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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Giant-Size Roundup – For Oct 16 - Nov 12, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

We've been gone for a little while as we were occupied by other matters for the past month or so, but we're back in a big way with this giant-size roundup (and, by the way, our weekly "week-in-review" feature will return next week, and our monthly "what's hot" articles will return next month.)

In the four weeks this roundup covers, on the Autodesk App Store, five new Revit add-ins were published and another twenty two were updated, as were three Navisworks add-ins.

For the new add-ins, BV-MASTER PURGER is for purging unused views, Scan Terrain is for creating a toposurface from a laser-scanned point cloud, STRATUS is virtual design and construction software, UL SPOT app is for accessing green building product data from SPOT, and View Creator is self-explanatory.

For updated add-ins, BIM Track and Revision + Cloud Manager received relatively significant updates.

REVIT

New

BV-MASTER PURGER
This tool is used to purge unused views, sections and plans in a project | Free
 (6 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.1, 11/11/2017 – For release notes, see this post

STRATUS
STRATUS is virtual design and construction software | Trial
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.6.1.0, 11/9/2017 – the latest release

Scan Terrain
Creates an Autodesk® Revit® Toposurface from a laser-scanned point cloud with the option to isolate the ground terrain | USD 4.99
☆☆☆☆ (1 review)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 11/7/2017 – Initial Version.

View Creator
Create 50 views in 10 sec. Here you are! | Free
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 11/6/2017 – Initial release.

UL SPOT app
The UL SPOT app for Autodesk® Revit® is an add-in that enables Revit users to access product data from SPOT | Free
 (1 review)
About This Version: Version 1.0.12, 11/6/2017 – Initial release.

Updated

Revision + Cloud Manager (Trial)
Smart manage revisions, clouds and sheets. (Trial version) | Free
 (1 review)
About This Version: Version 1.3.0, 11/11/2017 – For release notes, see this post

Revision + Cloud Manager
Smart manage revisions, clouds and sheets | USD 15.00
 (5 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.3.0, 11/11/2017 – For release notes, see this post

Sheet Duplicator (2018)
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! | USD 20.00
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 11/9/2017 – New version

SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing 2018
Using "SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing" enables user to directly extract 2D reinforcement sheets from 3D model in Autodesk® Revit® | USD 90.00/M
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 2018-3, 11/7/2017 – Update Release 2018-3

Preview Image Generator (P.I.G.) Free Version!
In one click, create a consistent & clear preview image for your open Autodesk® Revit® family! No other add-in will provide this much satisfaction with so little effort! | Free
 (5 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.1, 11/7/2017 – This version is fully functional and thoroughly tested.  You will be able to convert your entire library today.  We look forward to adding future versions with even more functionality.

Preview Image Generator (P.I.G.) Batch!
In one click, replace those ugly preview images with consistent & clear images for your entire library! No other add-in will provide this much satisfaction with so little effort! | USD 139.00/Y
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.1, 11/7/2017 – This version is fully functional and thoroughly tested.  You will be able to convert your entire library today.  We look forward to adding future versions with even more functionality.

LightUp
LightUp offers realtime rendering inside Autodesk® Revit® and is now available as Trial | Trial
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 5.6.1, 11/7/2017 – Revit 2018 support. Improved texture loading. Fix for reflected shadows. Various bug fixes and improvements.

Lumion® Plug-In
See model changes in real-time in Lumion® with a LiveSync® preview version of the model, and also export your projects to Lumion® | Free
 (9 reviews)
About This Version: Version 2.03, 11/6/2017 – - minor bugs fixed

RevitWorks Door Factory 2018 Preview
Create Doors & Curtain Panel Doors quickly with the RevitWorks Door Factory Preview: a FREE door maker add-in. The Door Factory creates doors that are incredibly easy to use within Autodesk® Revit® | Free
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 18.0.3, 11/6/2017 – Help file URL's updated

COINS Auto-Section Box
Brings fluidity to the Autodesk® Revit® section box when modifying complex areas of a model. Saves seconds when communicating, costly minutes when modeling, and valuable hours throughout a project | Free
 (94 reviews)
About This Version: Version 5.5, 11/2/2017 – Added ability to select an existing view template to apply to new views.

Content Studio
Content management application used for collating, managing and sharing Revit® & AutoCAD® content firm-wide. Families, System Families, Drafting Views, Template Files, CAD Files and more... | Trial
 (1 review)
About This Version: Version 6.4.8, 11/2/2017 – Compatible Revit add-ins for Revit 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015. Also reads legacy files compatible with 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Sheet Copy
Duplicator sheets with different settings and a unique system for setting names | Free
 (3 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.1.0.1, 11/2/2017 – Fix problem with copy of some ViewPorts. Added find and replace in sheet Number. Added the ability to specify the number of copies for each sheet

Docuflow
The most advanced publisher tool for construction professionals. Exports PDF, DWG, IFC and drawing lists in 1 job, with your office standards and intelligent detection of size and orientation | Trial
 (1 review)
About This Version: Version 1.5.0, 10/27/2017 – Supports Autodesk® Revit® 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015.
Added last used folder preference.

Walk-Through-3D™ for Autodesk ® Revit®
Walk-Through-3D™ for Autodesk® Revit® 3.1 is a proof of concept add-in to connect Revit and Unity® gaming development platform | Free
 (31 reviews)
About This Version: Version 3.1.0.0, 10/25/2017 – Walk-Through-3D™ for Autodesk ® Revit® 3.1 adds next features: map, teleportation, route save/load, light source settings.

Family Size Reporter
Reports the sizes of loadable families within the Autodesk® Revit® Project in Kilo Bytes | Free
 (3 reviews)
About This Version: Version 2.1.1, 10/25/2017 – Big fixes to avoid crashes when creating xml libraries in very rare cases.

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
 (4 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.13, 10/24/2017 – For release notes, see this post

Reports
The most advanced multi-page reports engine for Revit® Schedules. Share long schedules in PDF Word or send to any printer. Supports customization: title block, autosave, custom logo, font formatting | Trial
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.8, 10/23/2017 – Release compatible with Autodesk® Revit® 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Solved error in projects with Imperial units.

Compare and fix levels elevations 2018
This tool is designed to compare the linked file levels with the current project levels | USD 2.99/M
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 10/23/2017 – Initial Release

RushForth Tools 2018
● Save hundreds of hours ● Link Revit to Excel ● Manage shared parameters ● Facilitate 3D section creation ● Automate project view and sheet setup ● And much more! | USD 99.99
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0, 10/23/2017 – Initial release.

Hangers 2018
This tool is designed to place hangers along the (Ducts , Pipes,Conduits,Cable Trays) automatically | USD 45.00/M
 (2 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.1.0, 10/20/2017 – Added different types of hangers

Structural Analysis Toolkit 2018
The toolkit is a suite of tools that supports the BIM process and allows structural engineers to analyze structures from within the Autodesk® Revit® environment | Free
 (1 review)
About This Version: Version 2018.1, 10/19/2017 – Downloading of results of structural analysis to Revit 2018 has been enabled.

Rectilinear
Make Elements Rectilinear, that is: horizontal, vertical, have equal Y points, or have equal X points | USD 10.00
☆☆ (1 review)
About This Version: Version 1.0.2, 10/19/2017 – Added Revit 2018 version.

Mesh Import from OBJ files
Import meshes from OBJ files into Autodesk® Revit® | USD 50.00
☆☆☆☆ (3 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.004, 10/19/2017 – Updated for 2018

Kubity Exporter
If you were previously using rvt2skp to instantly visualize your 3D models, now you can use this dedicated extension to simplify the process | Free
 (2 reviews)
About This Version: Version 4.0.0.1, 10/17/2017 – Now you can use this dedicated extension to simplify the process and instantly visualize your 3D models.


NAVISWORKS

Updated

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
 (4 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.13, 10/24/2017 – For release notes, see this post

IFC Exporter 2018
Plugin generates IFC2x3 and IFC4 files from the Autodesk® Navisworks® models | Trial
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 10/18/2017 – Version supports both IFC2x3 and IFC4 schemas

Smart Plant 3D Loader for Navisworks 2017
Use this plugin to enable Autodesk® Navisworks® Simulate and Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage to load and view Intergraph Smartplant 3D (.vue) files into your projects | Subscription App
 (6 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.3.0.0, 10/16/2017 – Updated release: 13/10/2017. Fixed the following customer reported issues: (1) Navisworks crashes when trying to load a .vue file. (2) Improvement to the messaging when non-SP3D geometry is present (including .zvf from SP interop publisher). (3) Do not show popups when in batch mode. (4) Cylindrical geometry inserted from AutoCAD file is not visible in Navisworks

Smart Plant 3D Loader for Navisworks 2018
Use this plugin to enable Autodesk® Navisworks® Simulate and Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage to load and view Intergraph Smartplant 3D (.vue) files into your projects | Subscription App
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.3.0.0, 10/16/2017 – Updated release: 13/10/2017. Fixed the following customer reported issues: (1) Navisworks crashes when trying to load a .vue file. (2) Improvement to the messaging when non-SP3D geometry is present (including .zvf from SP interop publisher). (3) Do not show popups when in batch mode. (4) Cylindrical geometry inserted from AutoCAD file is not visible in Navisworks

Smart Plant 3D Loader for Navisworks 2016
Use this plugin to enable Autodesk® Navisworks® Simulate and Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage to load and view Intergraph Smartplant 3D (.vue) files into your projects | Subscription App
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.3.0.0, 10/16/2017 – Updated release: 13/10/2017. Fixed the following customer reported issues: (1) Navisworks crashes when trying to load a .vue file. (2) Improvement to the messaging when non-SP3D geometry is present (including .zvf from SP interop publisher). (3) Do not show popups when in batch mode. (4) Cylindrical geometry inserted from AutoCAD file is not visible in Navisworks



Apparent False Updates

Most weeks there are a number of add-ins listed on the App Store as having been updated when they appear not to have been. We call these false updates.

We suspect false updates occur because developers have the ability in the App Store database to mark an 'update' without changing the version number. This is advantageous to developers because it moves their add-ins up in the App Store  'Newest' list. Also, authors of multiple add-ins on the App Store may use the practice to group their add-ins together. And some may mistakenly not change the version number for a legitimate update.

We verify false updates by comparing the current version numbers with our last posts about the add-ins. This is work for us, though, hopefully, value for you.

In the hopes that the App Store will someday fix this loophole or developers will cease the practice, we list the developers and their add-ins that, though marked as updated, were not.

  • BIM SOFT SOLUTIONS
    • Extract_Panel_Schedule to .csv, .xls_2018 (version 1.0.0)
    • Extract_Panel_Schedule to .csv, .xls (version 1.0.0)
  • BIM Vault
    • BV-FLIP WORK PLANE (version 2016.0.1)
  • Enscape GmbH
    • Enscape (version 2.0.2)
  • Luxion, Inc
    • KeyShot 7 for Autodesk® Revit® Plugin (version 1.4)
  • ProtoTech Solutions
    • WebGL Exporter For Autodesk® NavisWorks® - Trial (version 3.0.0.0)
  • RV Boost
    • DWG Explorer 2018 (version 2018.2)
    • DWG Explorer 2017 (version 2017.2)
    • DWG Explorer 2016 (version 2016.2)
  • Simlab Soft
    • SimLab Composer Integration for Revit (version 7.0.0)
    • SimLab Sketchup Exporter for Revit (version 7.0.0)
  • SOFiSTiK AG
    • SOFiSTiK 3D-PDF Export (version 2018-1.0)

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