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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Free External Access Links Manager v4.0.0

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About This Version

Version 4.0.0, 8/28/2018

Updated to work with Autodesk® Revit® 2019

Additions:
  • Export to Excel
  • Re-path and Load / Unload Links by Selecting Multiple Rows
  • Batch Tool - Check / Uncheck Files by Selecting Multiple Rows
  • Batch Tool - Search Sub-directories Option
  • Resizable Split Panels
  • Relative Link Re-pathing (when 'Path Type' is Relative)

Description

The 'External Access Links Manager' addin enables Autodesk® Revit® users to view the links in Revit project files without having to open them.

Once a Revit project file is selected, the 'External Access Links Manager' interface populates with data about the links in that project. Actions can then be performed on those links including re-pathing and setting the links to be loaded or unloaded the next time the project is opened. The user can also generate TXT or Microsoft Excel reports which will list out information about every link associated with that Revit project file.

A summary of the 'External Access Links Manager' addins functionality is shown below. For a more detailed explanation please refer to the help documentation.

Interrogate Links

The interface (Shown in the screenshots below) allows the Revit user to view the 'Last Saved' state of the links in a Revit project and the 'status which will be applied to the links when the Revit project is next opened'.

The following information about each link will be visible to the user:
  • Project Name (Batch Tool only)
  • Link ID (The Revit element ID of the link)
  • Link Name (The full file name of the link)
  • Link Path Type (Relative or Absolute)
  • Link State (Loaded, Unloaded or Not Found)
  • Link Path (The full path of the link (including the filename))
  • Last Saved (The Last Saved date of the link (Will show 'Date Not Found' if link isn't found))

Re-path Links

The interface allows the Revit user to re-path multiple links at the same time, each of the links individually, or all links of that type (Types include Revit, DWF and CAD) to one folder, making it quick to re-path links if a folder containing links has been moved for instance.

Set Links to be Loaded or Unloaded

The interface allows the Revit user to set links to be loaded or unloaded when the Revit project is next opened. Simply use the checkboxes in the 'Is Loaded' column, use the 'Load All' / 'Load None' checkboxes, or select multiple rows and use the 'Unload / Load Selected Rows' buttons (Refer to the screenshots below).

Generate TXT or Excel Reports

The Revit user can generate TXT or Microsoft Excel reports which list out information about every link associated with that Revit project file. The following information about each link will be printed to a TXT 'tab delimited' file, or a new Excel Workbook.
  • Project Name (Batch Tool only)
  • Link ID (The Revit element ID of the link)
  • Link Name (The full file name of the link)
  • Link Path Type (Relative or Absolute)
  • Link State (Loaded, Unloaded or Not Found)
  • Link Path (The full path of the link (including the filename))
  • Last Saved (The Last Saved date of the link (Will show 'Date Not Found' if link isn't found))

The Microsoft Excel output also includes a 'Link Type' field, and filtering is automatically applied to the columns to enable quick interrogation.

The TXT and Microsoft Excel reports can be generated without any changes being made to the Revit project file. They can also be generated after changes have been made. In each case the 'Last Saved' state of the links in a Revit project and the 'status which will be applied to the links when the Revit project is next opened' will be printed to the file.















Read Help Document



External Access Links Manager is brought to you by Mike Richardson Design. It's free.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.

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