Friday, May 31, 2024

Deviation nSpector – Compare Point Cloud Deviation

From the Autodesk App Store:


Quality Control (QC) is an essential phase of every project and there should be no stone unturned to ensure it is at 100%.  

What if you can automate your QC and reduce errors by up to 0% in your BIM models? 

Deviation nSpector is a one-of-its-kind plugin that allows for Deviation Analysis and Error Mapping for your point cloud.  This hassle-free plugin studies through your BIM models and identifies deviations to reduce manual errors in your QC. Deviation ranges can be configured after which analysis is done. On average, if a manual QC takes 60 minutes, with Deviation nSpector you can reduce it to 5-10 minutes. Using Deviation nSpector you can check the quality of your BIM model with 100% accuracy. 

nCircle being the first movers in automation for the AEC sector aims to create succinct systems that optimize the industry. Through Deviation nSpector, we are automating the process of Quality Assurance. Instead of a senior modeler doing the QC manually, by using Deviation nSpector you can negate or enhance this process for an error-free output. You can process selected section only as well as only the selected elements or only the visible elements.  

Do you want your BIM models to be 100% accurate? Does your team spend a lot of time in QC for BIM modeling? 

Deviation nSpector is the one for your team! 

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Advertise on Revit Add-ons by Donating to Your Favorite Charity!

For the next 18 months, you'll be able to advertise on Revit Add-ons by donating to your favorite charity. (Don't have one? Mine are St. Jude and the ASPCA.)

Check out our advertising page for advertising details, including pricing. Can't afford the ad spaces you'd like to have? Make an offer; no reasonable offer will be refused!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Veras – An AI-Powered Visualization App

From the Autodesk App Store:


Veras is an AI-powered visualization app, that uses your 3D model geometry as a substrate for creativity and inspiration. Take your ideation and visualization workflows to the next level using AI tech!


  • AI-Based Ideation & Render Engine.
  • Optional prompt-based guidance.
  • Geometry and Material Overrides.
  • Explore Mode - ideate & render with pre-made settings.
  • Render Selection - render a specific region of the app.
  • Render using a seed.
  • 768x768 minimum resolution.
  • 2k maximum resolution.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

WiseBIM AI – Revolutionizes the Conversion of 2D CAD Plans Into Revit Models

From the Autodesk App Store:


Save time and money!

WiseBIM revolutionizes the conversion of 2D plans into Autodesk® Revit® elements.
Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence, it offers unparalleled speed and precision!

Just import your existing architectural 2D plan and, within seconds, our advanced automatic detection by AI will swiftly create a detailed representation, encompassing walls, windows, doors, and slabs.

Only a few steps are needed:
  1. In a Revit project, import an architectural 2D plan of your level from DWG, DXF, PDF, JPEG, TIFF, or PNG file
  2. Set the scale of the image
  3. Select the image and click the WiseBIM detection button in the Add-Ins menu
  4. Set a few parameters (such as height, and families) and run the automatic detection
  5. Seconds later, the Revit model is created for each element.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Product Roundup – Free Apps from DiRoots

From the DiRoots website:

DiRoots Apps

DiRoots App Manager

A standalone desktop application to install/update DiRoots Applications and to enable/disable Revit Plugins.


8 Autodesk Revit Productivity Tools for Data Management, Filtering, Model Checking, Drawing Production, Point Clouds, etc. Includes SheetLink, FamilyReviser, OneFilter, TableGen, SheetGen, ReOrdering, ParaManager, PointKit.


Autodesk Revit Add-in to export Views and Sheets to PDF, DWG, DGN, DWF, NWC, IFC, and IMG (JPEG, PNG, TIFF).

DiStellar – A Free and Powerful Web IFC Viewer to Manage Your BIM Models

From the DiRoots website:

DiStellar is an Online IFC Viewer developed by DiRoots. It is a free tool to visualize and modify IFC models directly in your browser (IFC2x3 and IFC4 supported). Powered by advanced searching, filtering, and data management features, it is the ideal tool to work with IFC files.

DiStem – A Free Public Beta of Revit Management / Productivity Tools

From the DiRoots website:

DiStem bundle for Autodesk Revit contains several Revit add-ins to boost your productivity. This bundle will help you to manage your BIM model data (extract and map elements’ properties and parameters), clean up the Revit model, remove revision clouds, transfer, measure distances in 2D & 3D views, get elements coordinates, manage DWGs, export to glTF, batch generate family thumbnails/preview images.

Disclaimer: more tools will be added soon!

DiStem is brought to you by DiRoots. It's a free public beta. 

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019. 

Download from the DiRoots website » 


Free DiRoots App Manager V2 Released – Open Files with the Correct Revit Version

From LinkedIn:

✔️ New Features

  • Automatically open RVT and RFA files with the correct Revit version.
  • Quickly check the version of RVT and RFA files.

🚀 Enhancements

  • Add message for non-Admin users.
  • Show the app version in the window header.
  • Enable Dark/Light themes.
  • Add the “User Guidelines” button.
  • Add the “Uninstall / Repair” option.

🐜 Bug Fixes

  • Minor issues fixed.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Point Cloud Importer – Simplify the Process of Importing Point Cloud Files Into Revit

From the Autodesk App Store:


The Point Cloud Importer is a revolutionary Autodesk® Revit® plugin that aims to simplify the process of importing Point Cloud files into Revit, eliminating the need for a cumbersome and time-consuming multi-step conversion process between different software tools. The Point Cloud Importer's vision is to provide an end-to-end solution directly within the Revit interface, enabling seamless integration and enhancing efficiency for architects, engineers, and designers in handling highly accurate 3D representations of real-world environments. With this plugin, users can expect improved workflow, reduced complexities, and enhanced collaboration, making point cloud handling more efficient and precise than ever before.

The plugin supports a wide range of input point cloud file formats like E57, PLY, LAS, LAZ, TXT, PTS, XYZ & PLY making it versatile and compatible with various sources. Additionally, users can effortlessly import multiple files of the same/different formats with just a single click. This plugin expands the possibilities and enables users to work with various file formats seamlessly.

The Point Cloud Importer for Revit Plugin offers expanded file format support, simplifies importing, and enhances collaboration, streamlining your Point Cloud experience. Boost productivity and efficiency within Revit with this seamless end-to-end solution. 

Read Help Document

Saturday, May 25, 2024

BLT SMRT Foundry – A Free Productivity Suite

From the Autodesk App Store:


Foundry is a suite of tools designed to enhance and simplify your design and documentation process.

Designed by Autodesk® Revit® users, the tools were created with a focus on providing a low barrier of entry and easy-to-use user interfaces.

Foundry adds the following features to Revit:

  • PrototypeStudio: Enables users who work on prototypical projects to quickly flesh out their designs with interior finishes. Assign finishes to a room profile (defined by name and number), and automatically model floor, ceiling, and wall finishes.
The PrototypeStudio main dialog. Select the rooms in which
you wish to create floors, walls and ceiling elements.
The PrototypeStudio Room Profile Viewer.
Assign materials to each room in your project.

Friday, May 24, 2024

The Revit Add-ons Blog is Back!

Hi, this is Tim, humble founder of Revit Add-ons. As some of you may know, I went to work for Bentley Systems in January 2020. Because it represented a conflict of interest, I had to stop my work on Revit Add-ons. For a time, my friend Cord Ellison took over the blog. However, when a number of advertisers ceased their sponsorship of the site, as a side hustle, Cord just didn't think the juice was worth the squeeze, and he ceased updating the site in October 2022.

Fast forward to January 2024 and I was laid off by Bentley Systems. Why didn't I restart the blog then? I didn't want to take the chance that I'd have to shut it down again. If I went to work for an add-in developer, or an Autodesk channel partner with their own products, they may not have wanted me posting about their competitors. Fortunately, I'm now a BIM Coordinator with Woolpert, and they're supportive of Revit Add-ons. 

I conducted my job search exclusively on LinkedIn. Of course, while I was there, I kept my eye on Revit add-ins news. I noticed a couple of trends: acquisitions and AI. Regarding the former, Autodesk acquired UNIFI, and rolled it into Revit, sort of. 

GRAITEC acquired both StrucSoft and Ideate Software. Wowzer.