Monday, April 30, 2018

JTB BatchAttEdit for Autodesk Advance Steel

From the Autodesk App Store:

This batch attribute editor app for AutoCAD collects attributes in all blocks of specified name patterns in multiple drawings and display in a wide spreadsheet. Then you can edit attribute texts as easy as working with Excel. Once done, click "Apply Attribute Changes" to update values to drawings.

This makes it a great app to for example edit title block attributes across many drawings instead of having to do it one drawing at a time.

Export to Excel and import to Excel makes it possible to make changes using Excel an option.

How the app works

Publish to Mobile View for Autodesk® Navisworks®

From the Autodesk App Store:

About the plugin:
The plugin will convert a Navisworks Model to a .epic file and then that .epic file needs to be transferred to a Mobile or Tablet to load and view in Mobile and Tablet devices.

Visit our website for more information:

Process Steps
Step1: Download the Android app "Epic 3D View" for your Mobile or Tablet from the play store:
Step2: Export file with this plugin "Publish to Mobile View for Autodesk Navisworks"
Step3: Transfer .epic file exported using the plugin to your Mobile or Tablet and open it from "Epic 3D View"

Demo Video:

Application Offers:
  1. Open Navisworks Models to Mobile devices
  2. Capable of publishing huge model for Mobile and Tablet View
  3. Quick process of file conversion
  4. Small output (.epic) file size
  5. Load model quickly in Mobile devices without internet
  6. Mobile application (Epic 3D Viewer) is available free in the Android App Store. The Viewer provides controllers like Cutting Planes, Explode, Walk&Rotate, Views etc.

Navisworks to Mobile View

TouchIT – Touch Gestures for Navisworks

From the Autodesk App Store:

Our plugin enables you to associate multi-finger touch gestures with any command and use Autodesk® Navisworks® on any touch-enabled device

The plugin contains two parts:
  • TouchIT tab:
    • The license button is visible when there is an issue with the license.
    • The settings button shows all the user-defined associations between multi-finger gestures and a corresponding action.
      • For example: 2-finger pinch can trigger a zoom or a 3-finger tap can trigger the fullscreen mode.
      • The minimum number of fingers for a gesture is 2 otherwise it has the same action as the mouse.
      • For some actions the possible choices have been restricted.
  • Docking panel:
    • Offers quick access to common actions.
      • Speed: modify the scaling speed or the rotation speed.
      • Navigate: choose between select, rotation or walk mode.
      • Sectioning: go through the sectioning mode and move the gyzmo or set a new sectioning location.
      • Miscellaneous: click on the escape button, show smart tag on the cursor position, zoom on selected item.   

Kubity Exporter v4.1.0.2 –LOD, Realistic / Consistent Colors Style, and RPC Support

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version, 4/23/2018

What’s New?
  • RPC support
  • Realistic/ Consistent Colors style support
  • LOD support


If you were previously using rvt2skp to instantly visualize your 3D models, now you can use this dedicated extension to simplify the process.

This plugin enables the Export to Kubity option in Autodesk® Revit® — seamlessly transferring Revit projects straight to the 3D visualization multiplex. Simply click the export button and your Revit model will automatically open into the Kubity desktop app.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Free Webinar Apr 26 – The Future of Making Things on Forge: Forge NextGen Sneak Peak

From the registration website:

The Future of Making Things on Forge: Sneak Peek at Forge NextGen (HFDM & App Framework)

Thu, Apr 26, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM GMT

Mass Customization, Personalization, Visual Configurators, CAD to Configurator and Edit CAD in Web are among of many new approaches needed to build the next gen of solutions to address the current customers’ needs.

Join us and learn how these complex approaches can be easily implemented using our new Forge NextGen technology.

In this webinar, we will introduce our new Forge Application  Framework and the IDX, Interactive Development Experience, present use cases, the benefits, list of components and capabilities.

We conclude by showing you examples illustrating some of the ideas and use cases.

Lior Gerling
Sr. Product Manager Forge Platform

Register for this free webinar here.

Exclusive: Talking With Bob Palioca, President of Ideate Inc., About Their Increased Focus on Their Products

News broke last week that Ideate and IMAGINiT had combined operations. I happened to be communicating with an IMAGINiT staffer around that time and she mentioned in passing an acquisition they'd just made. After realizing she was referring to IMAGINiT's acquisition of Ideate, I wondered what their strategy would be around incorporating Ideate Software's offerings with IMAGINiT's own stable of Revit add-ins/add-ons.

Today I reached out to one of my contacts at IMAGINiT and learned that their acquisition doesn't include Ideate Software. The Ideate operations that combined with IMAGINiT are their VAR business. In this case, VAR stands for [Autodesk] value-added reseller. That is, Autodesk product sales and services, such as training.

I next reached out to Ideate Software president Bob Palioca to get his perspective on the matter.

Palioca confirmed that he'd divested himself of the VAR assets of his business, and that Ideate Software was continuing as a separate entity. IMAGINiT owns no interest in Ideate Software.

Free MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool – Analyzes Congestion and Complexity of MEP Spaces

From the Building System Planning website:

MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), the non-profit foundation of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), collaborated with BuildingSP, a California-based software developer, on a building analysis add-in for the Autodesk Revit building information modeling (BIM) platform. The Revit add-in is called the MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT) and analyzes a building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) spaces for congestion and complexity.

The Goals of Creating the MCERF CMT

The MCERF CMT has been created because complexity and congestion of spaces with MEP can be major obstacles, cost drivers, and schedule shifters for all construction projects. While the shift to BIM has transformed the industry, MEP subcontractors have a significant challenge to coordinate projects that are becoming more and more complex. MCERF and MCAA, like our member companies, believe that digital tools are an important and valuable part of construction. The MCERF CMT is being created to raise awareness of MEP congestion and complexity through measurable, reportable, and standardized values.

RvtSamples 2019

From the The Building Coder website:

By Jeremy Tammik
April 24, 2018

I already described how I installed Revit 2019, compiled the Revit 2019 SDK samples, migrated RevitLookup to the new version, The Building Coder samples, the AdnRme MEP HVAC and electrical samples and the AdnRevitApiLabsXtra training labs.

In the course of the last post, I forgot to mention setting up RvtSamples.

Just like the migration to previous versions, this is not a trivial undertaking.

Here are the discussions of the previous migrations to the Revit 2017 SDK and the Revit 2018.

To cut a long story short and simply share my current working RvtSamples source code for the Revit 2019 SDK, here is containing my modified files. It also includes some of the originals renamed by adding the suffix original.

Free Webinar Apri 26 – Assemble: BIM for Educational Facilities – “How to get an A+”

From the Assemble website:

BIM for Educational Facilities – “How to get an A+”

Featuring Lydig Construction

Thursday, April 26th @ 1pm CT

Assemble Webinar: BIM for Educational Facilities – “How to get an A+”

Lydig Construction, one of the largest education construction providers in Washington state, shares how BIM is transforming how they deliver projects. Today’s high tech educational institutions must fulfill a wide range of needs for both students and faculty. Renovations or Expansion of educational facilities often require tremendous coordination to avoid disrupting current school operations or student lives. Safety is another concern that is always at the forefront when it comes to educational projects.

In this webinar, Clark Morgan, Virtual Construction PM at Lydig will share how they use BIM and Assemble to stay ahead of all the challenges and deliver quality learning environments effectively.

Register for this free webinar here.

Time-saving Features Big & Small in the Latest BIM Track Release

From the BIM Track website:

Fresh from the BIM Track factory, we’re happy to introduce major and minor time-saving features: because it all adds up! BIM Track is now happier than ever handling heavy models, can measure in a snap, plays nicely with Revit & Navisworks 2019, and more:

Major optimizations for large models

We’ve done quite a bit of work on the back end to make sure that BIM Track’s web viewer can handle larger models much more efficiently. For example, repeating geometries used to exponentially expand model size. These multiple geometries are now only loaded once in the memory so large models load significantly faster.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Naming Your Revit Elements with the Free Autodesk COBie Extension for Revit

From the CADD Microsystems website:

Naming Your Revit Elements with the COBie Extension

By Jason Kunkel
April 10, 2018

What’s in a name? If you are creating COBie deliverables, a lot.

Each element in a COBie spreadsheet needs to have a way to uniquely identify it. For most of the sheets, that is the “Name” field.

If you are creating a COBie deliverable from a Revit model, the best way to create and manage that data is with the Autodesk COBie Extension for Revit. The extension has a “Name Builder” feature for each COBie sheet that can be tracked in the Revit model, and it gives you a lot of flexibility when setting up the rules for creating your Revit element’s COBie names.

The Name Builder can be found under the settings for Space, Type, Component, and System under the COBie Extension Settings, and while each one can be configured differently, they all work exactly the same.

Read more on the CADD Microsystems website »

Free Webinar Apr 25 – Get Started with BIM 360 Design

From the registration website:

Get Started with BIM 360 Design

Wed, Apr 25, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT

Join us to learn more about getting started in BIM 360 Design! In this session we will walk you through:
  • Project setup 
  • Permission settings 
  • Design collaboration & controlled cloud worksharing workflows 
  • Deliverable coordination & tracking via the project timeline
  • Change visualization and aggregated models 
  • Q&A with BIM 360 Design experts

Register for this free webinar here.

Dynamo Script to Rename Families in Project

From LinkedIn:

By ernesto pellegrino
Head Of R&D - Dynamo Padawan - presso La SIA srl

I've published a simple Dynamo script that allows to rename family names in the Revit model and it doesn’t require any instances to be placed. For instance, it works searching inside the project browser.

I was able to develop this script thanks to the clockwork 🙏 and data-shapes 🙏 packages, and of course all the members of the dynamobim forum.

Try, customize and share it as you like, hope it will be useful to you too,  ☮️.

download the script here

View the original post on LinkedIn here.

Advanced Revision Cloud

From the Autodesk App Store:

This add-in will help you manage your Revision Clouds with Advanced Tools.
  1. FILTER: Show Clouds only from a specific Revision.
  2. SHOW REVISION CLOUD: Now you can find all your Revision Clouds inside any View. Just pick a Cloud from the list and push the SHOW REVISION CLOUD button.
  3. DELETE REVISION CLOUD: From the addin FORM you can easily delete Clouds
  4. EXPORT TO EXCEL: Export a complete Schedule with all the information of the Revision Clouds, including GRID LOCATION, VIEW LOCATION, COORDINATES, EXTENDED DATA, and an IMAGE of the REVISION CLOUD exported from Autodesk® Revit®.
  5. EXPORT IMAGES WITH THE EXCEL FILE: You can choose to Include IMAGES of each Revision Cloud in the EXCEL report. These Images will be included as independent Files and also will be inserted into the Excel File.
  6. EXTENSIVE DATA: The addin adds 3 additional Fields of data to each Revision Cloud: RESPONSE, RESPONSIBLE and STATUS. This additional information will help you to manage your COORDINATION SESSIONS and keep track of CHANGES, STATUS, and assign a RESPONSIBLE for each query.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for April 16-22, 2018

The week of April 16, 2018 was a moderately busy one here on Revit Add-ons with 19 posts published.


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about Automatically Offset in Ceiling_2017 for automatically placing floating elements on ceilings, the self-explanatory Extract Family Names from Folder_2018NavVis IndoorViewer Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® for integrating BIM models with NavVis reality capture technology, and the free Sketchfab for publishing Revit models directly to Sketchfab, the free online platform for 3D models.

From around the Internet, we posted for the first time about the free/pay what you want open source Online Revit To IFC ConverterCloud Services for Keynote Manager for keynote sharing across networks and locations, Infraworks to Revit Interoperability Add-in from Autodesk for showing InfraWorks property values in Revit, and Project Virga, which uses machine learning and A.I. to create parametric system families from your previous projects.

Roundup – For Apr 16-22, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of April 16, 2018 was a fairly busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. 4 new add-ins made their debut and another 12 were updated. 20 apparently false updates were also published.

For the new add-ins, Automatically offset in Ceiling _2017 is for automatically placing floating elements on ceilings. Extract family names from folder_2018 is self-explanatory, NavVis IndoorViewer Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® is for integrating BIM models with NavVis reality capture technology, and the free Sketchfab is for exporting Revit models directly to Sketchfab.

For updated add-ins, BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Autodesk® Revit® and BIM Track™ each received relatively significant updates.



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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 4/18/2018 – Initial Release

BIMcollab® BCF Manager v4.0 r3 for Revit and Navisworks (Updated)

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 4.0 r3, 4/18/2018

The new Revit and Navsworks plug-ins are now available in four of the world’s most commonly used languages: French, German, Spanish, as well as English.

New features and improvements
  • Multilanguage available for the entire BIMcollab ecosystem (WebApp, BCF Managers, ZOOM).
  • Different languages allowed per user within one project, for international cooperation.
  • Improved hotkey functionality in ZOOM when using non-US keyboard layouts
  • Improved import of non-compliant BCF files.
  • Bug fixed when creating Excel report from activity list.
  • Bug fixed of incorrect status in PDF reports.
  • Various small bugfixes and user interface improvements.
  • Improved performance and reliability.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Project Virga – Uses Machine Learning and A.I. to Create Parametric System Families

From the BuildingSP website:

Your Firm's DNA 

The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is often described as "fragmented." Nothing typifies this description better than our past project CAD files. These files, which were created with much care and at significant cost, are haphazardly stored on hard drives throughout your enterprise.

As a whole, they are your firm's DNA - they describe what you've delivered to projects. (When graphically displayed, it literally looks like DNA.)

The Building Coder Samples and ADN Samples for Revit 2019

From the The Building Coder blog:

I already described how I installed Revit 2019, compiled the Revit 2019 SDK samples and migrated RevitLookup to the new version.

I now migrated some other basic samples and utilities:

The Building Coder Samples for Revit 2019

The migration of The Building Coder samples to Revit 2019 was just as trivial as RevitLookup.
  • Update the .NET framework target version to 4.7
  • Point the Revit API assembly references to the new DLLs.

No code changes were needed.

Free Sketchfab Add-in – Publish Revit Models Directly to Sketchfab

From the Autodesk App Store:

Sketchfab is a platform to publish and share 3D files online in real-time without plugins. It provides a viewer based on the WebGL and WebVR technologies that allow displaying 3D models on the web, to be viewed on any mobile browser, desktop browser or Virtual Reality headset.

This app enables the user to publish Autodesk® Revit® Models directly to Sketchfab.

Infraworks to Revit Interoperability Add-in from Autodesk

A new add-in for Revit 2019 appeared in the Autodesk Desktop App: Infraworks to Revit Interoperability Add-in. Unfortunately, there is literally no information available about this add-in in the ReadMe, on Autodesk Account, or on the Internet.

The Add-in in the Autodesk Desktop App

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

7 New Prospect Features from Iris VR Released in Q1

From the Iris VR website:

In Case You Missed It: 7 New Prospect Features Released in Q1

Last quarter we released some major Prospect features and improvements that help you collaborate with team members and clients from anywhere in the world. We’ve also improved your VR toolkit and expanded into the world of FBX.

Check out these highlights from the past quarter.

Multiuser Meetings 

Meet with 11 of your colleagues or clients in one virtual environment regardless of physical location. Take your entire team on one cohesive walkthrough with the Gather and Go-to tools to keep everyone together. With shared visuals and audio in VR, you can discuss problem areas or communicate your design vision to make your process easier and more productive. Continue with all of the Prospect features that you use in your individual virtual experience, only now any change to sun settings, new annotation, flagged element, etc. will be seen by the rest of your team. Learn how to setup Multiuser Meetings in Prospect.

RevitLookup 2019 and New SDK Samples

From the The Building Coder website:

By Jeremy Tammik
April 16, 2018

Last week, I described how I installed Revit 2019 and compiled the Revit 2019 SDK samples.

On Sunday, I migrated RevitLookup to Revit 2019, which was very easy.

Next, I compared the directory contents to discover the new SDK samples.

RevitLookup 2019

The migration of RevitLookup to Revit 2019 was trivial.

It just required updating the .NET framework target version to 4.7 and pointing the Revit API assembly references to the new DLLs.

Cloud Services for Keynote Manager – Keynote Sharing Across Networks and Locations

From the Revolution Design website:


Why Cloud Services?

Traditional Revit uses a local text file to store keynote data which works fine… as long as everyone is on the same network. However when you need to share projects with other offices or across large geographical areas this system fails. Coordinating the keynotes quickly devolves into a mass of emails back and forth with attached text files, or a Dropbox file sharing system that is vulnerable to overwriting and still has issues with pathing.

In addition, Autodesk has introduced Revit model sharing over A360. That’s great for Revit models, but it still doesn’t allow sharing of the keynote data, so we are stuck in the same trap.

Revolution Design is proud to offer a solution to this issue with Keynote Cloud! Keynote Cloud stores your keynotes in a cloud based database, allowing access from anywhere in the world using the same path. Keynote Cloud projects can be shared with anyone inside or outside your company as long as they have a Keynote Manager Cloud account, and you set their permission levels.

Extract Family Names from Folder

From the Autodesk App Store:

This tool is designed to automatically extract family names.

It will save a lot of time consumed in family names documentation.

Read Help Document

About This Version

Version 1.0.0, 4/18/2018 – Initial Release

Extract family names from folder is brought to you by BIM SOFT SOLUTIONS. It's priced at US $3.99/month or 8.00/year.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2018.

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dynamo v2.0

From the Dynamo website:

By Racel Williams
April 16, 2018

Today is the day! After a long wait, the much anticipated Dynamo 2.0 is finally here.

Dynamo 2.0 is a special and significant release for our team as it is a “major” release, but more importantly because it contains features and changes that will make desktop to web workflows possible in the future.

What’s so special about a “major” release?

As mentioned above and in previous blog posts, Dynamo 2.0 is a “major” release and this means several things:
  • Files (dyn and dyf) will be saved in a format that is not compatible with earlier versions of Dynamo. Dynamo 2.0 graphs and custom nodes can not be opened in 1.x.
  • Dynamo 2.0 can be installed side-by-side with an existing 1.x version allowing you to have control over which major version your project uses. In Dynamo for Revit, you will be prompted to choose which version you wish to run on first launch of Dynamo. This setting is cached per-session of Revit. A restart of Revit will enable you to change to a different version of Dynamo.

BIM Track™ v1.18.1

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.17.2, 4/16/2018

We have some exciting new features released with our latest update, particularly for project settings. We're happy to introduce:

Project templates

There can be a lot of detail saved within a project’s settings. To avoid the tedium of recreating these settings on each new project, you can now export a project’s settings for use on new projects. All issue attributes, including custom options, can be assigned to a project template. Save time and make sure you don’t miss any details by using project templates.

Categories as a project setting

On the web viewer, there is already a notion of categories by element type. Users can define the color, visibility & transparency of a category. It is now possible to assign these settings on the entire project. This gives consistent views across teams (helpful for screenshots etc.) and is helpful for comparative visualization. There is still an option for individual users to override these settings on the web viewer, should they need to. Learn how to set up categories as a project setting.

NavVis IndoorViewer Add-In for Autodesk® Revit®

From the Autodesk App Store:

NavVis provides an all-in-one reality capture solution that captures and visualizes indoor environments during the construction and operational phases. With NavVis IndoorViewer add-in for Autodesk® Revit®, NavVis users can now improve BIM workflows by connecting Revit models to 360° immersive imagery and point clouds that display the current state of the building. With this add-in, users can:
  • Create BIM models faster
  • Compare as-built with as-is
  • Spot differences visually
  • Verify measurements remotely
  • Collaborate with stakeholders online

NavVis IndoorViewer

From the NavVis website:





Explore the indoors with a fully immersive 3D walkthrough. The NavVis IndoorViewer is browser-based software that visualizes building data as high resolution images. Now anyone can access and interact with building data.


Powerful, browser-based point cloud streaming lets you access building data on any device. Use the point cloud to inspect the building and even take precise measurements. If you have already captured data with other devices, you can import it to the IndoorViewer. Both indoor and outdoor datasets are supported.