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Thursday, July 19, 2018

QuickElectrical

From the QuickMEP website:

IT ALL STARTS WITH BIM…

With the architectural community transitioning off of 2D plans, it is time to make things simpler on the engineering side of AEC. QuickElectrical simplifies the modeling and linework for electrical engineers. Get QuickMEP today and allow your engineers to focus on client relationships and custom challenges, while we handle parameters and connections within the model.

AUTOMATED LINEWORK

Building spatial information is pulled into a backend database along with electrical parameters of families within the model. Use this information to generate the electrical riser with the click of a button.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Colossal-Size Roundup – For Jun 18 - Jul 15, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

We fell significantly behind last month, resulting in this normally weekly post becoming an outsized monthly one.

The weeks of June 18, June 25, July 2, and July 9 combined to make it a busy period for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Twelve new add-ins were published and another fifty-eight were updated.

For new add-ins, for Revit, Avoid Clashes is for easily detecting and highlighting clashes between elements, Batch Hide / Unhide Links in Views is for hiding/unhiding linked files in multiple views, Batch Purge files location's is for purging unused project locations, BIM BOQ Quantifier is for generating bills of quantities, CG Finder is for calculating centroids of solid elements, Delete Filters is for quickly deleting view filters from projects, Kreo plugin is for exporting to Kreo, a cloud-based 4D, 5D, and BIM-based bid pricing solution, Light Distribution is for distributing lighting fixtures and devices in rooms, MagiCloud Connect is for downloading select MEP content, ViewFilterEz is for helping to manage view filters in one or more projects, and ViewIT is for optimized view navigation. For Autodesk Advance Steel, License Borrowed Dialog Closer is for closing License Borrowed dialog boxes automatically.

For updated add-ins, BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Autodesk® Navisworks®, BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Autodesk® Revit®, Dimensions by line, Door Factory Preview, ElumTools, Enscape™, IFC 2018, IFC 2019, Kubity ExporterPreview Image Generator (P.I.G.) Batch!, and Revision + Cloud Manager each received relatively significant refreshes.

REVIT

New

CG Finder 2018
An Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® 2018 to calculate the centroid of a solid element or group of solid elements | Free
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About This Version: Version 2018.1.0.1, 7/12/2018 – First release of CG Finder.

Kreo Plugin

From the Autodesk App Store:

Plugin for exporting Autodesk® Revit® files to Kreo. Kreo is a cloud-based 4D, 5D, and BIM-based bid pricing solution powered by AI. For more details visit our website at www.kreo.net.


MEP_UpDown – Split MEP Elements Up or Down to Level by Angle

From the Autodesk App Store:

To avoid a clash, MEP elements (duct, pipe, cable tray, and conduit) need to level up or down.

With splitting the elements and input offset/angle value, the app redraws elements to level up or down.


EnR3D Generation – Convert 2D AutoCAD Objects into 3D Revit Elements

From the Autodesk App Store:

In Autodesk® AutoCAD®, the EnR3DGeneration tool converts 2D drawing entities to 3D Autodesk® Revit®. The available entities are walls, doors, windows, floors, stairs, trace, column, and roof.

The entities can be selected by layer or selection lines.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Batch Hide / Unhide Links in Views

From the Autodesk App Store:

  • Batch Hide/Unhide linked Autodesk® Revit® file(s) in multiple Views.
  • Hide unwanted Revit links from views in one go.


Free MagiCloud Connect for Autodesk® Revit® – Download Select MEP Content

From the Autodesk App Store:

MagiCloud Connect is an add-in for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) designers using Autodesk® Revit®. When installing MagiCloud Connect, Revit users can download free of charge a selected portion of MagiCloud’s BIM objects inside native Revit projects in native Revit RFA format.

MagiCloud Connect also provides access to MagiCloud’s online tools for selecting and configuring manufacturer-specific MEP products. MagiCloud currently features online product selection and configuration tools from the manufacturers Vallox, including a selection of air handling units, and the Purus enabling detailed configuration of floor drains. When the selection tools are accessed via MagiCloud Connect, the selected products can be inserted directly into the Revit project in user-defined product sizes and dimensions. MagiCloud is currently the only BIM platform to offer online selection and configuration tools for MEP products.

Key Benefits:
  1. Quick access to MagiCloud BIM object library. Connect enables you to access MagiCloud libraries and selection tools without leaving your project in Revit and place content directly into your project.
  2. Revit compatible BIM objects. When a suitable object is found, the object can be inserted into a Revit project in Revit’s own RFA file format by simply clicking the ‘Install’ button.
  3. Free to download and use. Access thousands of BIM objects and some advanced selection tools that will save you time and money.

Simple and easy to use search with wide selection
of products from wide range of manufacturers.

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.