Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ultimate Plugin Suite Version 1.1.0 Released

From the Autodesk App Store:

Welcome. In our plugin suite, we offer a multitude of different operations from renumbering tools, to even Autodesk® AutoCAD® / Autodesk® Revit® Detail Converters providing easy conversion from one platform to another. Our tools help enhance the users’ daily lives by allowing them to save hundreds of hours doing tedious and mind numbing tasks. Down below you will find over 35 new plugin features to help you navigate to your details for your company, set up quick sheet managers, and even Automatic lineweight elevations that adjust based on the users’ depth. For the latest offers and special deals, feel free to visit our main homepage at

MEP Highlighter – Highlight MEP Items by System Classification or System Name

From the Autodesk App Store:

MEP Highlighter gives you the ability to easily view your MEP model.

You can highlight specific Systems or Classifications.  You can also highlight all Mechanical, Electrical or Piping items.  You can also specify how the other model items are displayed.  They can be made hidden or transparent and can have their color changed for better contrast.  MEP Highlighter can work in the current view or all open views of the current model.

XDoor – Classify and Schedule Door Handing/Swing Directions

From the Autodesk App Store:

With Archigrafix Reports, you can ensure that all doors in your documentation are correctly classified according to the handing/swing direction standards.

Classifies hundreds or thousands of doors instantly.


Webinar: Flux Labs Software Development Kit (SDK) March 2, 2017

Last week we posted about all the current projects on Flux Labs. Now the folks behind Flux are offering a webinar on Flux Labs' SDK.

From the announcement:

Please register for ' Flux Labs and Software Development Kit (SDK)'

This webinar will cover Flux SDK and teach you to build your own web tools. If you can build a website or a design script, you can build an app. Flux provides tools and infrastructure. Use the Flux SDK with your client or server side code. Exchange JSON with the Flux enables design tools. Transform and analyze data in the cloud.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for February 20-26, 2017

The week of February 20, 2017 was a busy one for us here at Revit Add-ons as we published 25 posts during the week.


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about Maquettio, for uploading files to the eponymous cloud-based collaboration and visualization service.

This week we spent a lot of time getting information up about Flux Labs, including their projects Site Extractor, Scheduler, VR Viewer, Terra, Dashboard, Flux Capacitor, Tracker, Sightline Analyzer, File Uploader, Project Sync, and Table Blocks. (Whew!)

Roundup – For the Week of February 20-26, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of February 20, 2017 saw the release of a single Revit add-in on the Autodesk App Store, Maquettio, for uploading projects to the eponymous cloud-based collaboration and visualization service.

Just two add-ins were updated, including the Autodesk Live Viewer, which received a relatively significant update.


This plug-in for Autodesk® Revit® to upload project models to Maquettio | Trial
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About This Version: Version 1.0, 2/20/2017 – Initial Release

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Using Dynamo to Generate Wind Loads

From the Autodesk  BIM and Beam blog:

By Tomasz Fudala

High winds can be very destructive because they generate pressure against the surface of a structure. In structural engineering we call the intensity of this pressure the wind load. The effect of the wind is dependent upon the size and shape of the structure. Calculating wind load is necessary for the design and construction of safer and more wind-resistant buildings.

'Making the Most Out of Dynamo Player' Webinar Video

From YouTube:

This is a recorded webinar on the Dynamo Player that We (EvolveLAB) hosted. The learning objectives were:
  1. Understanding of what Dynamo is and where it's at now
  2. Awareness of key Dynamo Packages to Have
  3. Learn about the resources available
  4. Learn how to create Dynamo Player workflows with user interfaces

Smart Assemblies Version 2017.8 Released

From the AGACAD website:

By Valensas Balsevicius

New Release of Smart Assemblies: Detail View of the model and other improvements!

As Smart Assemblies (SA) is increasingly used for automated dimensioning and arranging views on sheets, many user requests have come in. And we’ve been working really hard to keep up with the pace! Several of your requests have been fulfilled in the most recent SA update, so I’d like to highlight those new features that are now available.

New features are numbered in the following two images. First, are the new options in the Shop Drawing Configurations (SDC) window…

…and here are the new options found in the SA panel:

Read on for short descriptions of the enumerated features:

Saturday, February 25, 2017

New Free Alternative Visual Studio C# Project Templates for Creating Revit Add-Ins

We recently posted about The Building Coder Jeremy Tammick updating his free Visual Studio 2015 C# and VB.NET Revit Add-in Wizards for Revit 2017. He describes these as "simple" wizards. Now Jeremy has posted about alternative and "more advanced and convenient" Visual Studio templates as created by Andrey Bushman for creating Revit add-ins with C#.

You can read Andrey's very detailed post about his templates on his blog.

You can read Jeremy's post, which expands on the subject, on his The Building Coder blog.

Free Source Code to Export Project Warnings with the API

From Matteo Cominetti's website:

The warnings list in Revit is not accessible via the API, at least for versions earlier than Revit 2018. Using the Win32 API, I’ve managed to circumvent this limitation by simulating user clicks on the interface to trigger the export of the html warnings list to a custom location. You can then use Html Agility Pack or other libraries to parse the html table to get the information you need.

The method ExportWarinings in the class below stores the exported html files to the user’s temp folder and returns its location , you can invoke it with:

var htmlPath = await Win32Api.ExportWarinings(uiapp);

Free Macro for Adding Revisions to a Sheet Index

From Troy Gates' Revit Coaster blog:

Recently, I had someone make a request for adding an X to a column in a sheet index schedule for all the revisions that sheet had. Currently, they have to do it by hand and it is tedious.

Free Macro to Export All Possible Revit Warnings

From Troy Gates' Revit Coaster blog:

A few weeks ago, Konrad Sobon, posted a Python script for exporting all the possible Revit warnings to use in a Dynamo script that analyzes and ranks the warnings in the current model. Since I mostly work in C#, I took his Python script and created a C# macro. I've had several requests for it, so here it is...

public void ExportWarnings()
        using (StreamWriter writer = new StreamWriter(@"C:\temp\warnings.txt"))
            FailureDefinitionRegistry failures = Autodesk.Revit.ApplicationServices.Application.GetFailureDefinitionRegistry();
            IList<FailureDefinitionAccessor> failuresList = failures.ListAllFailureDefinitions();
            foreach (FailureDefinitionAccessor failure in failuresList)
                if (failure.GetSeverity() == FailureSeverity.Warning)

And the resulting file from Revit 2017 : Warnings.txt

There's more information available on the Revit Coaster blog.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Autodesk Live Viewer Version 1.7 Released – Revit LT Now Supported

From the Autodesk App Store:

Walk anywhere, experience everything - before breaking ground.Step Inside Your Design with the Autodesk® Live Viewer.

Use the Autodesk Live Viewer to open and explore interactive visualizations created in Autodesk® Revit® Live, a subscription service used by architects to make Revit files interactive.

Bring your interactive designs with you using the Autodesk Live Viewer. This powerful, portable communication tool also offers a highly engaging way to present or share your architectural vision with clients or project stakeholders.

Product Roundup – Apps, Hacks and Example Workflows from Flux Labs

Editor's Note: And here we thought Flux (AKA was just for data exchange between different applications. Their Labs projects show that it's much more than that.

From the Flux website:

Apps, hacks and example workflows built with Flux for you.

Site Extractor

Get site topography, buildings, roads, parks and other data


Create, view, and edit Revit schedules on the web.

Table Blocks from Flux Labs – Flow Blocks for Manipulating Table Data

From the Flux website:

Table Blocks

Flow blocks for manipulating table data

Today, we bring you simple sophistication.

With our recently launched Revit plugin, constructing and manipulating tables in the Flow (our visual programming environment) just became a whole lot more important.

But what if you need to edit that table? Dissect it, split it, or break it up into different pieces? Well, that’s finally made possible without a multi-block gymnastics routine. And no need to move data out to Excel to extract a single column or lookup a value, you can now do all of this in the Flow with these simple blocks.

Project Sync from Flux Labs

From the Flux website:

Project Sync

Synchronize your data across projects


How to:
  1. Head to the app and login with your Flux account.
  2. Use the dropdowns to setup the Origin and Destination. Once the connection is added, so you can close the tab.
  3. If you selected Constantly, the sync will magically happen in the background anytime the Origin Key is updated. If you selected Once, when it’s time to manually sync, you can come back to the app and click to Refresh.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

File Uploader from Flux Labs

From the Flux website:

File Uploader

Upload your files to flux in seconds!

Sightline Analyzer from Flux Labs – Find the Best Views

From the Flux website:

Sightline Analyzer

Determine whether a set of windows have a clear view of features in their vicinity.

Tracker from Flux Labs – Track Your Project's Activity on Slack + Email

From the Flux website:


Track your project activity on Slack + Email

Flux Capacitor from Flux Labs – Go Back in Time in Your Project's History

From the Flux website:

Flux Capacitor

“Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me that you built a time machine?”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dashboard from Flux Labs – Simple & Beautiful Presentations of Your Data

From the Flux website:


Stay on top of progress with a simple and beautiful presentation of your Flux data.

Terra from Flux Labs – Place Your 3D Model on Google Earth

From the Flux website:


Place your 3D model on Google Earth.

VR Viewer from Flux Labs

From the Flux website:

VR Viewer

Build a shareable VR model that updates in real-time.

Scheduler from Flux Labs – View and Edit Revit Schedules on the Web

From the Flux website:


Create, edit, and view Revit schedules on the web. Collaborating with Revit model data has never been easier.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Site Extractor from Flux Labs – Get Site Context of Detailed Topography Globally

From the Flux website:

Site Extractor

Search, select, extract, done. In minutes get site context of detailed topography, surrounding buildings, roads, parks and waterways.

Flux – Exchange Data Between Revit, Excel, SketchUp, Grasshopper, and More (Updated)

Editor's Note #1: Originally published on December 3, 2015. Updated on February 21, 2017 to reflected updated information on the product website.

Editor's Note #2: FLUX was the first startup to spin out of the semi-secret Google X lab. 

From the Flux website:

Design Tools & Teams Working Together

Flux is a data exchange and collaboration platform for designing the buildings and cities of tomorrow

Data. Not files.™

Flux plugins send and receive data seamlessly between your existing design tools

Plugins are available for SketchUp, Excel, Revit, AutoCAD,
Grasshopper, Dynamo and 3DS Max

Maquettio – Cloud-Based Collaboration and Visualization

From the Autodesk App Store:

For architects who use building information modelling (BIM) tools, Maquettio provides quick, easy, and low cost means of showcasing your project's progress and speed up collaboration with clients and colleagues. Unlike other platforms, Maquettio is designed for ease of use and low cost per project, allowing for faster feedback cycles at a fraction of the cost of traditional physical models or other collaboration and visualization tools.

This plug-in for Autodesk® Revit® makes uploading models to Maquettio a breeze, simply open your project, run the plugin, select your view, and upload your model!

New Dynamo for Revit Nodes in Version 1.2.3 Work-in-Progress Daily Builds

From the Dynamo website:

New Revit nodes in v1.2.3 daily builds

February 19, 2017

We are getting ready for a 1.3 release, and we have a number of new functionalities that we would appreciate your feedback on. Here is a draft list of what's going in, please take a look at the latest builds available at

Large number geometry scaling: For folks who have had trouble with geometric precision in models with large numbers (buildings and landscape projects described in mm), there is a solution that adjusts numerical precision to accomodate these large numbers. Check out the Geometry Scaling section in the Settings menu.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for February 13-19, 2017


From around the Internet, we posted for the first time about a number of offerings for Revit MEP from Progman, including MagiCAD Ventilation, MagiCAD Electrical, MagiCAD Piping, MagiCAD Sprinkler Designer, and MagiCloud.


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about BIM Track version 1.8 and Reports version 1.1.

For additional App Store updates not mentioned here, please check out our latest roundup.

From around the Internet, we posted about the new clash reporting in ClashMEP.

Roundup – For the Week of February 13-19, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of February 13, 2017 was an exceptionally quiet one for Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store as no new add-ins were released. A handful of add-ins were updated, including Reports and BIM Track, which received relatively significant updates.


Pile Coordinates
Pile Coordinate App to extract and schedule the X, Y, Z and Easting and Northing Coordinates from “Structural Column and Structural Foundation | Pile” | Trial
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About This Version: Version, 2/16/2017 – App form updated

Sunday, February 19, 2017


From the MagiCloud website:


Do you want to drastically improve your MEP design productivity?

As an MEP designer, you work with thousands of products and vast amounts of information. Commonly, your MEP designs will include many more products than all other building component designs put together.

Having access to data-rich product libraries matters more for MEP designers than any other stakeholder in the building project. The automation of design tasks combined with ready-to-use intelligent product libraries will dramatically improve your efficiency.