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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Export Sheets to DWG

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

At present, when exporting from Autodesk® Revit® to DWG, each sheet is exported as a separate file, therefore, if you want one single DWG with all drawings and sheets, it has to be combined manually or by importing each layout in CAD.

This Add-in will make your work easier to export with the help of these two tools:

  • "To 1 layout" command: Export multiple sheets to one DWG file, with all drawings in the model tab and all sheets in 1 layout tab.
  • "To Multiple Layouts" command: merge all sheets to one DWG file with multiple layouts.

Use this plugin with Autodesk® AutoCAD® add-in: "Merge Drawings" to get better results.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Free Align Views & Rename Sections

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

This plug-in for Autodesk® Revit® can help to save time while aligning multiple drawings with large sets of views and schedules.

Main features:

  1. Align Views: just select a few elements and the align view tool will sort them for you. Only the sheets which have the same amount of view as the model sheet can be selected.
  2. Rename Sections: automatically rename section and section detail number.
  3. Rename Sheets: automatically rename sheet and sheet number.
  4. Copy legend: copy legends or schedules across sheets.
  5. Rotate the current view.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Free Family Manager Ez

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Family Transfer & Manager is a free Autodesk® Revit® add-in/plugin to help you to manage Revit families and parameters.

The app only supports Revit 2022 & above.

How it will help you?

1. Parameters:

  • Rename parameters, you can add prefix, suffix or remove any words to all parameters.
  • You do not open family but can quickly set formulas, delete parameters
  • if you select multiple families at the same time, you can modify the same parameters between them.
  • Copy formula from a family to other families

2. Families:

  • Easy selection: Easily select the required Families
  • Transfer command: Transfer all families between 2 projects (or from a linked project)
  • Purge command: Purge all unused families, except annotation families.
  • Export command: Export families to one folder or category folder
  • Observation Mode: To find and isolate your family in the active view & also detect and unhide hidden family

Monday, June 10, 2024

Critical Mass – 5-Star Rated Revit Add-ins* on the Autodesk App Store for Mid-Year 2024

* With at least four reviews.

For your convenience, below is our renewed bi-annual list of the 5-star rated Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. The list is sorted by number of reviews, highest to lowest. Add-ins are also separated between free and paid.

And don't you hate when paid add-ins only list "Trial" instead of the actual pricing? It always makes me wonder if they have something to hide. Well, where possible, we've done the research for you! Some make it nearly impossible to find the pricing though...

Remember, reviews are important. Please take a few minutes to share your experiences with apps on the App Store by submitting reviews!

Free Add-ins

ProSheets is a free plugin for Autodesk® Revit® that allows users to bulk export views and sheets from Revit® to PDF, DWG, DGN, DWF, NWC, IFC, and Images (e.g., JPEG, PNG, TIFF, etc). | Free
 (139 reviews)

Brings fluidity to the Autodesk® Revit® section box when modifying complex areas of a model. Saves seconds when communicating, costly minutes when modeling, and valuable hours throughout a project. | Free
 (130 reviews)

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Free Auto-Dimension MEP

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Auto-Dimension MEP is an add-in that helps you insert dimensions and tags into the current view. You can use it for pipes, ducts, cable trays, or conduits.

For round pipes, conduit and round ducts, you can filter by diameter and length. The app will get pipe diameter and length from your project. It helps you to quickly select the pipes that you need.

For rectangle/oval ducts and cable trays, you can filter by height and width.

Additionally, the app can help you insert dimensions and tags into a linked file, but only in Plan View.

Quick Dim command can help you insert dimension into any picked pipe/duct/cable tray/conduit and family instances.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Free Auto Join Ez

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

The Auto Join add-in simplifies the Join/Unjoin process for multiple elements in the active view by enabling users to set rules and perform the action with just one click. 

The following elements are supported:

  1. Walls: Effortlessly unify wall elements with precision and speed.
  2. Floors: Seamlessly integrate different floor components to achieve a cohesive design.
  3. Framing: Simplify the process of connecting framing elements, ensuring structural stability with minimal effort.
  4. Columns: Establish connections between columns effortlessly, enhancing overall structural integrity.
  5. Foundations: Streamline the intricate task of joining foundation elements to create a solid base for your projects.
  6. General Elements: The plugin's versatility extends to various other general elements, offering a holistic solution for a wide range of design scenarios.

Fab2018 and BIMREV – Structural Automation for Reinforcing, Sheets and Annotation

On LinkedIn, Sena Kahraman has been posting about her company's BIMREV add-in. Here's what we know about it...

From LinkedIn (links are to posts with videos)...

We have completed the scissor reinforcement of our BIMREV software, which we are developing with C# Revit API. Now you can use the BIMREV software, which we automate without wasting time, for the equipping of prefabricated elements. Post: https://bit.ly/4c8rBYg

With our BIMREV addin, which we continue to develop, you can now automatically reinforce the gutter element. Post: https://bit.ly/3RnLiDt

With our BIMREV addin, which we continue to develop, you can automatically reinforce the purlin element. Post: https://bit.ly/3VytvvQ

With our BIMREV addin, which we continue to develop, you can automatically put reinforcement in the crane beam element. Post: https://bit.ly/3XagXfq

With our BIMREV addin, which we continue to develop, you can automatically put reinforcement in the Double T Slab element. Post: https://bit.ly/3z2XyCX

Friday, June 7, 2024

BIMprove – A Free 5-Star Rated Productivity Suite

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

1) Geometry Converter:

This tool allows you to convert any type of geometry, whether it's a family or a Generic (Model In Place), into a regular editable Autodesk® Revit® family. It's extremely useful for modeling point clouds and complex architectural forms.

Key features:

  • User-friendly window interface.
  • Various element selection methods.
  • Table of selected content.
  • Settings that can help streamline the conversion process.
  • Ability to select family units (metric/imperial) and language by choosing the appropriate family template.

Geometry Converter user window.


NonicaTab Gets a new Tool for Trimming and Extending Multiple Elements Without an Intersecting Element

Over on LinkedIn, Jaime Alonso Candau, author of NonicaTab, often posts updates to the add-in. He describes his latest update as: "the best Revit tool for modelling that I´ve ever made." He's created a tool to extend or trim multiple elements that don´t have an intersecting element. 

I wish I could embed the post here, but the embed code generated by LinkedIn doesn't work. I also can't embed the video. Bummer. 

Instead, here's a link to the post: https://bit.ly/3XkRCzg. Bravo Jaime!



NonicaTab PRO is brought to you by Nonica. It's priced at USD 9.00/month or USD 90.00/year. There's also a free version preloaded with popular add-ins.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2025, 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. 

Download from the Autodesk App Store » 



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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Free AutoSave CC – Auto Save and Auto Sync Your Revit Projects, and Auto Cleanup Backup Files

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Sometimes Autodesk® Revit® can “crash” without suggesting to the user to create a recovery file.  This can leave users facing a situation of emergency shutdown and loss of data. Whilst Autodesk® AutoCAD® has an auto-save feature, there is no such function in Revit.

With this plugin you can set specified intervals to auto-save, for example, you can specify an interval of auto-saving every 5 minutes and the plugin will automatically save your project every 5 minutes (completely without your participation). You can still make a “manual” file saving (the “Save” button) when you need it.

The backup files created during saving (files like “Project Name.001.rvt”) will be stored by default in the project directory. You then have an option to delete these backup files.

The plugin works with the following file types:

  • Project files (RVT)
  • Local copies of the central file (RVT)
  • Revit Family (RFA)
  • Project Template Files (RTE)

Introducing the Free FenestraPro Envelope Analysis Extension in Autodesk Forma!

From the announcement:

We have just released our first version of the FenestraPro Envelope Analysis Extension in Forma, which is currently available for free in the Forma extension marketplace, to support users to make better informed decisions earlier, and to understand the implication of code, regulations, and guidelines regarding the building envelope in real time.





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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Free Naviate LT (Microdesk Accelerator) – Automate Simple, Frequent Steps in Everyday MEP Workflows

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Naviate LT (Microdesk Accelerator) enhances MEP designers' modeling performance by automating simple, frequent steps in their everyday workflow.

As Autodesk® Revit®  continues to introduce new features and the need to get projects out the door faster increases, Microdesk has developed a suite of purpose-built applications to speed the production of MEP models, automate low-value tasks, and free up your team’s time to focus on design and sustainability.

BIMrx builds on the Accelerator application commands, providing features that increase modeling efficiency, improve project management, and streamline documentation.  

For more information on Naviate, contact Symetri US support or visit our website:

https://www.microdesk.com/bimrx/

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

BlenderBIM – Free, Open Source, Native IFC Authoring Platform for Beautiful, Detailed, and Data-Rich OpenBIM With Blender

From the BlenderBIM website:

An add-on for beautiful, detailed, and data-rich OpenBIM with Blender




Free AG Custom Ribbon Tab Builder – Ribbon Panel and Button Consolidation

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Overview:

The AG Custom Ribbon Tab Builder is a plugin for Autodesk® Revit® designed to simplify your workflow. It enables you to create a dedicated ribbon tab where you can relocate frequently used panels and buttons from other tabs.

Key Features:

  1. Custom Tab Creation: Generate a dedicated tab on your Revit ribbon called "Custom Tab".
  2. Panel & Button Consolidation: Easily move panels and buttons from other existing tabs to your new custom tab.
  3. Auto-Hide Empty Tabs: Tabs from which all panels and buttons have been moved are automatically hidden to reduce clutter.
  4. Plugin Tab Management: Combine panels and buttons from various installed plugins into your custom tab, making your workspace more organized.
  5. Renaming: The custom tab name can be changed to better align with specific projects, teams, or your architecture company's needs.
  6. Settings Management: The ability to save, export, and import settings via a straightforward script file.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Free Upcoming Webinars From CADD MicroSystems – Revit, Dynamo, Autodesk Construction Cloud, and More!

From the announcement:

At CADD Microsystems, we are committed to the education of our customers, and connecting them with other peers in the industry. We’d love for you to join us for an upcoming event presented by our technical experts. If you have any questions, you can email us at events@caddmicrosystems.com.


Dynamo for Revit Overview Webinar

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Dynamo for Revit is a visual programming environment integrated into Revit that enables designers to create visual logic to explore parametric conceptual designs and automate tasks.

Learn More


Revit for Existing Buildings and Renovations Webinar

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

In this session, attendees will learn about best practices when using Revit for an existing building project.

Learn More

Free Webinar June 6: What's New in CTC BIM Suites 2025

From the announcement:

Every year, we at  CTC release an updated version of our suites to work with the latest versions of Autodesk® software. Today's webinar is going to showcase what's new in the CTC BIM Suites for 25.0. We will cover what's new and improved and demonstrate a number of the features available.

What's New in BIM Suites 25.0

June 6th, 2024

12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT

Register for this webinar »



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Avail Announces New Features in Releases of Desktop Application (v4.6) and Revit Plugins

From the Avail website:

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, May 15, 2024 - Software company AVAIL – which creates content management system (CMS) solutions for the global architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry – has released AVAIL Desktop 4.6 along with Revit plugins AVAIL for Revit 5.2 and Harvest for Revit 2.4. Downloads for new releases can be found at app.getavail.com/downloads

All new releases support Revit 2025. Harvest for Revit 2.4 and AVAIL for Revit 5.2 also now support Revit Assemblies.

Two new features are available to preview with AVAIL Desktop 4.6: Palettes and Revit Application Version Management. Palettes are user-customized lists of content in AVAIL and can function as starter content for a specific project or to drive workflows such as redlining construction details. After downloading AVAIL Desktop 4.6, customer administrators can turn on this feature for their account in AVAIL’s Manage Portal page. Once enabled, any user on the account with 4.6 installed will be able to utilize Palettes. To learn more about Palettes, visit blog.getavail.com/palettes and helpcenter.getavail.com/what-are-palettes.


Product Roundup – Add-ins from nCircleTech

From the Autodesk App Store:

nCircle Tech stands as a pioneering 2D/3D product development studio in the realms of AEC and Manufacturing, with a global presence spanning India, the United Kingdom (UK), and Japan. Our rich legacy, spanning over a decade, has seen us collaborating with over 100 software companies in the AEC and Manufacturing sectors, innovating more than 300 remarkable solutions.   

Since inception in 2012,nCircle Tech has been the driving force behind passionate innovators in the AEC and Manufacturing industry, empowering them to craft transformative 3D engineering and construction solutions. At the core of our success is our unwavering commitment to CAD-BIM domain expertise, enabling us to forge disruptive solutions that not only expedite time to market but also align seamlessly with our clients' business objectives. With an expert team of engineers, a robust partner ecosystem, and the wisdom of industry veterans, we are on a relentless mission to redefine the very essence of design, collaboration, and visualization. 

Our Expertise: 

  • CAD - BIM Plugin development & Software Customization: design automation, workflow creation & integration into your business systems with CAD & BIM design packages.  
  • Building 3D applications on Cloud, Mobile, AR/VR, Point Cloud Viewer, Digital Twin, 4D scheduling, for Construction & Engineering Industry using FORGE, ThreeJS, HOOPS communicator, ODA, etc.  
  • Integration with BIM360, Procore, Egnyte, BOX, Forge, Oracle Aconex, Primavera P6, Dropbox and other construction management systems.    
  • ML based solutions: ML powered Scan to BIM, ML powered cost estimation and Quantity takeoff, ML powered OCR, face recognition apps, etc.
Add-ins from nCircleTech:

BIM Connections

Updates Data in Other Services When Files are Uploaded to BIM 360

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Free BIM Connections – Updates Data in Other Services When Files are Uploaded to BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

BIM Connections is a SaaS-based platform that automatically updates your data in other services when you upload or update a file to Autodesk® BIM 360® acting as a single source of Truth.  This is specifically designed for BIM/VDC Managers. The user will configure a ‘Trigger' event in the primary applications ONCE and the required ‘Action’ event in the other application to be automated EVERY TIME. Set up is easy and does not require more than 10 min. You can log in using your BIM 360 credentials and set the required connection on our web platform www.bimconnections.com. 

It saves us from numerous hours spent transferring the data into multiple Construction software. It allows real-time data sync for users to access the most updated files into their own respective software without manual intervention. BIM connections ensure 100% data security as no data is maintained on our servers. 

Following connections are available:

  • Autodesk® BIM 360® to Google Drive 
  • Autodesk® BIM 360® to Box

Note: App is compatible with Autodesk® Build and BIM 360 Docs.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

BIM Model Rule Checker

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

BIM Model Rule Checker is an Autodesk® Revit® plugin that allows users to automatically run rule checks on their Revit models and instantaneously displays results with errors. A wide variety of custom rules can be checked with the automation feature which includes Pipe slope checks, Workset rules, Mounted element checks and Clash detection rules. This customized plugin on Revit will automatically check your Revit models based on a set of checks and generate a compliance report. Model rule checker provides a separate window for each rule and showcases all CSV format results for easy operability. Several pre-built and pretested check sets are already included for you to use immediately or customize. The model rule checker also supports rule checking for the linked models by fetching models from Autodesk® BIM 360® by allowing the batch run feature for all available BIM 360 files as well as local files.

Some of the popular rules on the BIM Model Rule Checker includes:

  • Pipe Slope Checks: This allows users to check the slope for any selected piping systems. Users can add, edit or delete slope rules along with the option to add some tolerance that can be ignored.