Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hangers – Place Duct Hangers Automatically

From the Autodesk App Store:

This tool is designed to place Duct Hangers along the duct automatically.

Work Flow:
  1. Select the desired Element.
  2. Click the Element hanger command.
  3. The Element Hangers form will appear.
  4. Select the hanger family type.
  5. Write the offset distance between hangers in mm.
  6. Select the upper level for the hanger or the tool will select it automatically.
  7. Click ok to get the result
  8. This tool will automatically place hangers along all the elements.  
  9. The tool will do the following
    1. The tool will place the hangers along the elements automatically.
    2. The tool will change the hanger size due to the change in element size.
    3. The tool will change the hanger offset due to the change in element offset.
    4. The user can choose to enter the distance between hangers in mm or inches    .
    5. If the element is moved the hanger will also follow the element.
    6. To apply the above selects the desired element which you want to update the hangers related to this element -run the tool-click update.

Free Webinar Sep 27 – Enhancing Graphical Quality in Unity

From the registration website:

Enhancing Graphical Quality in Unity with the Progressive Lightmapper and Post Processing Stack

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM GMT

Presenter Mike Geig, Technical Evangelist at Unity Technologies

In this session, we are going to look at a scene specifically made to represent a realistic apartment. We will see how crucial a role light plays in the overall look and feel of our projects. From there, we will utilize the post processing effects stack to take the visuals to a new level and fine tune them to enhance to impact of  different areas. Finally, we are going to create a timeline sequence to interact with our camera and add some life to our scene.

If you are unable to make this webinar or would like to schedule a demo before contact Sanjay Mistry +1(310)730-9763 or email

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Sep 27 – Connecting Project Teams with Collaboration for Revit

From the registration website:

Connecting Project Teams with Collaboration for Revit

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM GMT

Building projects are never simple. There are numerous stakeholders, different teams delivering on different schedules, working on multiple models, with each model progressing independently within each firm’s network. Join us as we show you how building project teams can connect with centralized access to BIM project data making it easier to access all project data – anytime, anywhere. Learn how  to:
  • Enable project team members in all disciplines, from multiple firms, or sites to concurrently author a model using the BIM process.
  • Connect team members with direct, real-time chat within project models to free teams from traditional, limited tools, such email and phone.
  • Access Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit with a centralized cloud-based workspace, and improve efficiency on projects.

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Sep 27 – Managing Project Documents with BIM 360 Docs

From the registration website:

Managing Project Documents with BIM 360 Docs

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM GMT

Take control of your project documents!

From drawings to models, specifications to submittals, emails to schedules -- nearly every construction company and project faces the same document control issues today. Too much confusion around versions, too many questions about where to find information, too much work to keep it all straight.

It’s time to make a decision to change. Join us for a  free webinar to hear from the CADD Microsystems team on how you and your company can take control of your project document process.

After attending this webinar you'll be able to:
  • Put the right information at the fingertips of each project team member
  • Build structure around the project source of truth with minimal effort
  • Keep document control simple: built for the app generation, from the experience of the hammer generation
  • Plus, learn about Autodesk BIM 360 Docs, the free document management app purpose-built for construction projects and construction project teams.

Register for the webinar here.

New Public Beta for BIMcollab ZOOM – Testers Wanted

From the announcement:

Join the BIMcollab ZOOM beta program

BIMcollab ZOOM is more then a model viewer for creating a federated model from multiple IFC files to view and analyze model-data. With the help of smart filtering and color-coding you can check data against an IDM (Information Delivery Manual).

It also supports the latest versions of BCF and offers a direct connection to BIMcollab for viewing, editing and creating issues in the cloud. Usable as standalone solution but more powerful as addition to BIMcollab based workflows for all team members, like owners, contractors ánd BIM managers. Read more >

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Free DynaFire – Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts to Place Nodes in Dynamo

From the Devpost website:


Adding nodes can be repetitive and time consuming

  • Existing search does not work well
  • Frequently used nodes are not prioritized

What DynaFire Does

  • Two keys to add a Node
  • Compatible with custom nodes

Viewer for editing existing shortcuts

FenestraPro Premium V4.0

From the FenestraPro website:


September 18, 2017
By Grainne Stone

It’s a very exciting time for us here at FenestraPro, as we are celebrate the launch of FenestraPro Premium for Revit Version 4.0!

FenestraPro Premium for Revit Version 4.0 has a wealth of new features, functionality, and improvements including
  • Improved User Interface.
  • Integration of the Autodesk Forge viewer platform.
  • Choice of Building Elements and Spatial Elements calculation methods within the detailed Revit model to ensure support for your model at any stage.
  • Enhanced Curtain Wall / Panel Type Identification
  • Improved Generative Design capabilities, on window penetrations and curtain walling.

Introducing CadMouse Wireless

From the 3Dconnexion website:

Introducing CadMouse Wireless

The must-have for mobile CAD workplaces

The first mouse developed for professional engineering is now available as a wireless version. Specially designed for high-performance mobile workplaces, with software tools built around CAD specific needs, your work will be more comfortable and efficient than ever before.

Free Webinar Sep 20, 21 – Master Your BIMcollab Workflow

From the registration website:

Master your BIMcollab workflow

This webinar is offered several times. Select the date and time that works best for you.

Wed, Sep 20, 2017 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM GMT
Thurs, Sep 21, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM GMT

An interactive webinar about how to master your workflow in BIMcollab®.  Do you want to learn more about the possibilities of issue management for BIM, or learn about the main functionalities? This is your chance. There will be room for questions to ask our BIMcollab-expert at the end of every webinar. Read more about BIMcollab on

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Sep 21 – Automation of Complex MEP Hangers and Supports in Revit

From the AGACAD website:

AGACAD Webinar: Automation of Complex MEP Hangers and Supports in Revit

So, the MEP services in your Revit® model require sophisticated hangers and supports. Ever wondered how you could automate the layout of those complex hangers and supports? Join our webinar on Thursday, September 21 to find out how with MEP Hangers!

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Week that was in Revit and Navisworks Add-ons for Sep 11-17, 2017

The week of September 11, 2017 was a fairly busy one here on Revit Add-ons with 24 posts published.


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about INTELSYS Integration with SAP for Navisworks.

From around the Internet, we posted about MEPcontent PLiP for Piping for placing manufacturer-specific piping systems with auto-routing, the free SANHA Product Line Placer for creating SANHA piping systems, the free ABB Busch-Jaeger Switch Range Configurator, and the free MEPcontent Browser.


For App Store updates, please see our latest roundup.

From around the Internet, we posted about AVAIL V3.4.1, and the free RFO Benchmark V3.1 for determining how fast Revit runs on a computer.

Roundup – For Sep 11-17, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

Here on Revit Add-ons, the week of September 11, 2017 was a fairly slow one for Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store with no new add-ins being published. Seven were updated. Of these, Greenlee Bendworks received a relatively significant update.


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
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About This Version: Version 3.0.458, 9/15/2017 – For release notes, see this post

Upgrade Revit Files 2018
This tool will upgrade previous versions of Autodesk® Revit® files to the latest Revit format. The tool can upgrade families, template files, and project files | USD 2.50/M
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About This Version: Version 1.1.0, 9/15/2017 – Updated Release.

Greenlee BendWorks V3.0.458

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 3.0.458, 9/15/2017
  • Revit 2018 Compatibility
  • Added three types of error checking; setting, pre-process, process, & warning along with color coding for each respective types of error. 
  • Adjust maximum bend angles and total distance of conduit run.
  • Updated logic that maximizes conduit utilization.
  • Automatically align couplings for normal, staggered or in-line style.
  • Offer split conduit logic that makes jobsite installation easier.
  • Save manual and machine files in separate locations.
  • Provide two conduit cut values in output files.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Place Structural Framing on Complex Surfaces in Revit Using Dynamo

From the Simply Complex blog:

Friday, September 15, 2017
By Marcello Sgambelluri

Have you ever wanted to create Beam framing in Revit to follow complex roof surfaces? It's simple! Just use DynamoBIM.

Follow the image below and you will be placing those beams in Revit in no time!

There's more information available on the The Simply Complex Blog.

Free RFO Benchmark V3.1 – How Fast Does Revit Run on Your Computer?

From the BIM Chapters blog:

RFO Benchmark; Revit and Hardware Speed Test 

If you want to find out how fast Revit runs on your computer and then roughly compare those results with others, you will want to check out the Revit Forum's RFO Benchmark V3.1.

The details...

The RFO Benchmark V3.1 is a newly updated and totally automated script which opens and manipulates Revit models to see how fast your computer is under somewhat realistic working conditions. This version was updated by Gordon Price, of Pragmatic Praxis, and he gives thanks to others like Phil Read and Daniel Hurtubise.

Read more on the BIM Chapters blog »

Editor's Note: Dan Stine of BIM Chapters has written an excellent overview of the latest version of RFO Benchmark, which we excerpt here. However, he erroneously refers to the app being from Revit Forum. While that's where the app is published, it's actually developed by Gordon Price of Pragmatic Praxis, whom Dan does later give credit.
Correction: Dan confirmed that the app is officially released through the Revit Forum website. In fact, "RFO" stands for RevitForum.Org. The developer, Gordon Price of Pragmatic Praxis, is also one of the administrators of the Revit Forum. Apologies Dan!