Friday, February 22, 2019

Product Roundup – Free Autodesk BIM Interoperability Tools

From the Autodesk BIM Interoperability Tools website:


These free Autodesk apps are designed to help architects, engineers, contractors and owners with their Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows.

Autodesk Classification Manager for Revit
Assign multiple classification systems to multiple elements with a single click

Autodesk Enhanced DWG Exporter for Revit
Improves the DWG Export from Revit, helps overcome a number of limitations of the built-in DWG Export feature, and makes the management of configurations simple and straightforward

Free Autodesk COBie Extension for Navisworks

From the Autodesk BIM Interoperability Tools website:


Export COBie data from your Navisworks model

This free tool from Autodesk will allow you to Export a COBie formatted document from a Navisworks model

COBie Extension for Navisworks Features

COBie Drop Configuration

Simple configuration allows for customization of each required data drop.

Free Webinar Feb 25 – MagiCAD for Revit Ventilation: Duct Sizing and Balancing Calculations

From the registration website:

MagiCAD for Revit Ventilation - Feature Overview: Duct Sizing and Balancing Calculations

Mon, Feb 25, 2019 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM EST, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM GMT

Setting up and creation of ventilation systems and using the calculations tools to determine sizes of ductwork, pressure drops, balancing and equipment selection, including diversity calculations.

Register for the webinar here »

Free Renumber Parts – Number MEP Elements for Spooling, and Colorize Based on Spool Name

From the Autodesk App Store:

With this add-in you can number the elements of your spools with a customized prefix, you just have to click the elements one by one and the numbers are assigned automatically.

It also helps you in fixing the mistakes you make if you forget to select a specific element. Finally, after you have assigned a number to all your elements you can colorize them based on their spool name.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Free Dynamo Basics Online Training Course

From the DiRoots website:

Dynamo Basics | Training Course

Course Description

Dynamo opens up the door of advanced computation modelling for data management and geometry based in logic and algorithms. This open-source software is deeply integrated with Revit and allows Revit users to solve and develop impossible workflows that seems not achievable in Revit. The target of this online course is to develop a basic knowledge about visual programming and node logic.

What you’ll learn?

  • Node logic introduction
  • Become familiar with visual programming
  • Develop problem solving skills in a Revit project environment
  • Overcome geometric and data management limitations of Revit

The Cobie Family Setup Tool in the Free Autodesk COBie Extension for Revit 2019

From the Cadline Community website:

Revit 2019 - Cobie Family Setup Tool

By James Philip
January 21, 2019

The Revit 2019 Cobie Family tool is included in one of the three BIM tools which you can download from Autodesk’s BIM Interoperability Site. The tools have been updated in Revit 2019 and now have a new location on the BIM  Interoperability Tools Tab. It allows users to add Cobie parameters to their Revit families in batches and is an essential part of the BIM Level 2 requirement. I have divided the instructional videos into the three distinct stages of the process.

FormIt v17 – Includes New Dynamo Experience

From the FormIt website:

Introducing FormIt v17

by Josh Goldstein
February 20, 2019

The FormIt team is pleased to announce FormIt v17 is available now!

We're kicking off this release with FormIt for Web and Windows. We'll shortly release FormIt for iOS, and FormIt for Windows will also soon be available from the Autodesk Desktop App.

This FormIt update is huge, with dozens of new features, service changes, and general fixes and improvements. Read about the biggest changes below, and head over to the Release Notes for complete details on all the changes.


A New FormIt + Dynamo Experience

Dynamo is now integrated with FormIt for Windows as a desktop application, enabling graph authoring and execution from inside FormIt using your local Dynamo files. (FormIt for Windows only)

Free On the Roof – Design a Roof in Three Steps

Editor's Note: This article was translated from Italian to English.

From the Ondulit website:

Dedicated to designers

How to design a roof in three steps


In Ondulit we have been producing covers for more than 60 years.

From this experience and deep knowledge of the needs of designers born On the Roof , the plug-in free for Revit that allows you to design a roof in minutes with the following benefits:
  • guaranteeing compliance with the rules of good technique in terms of roofing design
  • certainty of compliance with regulations on energy efficiency and building technical standards
  • return of a BIM model of the new roof

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Free Webinar Feb 26 – AVAIL: Revit Library Management Secrets

From the registration website:

Revit Library Management Secrets (60 min + Live Q&A)

Join us as we discuss various best-practices for managing your Revit content libraries including strategies for managing Drafting Views, Sheets, System Families and more. We'll cover some of the special new features of AVAIL 3.10 designed specifically to address System Family and Container file management.

Feb 26, 2019 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada), 4:30 PM in Universal Time UTC

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Free MEP Length

From the Autodesk App Store:

The script collects MEP communications (cable trays, ducts, pipes) and/or length of lines and summarizes them.

Select MEP communications or lines (as a model so detailed lines are accepted).
Hit the script button and the result dialog window appears.
This window contains a summary of selected elements lengths divided by categories
(cable trays, ducts, pipes, lines)

Monday, February 18, 2019

FormIt Winter 2018 Update

From the FormIt website:

Winter 2018 Update

Posted by Tom Vollaro

We launched a new FormIt update today! 

Images courtesy of Josh Goldstein

As with other recent updates, we have been listening to YOU, our loyal users, and spending time fixing a lot of bugs and improving workflows. Here are some highlights for all platforms:
  • Improved performance all around, but specifically with areas such as model navigation and drag face and move
  • Better support for metric units, including modeling at the millimeter level! 
  • Improved Spline tool - which is no longer limited to a single plane
  • Added a Flatten Faces tool - useful especially for imported models with slightly non-planar faces

Free Webinar Feb 21 – Automating Document Issue and Revision Records Using Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky

From the registration website:

Perfect Synergy: Automating Document Issue and Revision Records using Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky

Thu, Feb 21, 2019 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM GMT

Please attend this 30-minute workflow-oriented webinar to learn how to document per-sheet changes to an Autodesk Revit project. Keeping track of sheet issues and revisions can be time consuming and prone to errors. This webinar shows you how to use Ideate BIMLink to extract revision information to Excel and then use Ideate Sticky and an Excel macro template provided by Ideate Software to automate this process. You’ll see how the work that has taken you hours or days can be reduced to just minutes by completing several simple steps using these solutions from Ideate Software.

The presentation will be delivered by our Technical Evangelist, Richard Taylor.

Register for the webinar here »

Free Backup File Organizer

From the Autodesk App Store:

With this add-in installed, each time a backup file is created by Autodesk® Revit® it is automatically moved into a Backups folder in the same directory.

  • Specify the maximum number of backups per project that you want to keep.
  • Specify the backup folder name.
  • Optionally turn on or off for project files, families & templates.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Week That Was in Revit Add-ons for Feb 11-17, 2019



From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about Attach It, for attaching 'any' file (RVT, DOC, PDF, XLS, TXT, etc) and automatically converting PDF and Excel files to images, the free In-Place Family Warning, and Sheet Package, a budget-priced bundle of the ten sheet-related apps previously available from BIM SOFT SOLUTIONS.


From around the Internet, we posted about the BIM Track February 2019 Release, which, among other things, includes advanced View in Model behaviors.

We also posted a couple of times about the free and open source pyRevit, pyRevit Versions 4.6.13, 4.6.14, and 4.6.15 and pyRevit v4.7.0 Beta, which now supports CPython.

For App Store updates not mentioned here, see our latest roundup »

Roundup – For Feb 11-17, 2019, New and Updated Revit-Related Add-Ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of February 4, 2019 was a fairly busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Six new add-ins were published (including one for Navisworks and two for BIM 360) and eight were updated (including one for Navisworks).



Sheet Package 2019
This application contains all the tools needed to create sheets and update sheet data | USD 6.00/M
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 2/14/2019 – Initial Release

Attach It
Attach any file (RVT, DOC, PDF, XLS, TXT, etc) to your Autodesk® Revit® file. PDF and Excel files can be automatically converted into images and placed on drafting views | USD 19.00
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About This Version: Version 1.0, 2/13/2019 – Initial submission

Backfill – Free and Open Source pyRevit Versions 4.6.13, 4.6.14, and 4.6.15

From the pyRevit blog:

pyRevit 4.6.15

Feb 8, 2019

pyRevit 4.6.15 is out. Download the installer from here

A few issues have been fixed including “Make Pattern” broken compatibility with Revit 2014.

The “Find and Select Entities without Tags” tool is updated as well to include more categories.

pyRevit 4.6.14

Feb 2, 2019

pyRevit 4.6.14 is out. Download the installer from here

There is a new tool courtesy of Robbo1234

Match Paint can match the surface paints between geometries.

Free and Open Source pyRevit v4.7.0 Beta – Now Supports CPython

From the pyRevit blog:

pyRevit 4.7.0-beta (Finally CPython!!!)

Feb 16, 2019

pyRevit 4.7.0-beta is out. Download the installer from here

A new version of the pyRevit CLI (v0.12.0.0) is included as usual.

New Features

Watch the video below for an introduction to the new features.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Using Dynamo to View Grids in 3D Views in Revit and the Forge Viewer

From the Forge website:

View Revit Grids in the 3D views of the Forge Viewer

By Eason Kang
January 22, 2019

Follow @yiskang

Recently, I received a couple messages from our Forge customers that are requesting the same feature about showing the Revit Grids in the viewer, so I got a chance to make it happen and have decided to blog it down. Let's see how to do it!

Before starting, there is one more thing you need to know:

Due to the Grids in Revit are only shown in the 2D views (such as Floor plans, Elevations, Sheets and etc.), they are invisible in Revit's 3D views. Therefore, we cannot see it in the 3D views of the Forge Viewer, either. They will be ignore by our Revit model translator during exporting. This is the current limitation as I know.

However, it's not completely impossible. To achieve this, we can take advantage of the Revit family to create a 3D Grid component with the generic line-based model template. Here is the look of the 3D Grid family:

RedTeam for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

This application provides integration between Autodesk® BIM 360® Docs and RedTeam. By connecting RedTeam to your BIM 360 Docs you are now able to:
  • Publish your active project's information directly into BIM 360 Docs when you push drawings.
  • Push drawings into BIM 360 for the field to access and use directly from their mobile devices. 

Real-time field access to drawings gives you the ability to invite your project partners to collaborate in one place. With BIM 360 Docs you will now be able to review your drawings on your desktop or smart device as well as locate and pin issues on the published drawings.

You now have your project management platform connected to one of the most robust field tools in the marketplace today.

About RedTeam
Finally, project management software that scales at a price every contractor can afford.

DroneDeploy for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

DroneDeploy is the leading provider of drone software for capturing and sharing aerial images, maps, point clouds, 3D models, and accurate jobsite measurements. With DroneDeploy, bring professional-grade imagery and analysis to your job site.

DroneDeploy and Autodesk® have partnered to transform your construction site by bringing aerial imagery and drone surveying to your finger tips. DroneDeploy makes frequent scans of your construction site affordable and allows you to detect deviations from plans before they become expensive problems.

With this app, seamlessly connect Autodesk® BIM 360™ to DroneDeploy and overlay design files onto high resolution aerial maps and make accurate measurements that you can use to seamlessly compare design to reality. You can also export what you captured on DroneDeploy into BIM 360 for access with the Autodesk suite.

With DroneDeploy and Autodesk, your jobsite has never been more productive and efficient.

Friday, February 15, 2019

BIM Track February 2019 Release – Includes Advanced View in Model Behaviors

From the BIM Track website:

New release: Advanced view in model behaviors

BIM Track’s view in model feature might seem like a simple tool, but it’s one that will save you an average of 2 minutes per issue opened. We know your workflow efficiency depends on it, so the main focus of this release is to give you more cross-platform, view in model options.

View what you want, instantly

In this release, you gain more control over the view camera and view state and can modify its’ behavior in Revit, Navisworks, Tekla, and AutoCAD.

What’s Hot in Revit Add-ons for February 2019

Here on Revit Add-ons, with What's Hot, at about the middle of each month, we look back at the preceding month to see which new posts received the most pageviews.

In January 2019 we published 88 posts, slightly below our goal of 3 per day (for 93 total).

For the first time, we broke the 70,000 pageviews per month barrier, with 72,994 pageviews.

For our shortlist, this month we included posts that received at least 400 pageviews.

Schedule to Excel topped our list. It was the only new add-in related post that charted.

Rarely do Navisworks-related articles make our shortlist, but, this month, the IrisVR-related post Navisworks to Google Cardboard: How to View Clashes in VR came in at #2.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Design Automation Sample – Debug Revit Plugin Locally

From the Forge website:

Design Automation - Debug Revit plugin locally

By Augusto Goncalves
January 29, 2019

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DesignAutomationBridge is used by Design Automation for Revit to trigger the DesignAutomationReady event and used on the plugin to capture this event. It can also be used to emulate the environment and debug plugins locally. This video demonstrates how it can be done. This video uses the Learn Forge sample with 1 input file, 1 input JSON and 1 output, but the same approach can be used for different input/output specs.

Sheet Package – A Budget-Priced Bundle of 10 Sheet-Related Apps

From the Autodesk App Store:

This application contains the following apps:
  1. Batch modify Revisions on sheets: The tool will help the user to edit Revisions on sheets parameters.
  2. Copy Sheets: This tool will duplicate the needed viewports for the new sheets, saving hundreds of hours used in setting the new sheets and adjust the viewports.
  3. Create Sheets from Excel List: This tool is designed to create sheets in Autodesk® Revit® model using an existing Excel sheet list.
  4. Batch Create Sheets: To facilitate the process of creating sheets in Revit, this tool will help you to create any number of needed sheets by one click.
  5. Import / Export sheet data from Excel: The tool will save a lot of time by transferring the sheet list information from Excel and from Revit to Excel.
  6. BATCH (ADD / REMOVE) LEGEND: This tool is designed to batch add/remove legends in Revit sheets. 
  7. Place Views On sheets: This tool is designed to place sheets on views automatically.
  8. Sheet Renumbering: The tool is designed to renumber the sheets automatically.
  9. Synchronize same viewport location to all sheets: This tool is designed to synchronize the viewport location in the same location in all selected sheets. 
  10. Edit sheet parameters: The tool is designed to batch edit sheet parameters. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Design Automation Sample – Check Models With Revit and Create BIM 360 Issues

From the Forge website:

Design Automation - Check models with Revit and create BIM 360 Issues

By Augusto Goncalves
January 31, 2019

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This is a multi-API sample, which makes it super-interesting. And, if you remember right, it was presented at Forge DevCon 2018 Las Vegas keynote! The feature goal is to perform some basic check on BIM 360 files, if it finds anything, create an Issue.

Free In-Place Family Warning

From the Autodesk App Store:

If you have ever had to work with in-place families in Autodesk® Revit®, you know that they are tough to deal with. Everyone has their reasons for making them, but sometimes far too many are created. This addin will offer a virtual “hand slap” to remind people that this tool needs to be used purposefully. This is also done with a fun reference to a popular 90s movie.

The Parallax In-Place Family Warning plugin installs as an application-level addin and requires no user interaction. it simply launches when an In-Place family is attempted. If the user chooses to continue, the popup will no longer appear for the rest of that Revit session. (This tool initially had a password, but completely locking users out isn’t our style.)

Attach It – Attach Any File (RVT, DOC, PDF, XLS, TXT, etc) & Automatically Convert PDF and Excel Files to Images

Editor's Note: We previously posted about this add-in with information from the author's website, but the following Autodesk App Store listing contains additional information.

From the Autodesk App Store:

Attach It allows you to attach (or embed) any files into your Autodesk® Revit® files. Attached files are saved in the Revit file and can also be reloaded if they have changed on disk. If you use the option to convert a PDF or Excel file to images in drafting views in your Revit file, you can use the Reload command to update these images. To convert PDFs into images, install the free GhostScript tool from

Free Webinar Every Other Thursday From Feb 14 – UNIFI CORE Demo and Q&A

From the registration website:

Join us for a live demo of UNIFI CORE every other Thursday at 12:30 pm PST/3:30 EST
  • Feb 14
  • Feb 28
  • Mar 7
  • Mar 21
  • Apr 4
  • Apr 18
  • May 2
  • May 16

If it’s your first time checking out UNIFI or if you’re a current customer looking for a regular opportunity for some casual UNIFI CORE QnA, these regular demos can help.

The first 15 minutes of the demo is a general overview of UNIFI CORE with the last 15 minutes reserved for QnA.

Register now!

Register for the webinar here »