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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Family Organizer

From the Autodesk App Store:

The Family Organizer is a Revit addon that can automatically organise the history of Autodesk® Revit® families of different version by creating the folders and sub folders with Revit Version and Category. This not only saves time, but can help make sure that library is managed consistently.
The Family Organiser can do the following task.
  1. Select the source folder where all the families are saved from different version in unorganized way
  2. Select the directory where the organised library should be updated
  3. Run the command which then process to manage the library.

It is important to mention that family organizer will not change or delete the original files, it will take a copy of it, read all its property and save it into the proper target folder.





About This Version
Version 1.1.2, 10/26/2016
Initial Release.

The Family Organizer add-in is brought to you by Doxenter. It's priced at 24.95 USD.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014.

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

Free Knauf Revit Plugin for Specifying Wall Systems

From the Knauf website...

Revit users can now filter and select Knauf products directly inside Revit. The Knauf Revit plugin provides the ability to add over 10,000 wall systems to a project at the touch of a button,  directly from within Autodesk Revit.


To download the Knauf Revit plugin click the link below.

Revit Add-In

There's more information available on the Knauf website.

Editor's Notes: 
  • The version of Revit that the add-in is compatible with is not apparent

Free Specify Caroma Add-in for MEP in the Australia & New Zealand Region

From the Caroma website...

Never again will you need to search multiple websites and catalogues for your bathroom and kitchens solutions!

Caroma proudly has one of the largest catalogues of Autodesk® Revit® files across Australia's building products industry. Our Revit® Add In contains our extensive range of market leading products and brands all in the one location, within Revit®, saving you valuable time during the design and specifying process.



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Webinar October 25, 2016 – UNIFI New Feature: Create, Find & Share Schedules in the Cloud

From the Unifi blog:

Seamlessly Create, Find & Share Schedules in the Cloud with UNIFI

How much time have you spent trying to recreate or build schedules?  What about trying to find or share a schedule?  With UNIFI’s newly released support of Revit Quantity Schedules, you can easily set up or retrieve a schedule in seconds and you don’t even need to open Revit to view it. Learn how this time saving, headache-free solution that will enable you to focus on what you do best – designing and building structures. And, attend our webinar on October 26 at 10amPT to see Schedules in action.


The Value of Schedule Support Inside UNIFI

Schedules are data-centric views of a BIM model and are critical to a firm’s documentation workflow.  The manner in which firms create and deploy schedules is similar to how content is managed, since schedules are the tool for the reporting of quantities and attributes of content.

Free Dulux Colour Atlas Add-in (Updated)

Originally published on August 28, 2014

Updated on October 25, 2016 to reflect current marketing information from the Dulux website, and to add links to related topics.

From the Dulux website...

Dulux BIM Solutions

Dulux BIM Solutions provides easy-to-use BIM content and add-ins so you can add Dulux colours to your Revit® & ArchiCAD® projects quickly and simply. Dulux BIM Solutions, inspiring colour creativity.

Dulux Colour Atlas

The Dulux Colour Atlas Add-In for Revit® provides access to over 4,600 Dulux Colours including Decorative, Powder Coatings and Protective Coatings without leaving Revit®. Using the Add-In, surfaces in Revit® can be 'painted', automatically generating data to populate specification schedules. Automating this process makes the painting in Revit® faster, eliminates manual data entry and reduces errors. Version 2.0 now includes the capability to paint 'Split Faces' and paint surfaces within the Family Editor.

Available for Revit® 2014, 2015 & 2016



There's more information available on the Dulux website.

Related

Free DuSpec Paint Specifications Add-in

Further Reading

Free DuSpec Paint Specifications Add-in

From the Dulux website...

Dulux BIM Solutions

Dulux BIM Solutions provides easy-to-use BIM content and add-ins so you can add Dulux colours to your Revit® & ArchiCAD® projects quickly and simply. Dulux BIM Solutions, inspiring colour creativity.

DuSpec Paint Specifications

The Dulux DuSpec Add-In for Revit makes the process of creating detailed paint specifications within a BIM workflow faster than ever before. Using the DuSpec Add-In, specifiers can interrogate and data-mine their Revit project materials and apply DuSpec paint specifications to Revit Elements. These specifications can be scheduled and exported as both PDFs and Excel datasheets directly from the Add-In, or pushed natively back into Revit schedules.

Available for Revit® 2014, 2015 & 2016

View User Guide



There's more information available on the Dulux website.

Related

Free Dulux Colour Atlas Add-in

Monday, October 24, 2016

Roundup – For the Week of October 16, 2016, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

A few new Revit add-ins debuted on the Autodesk App Store during the week of October 16th: one for working with datums, the free RevitTea Grid/Level, one for creating 3D PDFs, 3D PDF Maker, and the KeyShot 6 Revit Plugin for exporting to Keyshot 6 for rendering.

Ten add-ins were updated, including the folowing that received relatively significant updates: PowerCad-M, PowerCad-PNL, and Cloud Renderer.

NEW

ReviTea Grid/Level 2017
This tool helps easily trim/extend Grids and Levels, turn on/off multiple bubbles of Grids and Levels | Free
About This Version: Version 1.2.0.0, 10/19/2016 – Original release.

3D PDF Maker for Autodesk® Revit®
3D PDF Maker for Autodesk® Revit® allows to create interactive 3D PDF documents connecting to Revit or by processing the .dwf, .dwg, U3D and PDF files exported from Revit | Trial
About This Version: Version 2.0.0.16, 10/17/2016 – Initial release

KeyShot 6 Revit Plugin
A plugin for integration between Autodesk® Revit® and KeyShot 3D rendering and animation software | Free
About This Version: Version 1.2, 10/17/2016 – Improved Revit support.

UPDATED

3DPDF Exporter for Revit®
3DPDF Exporter For Autodesk® Revit® exports your model to secured and encrypted 3D PDF file | Trial
About This Version: Version 2.4.0.0 , 10/20/2016 – Added ability to export Revit Link model.

BIM Track™
BIM Track™ is a web-based collaboration platform that empowers your team with better coordination workflows. It provides a central hub for all coordination information from design to construction | Free

About This Version: Version 1.6.1, 10/20/2016 – General bug fixes and improvements

Free and Open Source BCFier – Create and Open BCF Files in Revit

From the BCFier website...

BCFier is an Open Source BCF client developed to help you deliver better buildings.

Like IFC is the open standard for Building Information models, BCF (also developed by buildingSMART) is the open standard for Building Issues. BCFier is a set of plugins and standalone apps that handle BCF and integrate directly with BIM tools.

Contribute to the Open BIM community by developing and extending BCFier to support more platforms and and online services, BCFier is now Open Source!

AUTODESK REVIT ADDIN AND STANDALONE VIEWER

Create and open BCF files directly within Autodesk Revit 2015 and 2016. With BCFier you can create isseus of 3D and 2D* views, add multiple views and comments to an issue and easily share them with other team members. BCFier also features a standalone Windows app that lets you review BCF files without the need of third party tools.

Check out the User Guide on how to get started.

*2D views are not a feature part of BCF therefore this functionality will only work in Revit.

Sigma Revit integration for Cost Estimating (Updated)

Updated on December 14, 2016 with a working video.

From the Sigma Estimates website...

Autodesk Revit integrates directly with Sigma. The Sigma app developed for Revit makes it easy to assign price codes to all families and export directly to Sigma for estimating.The interface has a lot of options for structuring the Cost Breakdown and grouping, applying filters, replace units, etc, and has been widely used on both small and complex projects. Since Sigma is an object focused system, all properties from the Revit objects are visible and useable in Sigma, and all objects can be highlighted directly in the 3D viewer for better understanding in the estimation process.



There's more information available on the Sigma Estimates website.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Free Cloud Render from AMC Bridge Version 2.0 Released

From the Autodesk App Store...

Cloud Renderer for Autodesk® Revit® is an add-in for Revit that enables physically based rendering of Revit models either on the Microsoft® Azure® cloud platform or locally using LuxRender, physically based and unbiased rendering engine. 3D models created in Revit can be displayed in photo-realistic views or rendered with built-in photorealistic renderers. It is reasonably fast and produces high quality images. Physically based rendering provides images of much higher fidelity, but requires significant computational resources. For this reason Cloud Renderer utilizes advantages of cloud resources for rendering.

Cloud Renderer uses LuxRender engine for the photo-realistic rendering. LuxRender is a free and open source software rendering system. Based on state of the art algorithms, LuxRender simulates the flow of light according to physical equations, thus producing realistic images of photographic quality. It is based on the PBRT project, but differs from that program by focusing on production rendering and artistic efficiency instead of scientific purposes.

Cloud Renderer consists of two parts, Revit converter of 3D model data into a format appropriate for the LuxRender engine and a rendering cluster that resides on the Microsoft® Azure® platform.

LuxRender for Cloud deployment packages can be downloaded from AMC Bridge website (link) and deployed according to the user’s guide.

Cloud Renderer for Autodesk® Revit® offers the following features:
  • Physically based and unbiased rendering using LuxRender 1.6 engine that produces realistic images of photographic quality;
  • Convertor for Revit models to Lux scene format. It supports conversion of camera, geometry, lighting, light groups, materials and textures data;
  • Local rendering;
  • Network rendering cluster on the Microsoft® Azure® cloud platform.


Free PowerCad-PNL Version 2.5 Released

From the Autodesk App Store...

About This Version

Version 2.5, 10/19/2016
  • Panel board naming function now includes the level that the panel is placed on
  • Panel schedules can now be created or opened from the Single Line Diagram

Description

PowerCad-PNL provides a live 2D interface to view your projects electrical system layout in  Autodesk® Revit® MEP.  Unconnected panelboards are displayed and boards can be renamed. PowerCad-PNL also helps you find panelboards within your model with a function that locates a view where the panelboard is visible and selects it. The cable length between boards and load on each boards is displayed in the 2D interface.   PowerCad-PNL also provides a link to PowerCad-5 for detailed electrical design, by exporting the panelboards and their connections into PowerCad-5. For more information on PowerCad-5 please follow the link http://www.powercad.com.au/powercad5.php

Separate window with live 2D line diagram displaying load and cable length.

Find your panel boards within your complex model easily.

Live 2D line diagram of all your panel boards and their interconnections.

The free PowerCad-PNL add-in is brought to you by PowerCad Software.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2017 and Revit MEP 2016, 2015, and 2014.

There's more information on the Autodesk App Store.

PowerCad-M Version 1.3 Released

From the Autodesk App Store...

About This Version

Version 1.3, 10/19/2016
  • New Electrical Equipment Module allows you to check all the electrical equipment in the model to ensure it has the correct data to allow connection to the electrical system
  • Tee-off Box's , Energy Meters and Split bus can now be modeled with the addition of 2 parameters to the Panelboard family then exported to Excel, a drafting view or PowerCad-5.
  • Sub circuit loads can now be exported to Excel and PowerCad-5
  • Panel board naming function now includes the level that the panel is placed on.
  • Electrical loads are categorised into load groups to AS/NZS 3000 for export to PowerCad-5
  • Panel schedules can now be created or opened from the Live Single Line Diagram
  • PowerCad-5 export can be saved to a file and then opened into PowerCad-5
  • Various bug fixs

Description

PowerCad-M provides a live 2D interface to modify your projects electrical system in  Autodesk® Revit®. Within the 2D electrical schamatic you can move boards or circuits by draging to another board. A powerful electrical estimating tool is also included in PowerCad-M. It allows you to define electrical zones and quickly estimate the buildings total electrical load. Completed electrical designs can be exported to excel or published to a drafting view to be attached to your construction drawings.

PowerCad-M also provides a link to PowerCad-5 for detailed electrical design, by exporting the panelboards, their loads and cable length into PowerCad-5. For more information on PowerCad-5 please follow the link.

Publish your single line diagram to a drafting view.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Product Roundup – Add-ins from StrucSoft Solutions, Including Some Free Ones

From the StrucSoft Solutions website...

MWF is the automated framing solution in Revit® for light gauge steel and wood studs.

MWF or Metal Wood Framer is a template-based and rule-driven extension to Autodesk® Revit® for framing. It empowers users to automate the modeling, clash detection & manufacturing of light gauge steel and wood framing including shop drawings, cut lists, BOM, optional CNC output & more.

MWF Pro Metal
MWF Pro Metal utilizes the built-in intelligence of Revit to automate the creation of light gauge steel framing across virtually any construction project. Developed in conjunction with industry experts, MWF Pro Metal’s built-in tools and automation allow users to easily frame entire projects while simultaneously creating schedules, material cut lists, framing elevations, and fully dimensioned 2D shop drawings. The tool of choice for professionals framing everything from bathroom pods, right up to billion dollar healthcare projects.

MWF Pro Wood
Are you a home builder looking to leverage the most powerful 3D building design software on the market, but need to provide construction grade shop drawings and cut lists? MWF HomeBuilder Suite for Autodesk Revit will automate wood framing of walls, floors, ceilings, rafters and trusses and provides excellent value. Whether you are creating single- or multi-family housing, using stick, panelized or modular construction methods, MWF HomeBuilder Suite will take your Revit model from the drafters table to the job site.

MWF Pro Suite
MWF Pro Suite is a bundle of MWF Pro Metal and MWF Pro Wood. Details may be found in either article related to these two products.


MWF CNC Modules (Updated)

From the StrucSoft Solutions website...

Build with one click from Revit and MWF
Output CNC, shop drawings, and cut lists.

Turn Revit into a powerful manufacturing tool. Export your wall, floor and truss information directly into a format readable by your company’s light gauge roll former or automated wood saw. Many operations are supported, including multiple knock-outs, notching, bird’s mouth cuts, hole cuts, rafter tails and member labels. MWF CNC modules now support: AMS Controls, Beck Automation, Howick, Hundegger, Knudson, Studmesiter, Pinnacle and Weinmann. We also support standard BTL format and WUP format for large panel building machines.


If your roll former, automated saw or panelizing machine is not listed, feel free to contact us regarding custom outputs.

MWF CNC Modules are brought to you by StrucSoft Solutions Ltd. Pricing is as follows:

MWF Light Gauge Roll former CNC
Creates outputs from MWF - Revit models for CNC roll formers

CNC Studmeister Module
CNC Howick Module
CNC AMS Controls Module
CNC Beck Automation Module
CNC Pinnacle Module

Price per roll former manufacturer - Standalone - SLM (stationary license) $3,995.00
Price per roll former manufacturer - Network - NLM (floating license - 1 user at a time) $4,995.00
Desktop Subscription - (12 Month license, standalone only, subscription incl.) $2,225.00

Subscription (1 year of technical support and upgrades - required at purchase) $895.00

Free ReviTea Grid/Level

From the Autodesk App Store...

Trim and Extend tool doesn't work with Grid and Level. Extent end of Grid and Level have two modes: 3D model extent mode and 2D view specific extent mode. It's not easy to switch between two extent modes and drag their ends, especially if there are lots of Grids or Levels. It's tedious to click one by one to show or hide bubbles of many Grids or Levels. ReviTea Datum tools could make your work easy.

  • Trim Grids tool works similarly to the Trim and Extend tool of Autodesk® Revit®. With it you can easily trim or extend one or more Grids to a boundary defined by Grid, Level, Reference Plane or Detail Line.
    • Trim/Extend Grid 3D: Trim or extend Grid 3D extents to the reference (Grid, Level, Reference Plane or Detail Line) as a boundary. Grids 2D extent will switch to 3D extent.
    • Trim/Extend Multiple Grids 3D: Trim or extend multiple Grids 3D extents to the reference (Grid, Level, Reference Plane or Detail Line) as a boundary. The extent end of a Grid that is close to the boundary is trimmed or extended. Grids 2D extents will switch to 3D extents.
    • Trim/Extend Grid 2D: Trim or extend a Grid 2D extent to the reference (Grid, Level, Reference Plane or Detail Line) as a boundary. Grids 3D extents will switch to 2D extent.
    • Trim/Extend Multiple Grids 2D: Trim or extend multiple Grids 2D extents to the reference (Grid, Level, Reference Plane or Detail Line) as a boundary. The extent end of a Grid that is close to the boundary is trimmed or extended. Grids 3D extents will switch to 2D extents.
  • Set Grids 3D Height: Set Grids 3D (model) extents in vertical direction by defining levels and offset.
  • Trim Levels tool works similarly to Trim and Extend tool of Revit. With it you can easily trim or extend one or more Levels to a boundary defined by Grid, Reference Plane or Detail Line.
    • Trim/Extend Level 3D: Trim or extend Level 3D extents to the reference (Grid, Reference Plane or Detail Line) as a boundary. Levels 2D extent will switch to 3D extent.
    • Trim/Extend Multiple Levels 3D: Trim or extend multiple Levels 3D extents to the reference (Grid, Reference Plane or Detail Line) as a boundary. The extent end of a Level that is close to the boundary is trimmed or extended. Levels 2D extents will switch to 3D extents.
    • Trim/Extend Level 2D: Trim or extend a Level 2D extent to the reference (Grid, Reference Plane or Detail Line) as a boundary. Levels 3D extents will switch to 2D extent.
    • Trim/Extend Multiple Levels 2D: Trim or extend multiple Levels 2D extents to the reference (Grid, Reference Plane or Detail Line) as a boundary. The extent end of a Level that is close to the boundary is trimmed or extended. Levels 3D extents will switch to 2D extents.  
  • Switch Bubbles can show or hide multiple Grids/Levels bubbles according to a boundary defined by Grid, Level, Reference Plane or Detail Line.


Friday, October 21, 2016

MWF Collaboration

From the StrucSoft website...

Quick and Easy Trade Collaboration

Loaded out of the box with the pre-set libraries of critical framing templates, panel joins, framing conditions, and clashing rules, users are ready to start using the MWF Collaboration App virtually immediately. As critical members and No-Fly zones are placed in and above walls the modified clash detection engine looks for interfering ducts, structural members, and other such objects before producing clash reports. Coordinate directly with subcontractors using the generated reports or export to Navisworks for real time collaboration.



MWF Advanced Metal

From the StrucSoft Solutions website...

Light Gauge Steel framing design, engineering and analysis
The only light framing design software for Revit®


MWF Advanced Metal is the first commercial plug in to bring light gauge steel engineering to Revit®. Combining Revit® API and our own finite element analysis engine users can now use Revit® loads, local code and custom design criteria to easily engineer light gauge steel floor systems, as well as complex truss systems and individual trusses. A full set of detailed engineering reports are automatically generated for each engineered truss, as well as fabrication drawings and material lists.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Avail Version 2.9.3 Released

From ArchVision's announcement...

AVAIL 2.9.3 is now available for download at http://getavail.com/Download.

*Note that if you haven't updated to 2.9.x you'll need to update both the AVAIL application and the AVAIL Content Browser for Revit.

Updates:
  • Microsoft created all kinds of havoc with their Windows 10 Anniversary update but we're on it!  If you experienced any crashes or hangups after updating Windows 10 you'll find relief in AVAIL 2.9.3!
  • Now you can drag & drop Revit Drafting Views, Schedules and Groups directly into your current Project through the AVAIL Content Browser for Revit!
  • Control auto-update for network deployments

Other Features in 2.9.x Include:
  • Analytics!
  • Support for Multiple Revit Sessions
  • Email notification when a Channel is shared
  • Update detection for AVAIL Content Browser for Revit
  • Ongoing bug squishing and user experience tweaks!

MWF Pro Metal

From the StrucSoft Solutions...

MWF, the professional grade framing application
Model, Coordinate, Engineer, manufacturer in Revit®


Developed in conjunction with industry leaders, MWF Pro Metal’s intuitive UI facilitates the creation of nearly all aspects of light gauge steel framing within your Revit® model. With over 9 years of development and user experience, MWF Pro Metal’s robust features make it the industry standard in Revit framing software. Easily create framing templates containing all information for accurate framing then match each template to Revit® wall or floor types. MWF’s intuitive template manager allows for the creation of multiple panels with one click. Accurate cutbacks, opening framing conditions and accessories are all implemented within a panel based on the template information and the existing conditions in your Revit® model such as rough opening dimensions, panel widths and heights as well as any interference.


MWF Pro Wood

From the StrucSoft Solutions website...

Home builders can now fully leverage the power of Revit®, using MWF Pro Wood


MWF Pro Wood is the ultimate Revit add on for wood builders. Capable of framing virtually any project from single family homes, to large scale multifamily structures, MWF Pro Wood is purpose built with wood construction experts in mind. MWF Pro Wood allows its users to create custom framing to define all aspects of wall, floor and roof framing, giving the software the information to then automatically apply the framing throughout the Revit model, simultaneously differentiating wall types, openings and penetrations throughout the project. With 3D framing complete, 2D panel drawings, cut lists, bill of materials and CNC output (optional plugin) are just a click away.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Our New Look

We've changed the color scheme of our site to a dark theme. We did this because monitors emit less radiation when displaying dark backgrounds, which is easier on the eyes.

Here's our new logo. It's a fusion of the Revit 2017 logo and our old Revit Add-ons logo. We LOVE our new logo!


Our banner's a work in progress; we have an artist working on a new concept, and we're really excited about it!

We look forward to unveiling our new banner and to giving credit to the artist of it and our new logo, and telling you about his connection to the Revit add-in community!

If you have any feedback for us about our new look, please, contact us.

KeyShot 6 Revit Plugin for Rendering

From the Autodesk App Store...

KeyShot 6 is an Autodesk® Revit® plugin which provides the ability to Render, Update and Export Revit geometry to KeyShot.

It’s the highest level of integration between your Revit session and KeyShot allowing you to export your geometry directly to KeyShot for rendering and keep it updated with KeyShot’s LiveLinkingTM technology.



Keyshot is a pre-requisite for this app and it can be downloaded from https://www.keyshot.com/resources/downloads/
This pre-requisite provides 14 days of trial and to activate it further, contact  support@luxion.com.

Note:
  • This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer).
  • Please make sure that you have admin rights, before installing Keyshot.

About This Version
Version 1.2, 10/17/2016
Improved Revit support

The free KeyShot 6 Revit plugin is brought to you by Luxion, Inc.

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

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