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Friday, May 31, 2019

Free Webinar June 19 – What's New in MWF

From the email announcement:

MWF Webinar: What's New in MWF

Wednesday, June 19 at 2PM EST

You may of noticed that there were quite a few new features (24!) included in our latest MWF build. Because of this, this month's webinar will be part 1 of 2 and will focus on just that - the new features within MWF.

Revit® based, MWF (or Metal Wood Framer) is capable of framing virtually any project from single family homes to large scale multi-family structures, allowing for the creation of custom framing to define all aspects of wall, floor and roof framing in an automated fashion. Users can then export cut lists, shop drawings and output to their light gauge steel roll formers and/or automated wood saws.                                                                                                   
Here's what we'll go over in more detail:
  • Place Ladder Joins
  • Line Based Blocking/Backing (video)
  • Lock Panel (video)
  • Insertion of holdowns with the hole for threaded rod at top and bottom of panel
  • ATS Stud Pack 
  • Insertion of anchor bolts
  • Ability to generate a BOM for MEP as well as dimensioning of MEP   

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Smart Unhide Elements for Autodesk® Revit®

Editor's Note: This add-in has likely been around for a little while, but, owing to our confusion between this add-in for Revit and the similarly named one for Navisworks from the same publisher, Smart Unhide Elements for Autodesk® Navisworks®, we're posting about the Revit version here for the first time.

From the Autodesk App Store:

Finally, a smart tool to unhide elements by selecting them on a list.

You will never have to "REVEAL HIDDEN ELEMENTS" just to find a few elements hidden in a view or views.

With "Smart Unhide Elements" you can preview the element information, the Selection Tree location and the Grid Location, to pick the correct element.

Also, you can use the ‘Filter’ option and quickly find the elements to unhide.

This app can help you to improve the way you work in Autodesk® Revit® 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.


RevisionAndCloudEz

From the Autodesk App Store:

This add-in includes the following functions:
  • Add or remove revision to sheet
  • Check current revision or which revision is on the sheet
  • Export sheet including a revision to Excel
  • Import revision to sheet from Excel
  • Modify revision sequence, comments, and mark for revision cloud


Free Warning Manager

From the Autodesk App Store:

The warning message has one of the biggest impacts on the Autodesk® Revit® model quality and speed. When you have a lot of warnings it slows you down dramatically.

The default warning list of Revit is currently not efficient enough to show the errors to fix. This new tool will help you to manage all warning messages on Revit models with Isolate and create a Bounding box around the error Elements.

The number of error types is also displayed in a built-in Pie chart to help you quickly understand which type of major error on your model you need to focus more.

Support Revit 2018; 2019; 2020

The main user interface

Free Batch Detach Model (Detach Multiple Central Files)

From the Autodesk App Store:

Usually, when you want to detach the central Autodesk® Revit® model, you have to do it manually and 1 by 1.

With our cool add-in, you can do it automatically just by selecting the input Central Revit model and the location to save the detached files. 


Friday, May 24, 2019

Super Massive Roundup – For Mar 4 - May 19, 2019, New and Updated Revit-Related Add-Ins on the Autodesk App Store

Hi folks, your friendly neighborhood editor Tim here. It's been a crazy spring for me. As I shared here previously, I first took on a project for an add-in developer that proved to be more challenging than expected. Later I joined that developer, StrucSoft Solutions, as a regular employee (as Customer Success Manager).

In addition to these (understandable) demands on my time, I got sick about 5 weeks ago, and am still trying to recover. Initially, we thought it was the flu, but now we think it to be bacterial in nature. Fortunately, with the right medications, I think I'm finally on the mend.

We've been working hard to get back to our baseline, which is to say, caught up with the Autodesk App Store. It's been especially challenging because, during the period I was convalescing, Revit 2020 was released. Add that to how busy our community normally is and you get one looooong list of new and updated add-ins... 😲

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Place Views On sheets
This tool is designed to place views on sheets automatically | USD 1.50/M
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 5/19/2019 – Initial release.

Saved Viewpoints
Store multiple Viewpoints in a Single View and quickly navigate to each one! Great for Coordination Meetings | Trial
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About This Version: Version 1.1.0.0, 5/19/2019 – Initial release.

MWF v2.36 (7096) – Includes 24 New Features!

From the StrucSoft Solutions website:

Release Features - Spring 2019 Build

May 23, 2019

From now on, every release we aim to highlight the new features that have been created within MWF. This way you can stay up-to-date on what's new and improved within our various softwares.

Here's what we've launched this release (be warned it's a long one...our team was hard at work!):

Before starting, please note:
  1. This will be the last 2017 release
  2. When in a work sharing environment, it is imperative that users be on different worksets. 
  3. The whole family package has been updated

1. Place Ladder Joins
Now when a connecting wall falls in between two studs in a T intersection, the Place Ladder Join will allow for the placement of horizontal members in a panel connecting to the intersecting wall. This option is available under the Tools menu in MWF Pro Wood and MWF Pro Suite.             


Free Results Connect for Robot Structural Analysis – Seamlessly Access Data and Results in Excel

From the Autodesk App Store:

Results Connect is an application that allows designers and engineers using Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis to seamlessly access data and results with Microsoft® Office Excel®.

Results Connect is fully integrated into Microsoft Office Excel as an Add-in and allows accessing data and results from an Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis model using simple Excel formulas.

Results Connect

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Place Views on Sheets

From the Autodesk App Store:

To facilitate the process of placing views on sheets in Autodesk® Revit®.

This tool is designed to place views on sheets automatically.



Surfboard - Electrical – Automatically Place Families Based on their Parameters

From the Autodesk App Store:

Surfboard – Electrical is an Autodesk® Revit® add-in that uses your Revit families and automatically places them in the Revit model according to the parameters you provide.

Light fixture spacing and placement are calculated from the following inputs:
  • Revit Family and type selection
  • The lumen output value of the fixture
  • Desired foot-candle level
  • Work plane height
  • Coefficients of utilization from the fixture cut sheet

Receptacle placement is done by the following inputs:
  • Revit Family and type selection
  • Receptacles placed are either 6” from the door or N Receptacles evenly spaced on each wall

Light Switches
  • Revit Family and type selection
  • Switches will be placed 6” on the swing side of each door in the space noted

OBJ Importer for Autodesk® Navisworks®

From the Autodesk App Store:

About the OBJ format:

The OBJ file format is a simple data-format that represents 3D geometry alone — namely, the position of each vertex, the UV position of each texture coordinate vertex, vertex normals, and the faces that make each polygon defined as a list of vertices, and texture vertices. Vertices are stored in a counter-clockwise order by default, making explicit declaration of face normals unnecessary. OBJ coordinates have no units, but OBJ files can contain scale information in a human readable comment line.

YOU CAN USE THIS PLUGIN AS STANDALONE AS WELL. PLEASE CONTACT. 

About the plugin:
The plugin allows you to import OBJ file to Navisworks. The OBJ file format is a simple data-format that represents 3D geometry. It contains the model's triangle (vertices, indices) data and material data.

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Steps to use the plugin
  1. Click on Import OBJ button
  2. Browse obj file
  3. Browse NWC file save location
  4. OK, process will be started and after it finished you will get confirmation message with saved location. 

ICT Tracker for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

ICT Tracker is an easy-to-use mobile construction productivity tracking software solution that adds improved data collection to Autodesk® BIM 360® customers.

Utilizing Augmented Reality or Virtual 3D Free-Flight mode, the app uses your design or construction models for selection input and enables construction teams to benchmark field installations and deliver comprehensive installation status reporting and productivity tracking data that can be imported back into BIM 360 or your ERP software.

Contractors will be able to accurately track construction projects, control costs and make better decisions based on detailed, up-to-date information from the job site.

Utilize Existing Project NWD Files

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Free IFC 2019 v19.2

From the Autodesk App Store:

The IFC for Autodesk® Revit® 2019 contains up-to-date improvements on the default IFC import and export capabilities of Revit contributed by Autodesk and our Open Source contributors.

While this app is not necessary for IFC support, it is recommended that users that depend on the quality of their IFC files download this app and keep it up-to-date, as new enhancements and defect fixes are added, for more information on IFC, please visit the building SMART website (buildingsmart.org) or the Revit wiki (help.autodesk.com/view/RVT/2019/ENU/?guid=GUID-6708CFD6-0AD7-461F-ADE8-6527423EC895).

Read Help Document

About This Version

Version 19.2.0, 5/10/2019 – This is generally a bug fix release with some new IFC functionality.  See the full set of release notes [below].

Docuflow v3.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

Publish all your documents in one operation.
Now it's easy to get high-quality PDF, DWG, DWF, DWFx, IFC and drawing list from the same tool. Just select your sheets and you are good to go. Docuflow makes your drawing issues quick and simple.

Intelligent
Docuflow detects sheet sizes and orientation and takes care of all the complicated stuff. All your documents are exported in 1 operation exactly like the sheets in Revit. You no longer to spend time doing the manual selection of sheets, matching paper sizes or orientation and separating print jobs.

Easily select your Sheets
Finding your sheets it is now quicker with project revision sorting. In additional to alphabetical order Docuflow sorts by revision that groups the drawings inside the last revision, making your selection much simpler.

Drawing list included
A proper drawing issue is not complete without a revised drawing list. Docuflow communicates with Archigrafix Reports (sold separately) to generate on the fly your drawing list in PDF format.

Speed
Docuflow is one of the fastest document publishers for Revit. Built from the ground up. No annoying saving dialogs prompting for filenames. Docuflow publishes PDFs around 65% faster than Bluebeam.

BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Autodesk® Revit® and Autodesk® Navisworks® v5.2

From the Autodesk App Store:

The BCF Managers by KUBUS add BIMcollab® connectivity as well as BCF file support to Autodesk® Revit®. It provides the ability to create and modify issues and communicate these through BIMcollab or via BCF files (supports version 1.0 and 2.x) directly from within Revit.

Complete Issue Management Ecosystem 

The BCF Managers are available for other popular BIM tools such as Navisworks, ARCHICAD, Solibri Model Checker, Tekla Structures and simplebim. Together with our web application, these form the BIMcollab® issue management ecosystem which provides an effective way to communicate BIM issues and thereby providing a more efficient workflow.

BCF files support is also included for working with BIM applications which support BCF natively such as Tekla BIMsight, DDS, MagiCAD and many more.

Issues will contain title, description, status, who's responsible, recommendations or suggestions, and whether a resolution has been implemented. Using BIMcollab® will additionally allow you to add area information, milestones, deadlines as well as implement a formal approval process.

All issues can contain viewpoints with camera position and relevant objects. This allows you to zoom-to the issue-location, highlighting the problematic components in whatever BIM-tool you are.


Auto Numbering v2.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

Digitteck® AutoNumbering™

(App presentation: https://prezi.com/p/zj-ygxgwkwr7/)

Wasted time in the workplace has become a hot topic of discussion, and businesses are consistently varying to shape their workforce into a well-oiled maximum efficiency machine.

Many organizations are missing opportunities to automate business processes that can save their employees’ time and boost productivity.

With AutoNumbering you will save time by having the app doing the numbering job for you.

You have multiple options available to you for selecting the type of element you target for renumbering. You can choose to renumber Doors/Windows/Rooms or manually select the Family and Family Type.

You can choose between 3 renumbering algorithms:
  • Straight - this algorithm uses one direction (line). For each item in the filtered selection, it determines it's projection on this line. The elements are renumbered from one side of the line or the other. To read more about this check the Algorithm For Strategy Straight page in the help file.
  • Straight with strips -  this algorithm uses the same logic as the strategy straight. The points are projected on the direction for numbering. But instead of using only one line, a set of lines are created, elements are grouped inside these lines are groups are treated separately.
  • By Curve - this algorithm allows you to define multiple paths that will guide the numbering process. The algorithm will determine which elements correspond to which path (closest). Then it will project the elements to their corresponding path. The numbering is made by following the curve from start to end. Read more in the help file. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ideate BIMLink v2020.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

Ideate BIMLink is the Autodesk® Revit® add-on that lets you access and edit Building Information Modeling (BIM) data quickly and easily to save you hours—even weeks—of valuable time. Ideate BIMLink helps BIM and VDC managers, project leaders, facility managers, and users analyze, extract, and edit important BIM data. With Ideate BIMLink, you can pull and push volumes of information from a Revit file— Architecture, Structure, & MEP— into user-friendly Microsoft® Excel® with speed, ease, and accuracy. A few of the tasks supported by Ideate BIMLink include:
  • Edit Schedule data (and non-schedule data)
  • Create Unplaced Rooms, Unplaced Spaces, Unplaced Areas, Unplaced Sheets, Schedule Keys, Revision Sequences, Generic Models and Masses from an existing Excel file
  • Rename all custom families and types to align with Project Standards
  • Manage Sheets, Views, and Revisions to streamline production and reduce errors during project delivery.
  • Perform advanced quality control tasks.
  • Prepare and manage the Revit model for export to COBie data drops 

The average Ideate BIMLink user is saving 20 hours per project on a broad range of data management tasks. Ideate BIMLink is the indispensable tool that gives you unprecedented access to Revit data – the “I” in BIM. This Trial download limits the amount of data that can be exported to twenty-five (25) rows. After 14 days the software can be used in Demo mode only, which prohibits the import and export functions.

Ideate Explorer v2020.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

Ideate Explorer for Autodesk® Revit® gives you an easy, intuitive and profound way to search, filter, quantify and select elements in a Revit model. When having the ability to tie up inter-relationships between 100,000+ building elements can make or break your workday, you need one simple, powerful Revit add-on to help you explore and manage your Revit building information model.

Ideate Explorer for Revit empower you to:
  • discover that you have 101 instances of the same DWG embedded and yet invisible in your Revit file
  • clean-up rogue line styles
  • organize and review your items by works, phase or level
  • easily browse, find, and edit instances of revisions, grids, reference planes, color fills, annotation, and other items not covered within the project browser.
  • make a selection set based on parameter values
  • view and filter Sheets, Views, Schedules and Legends without disrupting the Project Browser setup 
  • review Revit warnings while interoperating with Revit

IdeateApps v2020.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

A set of Autodesk® Revit® applications designed to increase the productivity of the entire project team. Developed with specific tasks in mind, these tools address the challenges identified by people who use Revit software every day. You will decrease the time spent on common tasks and increase the accuracy of BIM data in a Revit model, helping to keep projects of all sizes and complexities on time and on budget.
  •  ReNumber: Easily renumber any element by selection, path, or auto-update method
  •  SpellCheck: Spellcheck text and schedule elements within a project file
  •  XRay: Learn why an element isn't visible in a certain view
  •  Clone: Copy a sheet and its properties
  •  SmartDelete: Avoid accidental deletions of 2D and 3D model elements
  •  SheetManager: Filter sheet and view lists, place views on sheets, and more
  •  QuickSelect: Quickly select and zoom to elements within a Revit project, template, or family file
  •  Align: Align a view on one sheet with views on other sheets
  •  ViewCreator: Batch-create multiple Revit views while complying with company-established BIM standards. 



Rockit v2020.0.1

From the Autodesk App Store:

Rockit™ Autodesk® Revit® productivity tools to assist model and BIM managers, and anybody using Revit with a massive collection of the most useful and productive add-in utilities on the market. Using Rockit Bulk Rename you are able to rename multiple views or sheets or anything! with one click using the powerful find & replace, suffix, prefix options. With parameters manager, you are able to quickly find the shared parameter you are after and bind it to the project or family, quickly rename or delete shared and project parameters.

With the project search tool, you can find anything within the project browser so simply like you are using Skype and searching for a contact, this functionality has been included into the object style and materials search, category search and publish tools. Family management commands. Publish to PDF (include sheet revisions), manage links, sheet creator, and so much more.

Rockit Project Search

Monday, May 20, 2019

SheetEz v1.0.2

From the Autodesk App Store:

This add-in includes the following functions:
  • Make a sheet with name and number from input or Excel file.
  • Rename sheet with some case.
  • Transfer viewports from sheets.
  • Duplicate sheets.
  • Manage Revisions.
  • Control Cloud system.


PAD (Project Active Dashboard) – Quickly Test the Feasibility of Projects

From the Autodesk App Store:

Project Active Dashboard allows you to quickly test the feasibility of residential and commercial projects. Once you have begun modeling rooms and areas, PAD allows quick comparison against the project requirements. Simply load the app once in your Autodesk® Revit® project and input required areas and unit counts to visually compare how your design is meeting project requirements. PAD can be easily exported to PDF or Excel which makes it a handy tool for both internal and external meetings.

Highlights:
  • Quickly input your client requirements to evaluate the following:
    • Gross areas
    • Net areas
    • Unit numbers
    • Levels
    • Parking numbers
    • Parking percentages
  • Typify your level information across multiple levels
  • Input Authority floor ratio
  • Client requirements as figures or percentages
  • Export to Excel or PDF
  • Live update with the Revit model
  • Save and Load your data for continued use as the project evolves

Egan Spell Check My Parameters

From the Autodesk App Store:

This app will Spell Check Type and Instance text-based Parameters in a Autodesk® Revit® project file.

What you can expect from the Egan Spell Check My Parameters application:

Spell Check
This app will run a spell check on the text-based Parameters of a Revit project file, and provide the user with the ability to ignore, to change or to add words to your custom dictionary, as desired.

Speck Check Main Form

Enscape v2.5

From the Autodesk App Store:

ENSCAPE 2.5

Version 2.5 is now live: in this version we have added new features and overall improvements to optimize your Enscape experience.

Read on for a full overview of the updates and developments included in this latest release.

Let Enscape 2.5 take your design to the next level: streamline your workflow and impress your clients with one click.

Update to Enscape 2.5 today!



Sunday, May 19, 2019

Interior Designer – Create Decoration Models Quickly

From the Autodesk App Store:

Interior Designer is an application used to create decoration models promptly. The application includes wall decoration, floor decoration, ceiling decoration and so on. Floor decoration module includes functionalities such as floor finishing, floor tiles creation, tile replacement, tile creation in part of a floor, wooden board modeling and parquet floor creation, etc. Wall decoration module includes functionalities such as wall finishing, wall tiles creation, tile replacement, tile creation in part of a wall, dry-hanging stone creation, and parquet wall creation, etc. Ceiling decoration module includes ceiling finishing, integrated ceiling creation, two-stage ceiling creation, multi-stage ceiling creation, grid ceiling modeling, and wooden keel ceiling creation, etc. Other functionalities include wall paper and skirting modeling and so on.

The application has a 15 days free trial period. After the trial period, you can pay for a standalone version license. Generally, the application can be used on one computer. You can switch to another computer as well following the instruction of the user manual. Furthermore, you can get any update we publish in the following one year.


Free ToRD - Change Text – Change Text Case

From the Autodesk App Store:

This Tool helps to change text format to different text types in Autodesk® Revit®. Change Text tool offers some utilities:
  • Change lowercase to uppercase and vice versa
  • Change the first letter of each word from lowercase to uppercase
  • Change letter after dot from lowercase to uppercase

change text

PassivLink Lite v1.1 – Export to PHPP

From the Autodesk App Store:

Passivlink is the Autodesk® Revit® add-in that exports data directly to PHPP, saving heaps of time and money to Passivhaus designers.

Imagine all the things you could do if you just focused your expertise on priorities such as design and careful execution.

PassivLink main benefits are:

1. SAVES TIME:
PassivLink exports data directly to PHPP.
All the information is exported exactly on the right cell, by just clicking one icon.

2. LETS YOU FOCUS ON DESIGN:
PassivLink allows you to avoid repetitive tasks, increasing your satisfaction and boosting your productivity.

3. PREVENTS MISTAKES:
PassivLink allows you to safely export all the info you need directly to PHPP, eliminating the risk of data loss that comes with the manual introduction of information.

4. DISPLAYS INFORMATION:
By creating dedicated parameters, PassivLink allows users to visualize and select which info they want to export, enhancing control and performance.

Free Express Family Web3d – Share and Collaborate on Revit Models

From the Autodesk App Store:

Express Family Web3d App is a program developed to easily share the model you are working on within Autodesk® Revit® with team members without the construction or technology of a 3d model sharing server. Users can forward comments to 3D models at any time using a PC, laptop, tablet, or mobile Internet browser and can save chat messages to a file for later revision in Revit.

3d model chatting

Saturday, May 18, 2019

PlacebyCADblock – Automatically Place Component Elements at Block Locations Within CAD Imports

From the Autodesk App Store:

Place component elements using imported CAD block location

Components' elements are columns, generic models, etc.

Imported CAD block is a part of CAD files.

This app helps place component elements at CAD block location automatically.



Thursday, May 16, 2019

Catching Up with ElumTools – v2020.1 (2019.7, 2018.12, and 2017.5 too)

The fine folks at Lighting Analysts have been BUSY, and we'll catch up with a number of releases in this article.

2020.1

There's not much information about this version available on the Autodesk App Store or on the Lighting Analysts website, just that it was released on April 19. 2019. Presumably, this version offers the same features as 2019.7.0.12, just recompiled for Revit 2020.

From the Lighting Analysts website:

2019.7, 2018.12, 2017.15

2019.7.0.12, 2018.12.0.9 – Released: 2019-04-19
  • Fix incorrect AVF Spatial Map rotation, occurring in certain cases
  • DotNetZip version 1.10.1.
  • Fix units issue with Metric Exterior Luminaire Families (.rfa files).

UNIFI Core v3.2.1 & UNIFI Web Portal v2.9.0

From the UNIFI website:

Release Notes: UNIFI Core Version 3.2.1 & UNIFI Web Portal Version 2.9.0

POSTED ON MARCH 17, 2019 BY LAURA MCINTYRE

Hey UNIFI Customers,

We’re pleased to announce our latest software update was released on March 18, 2019. CORE 3.2.1 updates include content upload email notifications, improved materials and fill patterns support, and several bug fixes.  Portal 2.9.0 includes the frequently requested API access! Please read below for further details.

CORE 3.2.1 Highlights

1. Content Upload Email Notifications:

Overview:

– Library Admins will now receive email notifications when a content upload request is created

CTC BIM Project Suite 2019 v19.0.4

From the Autodesk App Store:

To purchase the full version of BIM Project Suite through Autodesk App Store, click here

This setup will install add-in tools for Autodesk® Revit® 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The BIM Project Suite is part of the CTC Express Tools family of products, and contains the following tools:

BIM List (free)


This tool is a content management solution providing the ability to browse, sort, search and leverage your families more effectively, helping to enforce company standards.