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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Free External Access Links Manager Version 3.0 – Now Includes Batch Tool

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 3.0.0, 6/20/2017
  • Updated to work with Autodesk® Revit® 2018
  • Batch Tool Added (Process All Revit® Projects in a Folder)
  • Check All / None Checkboxes Added for Loading / Unloading Links

Description

The 'External Access Links Manager' addin enables Revit users to view the links in Autodesk® Revit® project files without having to open them.

Once a Revit project file is selected, the 'External Access Links Manager' interface populates with data about the links in that project. Actions can then be performed on those links including repathing and setting the links to be loaded or unloaded the next time the project is opened. The user can also generate TXT reports which will list out information about every link associated with that Revit project file.

Batch Tool Interface (Annotated)


Standard Tool Interface (Annotated)

A summary of the 'External Access Links Manager' addins functionality is shown below. For a more detailed explanation please refer to the help documentation.

Interrogate Links
The interface (Shown in the screenshots below) allows the Revit user to view the 'Last Saved' state of the links in a Revit project and the 'status which will be applied to the links when the Revit project is next opened'.
The following information about each link will be visible to the user:

Project Name (Batch Tool only)
Link ID (The Revit element ID of the link)
Link Name (The full file name of the link)
Link Path Type (Relative or Absolute)
Link State (Loaded, Unloaded or Not Found)
Link Path (The full path of the link (including the filename))
Last Saved (The Last Saved date of the link (Will show 'Date Not Found' if link isn't found))

Repath Links
The interface allows the Revit user to repath each of the links individually. It also allows the user to repath all links of that type (Types include Revit, DWF and CAD) to one folder, making it quick to repath links if a folder containing links has been moved for instance.

Set Links to be Loaded or Unloaded
The interface allows the Revit user to set links to be loaded or unloaded when the Revit project is next opened. Simply use the checkboxes in the 'Is Loaded' column, or use the 'Load All' / 'Load None' checkboxes (Refer to the screenshots below).

Generate TXT Reports
The Revit user can generate TXT reports which list out information about every link associated with that Revit project file. The following information about each link will be printed to a TXT 'tab delimited' file. The TXT file could then be opened in a spreadsheet program to document this information for example.

The TXT reports can be generated without any changes being made to the Revit project file. They can also be generated after changes have been made. In each case the 'Last Saved' state of the links in a Revit project and the 'status which will be applied to the links when the Revit project is next opened' will be printed to the TXT file.

Batch Tool 02

Batch Tool 03

Standard Tool 01

Standard Tool 02

Standard Tool 03

Standard Tool 04

Standard Tool 05



External Access Links Manager is brought to you by Mike Richardson Design. It's free.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.

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

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