Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rewrite Add-in for Revit: Rename Multiple ... Well, Just About Everything!

From Emanuel Favreau's website...

Rename multiple Views, Sheets, Family Types, Families, Family Parameter Values, Rooms and Areas in a Revit Project:

  • Add prefix or suffix to names and numbers
  • Replace names and numbers
  • Modify or renumber multiple text or numeric parameter values
  • Modify multiple yes/no type parameter values
  • Modify multiple phases and workset type parameter values
  • Duplicate multiple Views
  • Duplicate multiple Component, Wall, Floor, Roof or Ceiling Types.

There's more information available on Emanuel Favreau's website.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Boomerang Add-in for Revit: Place Elements Driven by Excel Data

From Emanuel Favreau's website...

Place elements easily in a Revit project from an Excel File by linking rows and columns with family properties.

Convert data extraction from Autocad or clash reports from Navisworks into Revit objects by simply assigning XYZ and text parameter values to families.

Edit scheduled exported from Revit with Excel, change values and re-import it in a Revit project with Boomerang.

Navisworks clashes to Revit
There's more information on Emanuel Favreau's website.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Free Revit Add-in for Copying Legends and Schedules to Multiple Sheets

From the LMNts website...

One of the frustrating things with Revit is that it’s sometimes difficult to do seemingly simple tasks. One of my colleagues asked me if I knew of a way to solve one such task: copying legends to multiple sheets. Legends are one of those rare view types in Revit that can exist on multiple sheets, but as is common with Revit it’s not necessarily easy to make sure views appear in the same location on each sheet. While it’s not a huge deal, it’s a little distracting when you’re going through the pages of a PDF and you see these similar views jumping around with each page flip.

I started by creating a quick macro that allowed you to select a legend view and then copy it to multiple sheets, making sure it stays in the same location and keeps the same viewport type. This seemed to work fine and solved the problem for that team, but macro’s are easily portable so we transitioned it into a proper Revit addin. We will often use schedules, particularly key schedules, as general notes on sheets so while we were recreating the macro as a plugin we added the ability to work with schedule views as well. Even though schedules can be copy/paste aligned from sheet to sheet, we thought having a single command to do similar actions was preferable.

To use the plugin, go to a sheet that has the legend or schedule view and select it before running the command.  It will then provide the above form to select which sheets you want to apply the view.  The schedule copying part of the command is using API functionality introduced with Revit 2014 so the 2013 version only copies legend views while the 2014 version will copy legends and schedules.

There's more information available on the LMNts website.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Panel Schedule Exporter Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Export Electrical Panel Schedules created in Autodesk® Revit® out to individual Excel files.

Have you ever needed to work with panel schedules outside of Revit quickly or perform your own calculations, without messing with templates?

This add-in will export a project panel schedules to Excel .xlsx files on your local computer to use them the way you need to.

The user interface

Export action

Excel output

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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Excel2R Add-in for Revit: Import Spreadsheets to Tables

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Excel2R imports MS Excel spreadsheets to Autodesk® Revit® Architecture / Revit® MEP / Revit® Structure projects with its design settings. Such data can be synchronized with the original MS Excel spreadsheet at any time.

This Revit plug-in significantly speeds up Revit project documentation process:
  • Keeps stable & strong link between MS Excel and Revit project;
  • Creates/updates table in Revit drafting view according to the selected MS Excel table settings. Location of the imported MS Excel file is stored in Revit project;
  • Can update MS Excel data;
  • Can use Revit text fonts instead of those that are created in MS Excel;
  • Can map Text and Line Styles between MS Excel and Revit project.

Excel2R helps make sure you always have up-to-date data in your Revit projects.

With Excel2R you can accelerate Revit project organizing and documenting processes with ease and accuracy. The add-on informs the Revit user when the MS Excel file was modified and it will be updated in the Revit project. It also reports if the original MS Excel file was deleted or moved to another place.

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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Free Web Stiffener Add-in (Updated)

From the Autodesk App Store...

Add web stiffeners on one or more W-beams either by selecting the individual points or a distance over two points. The user can define spacing, offsets, insertion location, insertion side and stiffener size.

Customize the settings as desired. Modify spacing, edge offset and
top/bottom offsets. Specify preferred insertion side, stiffener sizes and
selection options.

Select a point to place stiffeners.

Placing web stiffeners.

Final result.

About This Version
Version 1.0.1, 6/3/2016
Added support for Autodesk Revit 2017

The free Web Stiffener add-in is brought to you by StrucSoft Solutions Ltd.

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

Updated 10/22/2016 with the latest available information.

Further Reading

Roundup – Add-ins from StrucSoft Solutions, Including Some Free

Friday, July 25, 2014

CBS Schedule Importer Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The purpose of the CBS Schedule Importer is to create Autodesk® Revit® rooms and populate or update the Revit room parameters with values from an Excel file containing a schedule of accommodation.

A standard CodeBook Pro Project database is created during the import process. If doing a one off import, this file can be discarded. However, if retained, it can be used, on a future occasion, to update the previously imported rooms with changes made to the source Excel file.

The CodeBook Pro Project database can also be used with the CodeBook Pro software, taking advantage of the full functionality of libraries, templates and synchronization that CodeBook Pro provides.


  1. Create the Excel schedule of accommodation.
  2. Select the Excel file and define which Excel column should be mapped onto which Revit room parameter.
  3. Define the target CodeBook Project database details.
  4. Run the import.

 Alternatively, rather than using a schedule of accommodation created in Excel, a template file can be created from an existing Revit model. Additional columns of data can be added, or values edited. This can then be used to update the Revit project, taking advantage of the convenience of data editing with Excel.

The Import dialog

Parameter mapping

Template creation

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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BIM Helper Tools for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The application consists of several modules, which can be obtained separately.

Batch print enables you to send various sheets to multiple printers to create and maintain print profiles, apply these profiles to multiple sheets and stores these as selection sets.

Element data manager manage element selection sets, store these sets in the current project/view. Export element data, import element data file from excel file, to update parameter values.

Parameter editor enables you to create, modify, and delete (shared) family parameters, in batch mode. Also the actions performed on families can be saved in an .xml format so they can be applied again to a different set of families at a different time. It is a very powerful tool for companies who build their own content, the amount of time that can be saved is tremendous.

Library browser is an intelligent family browser; you can search your libraries on various criteria. A sample library has been added to the installation folder, but obviously you can add your own library paths as well.

Subcategory editor is similar to parameter editor and enables you to create, modify and delete subcategories in batch mode. Also the actions performed on families can be saved in an .xml format so they can be applied again to a different set of families at a different time.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Free "Labs: SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Generation" Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

The 3D rebar model created by SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Generation shall serve as an automatically generated recommendation which fulfills the required reinforcement and which can be modified and further refined by the user.

Design requirements from construction codes and company standards can be controlled by user-defined rules similar to the approach used in expert systems. Visualization of existing and required reinforcement further support users to ensure their quality of work.

SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Generation reads analysis results directly from the SOFiSTiK database (.cdb) as well as from Autodesk® Revit® Results Packages. In case Revit Results Packages are selected as data source, only walls and slabs are supported in the current version.

It is worth mentioning the software is not oriented to create reinforcement with a predefined configuration, in these cases other means can be used to accelerate the modeling process such as the Revit Extensions.

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Free Raychem Trace-It Add-in for Revit: Pipe Freeze Protection and Flow Maintenance

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

Raychem Trace-It addin is a helpful tool to let users design pipe freeze protection and flow maintenance heat tracing systems including: above ground water piping, below ground water piping, above ground fire system piping, above grease disposal lines, below ground grease disposal lines, above ground fuel line, frost protection, and temperature maintenances of hot water piping.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Free GPDTools Add-in for Revit, Featuring ProductTAG: Add Manufacturer's Product Data to Generic Revit Families

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

GPDTools featuring ProductTAG, enables users to ANNOTATE (TAG) manufacturer product data from over 375 manufacturers directly in to generic Autodesk® Revit® families with the enhanced ability to SEARCH and SELECT Revit families from over 1100 building product manufacturers distributing more than 100,000 Revit families.

Using ProductTAG to annotate manufacturer data into a generic door

Using ProductTAG to annotate manufacturer data into a wall assembly

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

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Free Isolate Warnings Add-in for Revit: Highlight or Isolate Multiple Problem Elements

From the Autodesk Exchange Apps website...

[The Isolate Warnings add-in] creates new 3D views to isolate and highlight the elements in the model that have warnings to assist in debugging the Autodesk® Revit® model.

OverrideWarningElements view created

IsolateWarningElements view created

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