Sunday, June 16, 2019

Free Room Tools

From the Autodesk App Store:

Room Tools is a free Autodesk® Revit® Application which allows you to:
  • Remove Redundant Rooms (to remove redundant rooms from the current document)
  • Center Room (relocate rooms’ location points to the center of the rooms)
  • Room Tag to Room (relocate rooms' tags to the rooms’ location points) 


From the Autodesk App Store:

One of the main features of CCpdf includes automatic selection of sheet size. This function will make sure that your printed sheets paper sizes will always correspond to the sheet dimensions in Autodesk® Revit® and also that a scale used in a view will be preserved.

Another major feature allows you to merge all selected sheets into a single .pdf document.

"Options, Appearance and Hidden Line Views - Remove Lines Using" are settings taken from a standard Revit printing dialog window.

Custom filenames solution allows you to compose filenames from an optional text and parameters available in the project. Available sheet parameters as well as "Project Information" parameters can be added from a scroll menu that will show up after clicking on a blue arrow symbol.

All sheets can be filtered based on parameters in a scroll menu. The value input textbox also consists of a scrolling panel that shows you values of the specified parameter for all sheets. Filtering is much easier with this additional feature.

Sheets selection is user-friendly and implements simple rules well known from basic Windows workspace. For a single selection just click on the row. For multiple selections use Ctrl + click (this will add sheets to the selection one by one) or Shift + click (which will add all sheets within the first and second selection). You can also select all by checking the main checkbox in the column header.

LevelAutoSet – Set Levels of Elements by Proximity Criteria

From the Autodesk App Store:

Set Selected Elements’ Reference Levels to Closer Level.

With this addin you will be able to set levels of elements by proximity criteria while keeping them at the current spatial position. It will deal with almost all elements such as walls, floors, roofs, railings, ceilings, conduits, ducts, pipes, cable trays, stairs, family instances like beams, pillars, etc...

This Addin will not be able to set the level if the reference level is set to workplane and it can't be changed manually.

Briefcase – Attach Any Type of Document to a Revit File

From the Autodesk App Store:

Briefcase® will allow you to carry any type of document attached to your Autodesk® Revit® file.

Attach PDF, Office files, images, videos, zip or rar files, or any file type you can imagine or need.

Carry your files safely without losing any information on the way. No more files missed or forgotten.

You can recover your files inside the Briefcase® at any time, change or modify them and upload them to the Briefcase® again.

Finally, a tool to gather all your project information inside BIM.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Free BIM Glass Selector

From the Autodesk App Store:

Use the Configurator to search the AGC database for the right product and then insert exterior or interior glass right in the project you are working on. You can choose which properties to use for filtering and then create a family type with all BIM properties for this product.

For interior glass you can also choose from catalogue colours of Lacobel and Matelac or use RAL sampler.

The database you work with is synchronized with the Cloud, so the data is always up-to-date.

Products are divided into 5 regions and the configurator includes 9 languages.

Free Transfer Legend

From the Autodesk App Store:

The Transfer Legend add-in for Autodesk® Revit® is a free application which helps you to transfer/copy existing legends from a Revit linked document file to the current document with a few simple clicks.

Read Help Document

About This Version

Version 1.0.0, 6/7/2019

Transfer Legend is brought to you by TwentyTwo. It's free.

This add-in is available in versions compatible with Revit 2020 and Revit 2019, 2018 and 2017.

Download from the Autodesk App Store »

Questions? Contact the developer »

Warning Navigator

From the Autodesk App Store:

Use this tool to navigate Autodesk® Revit® Warnings using a floating dialog with dynamic links, filters, and spreadsheet-based features.

Manage warnings and share dynamically linked spreadsheets (.xlsx) among project collaborators.

Error import dialog

Free Get Linked Project Base Point and Survey Point

From the Autodesk App Store:

Shows the location and coordinates of the Project Base Point in a linked model.

Also works with Linked Survey Points.

This allows you to quickly check if all your models are correctly located.

Managing a project with multiple linked models can be a real mess. Previously, there was no easy way in Autodesk® Revit® to see if a linked model's Project Base Point was matching with your model's Project Base Point. Also, it was not possible to see a linked project's coordinates.

Now, it is possible using this tool!

You just need 2 clicks to use this add-in :
  • Start the add-in (2 commands: "Get linked Project Base Point" or "Get linked Survey Point")
  • Click on the desired Revit link instance

Monday, June 3, 2019

Voting for AU 2019 Is Open, and We Submitted a Couple Proposals

Voting for Autodesk University 2019 sessions is now open, and we submitted a couple proposals:
  • Modeling for Manufacturing – Architectural Design Intent to Structural Fabrication
  • Making Money with an Industry Blog, or How I Retired at 49

If either or both of these sessions pique your interest, please vote for them. To do so, simply click here, type "grimm" in the search field, and click on the Vote button(s).

Thank you for your support!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Roundup – For May 20-26, 2019, New and Updated Revit-Related Add-Ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of May 20, 2018 saw 4 new Revit-related add-ins published on the Autodesk App Store, 3 for Revit and 1 for Navisworks. Another 30 were updated.

As for apparent false updates, serial spammer PROISAC-BIM-VDC accounted for nearly 2/3. 😑



Warning Manager
This app is designed to help you manage all warning messages on Autodesk® Revit® models with Isolate and create a Bounding box around the error Elements | Free
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About This Version: Version 1.0.5, 5/24/2019 – For release notes, see this post »

Smart Unhide Elements for Autodesk® Revit®
Finally, a smart tool to unhide elements by selecting them on a list. You will never have to "REVEAL HIDDEN ELEMENTS" just to find a few elements hidden in a view or views | USD 10.00/Y
★ (4 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 5/22/2019 – Initial release.

Free Solar Farm Planner v1.2 for BIM 360 Docs

From the Autodesk App Store:

Solar Farm Planner is one of a kind technology demonstration of basic features in Autodesk® ecosystem for laying out solar farms on arbitrary areas on Google® Maps.

Using Forge™ platform, it is integrated with Autodesk® BIM 306® for better collaboration of users on a project and for saving a 3D mock-up of solar farms to BIM 360 Docs®, which can be displayed with Autodesk Forge Viewer™. The farm design process is just a few simple calculations (total number of panels, total weight, total kWh, etc.) combined with panels rotation and tilt on the area that may be a complicated polygon on the map.

The main features 
  • Data transfer with Autodesk services 
  • Google Maps manipulation 
  • Arbitrary polygon area 
  • Panel rotation and tilt 
  • Import/export of mock-ups from/to: 
    • Local drive 
    • BIM 306 Docs 
  • Adjustable farm parameters: 
    • Scale 
    • Panels number 
    • Weight 
    • Output power 
    • Etc. 

Free PCL PartsLab® v4.1.1.5 – Features New Divide Parts Tools

From the Autodesk App Store:

Revolutionize your Construction Model Workflow! If you manage Revit® construction models, this addin will significantly improve how you directly leverage design model geometry. PCL PartsLab® is a free Autodesk® Revit® model browser that automates the creation, visualization, and change management of Revit Parts. Drastically reduce time and clicks by instantly creating thousands of Parts from targeted categories/families/types. Context sensitive tools assist in quick hiding & isolation. Isolation tools show overlapping Parts to reveal design issues. The managed history view helps you keep track of what was created during each design update, and what changed.

Feature Highlights:
  • Browse linked model categories/families/types from the aggregated construction model
  • Filter linked model categories/families/types content by Level
  • Create thousands of native Revit® Parts from targeted categories/families/types
  • Automatically associates the level of Parts from linked-model objects
  • Find / highlight / review all overlapping Parts in your model in a managed view
  • NEW in 4.1 – Division tools that quickly divide Parts by levels or style
  • Creates and manages a 3D history view of all Parts created
  • Context ribbon tools that Hide/Isolate Parts by original categories/families/types
  • Use as investigative tool for Linked model content, shows object counts
  • Copy selected family/type definitions from linked models into your current model

Friday, May 31, 2019

Free Webinar June 19 – What's New in MWF

From the email announcement:

MWF Webinar: What's New in MWF

Wednesday, June 19 at 2PM EST

You may of noticed that there were quite a few new features (24!) included in our latest MWF build. Because of this, this month's webinar will be part 1 of 2 and will focus on just that - the new features within MWF.

Revit® based, MWF (or Metal Wood Framer) is capable of framing virtually any project from single family homes to large scale multi-family structures, allowing for the creation of custom framing to define all aspects of wall, floor and roof framing in an automated fashion. Users can then export cut lists, shop drawings and output to their light gauge steel roll formers and/or automated wood saws.                                                                                                   
Here's what we'll go over in more detail:
  • Place Ladder Joins
  • Line Based Blocking/Backing (video)
  • Lock Panel (video)
  • Insertion of holdowns with the hole for threaded rod at top and bottom of panel
  • ATS Stud Pack 
  • Insertion of anchor bolts
  • Ability to generate a BOM for MEP as well as dimensioning of MEP   

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Smart Unhide Elements for Autodesk® Revit®

Editor's Note: This add-in has likely been around for a little while, but, owing to our confusion between this add-in for Revit and the similarly named one for Navisworks from the same publisher, Smart Unhide Elements for Autodesk® Navisworks®, we're posting about the Revit version here for the first time.

From the Autodesk App Store:

Finally, a smart tool to unhide elements by selecting them on a list.

You will never have to "REVEAL HIDDEN ELEMENTS" just to find a few elements hidden in a view or views.

With "Smart Unhide Elements" you can preview the element information, the Selection Tree location and the Grid Location, to pick the correct element.

Also, you can use the ‘Filter’ option and quickly find the elements to unhide.

This app can help you to improve the way you work in Autodesk® Revit® 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.


From the Autodesk App Store:

This add-in includes the following functions:
  • Add or remove revision to sheet
  • Check current revision or which revision is on the sheet
  • Export sheet including a revision to Excel
  • Import revision to sheet from Excel
  • Modify revision sequence, comments, and mark for revision cloud

Free Warning Manager

From the Autodesk App Store:

The warning message has one of the biggest impacts on the Autodesk® Revit® model quality and speed. When you have a lot of warnings it slows you down dramatically.

The default warning list of Revit is currently not efficient enough to show the errors to fix. This new tool will help you to manage all warning messages on Revit models with Isolate and create a Bounding box around the error Elements.

The number of error types is also displayed in a built-in Pie chart to help you quickly understand which type of major error on your model you need to focus more.

Support Revit 2018; 2019; 2020

The main user interface

Free Batch Detach Model (Detach Multiple Central Files)

From the Autodesk App Store:

Usually, when you want to detach the central Autodesk® Revit® model, you have to do it manually and 1 by 1.

With our cool add-in, you can do it automatically just by selecting the input Central Revit model and the location to save the detached files. 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Super Massive Roundup – For Mar 4 - May 19, 2019, New and Updated Revit-Related Add-Ins on the Autodesk App Store

Hi folks, your friendly neighborhood editor Tim here. It's been a crazy spring for me. As I shared here previously, I first took on a project for an add-in developer that proved to be more challenging than expected. Later I joined that developer, StrucSoft Solutions, as a regular employee (as Customer Success Manager).

In addition to these (understandable) demands on my time, I got sick about 5 weeks ago, and am still trying to recover. Initially, we thought it was the flu, but now we think it to be bacterial in nature. Fortunately, with the right medications, I think I'm finally on the mend.

We've been working hard to get back to our baseline, which is to say, caught up with the Autodesk App Store. It's been especially challenging because, during the period I was convalescing, Revit 2020 was released. Add that to how busy our community normally is and you get one looooong list of new and updated add-ins... 😲



Place Views On sheets
This tool is designed to place views on sheets automatically | USD 1.50/M
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 5/19/2019 – Initial release.

Saved Viewpoints
Store multiple Viewpoints in a Single View and quickly navigate to each one! Great for Coordination Meetings | Trial
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About This Version: Version, 5/19/2019 – Initial release.

MWF v2.36 (7096) – Includes 24 New Features!

From the StrucSoft Solutions website:

Release Features - Spring 2019 Build

May 23, 2019

From now on, every release we aim to highlight the new features that have been created within MWF. This way you can stay up-to-date on what's new and improved within our various softwares.

Here's what we've launched this release (be warned it's a long one...our team was hard at work!):

Before starting, please note:
  1. This will be the last 2017 release
  2. When in a work sharing environment, it is imperative that users be on different worksets. 
  3. The whole family package has been updated

1. Place Ladder Joins
Now when a connecting wall falls in between two studs in a T intersection, the Place Ladder Join will allow for the placement of horizontal members in a panel connecting to the intersecting wall. This option is available under the Tools menu in MWF Pro Wood and MWF Pro Suite.             

Free Results Connect for Robot Structural Analysis – Seamlessly Access Data and Results in Excel

From the Autodesk App Store:

Results Connect is an application that allows designers and engineers using Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis to seamlessly access data and results with Microsoft® Office Excel®.

Results Connect is fully integrated into Microsoft Office Excel as an Add-in and allows accessing data and results from an Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis model using simple Excel formulas.

Results Connect

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Place Views on Sheets

From the Autodesk App Store:

To facilitate the process of placing views on sheets in Autodesk® Revit®.

This tool is designed to place views on sheets automatically.

Surfboard - Electrical – Automatically Place Families Based on their Parameters

From the Autodesk App Store:

Surfboard – Electrical is an Autodesk® Revit® add-in that uses your Revit families and automatically places them in the Revit model according to the parameters you provide.

Light fixture spacing and placement are calculated from the following inputs:
  • Revit Family and type selection
  • The lumen output value of the fixture
  • Desired foot-candle level
  • Work plane height
  • Coefficients of utilization from the fixture cut sheet

Receptacle placement is done by the following inputs:
  • Revit Family and type selection
  • Receptacles placed are either 6” from the door or N Receptacles evenly spaced on each wall

Light Switches
  • Revit Family and type selection
  • Switches will be placed 6” on the swing side of each door in the space noted

OBJ Importer for Autodesk® Navisworks®

From the Autodesk App Store:

About the OBJ format:

The OBJ file format is a simple data-format that represents 3D geometry alone — namely, the position of each vertex, the UV position of each texture coordinate vertex, vertex normals, and the faces that make each polygon defined as a list of vertices, and texture vertices. Vertices are stored in a counter-clockwise order by default, making explicit declaration of face normals unnecessary. OBJ coordinates have no units, but OBJ files can contain scale information in a human readable comment line.


About the plugin:
The plugin allows you to import OBJ file to Navisworks. The OBJ file format is a simple data-format that represents 3D geometry. It contains the model's triangle (vertices, indices) data and material data.

Visit our website for more information:

Steps to use the plugin
  1. Click on Import OBJ button
  2. Browse obj file
  3. Browse NWC file save location
  4. OK, process will be started and after it finished you will get confirmation message with saved location. 

ICT Tracker for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

ICT Tracker is an easy-to-use mobile construction productivity tracking software solution that adds improved data collection to Autodesk® BIM 360® customers.

Utilizing Augmented Reality or Virtual 3D Free-Flight mode, the app uses your design or construction models for selection input and enables construction teams to benchmark field installations and deliver comprehensive installation status reporting and productivity tracking data that can be imported back into BIM 360 or your ERP software.

Contractors will be able to accurately track construction projects, control costs and make better decisions based on detailed, up-to-date information from the job site.

Utilize Existing Project NWD Files

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Free IFC 2019 v19.2

From the Autodesk App Store:

The IFC for Autodesk® Revit® 2019 contains up-to-date improvements on the default IFC import and export capabilities of Revit contributed by Autodesk and our Open Source contributors.

While this app is not necessary for IFC support, it is recommended that users that depend on the quality of their IFC files download this app and keep it up-to-date, as new enhancements and defect fixes are added, for more information on IFC, please visit the building SMART website ( or the Revit wiki (

Read Help Document

About This Version

Version 19.2.0, 5/10/2019 – This is generally a bug fix release with some new IFC functionality.  See the full set of release notes [below].

Docuflow v3.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

Publish all your documents in one operation.
Now it's easy to get high-quality PDF, DWG, DWF, DWFx, IFC and drawing list from the same tool. Just select your sheets and you are good to go. Docuflow makes your drawing issues quick and simple.

Docuflow detects sheet sizes and orientation and takes care of all the complicated stuff. All your documents are exported in 1 operation exactly like the sheets in Revit. You no longer to spend time doing the manual selection of sheets, matching paper sizes or orientation and separating print jobs.

Easily select your Sheets
Finding your sheets it is now quicker with project revision sorting. In additional to alphabetical order Docuflow sorts by revision that groups the drawings inside the last revision, making your selection much simpler.

Drawing list included
A proper drawing issue is not complete without a revised drawing list. Docuflow communicates with Archigrafix Reports (sold separately) to generate on the fly your drawing list in PDF format.

Docuflow is one of the fastest document publishers for Revit. Built from the ground up. No annoying saving dialogs prompting for filenames. Docuflow publishes PDFs around 65% faster than Bluebeam.

BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Autodesk® Revit® and Autodesk® Navisworks® v5.2

From the Autodesk App Store:

The BCF Managers by KUBUS add BIMcollab® connectivity as well as BCF file support to Autodesk® Revit®. It provides the ability to create and modify issues and communicate these through BIMcollab or via BCF files (supports version 1.0 and 2.x) directly from within Revit.

Complete Issue Management Ecosystem 

The BCF Managers are available for other popular BIM tools such as Navisworks, ARCHICAD, Solibri Model Checker, Tekla Structures and simplebim. Together with our web application, these form the BIMcollab® issue management ecosystem which provides an effective way to communicate BIM issues and thereby providing a more efficient workflow.

BCF files support is also included for working with BIM applications which support BCF natively such as Tekla BIMsight, DDS, MagiCAD and many more.

Issues will contain title, description, status, who's responsible, recommendations or suggestions, and whether a resolution has been implemented. Using BIMcollab® will additionally allow you to add area information, milestones, deadlines as well as implement a formal approval process.

All issues can contain viewpoints with camera position and relevant objects. This allows you to zoom-to the issue-location, highlighting the problematic components in whatever BIM-tool you are.

Auto Numbering v2.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

Digitteck® AutoNumbering™

(App presentation:

Wasted time in the workplace has become a hot topic of discussion, and businesses are consistently varying to shape their workforce into a well-oiled maximum efficiency machine.

Many organizations are missing opportunities to automate business processes that can save their employees’ time and boost productivity.

With AutoNumbering you will save time by having the app doing the numbering job for you.

You have multiple options available to you for selecting the type of element you target for renumbering. You can choose to renumber Doors/Windows/Rooms or manually select the Family and Family Type.

You can choose between 3 renumbering algorithms:
  • Straight - this algorithm uses one direction (line). For each item in the filtered selection, it determines it's projection on this line. The elements are renumbered from one side of the line or the other. To read more about this check the Algorithm For Strategy Straight page in the help file.
  • Straight with strips -  this algorithm uses the same logic as the strategy straight. The points are projected on the direction for numbering. But instead of using only one line, a set of lines are created, elements are grouped inside these lines are groups are treated separately.
  • By Curve - this algorithm allows you to define multiple paths that will guide the numbering process. The algorithm will determine which elements correspond to which path (closest). Then it will project the elements to their corresponding path. The numbering is made by following the curve from start to end. Read more in the help file. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ideate BIMLink v2020.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

Ideate BIMLink is the Autodesk® Revit® add-on that lets you access and edit Building Information Modeling (BIM) data quickly and easily to save you hours—even weeks—of valuable time. Ideate BIMLink helps BIM and VDC managers, project leaders, facility managers, and users analyze, extract, and edit important BIM data. With Ideate BIMLink, you can pull and push volumes of information from a Revit file— Architecture, Structure, & MEP— into user-friendly Microsoft® Excel® with speed, ease, and accuracy. A few of the tasks supported by Ideate BIMLink include:
  • Edit Schedule data (and non-schedule data)
  • Create Unplaced Rooms, Unplaced Spaces, Unplaced Areas, Unplaced Sheets, Schedule Keys, Revision Sequences, Generic Models and Masses from an existing Excel file
  • Rename all custom families and types to align with Project Standards
  • Manage Sheets, Views, and Revisions to streamline production and reduce errors during project delivery.
  • Perform advanced quality control tasks.
  • Prepare and manage the Revit model for export to COBie data drops 

The average Ideate BIMLink user is saving 20 hours per project on a broad range of data management tasks. Ideate BIMLink is the indispensable tool that gives you unprecedented access to Revit data – the “I” in BIM. This Trial download limits the amount of data that can be exported to twenty-five (25) rows. After 14 days the software can be used in Demo mode only, which prohibits the import and export functions.

Ideate Explorer v2020.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

Ideate Explorer for Autodesk® Revit® gives you an easy, intuitive and profound way to search, filter, quantify and select elements in a Revit model. When having the ability to tie up inter-relationships between 100,000+ building elements can make or break your workday, you need one simple, powerful Revit add-on to help you explore and manage your Revit building information model.

Ideate Explorer for Revit empower you to:
  • discover that you have 101 instances of the same DWG embedded and yet invisible in your Revit file
  • clean-up rogue line styles
  • organize and review your items by works, phase or level
  • easily browse, find, and edit instances of revisions, grids, reference planes, color fills, annotation, and other items not covered within the project browser.
  • make a selection set based on parameter values
  • view and filter Sheets, Views, Schedules and Legends without disrupting the Project Browser setup 
  • review Revit warnings while interoperating with Revit