Friday, July 15, 2016

RTC 2016 NA – Essential Revit Add-ons Handout (Updated)

Revit Add-ons presented a session on July 15, 2016 at RTC 2016 NA titled Essential Revit Add-ons. In this session, we tried to present a focused field of highly desirable add-ins.

When presenting for-cost add-ins, we also tried to present free alternatives (although the free alternatives were not meant to match paid add-ins feature for feature).

All add-ins presented seemed to be well-received, with TransferSingle by Juan Osborne especially getting a nice round of applause.

Here's the list of add-ins that were presented. The descriptions are those of the developers.

(Thank you developers, and congratulations on a job well done!)

Updated on October 23, 2016: CADTracer is no longer free. It's now priced at 29.99 USD.

Productivity Tools

COINS Auto-Section Box

COINS Auto-Section Box gives you speed and agility over managing 3D views. It allows you to quickly create temporary and permanent views to be used for immediate interrogation of the model or for construction document deliverables.

Although Revit 2016 added built-in support for creating section boxes from elements, the COINS Auto-Section Box still improves on this with the following time-saving features:
  • Works with elements in linked files.
  • Special handling of grids, section lines, elevation markers, levels, scope boxes, dimensions, and tags.
  • Option to create new views.
  • Toggle the section box on and off to gain a better understanding of the selection within the context of the whole model.
  • Option to arrange the original selection view and the 3d view side-by-side.
  • Align section box to walls, members, or other line-based geometry.
  • Works in Revit 2015/2014/2013 as well as Revit 2017/2016.

COINS Auto-Section Box

Isolate Warnings by Archisoft Tools

Creates new 3D views to isolate and highlight the elements in the model that have warnings to assist in debugging the Autodesk® Revit® model.

Isolate Warnings

FilterMore by Juan Osborne

FilterMore is an advanced filter that will let you view your current selection as single elements and grouped by category, family and type. It will also let you expand your current selection through different options like nested, hosted or host of elements. Also tired of losing your current selection? FilterMore will add additional buttons as a fast way to store a temporal selection where you can append or restore it.


CADTracer by SpiceTools Technologies

CADTracer is designed to allow Autodesk® Revit® users to replace CAD imports in projects with Revit Line work.

CADTracer allows users to map Revit Line Styles with CAD Layers thereby achieving precise control of Line Weights and Line Styles.


Content Management/Browsing

Unifi by Unifi Labs

UNIFI is the essential cloud platform to create, organize, access and manage building content among leading architectural, engineering, construction and manufacturing firms.
  • Organize
    • Content is organized automatically
    • Search through content meta-data
    • 5-star rating system and favorites to enhance relevancy
    • Saved searches for quick access to common searches and collections
  • Access
    • Built on amazon cloud infrastructure
    • Collaborate with outside consultants on shared content
    • Instant search results and browsing
    • Log in using leading “single sign on” identity providers
  • Manage
    • Streamline communication through content requests and upload approval workflows
    • Automatically create, store and retrieve file upgrades
    • Revision system keeps a full history of changes
    • Powerful reports and analytics allow for more insightful maintenance


A free alternative…

Smart Browser Free by AGACAD

Lets you easily find families in external libraries on your computer or server, check their types and parameters, view them in 2D or 3D, then drag-and-drop to add elements to your project.

Smart Browser Free

Excel interoperability

Ideate BIMLink by Ideate Software

With Ideate BIMLink, Autodesk Revit users can pull information from a file into Microsoft Excel and push volumes of precise, consequential BIM data back into your Revit model with speed, ease and accuracy.

Data management tasks and workflow take a small fraction of the time they once took. The cumulative advantage means more than hours freed. You gain unprecedented access to the Revit modeling data you need, for an enhanced workflow.

Ideate BIMLink

Ideate BIMLink is priced beginning at $2,200 for a single user. Bulk discounts are available.

A free alternative…

Excel Export / Import by BIM One

Allows you to synchronize data back and forth between Revit and Excel. It also means you can alleviate the data management process by delegating tasks related to the model to team members that don’t use the model.

Export/Import Excel

Project Management/Maintenance

Workshared File Notification by Lazcad

This is an administrative app that allows a BIM Coordinator to control the usage of Workshared Enabled Autodesk® Revit® file. As a general rule, local file should be recreated daily. However, this is hard to enforce in a large company. Also, a normal user could accidentally open a central file.

Workshared File Notification

TransferSingle by Juan Osborne

With Transfer Single you will be able to transfer just one item of most of the standards, event to multiple files at one time! Also you will be able to copy additional elements like views, printing setups, section boxes; worksets... even legends with contents!


WorksetCreator by Juan Osborne

Workset creator enhances the Autodesk® Revit® workset edition by letting you mass change workset names with options like double click name editing , “Find and Replace”, or by “Adding a Prefix”. Also it will create a bunch of worksets in just a few clicks letting you paste names from other apps like text files.


Transmittal and Task Automation

IMAGINiT Clarity by IMAGINiT Technologies

IMAGINiT Clarity...
  1. Automates manual tasks
  2. Creates room, equipment, furniture and other data sheets, automatically
  3. Liberates valuable information from Revit models, making it available via tablet, smartphone, desktop or notebook
  4. Includes administrative tools and project-level security

IMAGINiT Clarity

eTransmit by Autodesk

With eTransmit for Autodesk® Revit® software products, you can copy a Revit model and dependent files to a single folder for Internet transmission. You can also choose to remove unused families, materials, and other objects from the Revit projects to reduce file size.


Productivity Suites

BIM Project Suite by CTC

BIM Project Suite allows Autodesk Revit users to automate routine tasks, manage large numbers of content files, generate database information and much more in a lot less time, all within the Revit environment.

BIM Project Suite includes:
  • BIM List*
  • Detail Link*
  • Length Calculator*
  • Project Link*
  • Quick Select*
  • Revit Properties*
  • Renumbering*
  • ab Sheets
  • Fire Rating
  • Model Compare
  • Parameter Jammer
  • Revision Manager
  • Room Family Manager
  • Schedule XL
  • Spreadsheet Link
  • Spreadsheet Link Express
  • View Creator

* Free tool

BIM Project Suite is priced beginning at $450.00.

Bonus Tools by Kiwi Codes

Bonus Tools contains 91 apps and can help any practice save time.

Bonus Tools is priced starting at $35.00.

A free alternative…

BIM One and CASE Apps in BIM One Add-ins Manager

The BIM One Add-Ins Manager lets you install, update or uninstall BIM One Add-ins from your account in a couple mouse clicks.

Benefits :
  • Easily manage add-ins
  • Access our applications in one single click
  • Seamless updates
  • Here is what you will find into our Addins Manager :
  • More than 5 FREE BIM One Apps
  • More than 40 FREE Case Inc Apps

BIM One Add-ins Manager

Human Interface Devices

SpaceMouse Enterprise by 3DConnexion

Built For Top Engineering Performance

At the top, there is no room for second best. The world’s premier firms demand the highest level of performance from their engineering teams. There are no excuses for missed opportunities or subpar output; there are only results.

Enter the 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Enterprise.

SpaceMouse Enterprise

The SpaceMouse Enterprise is priced at $359.00.

SpaceMouse Pro by 3DConnexion

Superior 3D Navigation for Professionals

SpaceMouse Pro features a full size, soft coated hand rest and 15 large, fully programmable function keys for access to application commands, standard views and keyboard modifiers while a convenient On-Screen Display provides visual support.

SpaceMouse Pro

The SpaceMouse Pro is priced at $299.00.

CadMouse by 3DConnexion

The world’s first mouse for CAD professionals.
Precision engineering you can feel.


The CadMouse is priced at $99.00.


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