Thursday, November 29, 2018

Free GAMUT | MANAGER – The Easiest Way to Manage Your Firm’s BIM Content Library

From the SPECtrumBIM website:

The easiest way to manage your firm’s BIM content library is to let the users forget about where files are located. GAMUT|MANAGER lets the BIM manager organize and index content libraries so that the users can find it from inside of Revit using keywords and filters. Whether the files are local, network or even web based, users can find what they need without having to navigate through endless directories and subfolders.
  • Index families from your local and network libraries – Eliminate type catalogs forever and load content using GAMUT|USER.
  • Include assemblies and materials from projects – Transfer Project Standards and Assembly Warehouse files are a thing of the past.
  • Limit what users can load into projects – Include only the families, assemblies, and materials that you give users access to, and protect your content from inadvertent modifications and version upgrades.
  • Deploy multiple families, assemblies and materials – One at a time or hundreds at once.

Free GAMUT | USER – A Better Way to Search and Load BIM Content

From the SPECtrumBIM website:

A better way to search and load BIM content, GAMUT lets you simultaneously search and load BIM content from multiple libraries. Your internal library as well as any other libraries that you subscribe to are at your fingertips; all without ever leaving Revit. Search, configure and load, all in a single step using the free GAMUT|USER app.  BIM managers can leverage the free GAMUT|MANAGER tools to index the firm’s content, and if they so choose, collaborate with the world by allowing it to be public
  • Search multiple libraries simultaneously… Local, network and web locations can customized to instantly load families, walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, and even materials.
  • Preview the data and graphics… Ensure that the content you load is the content you want.
  • Configure content before loading into the project… Load only the necessary family types, parameters, and materials to keep your project browser clean and file size small.
  • Load everything for your project… Deploy family types, materials, and assemblies simultaneously.
  • Stay Productive – Never leave Revit to load families or search for new content again.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Product Roundup – FenestraPro

From the FenestraPro website:


FenestraPro is a technology company based in Dublin, Ireland, which provides cloud-based software tools for architects to optimise design of building façades. FenestraPro is an Authorised Developer with Autodesk Revit and also works closely with some of the leading architectural practices and industry experts internationally to optimise its development of functionality and usability.

Using several Add-Ins to Autodesk Revit – FenestraPro Premium, FenestraPro Linc, and FenestraPro Target – designers can get an understanding of the energy performance of the building façade based on the geometric design and material specification at an early stage in the design process, dynamically within Revit. FenestraPro Enterprise also allows access to an independent web-based platform linking BIM data with building product manufacturers performance information, independent of Revit.

Allows users to access live manufacturer's data and information on the cloud, and incorporate it directly into their Revit models.

Free FenestraPro Linc – Access Live Manufacturer's Data and Information

From the FenestraPro website:

FenestraPro Linc

Allows users to access live manufacturer's data and information on the cloud, and incorporate it directly into their Revit models.

How Does
FenestraPro Linc Work?

Linc is a Revit Add-In that links directly to an online database and gives the user an intuitive way to search, filter, import, create, and compare different building enclosure products and apply to them their model, to achieve required energy performance values, while attaching the properties and specification to Revit families.

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Week That Was in Revit Add-ons for November 19-25, 2018



From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about LINKo7, for bringing AutoCAD DWG files into Revit and Revit files into AutoCAD.


From the App Store, we belatedly posted about Greenlee BendWorks® v3.1.616.

From around the Internet, we posted about the free FamilyReviser, for managing Revit families, and IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit 2019, which includes 3 new tools.

Roundup – for Nov 19-25, 2018, New and Updated Revit-Related Add-Ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of November 19, 2018 was a moderately busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Five new add-ins were published and another ten were updated.



Connect Autodesk® AutoCAD® to Autodesk® Revit® and vice versa. Use AutoCAD to model in Revit. Live connection, model in AutoCAD with real Revit family data and view it instantly in Revit | USD 90.00/M
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About This Version: Version 2019.1.0, 11/6/2018 – First release


Greenlee BendWorks®
This app optimizes electrical conduit modeling and splitting based on Greenlee benders. Output files may be loaded into programmable benders, or printed for traditional nonprogrammable benders | Trial
 (4 reviews)
About This Version: Version 3.1.616, 11/22/2018 – For release notes, see this post

Greenlee BendWorks® v3.1.616

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 3.1.616, 11/22/2018
  • Custom Run Naming: Change individual conduit run names during the multi-split process
  • Smarter Back-to-Back Bend Logic: Updated back-to-back bend logic makes Bendworks even smarter and easier to use when modeling back-to-back bends. 
  • Improved Cut Mark Values: Improved accuracy of the first mark cut value
  • Output File Conduit Labels Order: Updated the order of before and after conduit labels in the CSV and TXT files for accuracy.
  • Multi-Split Error Checking: Refined error checking in multi-split feature to eliminate inconsistencies
  • Enhanced Accuracy for 360-degree Angles: Updated the rounding associated with the 360-degree maximum angle error to improve accuracy
  • Updated Feedback Interface: Feedback in message windows have been revised for clarity  
  • Improved Error Feedback: Enhanced graphical output for select errors and warnings provides more information
  • Error Codes Linked to Help File: Error codes now include hyperlinks that lead to detailed explanations and solutions from our updated help files.
  • Enhanced Check and Export: The Conduit check and export option now also checks for pre-process errors along with process errors.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thank You!

Here in the United States, today is Thanksgiving, the day when most Americans eat turkey, the fowl that Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the national bird instead of the bald eagle. Then we lounge around watching American football. For us, it’s a good deal. For the birds, not so much.

It's also a day to give thanks.

We at Revit Add-ons are grateful for many things, including our advertisers.

Revit Add-ons is ad-supported. While we would probably be a going concern without our advertisers, it's their contributions that enable us to spend as much time on the site as we do. Without our advertisers' support, we wouldn't be able to provide nearly as much content as we do.

Our Advertisers

At 5-1/2 years, RevitWorks is our longest continuous customer. They're authors of Door Factory Premium, among many other add-ins. Door Factory is also available in a free Preview version for creating the best single and double swing doors.

RTV Tools has been an outstanding supporter of our site for 4-1/2 years. They're the author of the popular RTV Xporter PRO add-in, as well as a number of others, all designed to help you get the most out of your BIM.

Free BCF Export for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

BCF (BIM Collaboration Format) is an open file format that simplifies collaboration between different parties by allowing them to exchange issues data, as well as images, comments, statuses, and model elements that relate to the issue.

This app exports issues data that was added to 3D models (IFC or RVT) in Autodesk® BIM 360® Document Management into BCF format. You can then upload the 3D models into a design tool, and use a BCF 2.1 plugin to import the issues and render the issues data.

Assignar for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

Now you can integrate your Autodesk® BIM 360® documents with Assignar dashboard and mobile app. From inside Assignar dashboard, all you need to do is to access your project, go to the tab “BIM 360 Documents” and log in with your BIM 360 user id. Once you are logged in, Assignar will show you all your BIM 360 projects and their document trees. Choose as many documents as you want and save. Done!

Now all fieldworkers allocated to this Assignar project will be able to see those BIM 360 Documents using native BIM 360 Forge Viewer.

You don't need to create credentials for the fieldworkers to be able to see the BIM 360 documents anymore, nor be concerned about fieldworker permissions as they will not be able to edit any BIM 360 documents. All Assignar BIM 360 integration processes are read-only so if you need to edit/remove/create any BIM 360 documents you will need to access BIM 360 platform directly, preserving the integrity of your documents.

Add your BIM 360 documents to your Assignar projects.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Bluebeam Studio Sessions for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

Create Bluebeam Studio Sessions and seamlessly export PDF files from Autodesk® BIM 360® Document Management. Invite your peers, subcontractors, and architects to the sessions. Work within Bluebeam Revu to review and add markups to the BIM 360 files, and then import the reviewed documents back to BIM 360 Document Management with the markups.

Free FamilyReviser – Help for Managing Revit Families

From the DiRoots website:


A free Revit plugin to help you managing the Revit families

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Free Webinar Nov 27 – Automate Consistency with Guardian: Cloud Firewall for Revit

From the registration website:

Automate consistency with Guardian: Cloud Firewall for Revit Projects

With Guardian, your Revit projects become connected in the cloud - allowing you to enforce self-learning rules and user behaviors. Learn how, in 5 minutes, you can enable fully automated streamlining of your Revit properties including line/fill patterns, any system family type, object styles and parameters.

We know you're busy which is why we'll pack it into only 15 minutes with Q&A afterwards. We don't believe in 1 hr. webinars.

Register now! If you can't make it, register anyway and we'll share the recording afterwards.

Nov 27, 2018 12:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada), 7:00 PM in Greenwich Mean Time

Register for the webinar here.

LINKo7 – Bring AutoCAD into Revit and Revit into AutoCAD

From the Autodesk App Store:

For the first time, LINKo7 makes it possible to link Autodesk® AutoCAD® to Autodesk® Revit®. Model in AutoCAD with real Revit family data and view it in Revit instantly.

If you use Revit, you typically use AutoCAD as well. Many, if not all Revit users need AutoCAD to do additional work. Indeed you can import and export between Revit and AutoCAD but is the transferred data native to both? The answer is NO. It is time that both great programs could communicate directly with each other with their native objects and families. LINKo7 is the first software that allows you to do exactly that. Revit is very powerful in BIM while AutoCAD is great for quick modeling with much fewer restrictions. Why not make them communicate directly through a common protocol which they both can understand?. LINKo7 provides the basis for this powerful concept and paves the way for more applications for you to be more productive and lower the cost of your design process. AutoCAD is fast and easy to use. Use it to create real BIM in Revit.10 times faster and much easier. If you want to migrate your AutoCAD 2D projects to Revit, LINKo7 helps you to exports all your AutoCAD 2D objects including XREFs into Revit's native 2D model lines and curves.

Monday, November 19, 2018

IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit 2019 – Includes 3 New Tools

From the IMAGINiT Technologies website:

IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit

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The Indispensable Time-Savers for Autodesk Revit

IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit 2019 supports only Revit 2019 products. We also offer versions for Revit 2016, 2017 and 2018. Available in either Standalone or Named-User versions.

NEW in Utilities for Revit 2019*:

Annotation Font Update
Scan for all font references in your model and push updated fonts with an easy-to-use wizard.

Shared Parameter Check
Scan your model for shared parameters that should be migrated to your centralized file, or inconsistent shared parameter identifiers and type/instance settings. Allowing you to maintain more effective shared parameters for everyone.

Family Placement
Look at families that are in a folder structure and - with just 2 clicks - load and place them. Family Placement runs as a Palette inside Revit, so it's available whenever you need it. If your project has a large number of families, this tool will save significant time.

*These tools only in IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit 2019.

Vintage Photos Showing How People Worked Before CAD

Now for something completely different...

Last week, in his weekly top 5 email, Michael Kilkelly of ArchSmarter included a link to a post titled "19 Amazing Vintage Photos That Show How People Worked Before AutoCAD." Here's our favorite from the bunch.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Week That Was in Revit Add-ons for November 12-18, 2018



From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about the self-explanatory add-ins Auto Dimension Structure Column and Grid and Column Auto Spot Coordinate, both from G.T.G.

From around the Internet, we posted about Iconic BIM's latest, Guardian, for automating consistency of parameters when importing families, aligning parameters in library families with Revit templates, and preventing or warning users when certain actions are attempted, such as Explode CAD or Purge Unused. Guardian's an Editor's Choice Award winner!


From the App Store, we posted about 3DPDF Exporter for Autodesk® Revit® v4.2.0.0.


We posted the latest in our monthly "What's Hot" series, What’s Hot in Revit Add-ons for November 2018.

Roundup – for Nov 12-18, 2018, New and Updated Revit-Related Add-Ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of November 12, 2018 was a fairly busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Two new add-ins were published and sixteen were updated.



Column auto spot coordinate
Plug-in creates automatic spot coordination for rectangular columns with a specific location for bend point | USD 3.00/M
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 11/9/2018 – Initial release

Auto Dimension Structure Column and Grid
It creates an automatic dimension between axis and column with offsets from column and dimension type which the user can specify | USD 3.00/M
 (1 review)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 11/9/2018 – Initial release

Saturday, November 17, 2018

3DPDF Exporter for Autodesk® Revit® v4.2.0.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version, 11/15/2018
  • Enhancements : 
    • Added support to export views from Revit in 3DPDF.
    • Allow user to disable any user selections in 3DPDF.
    • Added support for Default tessellation.
    • Added support for Texture scaling.
  • Fixed : Settings in preferences dialog were not retrieved correctly.


3DPDF Exporter For Autodesk Revit exports solid and wire bodies to a 3D PDF file.

It has following features:-
  1. Supports body and face level colors.
  2. The user can set a password in the exported PDF file.
  3. The option provided to control the file size and quality by specifying the precision value.
  4. There is always a default compression which helps reduces the file size as much as possible.
  5. Supports Revit 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

What’s Hot in Revit Add-ons for November 2018

Here on Revit Add-ons, with What's Hot, at about the middle of each month, we look back at the preceding month to see which new posts received the most pageviews.

In October 2018, we published 44 posts and received 61,819 pageviews, our 3rd highest tally to date.

The new HotGear Project - Sheet Manager topped our list for the month. Other new add-ins that made the shortlist were Unity Viewer for Autodesk® Revit® at #5, BIM-M Content Pack Integrated with BIM List Browser at #7, and Curtain Walls & Panels at #8.

Updates that made the cut were Family Editor Interface v2.0 at #2, IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD for Revit 2019 at #3, LTM® - Landscape Terrain Modeller v3.0 at #4, and Bonus Tools v20.18.09.26 at #6.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Guardian – Automate Consistency Re Imported Parameters & Parameters in Families, Plus Prevent Certain Actions

From the Iconic BIM website:

Automate your consistency.


Auto Dimension Structure Column and Grid

From the Autodesk App Store:

The “Auto Dimension Column and grid Tool” is an Autodesk® Revit® Add-On that aims to the automatic dimension between grid and column with offsets from column and dimension type which the user can specify.

Instead of wasting time in dimensioning each face of the column with the nearest grid or axis you can easily select all columns and grids needed. With only one click all dimensions from the face of each column to the nearest grid are placed.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Column Auto Spot Coordinate

From the Autodesk App Store:

The “Rectangular Column auto spot coordination Tool” is an Autodesk® Revit® add-on that aims to the automatic spot coordinates for a column with a specific location for bend point.

Instead of wasting time to coordinate each edge of the column you can easily select all columns needed and with only one click all coordinates for each edge of the column will be placed within a second.

Raken for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

Raken provides innovative mobile technology to streamline field workflows for construction workers. Raken's "digital toolbox" connects the field to the office with daily reports, time cards, project insights, photo management, and more. With the Autodesk® BIM360® integration, all daily reports/photos/files captured within Raken are automatically synced into the BIM 360 Project Files folder.  The user simply has to enable the integration from BIM360 settings, log in to Raken, and enable/authenticate the connection from our integrations page.

With the integration, the user can leverage Raken to capture dailies, time cards, photos, etc and use BIM 360 for all other workflows such as RFI's, submittals, change orders, drawings, etc.

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