requires both the AVAIL application and the AVAIL Content Browser for Revit to be updated.

Major New Features:
  • Analytics
  • Support for Multiple Revit Sessions

Other Features Include:
  • Email notification when a Channel is shared
  • Update detection for AVAIL Content Browser for Revit
  • Ongoing bug squishing and user experience tweaks!
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View your AVAIL Analytics using Google Analytics!


Now you can gather the information you need to better manage your content including most accessed Channels in AVAIL and most searched for content.

AVAIL now supports viewing your company's AVAIL analytics data in Google Analytics.  Setup a free Google Analytics account and enter your Google Analytics Tracking ID in your AVAIL Management Console.  (Be sure to follow the instruction in the Management Console to properly configure your Google Analytics account)



Essential Revit Add-ons Presentation Video

As you may know, our Tim Grimm presented a session on Essential Revit Add-ons at the Revit Technology Conference North America (RTC NA) this year. A month later, Tim re-presented this session at the Seattle Revit User Group (SeaRUG).

Courtesy of SeaRUG, here's a video of the latter presentation.



Related:

Monday, September 26, 2016

Roundup – For the Week of September 18, 2016, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store (Updated)

Nearly 90% of the Revit-related add-ins listed as being updated on the Autodesk App Store during the week of September 18, 2016 were, in reality, false positives.

One of the services that we provide here on Revit Add-ons is winnowing down the list of apparent updates to actual updates, and that can make a big difference in some weeks, as in this one.

As to why so many add-ins are erroneously listed as having been updated when they apparently weren't, this could be down to...
  • The developer not providing an accurate version number
  • The developer indicating an update in the App Store database when none was actually issued, perhaps to move the add-in to the top of the list on the page, or...
  • An App Store glitch

As a third party, however, we have no idea why this actually happens, but happen it does, frequently. Rest assured though that we here at Revit Add-ons will continue to look out for you by attempting to make our lists of updated add-ins as accurate as possible using the available version information.

That being said, several new add-ins debuted on the App Store this week: one for real-time 3D animations, OneRay RT, one for placing an Excel range in a drafting view, BIMWERX - Draw Spreadsheet, one for quickly toggling the display of imported CAD files, ON / OFF CAD Imported Drawings, and, lastly, one for adding low voltage electric power cable instances, Electric Power Cables (EPC).

Several add-ins were updated to Revit 2017: ClarkDietrich Wall Type CreatorCurtain ModelerReforma Swing Direction, and Switch Join Order.

Updated 10/5/2016 to include the latest version of CADTracer.


NEW

Electric Power Cables (EPC)
Electric Power Cables (EPC) is plugin development for Autodesk® Revit® 2017, which gives ability of adding low voltage electric power cables type instance | USD 299.00
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 9/21/2016 – Initial release.

ON / OFF CAD Imported Drawings
This application helps you to turn ON / OFF the imported CAD Drawings | Free
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 9/19/2016 – Initial Release.

BIMWERX - Draw Spreadsheet
Link spreadsheets in an active Drafting view | USD 10.00
About This Version: Version 1.2, 9/19/2016 – Improved error checking; Improved spreadsheet selection linking

OneRay RT
OneRay-RT for Revit is the 3D real time animation Plug-In created for Autodesk® Revit®. Import models or entire scenarios into OneRay-RT and add spectacular animations to your presentations | USD 95.00
About This Version: Version 1.0, 9/19/2016 – Initial Release


UPDATED

Reforma Swing Direction 2017
Digitally signed and secure Reforma Swing Direction add-in for Autodesk® Revit® | USD 25.00
About This Version: Version 3.0.0, 9/21/2016 – 2017 upgrade and minor bugfixes

Saturday, September 24, 2016

OneRay RT – Real-Time 3D Animations

From the Autodesk App Store...

OneRay-RT for Revit is the Plug-In that allows 3D animation in real time of your projects created with Autodesk® Revit®. With one click you can import your models or entire scenarios into OneRay-RT and add spectacular animations for your stunning presentations. Add animated characters, detailed trees, moving vehicles, and all the other models included in the internal library or which you can freely add to your own library.

With your Revit projects you can create your own custom presentations, or create models to complete your professional animations. The workflow is simple and intuitive thanks to the integrated plug-in to import models from Revit. In only a few seconds you will produce spectacular high-definition videos, with a major positive impact on your customers.

Create breathtaking animations and high definition videos

Free ON/OFF CAD Imported Drawings Add-in

From the Autodesk App Store...

This app is helpful while creating 3D drawings from imported 2D drawings in Autodesk® Revit®.  It enables you to turn ON / OFF the imported CAD Drawings. It’s easy to ON / OFF as all the drawings will be listed in ribbon panel.



About This Version
Version 1.0.0, 9/19/2016
Initial Release.

The free ON / OFF CAD Imported Drawings add-in is brought to you by IN6Tech.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.

BIMWERX - Draw Spreadsheet Add-in

From the Autodesk App Store...

This add-in allows the user to open a spreadsheet, using the .xlsx or .csv file format, and then to define a selection / region to insert into an active Autodesk® Revit® Drafting view by creating an external link (using DXF), then inserting it as an external link into the active Drafting view.

There are many add-ins available that can import spreadsheets into Revit using Schedule views, which requires a parametric link to model elements, but very few (if any) that can insert any spreadsheet table data into a Drafting view using the methods mentioned above.

This allows the user to insert virtually any table region into Revit, which can then be placed onto Sheets.

Ribbon menu

Selecting a region to insert into the active Drafting view

The result of inserting the selection into the
active Drafting view

The current version does not handle merged cells or images in spreadsheets.

About This Version
Version 1.2, 9/19/2016
  • Improved error checking
  • Improved spreadsheet selection linking

The BIMWERX - Draw Spreadsheet add-in is brought to you by BIMWERX. It's priced at 10.00 USD.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Free Clash Sphere Generator from BIM One to be Retired by September 30, 2016 – Now Part of BIM Track

From the vendor's message...

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT CLASH SPHERE GENERATOR

As you know, BIM One offers free add-ins for Revit and Navisworks with our Addin Manager. We are very proud to provide them for free to the BIM community and hope they help you to reach your goals and make better projects.

By September 30th, 2016, the clash sphere generator will be retired and BIM One will stop supporting it. However, you can install the last update of the Clash Sphere Generator by September 28th.

But hold-on, don't worry, the Clash Sphere Generator is now included as a feature in the BIM Track platform and now you can avoid file-based clash coordination with all of these Navisworks XML report files!

Benefit of cloud based clash tracking with BIM Track and so much more:
  • A web platform to communicate issues, questions, problems, etc
  • Work in context with our Navisworks and Revit add-ins
  • Collaborate with any other tools with our BCF import and export features
  • Comments on issues, attach files and keep full history
  • Visualize metrics to understand the coordination evolution
  • View your models online with our 3D viewer and navigate from an issue to another
  • Print reports of your model coordination status


Introduction video to BIM Track:



If you still have not signed up for BIM Track, click here and try our free version for up to 50 issues, unlimited users, projects and data space.

Do you want to know more about BIM Track? Christian will be happy to help you fast-forward your BIM workflows so let's connect on a Skype call! Contact Christian to plan your live chat at christian.proulx@bimtrack.co!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Electric Power Cables (EPC) Add-in

From the Autodesk App Store...

Electric Power Cables (EPC) is plugin development for Autodesk® Revit® 2017, which gives ability of adding low voltage electric power cables type instance and standard for more flexibility in drawing and counting.

This plugin contains more than five hundred of various low voltages EPC, all cable parameters (over all diameter, bend radius, insulation type and material) are according to British Standard (BS) and IEC as indicated in plugin database.



Note: This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer).

About This Version
Version 1.0.0, 9/21/2016
Initial release.

The Electric Power Cables (EPC) add-in is brought to you by "Individual business." It's priced at 299.00 USD.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Duplicate Sheet Version 1.0.1 Released

From the Autodesk App Store...

About This Version

Version 1.0.1, 9/13/2016

Support for Autodesk® Revit® 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Update some features:
  • Add Title on sheet with prefixes and suffixes.
  • Auto copy parameter for sheet
  • Auto keep orientation of viewport
  • Auto copy revision for sheet
  • Copy element out side of sheet (Ex: text, line, detail item...)
  • Make same key plan for sheet if any
  • Just duplicate legend and schedule one time for any sheets have same original schedule or legend.
  • Change sheet number and sheet name from excel file. Great !

Friday, September 16, 2016

Roundup – For the Week of September 11, 2016, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store (Updated)

The week of September 11 saw the release of a new Revit add-in on the Autodesk App Store: User Editing History, for viewing user-modified elements.

Several add-ins were updated, including CTC Express Tools' BIM Manager Suite, Project Suite, and BIM Batch Suite.

Updated 9/20/2016: Added Duplicate Sheet.

NEW

User Editing History
Find and filter user editing history in Autodesk® Revit® document | USD 10.00
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 9/14/2016 – Initial Release

User Editing History (Trial)
Find and filter user editing history in Autodesk® Revit® document | Trial
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 9/14/2016 – Initial Release



UPDATED

Sheet Duplicator
Creation of new sheets is completed in only 3 steps. 1. Select sheet template 2. Import Excel 3. Create sheets. It cannot be easier than this! | Free


About This Version: Version 1.0.1, 9/16/2016 –
  1. The performence is improved
  2. There is added a plus sign which can manually add new row
  3. There is added search box sheet list
  4. Keep the mouse on view names, then you can see hole the name in a box

BIM Batch Suite (Purchase)
BIM Batch Suite provides tools that allow Autodesk® Revit® users to process workflows en masse, with a focus on importing and exporting data | USD 324.00
About This Version: Version 17.0.5, 9/16/2016 – For release notes, see this post.

BIM Batch Suite
BIM Batch Suite provides tools that allow Autodesk® Revit® users to process workflows en masse, with a focus on importing and exporting data | Free
About This Version: Version 17.0.5, 9/16/2016 – For release notes, see this post.

BIM Batch Suite Version 17.0.5 Released

From the Autodesk App Store...

About This Version

Version 17.0.5, 9/16/2016
  • Suite bug fix:
    • Fixed backward compatibility issue between this suite and BIM Manager Suite’s "Family Processor" tool version 17.0.1 or older, which prevented Family Processor from running at all.
  • Plotter and Exporter bug fixes:
    • Fixed an error that prevented creating or editing wildcard searches
    • Fixed an error that would appear when launching the tool if no sheets exist in the current project
  • Family Exporter bug fix:
    • Fixed an error that prevented actually exporting families.
  • Project and Families Upgrader enhancement:
    • The file C:\ProgramData\CTC\Projects and Families Upgrader\FileOpenDialogAutomation.txt will now be created and used to control how pop-up dialogs are dismissed when projects are opened.

User Editing History Add-in

From the Autodesk App Store...

User Editing History Viewer finds all user editing history items in an Autodesk® Revit® document, and provides ways to filter through:
  • By current selection
  • By ID number
  • By category
  • By username
  • By operation type




Note: Install DZ Studio's End User Assistant add-in (free) on end-users machines in order to record history.

About This Version
Version 1.0.0, 9/14/2016
Initial Release

The User Editing History add-in is brought to you by DZ Studio. It's priced at 10.00 USD. A trial version is available.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Roundup – Autodesk Product Enhancements for Revit 2017 (Update #6)

Originally published on 5/6/2016.

UPDATES:
  1. 5/22/2016 – Added link to Autodesk Seek add-in
  2. 5/24/2016 – Added link to download instructions for subscription enhancements from Autodesk Account.
  3. 7/21/2016 – Added LIVE Viewer
  4. 8/8/2016 – Added link to STL Exporter
  5. 9/15/2016 – Added links to: 
    1. Civil Structures
    2. Extension for Autodesk Fabrication 2017
    3. Roombook / Areabook / Buildingbook
    4. Site Designer
    5. Worksharing Monitor
  6. 10/12/2016 – Updated Insight 360 and Space Naming Utility to reflect their native status as of Revit 2017.1

    Gathered here for your convenience are the Autodesk-authored add-ins for Revit 2017. As add-ins become available, links will be added to the items. Seemingly discontinued items are shown in gray.

    The following add-ins appeared in the 2016 list but have been removed here for the reasons listed below:
    • AWWA Pump and Valve Content ₁ 
    • CIS/2 Import/Export ₂ 
    • Compare Models ₃
    • Composite Design ₃
    • Excel Based Model Generation ₃ 
    • Frame Generator ₃
    • Grids Generator ₃
    • Revit Server Standalone Installer ₂ 
    • SDNF Import/Export ₂
    • Timber Framing ₃
    • US Structural Content Extension ₁ 

    ₁ Not released for Revit 2016; content, no update release required
    ₂ Not released for Revit 2016; assumed discontinued
    ₃ Discontinued: rolled into Extensions for Autodesk Revit 2016

    New to the list for 2017 are Steel Connections for Autodesk Revit 2017 and LIVE Viewer.

    It also looks as though Autodesk may be moving away from the Autodesk App Store to Autodesk Account for subscription add-ins, with the 2017 versions of Batch Print, DBLink, Model Review, Space Naming Utility, eTransmit,a nd more migrating to Autodesk Account.

    Speaking of Autodesk Account, Luke Johnson posted handy instructions for downloading subscription enhancements on his What Revit Wants blog. Please note though, as relates to the release year of Revit, that it's not quite as cut and dry as Johnson indicates – our advice is to mix and match his suggestions. Read the article here.

    360 Structural Analysis
    Explore more options and improve project results by extending design models from Revit to the cloud and analyzing them as part of the BIM process | structuralanalysis.360.autodesk.com | Free add-in; analysis requires cloud credits

    A360 Collaboration
    Autodesk® A360 Collaboration for Revit® is a Cloud Subscription service that works with Revit® software to connect building project teams with centralized access to BIM project data in the cloud. Teams stay connected in real time using the Communicator chat tool within models. Integrated with Autodesk A360, Collaboration for Revit enables the entire project teams to work on shared building information models | Autodesk Account | Product Update

    Advance Steel 2017 Extension
    Advance Steel 2017 Extension enables BIM data exchange between Autodesk® Revit® 2017 and Advance Steel 2017, through a complete set of functionalities like import, export or synchronize | Autodesk App Store | Free

    Batch Print
    Batch Print for Autodesk Revit® provides an easy way to print a large number of drawings (views and sheets) from a project unattended | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement

    BIM 360 Add-in
    BIM 360™ construction management software enables almost anytime, anywhere access to project data throughout the building construction lifecycle. BIM 360 empowers those in the field to better anticipate and act, and those in the back office to optimize and manage all aspects of construction performance | Autodesk Account | Subscription Product Enhancement Can be installed w/ Revit 2017

    CTC BIM Manager Suite Version 17.0.4 Released

    From the Autodesk App Store...

    About This Version

    Version 17.0.4, 9/15/2016
    • Family Processor:
      • New Feature - Options now allow creating log files automatically to a specified folder.
      • Enhancement - The progress dialog is now movable and allows canceling the processing.
      • Enhancement - Suggestion winner:  A new logging engine now allows filtering the log results by entry types (e.g. Success, Warning, Error, etc.) and exporting log information to different formats.
      • Enhancement - When replacing with shared parameters, if a shared parameter exists with the exact same name and parameter type as the one to be replaced, the matching shared parameter will be selected automatically from the list of available shared parameters of that parameter type.
    • Shared Parameter Manager:
      • Enhancement - Automatic handling of parameter groups 
      • Enhancement - View and save report log of operation
      • Enhancement - Added option to specify "Varies by Group Instance" parameter setting
    • Type Swapper:
      • New Feature - Save and load selection sets
      • New Feature - Save processing logs to spreadsheet
      • New Feature - New element types to swap:  materials and fill patterns
      • New Feature - Delete selected and delete unused buttons and context menu
      • Enhancement - Removed "Delete Unused" from Dimension, Text and Line Style tabs
      • Enhancement - Multi-select buttons and context menu added
      • Bug Fix - Fixed issue where Duplicate Families were ignored if they had a number in the name

    CTC BIM Project Suite Version 17.0.4 Released

    From the Autodesk App Store...

    About This Version

    Version 17.0.4, 9/15/2016
    • BIM List:
      • New Feature - Notifies the users when a server or cloud database is deleted
    • Detail Link:
      • Enhancement -  Remembers last used settings
      • Fab Sheets:
      • New Feature - Specify view templates for schedule view creation
      • New Feature - Create sheet views for increments of sequences
      • New Feature - Create selection views for increments of sequences
      • Enhancement - Choose new methods for applying view filters to generated views
      • Enhancement - Improved storage of settings in the project, particularly for workshared environments
    • Parameter Jammer:
      • Enhancement - View and save report log of operations
    • ScheduleXL:
      • Enhancement - Find Replace function can be used to repath multiple links
      • Enhancement - Vertical text in headers now displayed vertically in schedules and drafting views
      • Enhancement - Improved storage of settings in the project, particularly for workshared environments
    • Spreadsheet Link:
      • Enhancement - Improved storage of settings in the project, particularly for workshared environments
      • Enhancement - Allow selecting a category even if no instances of category exist in the project
    • View Creator:
      • New Feature - View templates tab added to facilitate associating templates and views
      • Enhancement - Filter selectors added to applicable tabs
      • Enhancement - Rename plans/ceilings views
      • Enhancement - Context menus added to improve item selection
      • Enhancement - Improved storage of settings in the project, particularly for workshared environments
      • Enhancement - Schedule view templates automatically excluded in UI when appropriate
      • Enhancement - The dependent views tab now excludes duplicate names of scope boxes
      • Bug Fix - Resolved issue where View Creator may interfere with CTC Plotter & Exporter dialog

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Roundup – For the Week of September 4, 2016, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

    A couple new Revit-related add-ins made their debut on the Autodesk App Store during the week of September 4th, QuickPrint, for expediting the printing process, and End User Assistant, for use with Revision Cloud Manager.

    Numerous add-ins were also updated, including fairly significant updates to BIMiTs DataLink and the aforementioned Revision Cloud Manager.

    NEW

    QuickPrint
    The quickest way to print in Autodesk® Revit® | Trial
    About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 9/9/2016 – Initial release.

    End User Assistant
    A helper program that runs in the background and ensures full functionality of other add-ins of DZ Studio | Free
    About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 9/6/2016 – Initial release.


    UPDATED

    Xinaps Spatial Requirements Assistant
    Xinaps Spatial Requirements Assistant™ App continually monitors that all functional building requirements are met as different design options are investigated | Trial

    About This Version: Version 1.2.5, 9/9/2016 – Update and multi language support; New 3D visualisation of area schemes, where you can set up a coloured multi floor overview of all different area types.

    Xinaps Financial Simulator
    Xinaps Financial Simulator™ App enables Return on Investment (ROI) calculations, monitors the financial impact of design decisions and supervises achievement of owner and developer financial goals | Trial

    About This Version: Version 1.2.5, 9/9/2016 – Update and multi language support

    Xinaps Daylight Ratio Evaluator
    Xinaps Daylight Ratio Evaluator™ automates daylight requirement checking for building rooms via status checks of daylight area ratios within your BIM model | Trial

    About This Version: Version 1.2.5, 9/9/2016 – Update and multi language support

    Revision Cloud Manager Version 1.1.1 Released

    From the Autodesk App Store...

    About This Version

    Version 1.1.1, 9/6/2016
    • 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.
    • Improved user interface.

    Description

    Smart manage revision clouds.
    • All information in Autodesk® Revit®, streamline the workflow.
    • Manage by revision.
    • Export to Excel.
    • Shows who is the last-editor of a revision cloud. (need to install End User Assistant)
    • Automatically find corresponding sheet and detail number.
    • Save as print set.
    • Minimize hours + check for drafting mistakes.
    • Only requires one person to install. Others use "Comments" property for information input.

    Note: Trial version shows only the first 5 revision clouds.

    Revision Cloud Manager is brought to you by DZ Studio. It's priced at 10.00 USD, though a trial version is available.

    There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Roundup – For the Week of August 28, 2016, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

    No new Revit-related add-ins were added to the Autodesk App Store during the week of August 28th. However, numerous add-ins were updated.

    The ExportMaster and ImportMaster line of add-ins from TransMagic received an update notification system.

    A couple of add-ins, Export Schedules and Auto Floors Builder, were updated to Revit 2017.

    Finally, Unity received support for HTC Vive.

    UPDATED

    Export schedules
    Allows you to export Autodesk® Revit® schedules to Excel | Trial
    About This Version: Version 4.0.0.0, 9/1/2016 – Available for Autodesk® Revit® 2017

    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - 3DPDF®
    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - 3DPDF® exports your Revit models to 3DPDF format (.pdf file). You can set translation options while exporting model to 3DPDF | Trial

    About This Version: Version 1.0.0.2, 8/30/2016 – Update notification added: Now users will get notification if any update is available.

    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - CatiaV4®
    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - CatiaV4® exports your Revit models to Catia V4 format (.model file). You can set translation options while exporting model to CatiaV4 | Trial

    About This Version: Version 1.0.0.2, 8/30/2016 – Update notification added: Now users will get notification if any update is available.

    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - CatiaV5®
    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - CatiaV5® exports your Revit models to Catia V5 format (.CATPart file). You can set translation options while exporting model to CatiaV5 | Trial

    About This Version: Version 1.0.0.2, 8/30/2016 – Update notification added: Now users will get notification if any update is available.

    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - IGES®
    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - IGES® exports your Revit models to IGES format (.iges file). You can set translation options while exporting model to IGES | Trial

    About This Version: Version 1.0.0.2, 8/30/2016 – Update notification added: Now users will get notification if any update is available.

    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - JT®
    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - JT® exports your Revit models to JT format (.jt file). You can set translation options while exporting model to JT | Trial
    About This Version: Version 1.0.0.2, 8/30/2016 – Update notification added: Now users will get notification if any update is available.

    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - STEP®
    ExportMaster for Autodesk® Revit® - STEP® exports your Revit models to STEP format (.stp file). You can set translation options while exporting model to STEP | Trial

    About This Version: Version 1.0.0.2, 8/30/2016 – Update notification added: Now users will get notification if any update is available.