Thursday, September 15, 2016

Revit 2017 Product Enhancements from Autodesk (Update #7)

Gathered here for your convenience are the Autodesk-authored add-ins for Revit 2017. As add-ins become available, links will be added to the items. Known or assumed discontinued items are shown in gray.

The following add-ins appeared in the 2016 list but have been removed here for the reasons listed below:
  • AWWA Pump and Valve Content ₁ 
  • CIS/2 Import/Export ₂ 
  • Compare Models ₃
  • Composite Design ₃
  • Excel Based Model Generation ₃ 
  • Frame Generator ₃
  • Grids Generator ₃
  • Revit Server Standalone Installer ₂ 
  • SDNF Import/Export ₂
  • Timber Framing ₃
  • US Structural Content Extension ₁ 

₁ Not released for Revit 2016; content, no update release required
₂ Not released for Revit 2016; assumed discontinued
₃ Discontinued: rolled into Extensions for Autodesk Revit 2016

New to the list for 2017 are Steel Connections for Autodesk Revit 2017 and LIVE Viewer.

It also looks as though Autodesk may be moving away from the Autodesk App Store to Autodesk Account for subscription add-ins, with the 2017 versions of Batch Print, DBLink, Model Review, Space Naming Utility, eTransmit,a nd more migrating to Autodesk Account.

Speaking of Autodesk Account, Luke Johnson posted handy instructions for downloading subscription enhancements on his What Revit Wants blog. Please note though, as relates to the release year of Revit, that it's not quite as cut and dry as Johnson indicates – our advice is to mix and match his suggestions. Read the article here.

A360 Collaboration
Autodesk® A360 Collaboration for Revit® is a Cloud Subscription service that works with Revit® software to connect building project teams with centralized access to BIM project data in the cloud. Teams stay connected in real time using the Communicator chat tool within models. Integrated with Autodesk A360, Collaboration for Revit enables the entire project teams to work on shared building information models | Autodesk Account | Product Update

Advance Steel Extension
Advance Steel 2017 Extension enables BIM data exchange between Autodesk® Revit® 2017 and Advance Steel 2017, through a complete set of functionalities like import, export or synchronize | Autodesk App Store | Free

Batch Print
Batch Print for Autodesk Revit® provides an easy way to print a large number of drawings (views and sheets) from a project unattended | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement

BIM 360 Add-in
BIM 360™ construction management software enables almost anytime, anywhere access to project data throughout the building construction lifecycle. BIM 360 empowers those in the field to better anticipate and act, and those in the back office to optimize and manage all aspects of construction performance | BIM 360 website

Central European Content Extension for MEP
The Central European Content Extension for Autodesk® Revit® MEP software provides an English language version of the German content pack, helping to reduce the need for users to seek alternative sources of content where country-specific packs aren't available | Autodesk Account | Subscription Product Enhancement

Civil Structures
Using Bridge Modeling Autodesk Revit Extensions you can generate bridge, road profile, abutments, piers, and railing objects based on user-defined criteria | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement

Classification Manager
This free tool will allow you to quickly apply data from multiple
classification systems to all your elements | BIM Interoperability Tools | Free

COBie Extension
This free tool will allow you to set up your Revit models to capture COBie
data and then export that data to a COBie compliant spreadsheet | BIM Interoperability Tools | Free

DB Link
Use Autodesk Revit DB Link to export Revit project data to a database, make changes to the data, and import it back into the Revit project | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App| Subscription Product Enhancement

Dynamo extends building information modeling with the data and logic environment of a graphical algorithm editor | | Free

Use the eTransmit for Autodesk Revit® 2017 add-in to package a Revit model, its linked files, and external files to send to another user | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement

Energy Analysis
Gain insight into energy consumption and building lifecycle costs early in the design process with cloud energy analysis tools that help you analyze design concepts and create more sustainable building designs | Autodesk Account | Was a Subscription Product Enhancement | Integrated into Insight 360

Extensions for Revit
Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit 2017 software enhance the capabilities of Revit software in key modeling and documentation areas. This single download contains all current Revit Extensions | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement

The Revit® Extensions for Autodesk® Revit® 2017 software products package contains the following Revit Extensions:
  • Reinforcement
    • Beams
    • Columns
    • Continuous footings
    • Pile caps
    • Slab openings
    • Spread footings
    • Walls
    • Walls corners
    • Piles
    • Parapets
    • Slab corners
    • Retaining walls
    • Interferences of reinforcing bars
    • Automatic Reinforcement Generation
  • Timber
    • Wood Framing Walls
    • Rafter Framing
    • Roof Trusses
  • Modeling
    • Frame Generator
    • Grids Generator
  • Miscellaneous
    • Elements Positioning
    • Compare Models
For previously available capabilities of Revit Extensions that are not part of this package, it is recommended to explore the following workflows or improvements:

Extension for Autodesk Fabrication
This extension allows Autodesk® Revit® users to read and write files compatible with Autodesk® Fabrication products (CADmep, ESTmep, CAMduct) | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement

Formit 360 Converter
The FormIt 360 Converter is a Revit add-in that will allow you to: Convert Revit RFA files for use in FormIt 360; Convert SketchUp SKP files for use in FormIt 360; Import FormIt 360 files into an open Revit file; Convert RFAs used in FormIt, back into the original RFA in Revit | Autodesk Account / Desktop App | Subscription Enhancement

Seamlessly replaces the built-in IFC import and export capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® 2017 | Autodesk App Store | Free

Insight 360
Insight 360 is a cohesive guide for improving building energy and environmental performance. Insight 360 empowers architects and integrated teams with centralized access to performance data and advanced analysis engines | | Free, though actual analysis requires cloud credits; included natively in Revit 2017.1

Lighting Analysis
Lighting Analysis for Autodesk® Revit® is a fast cloud service that uses Autodesk® 360 Rendering to expose electric and solar lighting results directly on the Revit model | Autodesk App Store | Free | Integrated into Insight 360

LIVE Viewer
Open and explore interactive visualizations created with the Autodesk® LIVE service. Ideal for immersive, on-the-go presentations | Autodesk App Store | Free

Model Checker
This free tool will automatically check your Revit models based on a
set of BIM requirements and generate a compliance report | BIM Interoperability Tools | Free

Model Checker Configurator
This free tool will allow you to make your own configuration
files for the Autodesk Model Checker for Revit | BIM Interoperability Tools | Free

Model Review
Use Model Review to validate the accuracy and consistency of Autodesk Revit® projects | Autodesk Account  / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement

Autodesk® Remote lets designers drive Autodesk software installed on their primary computer from a remote computer or iPad for fast access to native design data over standard networks. The iPad App optimized for Autodesk® Inventor® lets designers work from anywhere they can access the internet, improving collaboration and increasing flexibility | Autodesk Account | Subscription Product Enhancement | Retired

Roombook / Areabook / Buildingbook
The Roombook Areabook Buildingbook Extension for Autodesk® Revit® 2017 products helps you with the quantification of your projects. Also available in French and German | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement

The Autodesk® Seek extension for Revit® enables designers to conveniently access high quality BIM models, drawings, and product specifications for more than 66,000 commercial and residential building products, representing over 400 manufacturers, from inside Revit® software | Autodesk App Store | Subscription App | Retired

Shared Reference Point 
Autodesk® Shared Reference Point provides functionality to export known points and elevation from AutoCAD® Civil 3D software to an external file, in which Autodesk® Revit® software can import and setup a "Shared Coordinate System." This enables the collaboration of exported RVT, DWG and NWC files back to AutoCAD Civil 3D and to coordinate models in Autodesk® Navisworks® software | Autodesk Account | Subscription Product Enhancement | Discontinued; migrated into the AutoCAD Civil3D Civil Productivity Tool Set

Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Revit software provides site planning tools to shape the terrain for building sites within the Revit environment | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement

Space Naming Utility
The Space Naming Utility for Autodesk® Revit® MEP automatically renames spaces to match their associated rooms | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement; integrated natively into Revit 2017.1 and later

Steel Connections
Use Steel Connections for Revit to view detailed structural connector geometry and to modify additional parameters in the Revit modeling environment | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement

STL Exporter
The STL Exporter is designed to produce a stereolithography file (STL) of your building model | Autodesk App Store | Free

The toolkit is a suite of tools that supports the BIM process and allows structural engineers to analyze structures from within the Autodesk® Revit® environment | Autodesk App Store | Free

Worksharing Monitor
Use Worksharing Monitor for Autodesk Revit® to learn about and manage a file-based workshared project in Revit | Autodesk Account / Autodesk Desktop App | Subscription Product Enhancement

Originally published on 5/6/2016.


  1. 5/22/2016 – Added link to Autodesk Seek add-in
  2. 5/24/2016 – Added link to download instructions for subscription enhancements from Autodesk Account.
  3. 7/21/2016 – Added LIVE Viewer
  4. 8/8/2016 – Added link to STL Exporter
  5. 9/15/2016 – Added links to: 
    1. Civil Structures
    2. Extension for Autodesk Fabrication 2017
    3. Roombook / Areabook / Buildingbook
    4. Site Designer
    5. Worksharing Monitor
  6. 10/12/2016 – Updated Insight 360 and Space Naming Utility to reflect their native status as of Revit 2017.1
  7. 4/19/2017 Deprecated Autodesk RemoteAutodesk SeekCentral European Content Extension for MEP, and Shared Reference Point. Updated some icons to 2017 style. 


Unknown said...

In Extensions for Autodesk Revit 2017 I can't see a toll "Content generator". This very useful tool is in other enhancement now? I hope that Autodesk hasn't deleted it.

Unknown said...

The shared/parameter tool is missing in Revit Extensions 2017. Has this been moved somewhere else? Or did they just get rid of it?

Unknown said...

Was the parameter tool previously located in Revit Extensions moved to a different location? or has it been deleted?