Monday, December 17, 2012

3D PDF for Revit from tetra4D

For Architecture, Structure and MEP 2012/2013.

3D PDF for Revit allows easy sharing and archiving of Autodesk® Revit® design and construction data with anyone, anywhere.  All they need is the free Adobe® Reader. Easily create and share interactive 3D documents enabling everyone from clients, to sub-contractors, building owners, and beyond, to participate in the building information modeling process (BIM). Share design information without putting your source model at risk or requiring recipients to download unfamiliar viewer applications. The free Adobe Reader is installed on 98% of desktops worldwide so it's easy to share all design data in the universal 3D PDF format. With up to 97% smaller files than the original 3D model, you can easily conduct design reviews electronically.

tetra4D is THE Source for 3D PDF Technology. As the exclusive provider of 3D technology for Adobe® Acrobat®, tetra4D provides customers best in class solutions to combine the value 3D CAD data with all the benefits of PDF document management and data archiving. Let tetra4D and its global partners help you configure a 3D PDF based solution specific to your unique business processes.

There's more information available on the Tetra4D website.

Monday, December 10, 2012

YeahSo SupportAndHanger

"YeahSo SupportAndHanger tool provides you a quick and easy way to layout supports and hangers. It applies to all MEP curves including pipe, duct, cable tray and conduit.  It has following features:
  1. Support all MEP curves (Pipe/Duct/Cable Tray/Conduit)
  2. Manual layout support or hanger
  3. Delete support and hanger on selected MEP curves
  4. Split MEP curves for a fixed length
  5. Support to use customized support or hanger
  6. Automatically layout support or hanger
  7. Support two methods of auto layout
  8. Support position update when host curve moves
  9. Support elevation update when host elevation changes
  10. Support geometry update when host size changes

"The first five functions are free, and the last five need to purchase a license. However they are all available during the trial period which is 30 days after you install."

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange | Apps website.

3DPDF Converter for Revit® LTV

"3D PDF Converter for Revit® LTV is an integrated software working within the Revit® environment that enables users to publish rich, interactive, 3D PDF files that are significantly smaller than the original Revit® 3D models. The software uses the 3DA Technology as a one button file conversion that is easily exchangeable and viewed with the free Adobe Reader. ( The converter does not require Adobe XI Pro to create 3D PDF’s)

"The 3D PDF Converter for Revit® LT Visualization connects the extensive Building Information Modeling (BIM) community for the first time with a Revit plug-in that supports data sharing using 3D PDF based on the PRC file format. The software uses the same native 3D technology used by Adobe to create and consume 3D PDF files, ensuring that data generated from Revit design has guaranteed compatibility to Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader. The result is accurate, data-rich 3D models that are up to 97% smaller than the original Revit file."

There's a 15-day free trial of this add-in available on the Autodesk Exchange | Apps website.

Wiip Numbering

"Allows you to renumber rooms, doors, columns, text notes and all objects that can be numbered.

"All numbering system are supported: numeric, alphabetic, roman numerals, with a prefix and / or suffix. You can specify the starting value, the increment value and you can put zeros or spaces to the left of your number for easy sorting.

"An exclusive system allows you to include the row and / or the column number if the objects are arranged in rectangular arrays. No need to select each item one by one. Select a set of objects, a direction and the program renumbers automatically all elements."

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange | Apps website for the trial version here and the paid version here.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Migrate Parameter to Parameter - Free Case App for December 2012 (Updated)

"Have you ever needed to schedule an item of data that Revit would not let you? This is a common hurdle for many and now there's a free tool that you can use to get around this. Common uses include migrating Wall Base Constraint Element Names (Levels) into a schedulable parameter. I'm sure you guys will find lots of uses for this one."

This free add-in may be downloaded from the Case Apps website.

Update 5/8/2016: CASE and the CASE Apps website are no more but, courtesy of WeWork, the CASE Apps are now open source. They may be accessed on GitHub.

BIMstop Revit Tools - for Browsing Families

The BIMstop Revit Tools app allows you to easily browse and place families directly from a curated Revit only version of

The app adds new buttons to your Revit ribbon that allow you to:
  • Browse a smaller toolbar sized version of BIMstop's library within Revit and download families directly into your project
  • Browse all of the families you have already downloaded
  • Browse your own private library and the other shared libraries you have access to
  • Create a quick schedule of all the families used in your project

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange |Apps website.

SysQue™Supports for Revit MEP

This Autodesk® Revit® MEP ADDIN will allow you to easily add Hangers and supports to existing and new MEP Systems within Autodesk® Revit® MEP. The supports can be added to flat and sloped systems. User specific settings can be created and stored that include offset distances from fittings and joints as well as what hanger type to use. Hanger rods will automatically stretch to the above structure including floor above, concrete, and structural steel beams. Offsets from center of steel beams can also be given to provide an acurate position for a side beam clamp position. All of the hanger rod points can then be sent out in a point file for exporting to Trimble® MEP for onsite field point layout.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Exchange | Apps website.

Revit Workflow Version 3.0 from Revolution Design Features Major Improvements

  • General
    • Licensing dialog has been upgraded to a new easy to use wizard interface.
    • 2011 version has been discontinued, workFlow 3.0 is available for 2012 and beyond only.
    • A 'Check for Updates' feature has been implemented. workFlow will check for a newer available build on startup and notify the user if a new build is available and give a download link. This dialog also contains a checkbox to disallow future checks.
    • Install paths have been fixed so that uninstalling earlier versions does not break newer versions.
    • Settings now persist from version to version.

Keynote Manager Version 12.0 from Revolution Design Features Major Improvements

  • The entire user interface (UI) of Keynote Manager has been given an overhaul to make it faster, cleaner, and more usable.
    • Keynote Manager now allows opening of multiple files at the same time with a simple tabbed interface.
    • The 'Insert from Other File' function now has an option to insert from other open files.
    • Keynotes can now be edited on the fly without a dialog box.
      • Keynote descriptions are a simple text box that can be edited at will; changes are committed upon pressing 'Enter' or moving to another text box.
      • Key values can be edited by double click.
      • Parents/Stacking can be edited with simple drag and drop.
      • When the description value is committed the case will automatically be changed to match the auto casing setting (if applicable).
    • The main interface for each text file now contains a vertical toolbar along the left side for quick access to basic commands.
    • Comments and links are now listed in an expandable palette below their associated keynote.
      • Comments and links can be added or managed for the selected keynote with toolbar buttons.
      • Link display is directly clickable (with palette expanded) and will open the linked file or web location.
    • The find/replace and spell check functions have been integrated into the interface as expandable palettes.  These palettes can be hidden completely with toolbar buttons.
      • With the spelling palette expanded, simply select a single keynote and any words not contained in the dictionary will appear in the 'Not in Dictionary' list.
      • Use the 'Next' button to find the next word not in the spell checker dictionaries.
    • Character Map can now be opened from a toolbar button.