Monday, January 28, 2013

Free Revit Journal File Cleaner

Dante van Wettum has created a free utility to clean out journal files that Revit leaves behind. Apparently, Revit does not clean out these files itself and they can end up consuming a lot of space.

This free utility may be downloaded from the 1869* Web site.

Credit: Luke Johnson's What Revit Wants blog.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Free Place 3D Room Tags from Case (Updated)

Have you ever exported a model to Navisworks and wish your room tags were visible? This utility will place a 3D Room Tag family at each room in your model using a provided Generic Model family. You can customize the family.

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.

Free Super Tag from Case (Updated)

This tool is only available under subscription and offers a simple means for tagging specific family types by category using a specified tag on as many views as you choose.

View names as well as family type names are all searchable making this an even more powerful everyday time saver.

This 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.

Free Family Manager Basic Add-in

The purpose of this tool is to directly load families from one Revit project to another i.e., this tool enables the users to easily look in to the views, types, parameters of the families in a Revit project file and directly load the selected families in to the current Revit project or save them as ‘rfa’ files in the given PC path.

Salient Feature of this Add-In:

  • All the families of a Revit file can be viewed in one place and they are also grouped under their corresponding Category and Sub-Category.
  • The legacy families (which can’t be edited in Revit) are highlighted with separate color code.
  • Options are available to see the thumbnails of all the views in a family.
  • The types and their parameters of a family can also be viewed at a single click.
  • The families can be previewed as real Revit project without opening them in Revit.
  • The selected families can be saved in your PC.
  • The required families can be directly loaded in to the current Revit project.
  • Only the non-legacy families can be handled (previewed, loaded or saved) using this tool.

This free add-in may be downloaded from the Autodesk Exchange | Apps website.

Win a Free Custom-built Revit API App!

Over on his excellent Boost Your BIM blog, Harry Mattison is running a contest for using his Image-O-Matic add-in. Two winners will be selected, one winner for the best phasing and the other for parameters. The contest ends February 15, 2013.

Each winner will get to design one Revit API app that Harry will build to their specifications!

There's more information available on Harry's posting here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Rushforth Tools for Revit

Rushforth Tools for Revit: Tools List

A collection of time-saving tools that have saved hundreds of users thousands of hours by automating tasks and simplifying workflows. Below are some of the included tools:


The Parameter Transformer is the tool that generates more comments and praise by users than any other tool in the collection. The fascinating thing is that I have people constantly showing me ways they are using the tool that I had not even thought of.

User quotes:
“It comes with a bunch of other stuff, but as a customer I would pay $200 just for the excel link. Your tool is going to take a process that currently takes 4 days worth of a professional’s time and reduce it to less than 4 hours.”
-Aryn Bergman, Facebook

"This tool has raised you to super-hero status around here!" -Bryce Wilson, Student, Northeastern University

“First, it’s a filtering tool that’s much more powerful than Revit’s, which is limited to just category. This allows you go 'grab' any objects and modify any parameter within those objects. Second, when modifying parameters, you can point it to an Excel file. Think of it like VLookup for Revit: It looks up a value in one column and returns a value in the same row of another column. It could be hugely beneficial to your work flow. I use it extensively for doing loads, passing information freely back and forth between Revit and Excel. Check it out, post haste!” -Phil Cunningham, Glumac International

Features include:
  • Filter elements based on parameter values
  • Set parameters of multiple elements of multiple families at the same time
  • Find/replace values in parameters
  • Auto number parameter values
  • Automate creation of project shared parameters Use Excel to display and set element data including properties such as rotation, location, and element type


Quickly open a windows explorer window in the central file location.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Image-O-Matic - Animate Models Via Parameters and Phases

Harry Mattison recently entered the world of Revit API blogging with his excellent Boost Your BIM blog. Harry currently has a single product available on the blog, Image-O-Matic...

"Do you want to animate your Revit model? Instead of a tedious process of manually changing parameters and exporting images, you can use Image-O-Matic to automatically create dozens, hundreds, or thousands of images to show phases or a range of parameter values. Use these images to easily review your design, create slideshows, consider alternatives, or merge them into a video file."

There's more information available on the Boost Your BIM blog.