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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Kubity Exporter v4.2.1.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 4.2.1.0, 7/12/2018

What’s New?
  • Geolocation
  • Shadow Settings
  • Cinematic Tour (fly through camera points automatically exported from Revit)
  • Surface pattern color support

Description

This plugin enables the Export to Kubity option in Autodesk® Revit® — seamlessly transferring Revit projects straight to the Kubity mixed-reality multiplex. Simply click the export button and your Revit model will automatically open into the Kubity desktop app.


TrueLook Construction Cameras for BIM 360 Docs

From the Autodesk App Store:

TrueLook’s interactive cameras allow you to view live video and images from your jobsites, create custom time-lapse videos, and record 24/7 security video. TrueLook's BIM 360 integration will allow you to send any camera photo to BIM 360, access all historical time-lapse photos in  Autodesk® BIM 360®, and more.
  • Create custom time-lapses for documentation and marketing, and access all images within BIM 360
  • Send any photo from TrueLook to BIM 360 with optional markup
  • Access your Autodesk contacts from within TrueLook


Monday, July 16, 2018

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for July 2018

Here on Revit Add-ons, with What's Hot, at about the middle of each month, we take a look back at the preceding month to see which new posts received the most pageviews.

We published 19 posts in June 2018, a down month for us, and received 44,919 pageviews.

Our roundup of 5-star rated add-ins on the Autodesk App Store seemed to rate well with readers as it came in at #1. Landscape Terrain Modeler, Align v1.4.0, and Section View Aligner came in at #2, 3, and 5 respectively. Our roundup of new and updated add-ins on the Autodesk App Store from June 22 also charted, at #4.


Bird Tools' Tag Alignment Tool

From the Autodesk App Store:

The “Bird Tools Tag Alignment Tool” is an Autodesk® Revit® Add-in that aims to arrange Revit TAGS and TEXT NOTES that have been assigned leaders in a neat form, such that their “landing lines” are straight and that all of their leaders are parallel. It proves to be extremely useful in areas that are overpopulated with tags and text notes and thus helps the user move all the tags contained in the aforementioned area to another tag-free area with a single mouse click.


Enscape v2.3

From the Enscape website:

Today we would like to introduce you to Enscape Version 2.3, which is even more exciting to use, for both architects and designers. Besides the noticeable improvements to be found in the VR performance, this latest version also brings new functionality to help optimize your workflow.

With Enscape 2.3 you can now create even better renderings.
And you have more time to do the real design work!



Free TransferSingle v1.4.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.4.0, 7/12/2018
  • 1.3.0
    • Added More Standards: Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Dimension Type, Parameters, Rooms, Spaces...
    • Ability to transfer Sheets (but without Views)
    • Ability to transfer annotation elements in Views (in any Sheets, Floor Plans, etc...)
    • Different behavior when selecting/clicking. Now you can use control, shift and marquee when selecting multiple standards.
  • 1.4.0
    • Fixed trick to move to default Revit Addins tab
    • TransferSingle is now signed

Description

Tired of all or nothing regular transfer standards? With Transfer Single you will be able to transfer just one item of most of the standards, event to multiple files at one time! Also you will be able to copy additional elements like views, printing setups, section boxes; worksets... even legends with contents!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Dimensions by Line v1.5.0.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.5.0.0, 6/18/2018
  • In the configuration settings window added the ability to check/uncheck the entire column
  • Added work with categories: Equipment (Mechanisms), Air terminals, Windows, Doors
  • New algorithms have been added, allowing for some categories (columns, air terminals, windows, doors) to put the size on the auxiliary working plane
  • Fixed a bug that caused skipping of some faces of elements

Description

The plugin allows you to place dimensions on the plan or section view along the conditional line formed by the two indicated points. Elements that will be dimensioned and ways of dimensioning (in the center and/or on the extreme sides) are specified in the working configuration.

Revision + Cloud Manager v1.3.2

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.3.2, 6/25/2018
  • Support Autodesk Revit 2019
  • Revision Manager: 
    • match sheet order to Revit
    • check revisions that are on selected sheets
    • show number of total/showing/selected sheets and revisions
    • show only selected revisions/sheets
    • notify user when some revisions cannot be pulled off from sheets because of revision clouds

Free IFC 2019 Add-in

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 19.1.0, 6/29/2018
  • General:
    • Some of the naming conventions for elements have changed.  Please discuss in the forums if this causes problems.
    • This is generally a bug fix release with some new Link IFC functionality.
  • New Export Functionality:
    • Add the ability to import and export custom configuration setups.
    • Add the ability to choose the project origin of the exported file.  There are 4 options:
    • Current shared coordinates origin
    • Internal Revit coordinates
    • Project Base Point
    • Site Survey Point
    • A number of IFC4 Reference View improvements, including:
    • Export some profile names with geometry when appropriate
    • Fix scaling of triangulation coordinates
    • Improve export of beam axis
    • Restrict use of many disallowed IFC entities and geometries
    • Allow columns to be space bounding elements.
    • Allow remapping of IFC entity attributes in addition to properties.
    • Create more associated type entities for IFC objects.
    • Consistent ability to override name, object type and description for all entities
    • Export connectors even if they aren't connected to other elements.
    • Export parts whose host elements are in linked files, regardless of if "Export Parts as Building Elements" is checked or not.
    • Improved creation of IFCBUILDING and IFCSITE entities
    • Better support for Illuminance and Volume parameter types.
    • Include the exchange requirement information in the File Header for COBie export.
    • New UI to allow assigning the address filled out in the export options to the building and/or site.
    • Reduce the facet count for some element geometries.
    • Support export of fabrication parts.
    • Remove unneeded "Triangulation only" checkbox in the "Level of Detail" export options tab.

Free IFC 2018 Add-in v18.4.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 18.4.0, 6/25/2018
  • General:
    • Some of the naming conventions for elements have changed.  Please discuss in the forums if this causes problems.
    • This is generally a bug fix release with some new Link IFC functionality.
  • New Export Functionality:
    • Allow columns to be space bounding elements.
    • Allow creating exportable formulas in Revit parameters.
    • Better support for Illuminance and Volume parameter types.
    • Reduce the facet count for some element geometries.
    • Support export of fabrication parts.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Preview Image Generator (P.I.G.) Batch! v1.5.1

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.5.1, 7/2/2018
  • Default view scales can now be set using default settings or by category. 
  • 2D Categories are now represented in a tab of their own - making the processing differences more apparent.  
  • P.I.G. is now digitally signed. 
  • Bug fixes and subtle UI improvements are also included. 

Description

Do you have Autodesk® Revit® families with horrible preview images?  This app is for you!

With one click, P.I.G. Batch will replace those ugly preview images with consistent & clear images for your entire library! It will even regenerate the preview image every time you save your families so you literally never have to worry again.  Just install the app and let P.I.G. do its job!

ViewIT – Optimized View Navigation

From the Autodesk App Store:

BIM Optimized ViewIT app for Autodesk® Revit® is a configurable, multi-functional application providing an optimized system for accessing your views and sheets through a variety of tools designed specifically to streamline model navigation. The ViewIT app helps eliminate the inefficiency of task-switching and scrolling through large projects in the Project Browser.

The Sheet Number function provides an interface that allows the user to key in and filter for specific sheet numbers. The Sheet Contains function provides an interface that allows the user to key in and filter for specific values in the Sheet Number & Name, again eliminating the inefficiency of scrolling through large projects in the Project Browser.

ViewIT provides several functions for expanding your capabilities when accessing your views. The Tile Checked Views function provides the ability to open and tile multiple views in a fraction of the time it currently takes. The Close Views function allows the user to close all but the active view.

Free CG Finder – Mark Centers of Solid Elements

From the registration website:

An Add-In to calculate the centroid of a solid element and place three model lines intersecting at the CG. This Add-In was created to help the precast industry with finding the CG of Structural Framing members for lifting purposes but this tool can be used in different industries.


BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Autodesk® Revit® & Autodesk® Navisworks® v5.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 5.0, 7/3/2018

The new Revit plug-in now available within the new BIMcollab 5 ecosystem with enhanced project management features and GDPR compliance.

New features and improvements
  • support for favorites
  • Revit ID’s in viewpoint info
  • fast switching between perspective and orthogonal viewpoint (Revit 2019)
  • filter issues which you have to approve
  • improved support of floorplans, structural plans
  • adapted licensing system for easy roll-out on Citrix-systems
  • accelerated uploading, 20 to 40% faster
  • various small bugfixes and user interface improvements
  • improved performance and reliability

The new Navisworks plug-in now available within the new BIMcollab 5 ecosystem with enhanced project management features and GDPR compliance.

Version 5.0, 6/27/2018

New features and improvements
  • support for favorites
  • filter issues which you have to approve
  • add viewpoints of all clashes grouped into issues
  • adapted licensing system for easy roll-out on Citrix-systems
  • accelerated uploading, 20 to 40% faster
  • various small bugfixes and user interface improvements
  • improved performance and reliability

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

ElumTools v2019.3, 2018.8, 2017.11, and 2016.15

From the Lighting Analysts, Inc. website:

About This Version

2019.3, 2018.8, 2017.11, 2016.15

Enhancements and changes
  • Improved Instabase functionality in non-standard operating environments, such as EDU labs and similar.
  • Improved support for non-ASCII characters when getting a license.
  • Removed support for interfacing with legacy version of Photometric Toolbox (< 2.0).
  • Removed obsolete button for "Support Information".
  • Added column to Rendering Manager to indicate the calculation date and time.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed problem with ElumTools failing to communicate with versions of Photometric Toolbox, greater than or equal to 2.0.

Free Door Factory Preview Versions 19.0.0, 18.0.5, 17.1.11, and 16.2.6

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Versions 19.0.0, 18.0.5, 17.1.11, and 16.2.6 7/4/2018
  • Users can now add specification items to panels, handles, trims and jambs
  • Users can prepopulate these specification items by filling in the “description” parameters within the component
  • More IFC parameters added to doors automatically

Description

Create any hinge or double hinge door you want in seconds, without going into the family editor.

Read the Addons Blog Review (2015 PRO version)

Watch the AutoDesk University Independent Review. (2013 PRO version)

Go to our Door Factory Webpage to find out more about how the Door Factory will help you be more productive.

The Preview Version has no expiry date but has limited functionality:

Preview creates standard and curtain panel single and double Hinge doors for free.

Batch Purge Files Location's (sic)

From the registration website:

This tool is designed to purge unused project locations.

The tool will save a lot if time used in opening files one by one to delete unused project locations.


Light Distribution

From the Autodesk App Store:

Distribute Lighting fixtures and devices (including communication devices)  in rooms in Rows and Columns and automaticly allign the distribution to room orientation/rotation by selecting Room/Space or by pre-input 3 consecutive Points (3 Corners of Room) :
  •  Base-point is the first corner of Rectangular Array (Room).
  •  Second-Point allows you to get the x-axis and the y-axis and the distance between each item.
  •  Third-Point is the second corner of Rectangular Array (Room).

  • It's recommended to use the manual 3 Point method with Rooms with special shapes and geometry (circle , ellipse, etc..)
  • Useful in the distribution of Lighting, Sensors and communication devices

The 2 methods of destribution are
  1.  X and 2 X spacing: the distance between the elements and each other is double the distance between the elements and the borders
  2. Equidistant spacing: the distance between the elements and each other is equal to the distance between the elements and the borders


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Free License Borrowed Dialog Closer for AutoCAD & Autodesk Advance Steel

From the Autodesk App Store:

Do you use a borrowed network license and want to prevent the "License Borrowed" message from showing up every single time you start Autodesk® AutoCAD®?

[The license on this machine has been borrowed from a license server. You can continue to use this product during the borrow period without a connection to the license server. The borrow period for this license expires on: … To access the product again after the license expires, you must reconnect to a license server.]

With this freeware for AutoCAD and verticals it is possible. It will automatically close this dialog box for you.

Add-ins tab

BIM BOQ Quantifier – Bill of Quantities

From the Autodesk App Store:

This tool generates a Per Object Bill of Quantities (BOQ). The end user has the ability to configure different calculation methods by using straight or conditional formulas according to the Instance type and the Quantified BOQ Item. It has 2 main configuration modules:
  • Product Catalogue: Where the user can create/ configure different product catalogs.            
  • The purpose of this module is to allow the user to create a BOQ dictionary and assign BOQ items to each Revit Family/Type.
  • Revit Link: To link Autodesk® Revit® Components (Family*Component) to the product Catalogue and set the link formula from inside Revit.

Configure Types

Free Delete Filters

From the Autodesk App Store:

Delete Filters allows you to quickly delete multiple view filters from the project at once. The user can choose to delete all view filters in the project, or just the ones not in use by any views.

The Delete Filters user interface.

Avoid Clashes – Highlight Clashing Elements

From the Autodesk App Store:

This tool is designed to easy detect and highlight the clashes between Autodesk® Revit® Elements, helping users to avoid clashes.

The tool will detect and highlight clashes in your files between the modeled elements and all links.



Friday, June 22, 2018

Critical Mass – 5-Star Rated Revit Add-ins* on the Autodesk App Store

Peer reviews can help one to decide on apps to use or purchase. Unfortunately, reviews on the Autodesk App Store can be hard to come by. Apps that have thousand of downloads can have just a few reviews. Furthermore, the App Store's sort-by-rating function isn't the best as it doesn't take the number of reviews into account.

Listed below for your convenience are the 5-star rated Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store with at least four reviews, sorted by number of reviews, highest to lowest. Add-ins are also separated between free and paid.

We'll refresh this list every six months or so. And remember, reviews are important. Please take a few minutes to share your own experiences with apps on the App Store by submitting reviews!

Free

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
 (97 reviews)

Palladio X BIM WindowsLayout
Arrange windows by a scheme | Free
 (55 reviews)

Scan to BIM – Pipe Extraction

Editor's Note: This add-in is not to be confused with IMAGINiT's add-in of the same name, which has been discontinued.

From the Scan to BIM website:

Scan To BIM

Pipe extraction from point cloud Revit add-in

The most affordable pipe extraction solution at only $49/month.




ArtisGL Exporter

From the Autodesk App Store:

This plugin requires ArtisGL 3D Publisher to be present on the user's Windows 10 PC. The plugin allows the user to export Autodesk® Revit® scenes directly to ArtisGL. In addition, the user can export .OBJ file with materials.

For older Windows versions (Windows 7, Window 8) the plugin can be used to export .OBJ files only.

About ArtisGL

Create, render, share, print and publish 3D content over the world. ArtisGL is a powerful real-time rendering engine which produces various presentation-ready results. You can render in real-time, publish to WebGL, promote for free, animate, share, and print your 3D scenes and models. All content is Virtual Reality ready.

This product supports the following output targets.
  • Publishing Web and mobile ready interactive scenes (WebGL)
  • Video exporting with SD/HD/FullHD resolution
  • High resolution image processing (Add-on required)
  • High resolution 360 panorama exporting (Add-on required)
  • 3D Printing
  • Virtual Reality ready content creation


Giant-Size Roundup – For June 4-17, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The weeks of June 4 and June 11, 2018 combined to be very busy ones for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Five new add-ins were published and another 26 were updated.

For new add-ins, for Revit, Batch Export NWC_v 2019 is for exporting multiple Revit models to Navisworks, Section View Aligner is for aligning new or existing section lines with elements, and Xport Elements to ETABS® is for copying and pasting elements from Revit to ETABS. For Navisworks, iFBIM CVP SYNC is for exporting and importing clashes and viewpoints data from iFieldSmart. For BIM 360, Buzzsaw Migration Service is for transferring data from Autodesk® Buzzsaw® into BIM 360® Docs, Box, OneDrive, SharePoint, and others.

For updated add-ins, BIM Track™, Bonus Tools, CTC BIM Project Suite, Greenlee BendWorks®, and STRATUS each received relatively significant refreshes.

REVIT

New

Batch Export NWC_v 2019
The tool is designed to batch export Many Autodesk® Revit® models to NWC | USD 2.99/M
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 6/12/2018 – Initial Release

Section View Aligner 2017
Quickly and easily align a new or existing section line to a face or edge | USD 14.99
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 6/11/2018 – Initial release

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Greenlee BendWorks® v3.1.560

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 3.1.560, 6/8/2018
  • Custom Run Naming: Change individual conduit run names during the multi-split process
  • Smarter Back-to-Back Bend Logic: Updated back-to-back bend logic makes Bendworks even smarter and easier to use when modeling back-to-back bends.
  • Improved Cut Mark Values: Improved accuracy of the first mark cut value
  • Output File Conduit Labels Order: Updated the order of before and after conduit labels in the CSV and TXT files for accuracy.
  • Multi-Split Error Checking: Refined error checking in multi-split feature to eliminate inconsistencies
  • Enhanced Accuracy for 360-degree Angles: Updated the rounding associated with the 360-degree maximum angle error to improve accuracy
  • Updated Feedback Interface: Feedback in message windows have been revised for clarity 
  • Improved Error Feedback: Enhanced graphical output for select errors and warnings provides more information
  • Error Codes Linked to Help File: Error codes now include hyperlinks that lead to detailed explanations and solutions from our updated help files.
  • Enhanced Check and Export: The Conduit check and export option now also checks for pre-process errors along with process errors.

Bonus Tools v20.18.06.07

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 20.18.06.07, 6/11/2018
  • Revit 2019 fix.
  • 112 Dockable Dialog - Removed - Will still show for the following tools as their feedback window. 08 Family Tracking, 13 Dimension, 15 Elements On Level, 16 Inplace Families, 17 Referencing Files, 18 Remove All Views, 23 Group To Family, 28 Reference Planes, 29 View Template Usage, 31 Setting Out Points, 32 Navis To Revit, 33 Excel New Rooms, 33 Excel New Sheets, 34 Add Shared Parameters, 40 Copy Parameter Values, 41 Room Number To Door Number, 43 Place Family Types, 47 Areas Rooms To Mass, 52 Renumber Category, 58 File Coordinates, 59 Clash Importer, 67 Extensible Storage List, 71 RDS Tool, 73 Unused Elevation Markers, 75 Import Family Type, 78 Plan Regions, 79 Grid Alignment, 80 Revision List, 84 Scope Box Map, 85 Line Patterns Advanced, 87 3D Room Tag, 88 Element Properties Advanced, 90 Copy View Templates, 96 Room Paint Bomb, 98 Find Painted Elements, 99 Copy Scope Box, 100 Schedule Usage, 105 Tag All, 108 Add Project Shared Parameters, 110 Legend Usage, 111 Shared Parameter Usage, 112 Dockable Dialog, 114 Fill Patterns, 116 Line Styles, 121 Document Marcos, 122 Material Usage, 124 Update Key Plan
  • 113 Dockable Element Dialog - Removed - Pending further development. 
  • 08 Ribbon Settings - Update - Supply Usage toggle to turn off/on. Each time a tool is activated, a record will be sent to Kiwi Codes. This allows us to focus development on those high use tools. 
  • 08 Ribbon Settings - Update - Supply Warnings toggle to turn off/on. Each time a warning is created, a record will be sent to Kiwi Codes. This allows us to focus on fixing and removing bugs.
  • 35 View Filters - Reinstated. 
  • 127 Style Output - New - Export Style information to Excel.
  • 128 Filter Usage - Number changed.

BIM Track™ v1.20.0 – Featuring New Project Dashboard

From the BIM Track website:

Introducing project dashboard: personalized issue metrics and activity timeline

June 6, 2018

With last night’s release, we have introduced a major new feature to make BIM Track task management even easier for individual users: project dashboard. Project dashboard gives you a project-specific look at what affects your issues as an individual user. It will be the first thing you check when you log in, with an activity timeline that shows all activities that are relevant to you. It also includes metrics to quickly see how many of your issues are past due and much more. Check out our short video below, scroll down to learn more or visit your web platform, click “Dashboard” from your Project menu on the left-hand side, and start exploring.



CTC BIM Project Suite v19.0.1

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 19.0.1, 6/14/2018

BIM List
Bug Fix:  Resolved an issue which prevented processing Revit 2019 family files

BIM List

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

STRATUS v2.0.1.0 for Revit and BIM 360 Docs and Team

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 2.0.1.0, 6/15/2018 – this update includes automatic spool assembly sheet generation, enhanced QR code labels and scanning for tracking, additional shop tooling integration, and more

Description

GTP Services is a software development company working to extend Autodesk products for the construction trade contractor.  We build add-ins for Autodesk® AutoCAD® and Autodesk® Revit®, specializing in solutions for MEP and Fabrication.

STRATUS is offered in the Autodesk App Store as a 30 day free trial.  Please contact GTP Services for pricing and additional details.

STRATUS is an extension for BIM 360 Team and Docs.  It provides desktop add-ins for AutoCAD/CADmep and Revit, which leverage Fabrication content as well as normal Revit parts.  It includes special features that work with Greenlee's BendWorks and Dewalt's HangerWorks.  For fabrication, STRATUS integrates with TigerStop and PypeServer.

Free iFBIM CVP SYNC – Sync Clashes and Viewpoints Between Navisworks Manage and iFieldSmart

From the registration website:

This iFBIM CVP SYNC Plugin allows you to export and import clashes and viewpoints data from iFieldSmart platform.

To use this plugin, you need an  “iFieldSmart” account.

For more details about an “iFieldSmart” account, please send an e-mail to info@ifieldsmart.com, and we will get back to you within a day.

You can find the Plugin in Navisworks "Tool Add-ins -> IFBIM CVP SYNC”
It's totally free app and you can download from Autodesk App Store.

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