Sunday, June 30, 2019

Family Names v2.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

Family Names has a simple yet intuitive design, you can rename families as simple as double clicking in the table and pressing save.

Family Names offers other features such as adding prefixes or suffices, find and replace.

You can easily change names from excel by saving the table in excel, changing the names there and importing the excel back in the app.
With family names you can also define rules to validate you desing names. You can also use a special composer designed to combine parameter values with the actual name so that naming is more suggestive.

Compose names using parameter information

Free Engipedia Topo Shaper – Shape Topography With Model Lines

From the Autodesk App Store:

The main purpose of the tool is to shape topography instance with the help of model lines. The tool adds additional topography points along selected model lines. Line division can be per number of points or per distance between points. If there is more than one topography instance, the tool will prompt you to select only one.

All model lines are supported: lines, arcs, ellipses, curves and nurbs. Make sure that the selected model lines are not closed loops, otherwise the tool will warn and ignore them. If there are closed loops (circles, ellipses) to be used, then they should be divided into 2 or more parts with Autodesk® Revit® Split Element tool.

Topography is a mesh object so points division should be thought carefully. More points do not mean better results.

An additional feature is saving current topography. The current state of topography can be saved into a CSV points file, and the original state can be returned later using Revit Massing & Site > Topo surface > Create from Import > Specify Points File tool. Saved topography points CSV file is always in Meters.

Tool can be run via Add-ins tab on Revit ribbon.

Free FBX Exporter

From the Autodesk App Store:

FBX Exporter allows you to take your project geometry to external platforms via the FBX file format. Useful for exporting to Unreal Engine.

Each element present in the scene will be exported to an individual FBX file.

FBX Exporter workflow

Parameters Package

From the Autodesk App Store:

This application contains 4 tools for families parameters as below:

Find and Replace Text in Parameters

This tool is designed to find and replace text or parts of a text in parameters - whether it’s a built-in parameter or a shared parameter.

This tool only works for instance parameters, the storage type of the parameters must be text.

Copy/ Combine (Text Parameters)

This tool is designed to copy text parameters data between Autodesk® Revit® elements. It also can combine text parameter information from more than one parameter and join it in another text parameter additionally, and it can add separators between the combined text parameter data. The tool can also copy text parameters data between different Revit categories.

Parameters Text Case

The tool is designed to modify the text case for the parameter's text value in Revit.

This function will enhance working with text in Revit and it will help the user to change the text case for the “Parameters text value” to be Upper case, Lower case, Sentence case, and Title Case.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Ideate StyleManager – Cleanup Object & Line Styles, Line & Fill Patterns, Materials, Material Appearance Assets, Filters, View Templates, and Scope Boxes

From the Autodesk App Store:

Ideate StyleManager addresses the challenges that arise when Autodesk® Revit® users import content into the model because the corresponding styles automatically come with the content. Proper management of these styles reduces publishing errors and end-user confusion, but the management process in Revit is time-consuming and risky, and errors can dramatically impact the models and production documents.

Use Ideate StyleManager to:
  • Safely delete styles that otherwise cannot be deleted or purged in Revit software
  • Merge non-standard styles into standard styles
  • Forensically analyze the usage of all styles to understand the true scope of a deletion
  • Cleanup Object Styles, Line Styles, Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Materials, Material Appearance Assets, Filters, View Templates, and Scope Boxes
  • Understand which views are using which View Filters

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BIMWERX WaterMark – Watermark Project or Families or Project or Family Elements

From the Autodesk App Store:

The BIMWERX WaterMark tool assigns custom watermark data to any one of the following options:
  • Projects (document level)
  • Projects elements (any Autodesk® Revit® entity)
  • Families (document level)
  • Family elements (any Revit entity)

Watermarks cannot be removed, replaced or modified without the original Watermark user password.

WaterMark ribbon menu

Auto Join – Join Multiple Elements Using Rules, and Unjoin or Cut Multiple Elements

From the Autodesk App Store:

The first release of Q'Apps for Autodesk® Revit® has the Auto Join plugin.

The Auto Join plugin features:
  1. Join multi-elements according to the priority order that users want, by following the rules added.
  2. The user sets the rules for the first run of the plugin. After that, the Auto Join plugin will automatically use the rules set up during the previous run.
  3. Unjoin multi-elements.
  4. Cut selected elements by other elements.

The interface of Auto Join plugin.

planBIM – Visually Classify Elements According to LOD, LOI, and LOA

From the Autodesk App Store:

This plugin enables Autodesk® Revit® users to visually classify elements inside their models according to Level of Detail (LOD), Level of Information (LOI) and Level of accuracy (LOA) as per the Scope defined in planBIM (

The user can view the LOD Specification for a specific category in Revit simply by clicking on a relevant element in the model space. The specification gives an idea of the LOD, LOI, LOA as well as the parameters that need to be included in the Revit element. There is also functionality to associate a family or family type of selected element to a scope specified in planBIM. Using this plugin, the BIM team can stay on top of which elements have been modelled and at which LOD in a Revit file.

Since this app retrieves data from planBIM, the user must have an account on the app and create a project and then login into the planBIM plugin in Revit. A user can only associate the Scope to the Revit families or family types if they have the access level of an 'Editor' or a 'Manager' of the project in the app.

Login screen to access projects.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Reminder: Free Webinar June 19 – What’s New in MWF (Metal/Wood Framer) v2.36 (7096), Presented by Yours Truly!

In case you missed it, we recently posted about StrucSoft Solutions' latest release of their automated metal and wood framing solution for Revit, MWF, version 2.36, build 7096, and that it includes a whopping 24 new features. We also posted about an upcoming webinar on June 19 to review some of the new features. At the time, we didn't know it, but our humble editor (shameless plug: that'd be yours truly!), will be presenting this session!

In the webinar, we'll be covering the following:
  • Locking panels
  • Placing ladder joins
  • Line-based blocking and backing
  • Inserting anchor bolts
  • Inserting holdowns at the top and bottom of panels
  • Creating ATS, or Anchor Tiedown System, stud packs
  • Generating shop drawings that include bills of material for MEP and dimensioning of MEP elements

The webinar will be at 2:00pm EST tomorrow, June 19, and it's not too late to register!

Editor's note: It's been a long time since I rock and rolled, but trust me, it won't be bad, especially for a reformed Bentley guy. 😁

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Free Room Tools

From the Autodesk App Store:

Room Tools is a free Autodesk® Revit® Application which allows you to:
  • Remove Redundant Rooms (to remove redundant rooms from the current document)
  • Center Room (relocate rooms’ location points to the center of the rooms)
  • Room Tag to Room (relocate rooms' tags to the rooms’ location points) 


From the Autodesk App Store:

One of the main features of CCpdf includes automatic selection of sheet size. This function will make sure that your printed sheets paper sizes will always correspond to the sheet dimensions in Autodesk® Revit® and also that a scale used in a view will be preserved.

Another major feature allows you to merge all selected sheets into a single .pdf document.

"Options, Appearance and Hidden Line Views - Remove Lines Using" are settings taken from a standard Revit printing dialog window.

Custom filenames solution allows you to compose filenames from an optional text and parameters available in the project. Available sheet parameters as well as "Project Information" parameters can be added from a scroll menu that will show up after clicking on a blue arrow symbol.

All sheets can be filtered based on parameters in a scroll menu. The value input textbox also consists of a scrolling panel that shows you values of the specified parameter for all sheets. Filtering is much easier with this additional feature.

Sheets selection is user-friendly and implements simple rules well known from basic Windows workspace. For a single selection just click on the row. For multiple selections use Ctrl + click (this will add sheets to the selection one by one) or Shift + click (which will add all sheets within the first and second selection). You can also select all by checking the main checkbox in the column header.

LevelAutoSet – Set Levels of Elements by Proximity Criteria

From the Autodesk App Store:

Set Selected Elements’ Reference Levels to Closer Level.

With this addin you will be able to set levels of elements by proximity criteria while keeping them at the current spatial position. It will deal with almost all elements such as walls, floors, roofs, railings, ceilings, conduits, ducts, pipes, cable trays, stairs, family instances like beams, pillars, etc...

This Addin will not be able to set the level if the reference level is set to workplane and it can't be changed manually.

Briefcase – Attach Any Type of Document to a Revit File

From the Autodesk App Store:

Briefcase® will allow you to carry any type of document attached to your Autodesk® Revit® file.

Attach PDF, Office files, images, videos, zip or rar files, or any file type you can imagine or need.

Carry your files safely without losing any information on the way. No more files missed or forgotten.

You can recover your files inside the Briefcase® at any time, change or modify them and upload them to the Briefcase® again.

Finally, a tool to gather all your project information inside BIM.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Free BIM Glass Selector

From the Autodesk App Store:

Use the Configurator to search the AGC database for the right product and then insert exterior or interior glass right in the project you are working on. You can choose which properties to use for filtering and then create a family type with all BIM properties for this product.

For interior glass you can also choose from catalogue colours of Lacobel and Matelac or use RAL sampler.

The database you work with is synchronized with the Cloud, so the data is always up-to-date.

Products are divided into 5 regions and the configurator includes 9 languages.

Free Transfer Legend

From the Autodesk App Store:

The Transfer Legend add-in for Autodesk® Revit® is a free application which helps you to transfer/copy existing legends from a Revit linked document file to the current document with a few simple clicks.

Read Help Document

About This Version

Version 1.0.0, 6/7/2019

Transfer Legend is brought to you by TwentyTwo. It's free.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017.

Download from the Autodesk App Store »

Questions? Contact the developer »

Warning Navigator

From the Autodesk App Store:

Use this tool to navigate Autodesk® Revit® Warnings using a floating dialog with dynamic links, filters, and spreadsheet-based features.

Manage warnings and share dynamically linked spreadsheets (.xlsx) among project collaborators.

Error import dialog

Free Get Linked Project Base Point and Survey Point

From the Autodesk App Store:

Shows the location and coordinates of the Project Base Point in a linked model.

Also works with Linked Survey Points.

This allows you to quickly check if all your models are correctly located.

Managing a project with multiple linked models can be a real mess. Previously, there was no easy way in Autodesk® Revit® to see if a linked model's Project Base Point was matching with your model's Project Base Point. Also, it was not possible to see a linked project's coordinates.

Now, it is possible using this tool!

You just need 2 clicks to use this add-in :
  • Start the add-in (2 commands: "Get linked Project Base Point" or "Get linked Survey Point")
  • Click on the desired Revit link instance

Monday, June 3, 2019

Voting for AU 2019 Is Open, and We Submitted a Couple Proposals

Voting for Autodesk University 2019 sessions is now open, and we submitted a couple proposals:
  • Modeling for Manufacturing – Architectural Design Intent to Structural Fabrication
  • Making Money with an Industry Blog, or How I Retired at 49

If either or both of these sessions pique your interest, please vote for them. To do so, simply click here, type "grimm" in the search field, and click on the Vote button(s).

Thank you for your support!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Roundup – For May 20-26, 2019, New and Updated Revit-Related Add-Ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of May 20, 2018 saw 4 new Revit-related add-ins published on the Autodesk App Store, 3 for Revit and 1 for Navisworks. Another 30 were updated.

As for apparent false updates, serial spammer PROISAC-BIM-VDC accounted for nearly 2/3. 😑



Warning Manager
This app is designed to help you manage all warning messages on Autodesk® Revit® models with Isolate and create a Bounding box around the error Elements | Free
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About This Version: Version 1.0.5, 5/24/2019 – For release notes, see this post »

Smart Unhide Elements for Autodesk® Revit®
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 | USD 10.00/Y
★ (4 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 5/22/2019 – Initial release.

Free Solar Farm Planner v1.2 for BIM 360 Docs

From the Autodesk App Store:

Solar Farm Planner is one of a kind technology demonstration of basic features in Autodesk® ecosystem for laying out solar farms on arbitrary areas on Google® Maps.

Using Forge™ platform, it is integrated with Autodesk® BIM 306® for better collaboration of users on a project and for saving a 3D mock-up of solar farms to BIM 360 Docs®, which can be displayed with Autodesk Forge Viewer™. The farm design process is just a few simple calculations (total number of panels, total weight, total kWh, etc.) combined with panels rotation and tilt on the area that may be a complicated polygon on the map.

The main features 
  • Data transfer with Autodesk services 
  • Google Maps manipulation 
  • Arbitrary polygon area 
  • Panel rotation and tilt 
  • Import/export of mock-ups from/to: 
    • Local drive 
    • BIM 306 Docs 
  • Adjustable farm parameters: 
    • Scale 
    • Panels number 
    • Weight 
    • Output power 
    • Etc. 

Free PCL PartsLab® v4.1.1.5 – Features New Divide Parts Tools

From the Autodesk App Store:

Revolutionize your Construction Model Workflow! If you manage Revit® construction models, this addin will significantly improve how you directly leverage design model geometry. PCL PartsLab® is a free Autodesk® Revit® model browser that automates the creation, visualization, and change management of Revit Parts. Drastically reduce time and clicks by instantly creating thousands of Parts from targeted categories/families/types. Context sensitive tools assist in quick hiding & isolation. Isolation tools show overlapping Parts to reveal design issues. The managed history view helps you keep track of what was created during each design update, and what changed.

Feature Highlights:
  • Browse linked model categories/families/types from the aggregated construction model
  • Filter linked model categories/families/types content by Level
  • Create thousands of native Revit® Parts from targeted categories/families/types
  • Automatically associates the level of Parts from linked-model objects
  • Find / highlight / review all overlapping Parts in your model in a managed view
  • NEW in 4.1 – Division tools that quickly divide Parts by levels or style
  • Creates and manages a 3D history view of all Parts created
  • Context ribbon tools that Hide/Isolate Parts by original categories/families/types
  • Use as investigative tool for Linked model content, shows object counts
  • Copy selected family/type definitions from linked models into your current model