Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Free Purge CAD

From the Autodesk App Store:

Removing Autodesk® AutoCAD® imports from an Autodesk® Revit® file is a frustrating procedure. Whether these files are imported or linked, you must use different methods to remove them and if they are pinned or embedded in the model you have more works to do.

This task is necessary when you are about to deliver your project at the end of the deadline and you are in a hurry!

When your project is at the final stage and you want to purge all the linked or imported AutoCAD files, just click on the Purge CAD icon in our plugin and then Voila! All your linked or imported CAD files will be deleted whether they were pinned to your view or not and your project is clean from all the AutoCAD files.

clean and purged

FilterOK PRO and Free FilterOK (Updated)

From the Autodesk App Store:

FilterOK Pro it's filter,which helps you to find the necessary elements in a model according to certain parameters. The app has a simple and intuitive interface.

Define the Autodesk® Revit® tree model elements (Category - > Family - > Symbol) and choose a parameter value.

FilterOK Pro allows you to select, isolate, or hide multiple elements with one click.

FilterOK Pro has 2 modes: “AND” and “OR”.

When you activate the filter "OR" - the elements that contain one or another value of the selected parameters are selected.

When you activate the filter “AND” - the elements that contain all selected values of the parameters are selected.

The App also has a mode of operation with active model view elements of the model or all model elements.

Roundup – For Jan 22-28, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of January 22, 2018 was a modestly busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Two new Revit add-ins were published and another eight were updated. Also, one Navisworks add-in was updated.



Model Name Replace 
Add/Replace/Delete element name using various match conditions | Free
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.3.0, 1/25/2018 – Autodesk® Revit® 2015,2016,2017,2018 Supported

Duplicate Remover 2017
Removes elements which are perfectly overlapping | Trial
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0, 1/19/2018 – Initial Release.

Duplicate Remover

From the Autodesk App Store:

The tool deletes elements which are perfectly overlapping. These types of elements will cause incorrect scheduling/quantities. With a single click the tool removes this type of error.

Free Webinar Feb 1 – New Shop Drawing Engine in MWF

From the registration website:

MWF Masterclass Webinar: New Shop Drawing Engine

Join us as we delve into MWF's New Shop Drawing Engine and its new features available in the latest MWF release. Allowing for more intuitive drawing management and better visualization, the New Shop Drawing Engine can also:
  • Filter and/or customize what the user can see from a Revit level using revit schedules.
  • Use multiple elevation views i.e. sheathing and framing on the same page.
  • Create individual views for each layer within multilayer walls.
  • Set templates at the drawing settings level and apply these templates project wide.

Register now for our live webinar Thursday February 1st at 10AM EST or at 2PM EST. Recordings will automatically be sent to all registrants.

To learn more about our MWF products, please visit

Free Model Name Replace

From the Autodesk App Store:

It is common to change the name of the family/ type/ material/ view/schedule to standardize the template of the BIM Model or reuse the project file.

By making these tasks faster, we can increase the efficiency of our work.

Replace View Name

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Roundup – For Jan 15-21, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of January 15, 2018 was a busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Four new (or new-ish) add-ins were released, and a further thirteen were updated. There were also once again an obnoxious number of apparent false updates, including from serial offenders BIM SOFT SOLUTIONS (9) and archigrafix (5).

For the new add-ins, the free Calculator Lite is an advanced calculator, Electric High Voltage Power Cables E.H.V.P.C R2018 is for adding high voltage electric power cables, Electric Medium Voltage Power Cables EMVPC R2018 is for adding medium voltage electric power cables, and the free Smart Select is a multi-element auto-selection tool.

For the updated add-ins, CTB Link and HotGear Project - Parameter Explorer received relatively significant updates.


Calculator Lite
Advanced Calculator that has some advanced features | Free
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 1/18/2018 – Initial Release

Electric High Voltage Power Cables E.H.V.P.C R2018
This plugin development for Autodesk® Revit® 2018, which gives the ability to add High voltage electric power cables type, instance and standard for flexibility in a drawing | USD 499.00
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.01.0, 1/18/2018 – New Version for high voltage power cables

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Free CTB Link v1.1.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.1.0, 1/18/2018

New features in this release:
  • Adds a real-time WhatsApp support number
  • Adds a post-processing phase to fix some Revit inconsistencies with RGB colors
  • Changed name of file from 'output' to the name of the actual CAD file

Bugs fixed in this release:
  • Fixes an issue with treatment of line types
  • Fixes some issues with layer processing
  • Fixes a bug where nested blocks weren't being appropriately handled
  • Post processing of RGB colors to make them identical to the DWG file (Revit's bug)
  • Fixes a bug with reading information about color index 254 in the CTB file

Monday, January 22, 2018

VisionREZ Residential BIM Solution

From the VisionREZ website:

VisionREZ Residential BIM Solution

VisionREZ is a residential Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology that allows for the sharing of all information related to a project to be contained in a single and accessible model. VisionREZ automates design tasks and integrates information so it can be utilized across functions and organizations enabling coordination between the disciplines.

Built on the popular Autodesk Revit platform, VisionREZ provides a familiar user experience and market-wide recognition. Alpine, a market leader in software for the residential construction industry, has been developing software for Autodesk platforms for more than 25 years.

VisionREZ makes Revit simple for residential use, allowing designers to be more efficient, estimators more accurate, and connecting the entire construction supply chain.


© 2016 Alpine, an ITW Company Inc. All Rights Reserved

VisionREZ is brought to you by Alpine. Pricing was not known at press time.

There's more information available on the VisionREZ website.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

VisionREZ Architecture for Residential Design

From the VisionREZ website:

VisionREZ Products – Architecture 

The VisionREZ base product provides architectural features and functionality to aid in the design of residential structures. VisionREZ architectural features make residential designers more efficient by automating many of the tools and processes they most frequently use.

VisionREZ Structure for Residential Design

From the VisionREZ website:

VisionREZ Products – Structure 

VisionREZ accurately finalizes structural detailing that includes floor, ceiling and rafter framing and other miscellaneous lumber items, such as collar ties, struts and lookouts for modeling. Once modeled, the structure can be manipulated for construction drawings or quantity takeoff items.

VisionREZ Structure incorporates the most versatile framing engine in the market, with the power of Revit. The tools give designers incredible flexibility to manipulate the framing, while making it fast and easy to frame.

VisionREZ Options Manager for Residential Design

From the VisionREZ website:

VisionREZ Products – Options Manager 

VisionREZ Options Manager accurately produces master plan sets and lot-specific solves in the same workspace by using a simple visual grid view. The options selector, includes the easy to use rule-based selection tools allowing for lot specific solves of even the most complicated option sets.

VisionREZ Options Manager is visual – no more cryptic descriptions and check boxes. Using a simple rules-based interface, complicated lot-specific solves can be generated by building options into the base model and excluding options that don’t apply. The additional modeling can then be purged, resulting in a complete lot specific model. Revit’s parametric capability automatically updates changes on all construction documents, including plans, elevations, sections or schedules.
The grid is expandable, so VisionREZ Options Manager grows with your business.

VisionREZ Navisworks Add-in for Quantity Takeoffs

From the VisionREZ website:

VisionREZ Products – Navisworks® 

VisionREZ provides a takeoff estimating tool for the completed structure. It is a flexible project development platform that enables construction professionals to combine and review integrated models and data to ensure greater control over project outcomes.

Utilizing the inherent benefits of Revit’s modeling environment, Navisworks can automatically takeoff modeled elements and export the data for further analysis. Navisworks provides a visual takeoff, so elements that are not associated yet can be identified and rules can be created to include them in the takeoff.

VisionREZ created a Navisworks plugin that automates the process of associating building elements and quantity takeoff measurements and exports this into an easy to manipulate Microsoft® Excel pivot table. This can be imported into most back office ERP systems.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Light Fixture Family Count with Dynamo

From the Architect Machines website:

By Ryan Cameron

Light Fixture Family Count

Quick script to get an idea of the Electrical Lighting Fixtures by instance by count in your Revit [model]

Read more on the Architect Machines website »

Using Dynamo to Create Room Length and Width Parameters w/Tags

From the Architect Machines website:

Room Finder and Length & Width

Create Length and Width parameters w/ tagging with this script.

By Ryan Cameron

Read more on the Architect Machines website »

Dynamo Program Checker QA Review

From the Architect Machines website:

Program Checker QA Review

By Ryan Cameron

Create a series of rooms from scratch. Excel template file import included with formula’s to check Pass/Fail of program area.

This script is designed to compare what’s in the Revit model rooms (areas) and fill in the blank program requirements inputted by the architect or the owner. (Based around 10% +/- allocated building program)

Read more on the Architect Machines website »

Dynamo Building Program Generator

From the the Architect Machines website:

Building Program Generator

By Ryan Cameron

This script will generate colorized placeholder families that represent volumes of spaces.

Read more on the Architect Machines website »

Friday, January 19, 2018

Modelo – Online Model Viewing, Collaboration and Quantity Takeoffs

From the Modelo website:

View, Collaborate, and Markup 3D BIM Properties & Elements from Revit

Lightning Fast 3D Quantity Takeoff Calculations 

January 17, 2018

Modelo supports your complete design-build-manage process by with a robust, collaborative online BIM tool. Modelo automatically imports BIM properties and elements from compatible Revit files. By predictably, productively and profitably connecting workflows, utilizing BIM in Modelo permits team members to more completely navigate models, conduct lightning fast 3D quantity takeoff calculations and analyze sectional material volumes, mark-up the design with their comments, and digitize their construction sites and processes – all in an online tool accessible from any device.

Collaborating on Building Information Modeling projects is made easy in Modelo. The online 3D BIM tool allows users to quickly calculate the volume of materials required, construction costs, or any other number of construction-related calculations. These estimates can then be recorded and shared through Modelo and any construction issues that are foreseen in the design can be marked up directly on the design in the browser and addressed prior to construction beginning.

Electric High Voltage Power Cables E.H.V.P.C.

From the Autodesk App Store:

High Voltage Electric Power Cables (H.V.E.P.C) is a plugin development for Autodesk® Revit® 2018 and Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2018, which gives the ability to add High voltage electric power cables type instance and standard for more flexibility in drawing and counting.

This plugin contains more than sixty various high voltage power cables. All cable parameters (overall diameter, bend radius, insulation type, and material) are in accordance with British Standard (BS) and IEC as indicated in the plugin database.

Electric Medium Voltage Power Cables EMVPC

From the Autodesk App Store:

Medium Voltage Electric Power Cables (M.V.E.P.C) is a plugin development for Autodesk® Revit® 2018 and Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2018, which gives the ability to add medium voltage electric power cables type, instance and standard for more flexibility in drawing and counting.

This plugin contains more than three hundred various medium voltage power cables. All cable parameters (overall diameter, bend radius, insulation type, and material) are in accordance with the British Standard (BS) and IEC as indicated in the plugin database.

Free Calculator Lite – Unit Conversion, Decimal to Fractional Feet, Formulas and More

From the Autodesk App Store:

Wesex Technology is pleased to offer any Autodesk® Revit® user access to its new Revit add-in: Revit Calculator - Lite.

Do you ever find yourself needing to do a calculation manually and find yourself in need of a calculator?

Most of your options for a calculator include Excel, a physical calculator, or the plain basic windows calc app. With the introduction of this new app, you can have your very own calculator inside of Revit. Don't waste time looking for a calculator that may or may not do what you need it to do. Revit Calculator - Lite gives you access to a variety of different functions that will help to solve most problems you'll encounter. Now you don't have to worry your calculator can solve the problem for you!

Advanced Features Include:
  • Unit Conversion
  • Decimal Feet to Formatted Feet: 7.625 --> 7' 7' 1/2"
  • Formulas: Area, Perimeter, etc.
  • Factorials
  • Square Roots
  • Exponentiation
  • Calculation History
  • Trig Functions, and so much more

Screenshot of the Feet to Fractional Inch Screen.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

AVAIL Update Enables RPC Access; AVAIL to Ultimately Replace ArchVision Dashboard

From the ArchVision website:

Accessing RPC using AVAIL

January 18, 2018 by ArchVision, Inc

We have some exciting news to share! The RPC platform is preparing for major changes. We are already delivering new RPC content and giving you tools to create your own content but that’s only the beginning. We are also in the process of replacing the ArchVision Dashboard with AVAIL. Dashboard was our first content manager designed to help you be more successful. Our goal was to give you a tool to access, manage and create your RPC content quickly and easily. In short, Dashboard is one of the main inspirations driving AVAIL. So, what’s the big news?

RPC content can now be accessed via AVAIL!

As part of our first phase of development, we have made the majority of our RPC content accessible through the RPC | All Access Marketplace channel in AVAIL. See the instructions below for getting started. Moving forward we will continue to move current RPC content over to AVAIL as quickly as we can. We will continue adding brand new content as well. If you are using RPC’s then most likely you are a visual person. AVAIL’s easy-to-use interface makes finding ALL of your content faster. To see a full list of AVAIL features visit the AVAIL website.

Product Roundup – Free Add-ins from HotGear Project (Updated)

From the Autodesk App Store:

HotGear Project

This Project is founder by Johnes Hou, who began start to use Revit in 2014 as a BIM Modeller. After doing the repetitive work day after day, Johnes began looking for the automation solution and start developing the tools for his daily works.

Consulting Services 

Custom Development

HotGearProject - 3D Section Box
3D Section Box By Plan, Elements, and Section | Free
 (1 review)

HotGear Project - Auto Elevation By RoomSpace
Auto Elevation By RoomSpace is used to create automatically a section view along with the each Room and Space boundary on the right level | Free
☆☆ (0 reviews)

HotGear Project - Parameter Explorer: Filter, Select, Check and Modify, now Free!

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.2.0, 1/15/2018
  • HotGear Now is Free For Everyone.
  • Refresh Data will not clear the FilterTree anymore.


Parameter Explorer is used for filtering, modifying and checking Elements parameters, including synchronizing data with Excel, override colors and temporary isolate specific elements.

  • Access all Elements which have a Category within a document.
  • Quick Select Elements on Autodesk® Revit® by parameters & category filter.
  • Read all Elements data instantly on the table.
  • Edit data more efficiently.
  • Excel Export and Import (easy charts creation with Excel).
  • Visualization Elements data on view by color override.

Free HotGear Project - Element Merger: Join, Unjoin, Switch, Cut, and Uncut Elements

From the Autodesk App Store:

Quickly Join / Unjoin / Switch / Cut / Uncut each Elements on Autodesk® Revit® selection.

Join all selected category elements in document.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Comparative Review: From Revit to Virtual Reality

From the AECMagazine website:

Review: From Revit to VR

February 3, 2017

Greg Corke gets hands-on with three Virtual Reality (VR) applications that work seamlessly with Autodesk Revit, weighing up their capabilities and assessing how well they combine with the HTC Vive and workstation GPUs

Desktop mode in Autodesk LIVE

Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the most exciting technologies to hit the AEC market in years. Architects, engineers and clients alike can experience a realistic virtual prototype of a building long before it is built.

A fully immersive VR experience gives you a sense of scale, depth and spatial awareness that simply cannot be matched by a rendering, walkthrough or physicalscale model. The feeling of presence – of existing inside the 3D model – is quite incredible. Users have the freedom to explore a building at their own pace, to understand how it will feel and function. Walking across rooms, teleporting through doors, peering around corners – it’s all possible with a fully tracked roomscale experience.

The impact on the design process can be huge – but only if VR can be used at the precise moments where it adds most value.

Read more on the AECMagazine website »