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Monday, January 15, 2018

Roundup – For Jan 8-14, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of January 8, 2018 was a moderately busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Two new add-ins were published, and another eight were updated. Frustratingly, there were nearly four times as many apparently false updates as there were legitimate ones.

For new add-ins, cove.tool is for exporting building geometry to cove.tool projects for energy analysis, and Export Shared Parameters is for exporting multiple shared parameters to a shared parameter file.

For updated add-ins, rvt2skp and Bonus Tools received relatively significant updates.

New

Export Shared Parameters
Export multiple shared parameters to a shared parameter file | USD 10.00
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 1/12/2018 – Initial release.

cove.tool
Exports building geometry to cove.tool projects | Free
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 1/11/2018 – Initial release allowing users to export building height, roof area, floor area, skylight area, wall area, and glazing area.

Updated

Family Manager PowerPack for Revit 2018 R2 
Family Manager PowerPack for Revit® is a graphical family browser that simplifies how local and networked Revit Families are accessed, managed and organized, saving time and reducing project file size | USD 140.00/Y
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 2018 R2, 1/12/2018 – R2 Release

Sheet Renumbering_2018 
The tool is designed to renumber the sheets automatically | USD 3.50/M
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 1/12/2018 – Initial Release

rvt2skp 2.0
With rvt2skp, export any Autodesk® Revit® project to a .skp file for free | Free
☆☆ (15 reviews)
About This Version: Version 2.0.0.0, 1/12/2018 – For release notes, see this post

Styler
You are unique. Make your Autodesk® Revit® appearance look as unique as you. Give Revit your own personal style!! | USD 4.99
 (5 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.3.0, 1/11/2018 – Now it applies the template when Revit starts. Solved a problem with Regional Settings with "," as decimal separator.

LotSpec for Autodesk® Revit®
Options Management software for Home Builders. Automatically configure "Lot Specific" plan sets in minutes by selecting Options from a menu. Create Master Plan Sets using a powerful suite of tools | USD 795.00/Y
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About This Version: Version 1.0.10, 1/10/2018 – Now skipping nested family instances during all solve functions. Now producing selected options CSV files in solved folder when solving project.

LinkReloader 2017
Quickly reload all links in a document without even having to open it! Link Reloader: Batch "reload from" multiple files at once! | Trial
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About This Version: Version 2.0.1, 1/10/2018 – Improved workflows.

Bonus Tools
Bonus Tools contains 117+ apps and can help any practice save time. Download, test and experience time saving tools that allow you to focus on the important tasks at hand | Trial
 (10 reviews)
About This Version: Version 20.17.12.12, 1/10/2018 – For release notes, see this post

AutoExcel
Auto Excel quickly exports any Autodesk® Revit® schedule to Microsoft® Excel® document. Import again the schedule with any changes to the table. The best batch product | Trial
 (1 reviews)
About This Version: Version 2.1.0, 1/9/2018 – Import path improved. Fixed exporting schedules with linked elements.



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 primarily 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.

False updates may also be caused by glitches in the way the App Store serves up its database.

Lastly, apps are sometimes re-published with new logo artwork only.

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 problem, or developers will cease the practice, we list the developers and their add-ins that, though marked as updated, were not.

  • Revit
    • BIM SOFT SOLUTIONS 
      • Copy scope boxes from linked file 2018 (version 1.0.0)
      • Create Sheets from Excel List 2018 (version 1.0.0)
      • Create Sheets from Excel List (version 1.0.0)
      • Extract_Panel_Schedule to .csv, .xls_2018 (version 1.0.0)
      • Extract_Panel_Schedule to .csv, .xls (version 1.0.0)
      • Import / Export sheet data from Excel 2018 (version 1.0.0)
      • Parameters Text Case (version 1.0.0)
      • Purge CAD Drawings 2018 (version 1.0.0)
      • Purge CAD Drawings (version 1.1.1)
      • Purge Unused View Template 2017 (version 1.0.0)
      • Purge Unused View Template 2016 (version 1.0.0)
      • Purge Unused View Template 2015 (version 1.0.0)
      • Sheet Renumbering (version 1.1.1)
      • Upgrade Revit Files 2018 (version 1.1.0)
      • Upgrade Revit Files 2017 (version 1.1.0)
      • Upgrade Revit Files 2016 (version 1.1.0)
      • Upgrade Revit Files 2015 (version 1.0.0)
    • ef 
      • Export to Unity (version 1.0.0)
    • RV Boost 
      • DWG Explorer 2018 (version 2018.3)
      • DWG Explorer 2017 (version 2017.3)
      • DWG Explorer 2016 (version 2016.3)
    • SpiceTools Technologies 
      • CADTracer (version 2.1.0)
      • UpgradeBlocker (version 1.0.0)
  • BIM 360
    • Autodesk, Inc.
      • Egnyte (version 1.0)
      • Integrate with Google Drive (version 1.0)
      • Integrate with Dropbox (version 1.0)
      • Integrate with Box (version 1.0)
      • Integrate with OneDrive (version 1.0)
    • hsbcad 
      • hsbShare (version 1.0)
  • Navisworks
    • Visionworkplace Software Solutions 
      • Navisworks® to OBJ converter (version 3.0.0)
      • Navisworks® to OBJ converter Pro (version 3.0.0)

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