Sunday, February 19, 2017

Reports Version 1.1 Released – Supports Workshared Settings for Consistency

From the Autodesk App Store:

With Archigrafix Reports, you can create powerful, richly formatted, dynamic reports from Autodesk® Revit® schedules – delivered in formats used in the construction industry.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for January 2017

With 'What's Hot', at about the middle of each month, we take a look back at the preceding month to see which posts received the most page views.

In January, we published 63 posts.

Even though we posted about it late in the month, Metamorphosis, the free and open-source change analysis tool for Revit, received almost twice as many pageviews as any other post.

More closely grouped together followed our posts about the Autodesk Seek business being transferred to BIMobject, using Dynamo for fire exit route computation, free COBie Extension version 3.0, using Dynamo to show changes between two snapshots of a model, chatting with BIM Track's Christian Proulx, Reports (schedules for professionals), and Conductor (Trello tools for Revit).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ClashMEP – Clash Reporting Video

Here's a short video showing the impressive new clash reporting feature in ClashMEP, the real-time clash detection add-in for Revit.

The ClashMEP add-in is brought to you by BuildingSP. Pricing was not known at press time.

Revit version compatibility was not known at press time.

There's more information available on the BuildingSP website.

BIM Track Version 1.8 Released

From the Autodesk App Store:

BIM Track™ is a web-based collaboration platform that empowers your team with better coordination workflows. BIM Track™ provides a central hub for all coordination information from design to construction. With information at your fingertips, you can get access to your data anytime, anywhere, either from a desktop or mobile device. Charts and graphics help understand data and your management performance through precise metrics. We promote Open BIM workflow solutions by supporting IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) and BCF (BIM Collaboration Format).

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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for February 6-12, 2017


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about the self-descriptive yet awkwardly-named Purge (Unplaced spaces / Unplaced Rooms).

From around the Internet, we posted for the first time about a free macro from HKS LINE for importing Excel into Revit.

Also from HKS LINE, we posted about the free Elk Plugin for importing topography into Dynamo (or Grasshopper).


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about updates to ElumTools and WebGL Exporter For Autodesk Revit. The latter one added support for exporting to virtual reality headsets.

For additional App Store updates not mentioned here, please check out our latest roundup.

From around the Internet, we posted about Revizto version 4.3. We also posted about a new free version of the data format exchange cloud-based platform Flux, #FreeFlux.

Roundup – For the Week of February 6-12, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of February 6, 2017 saw the release of a new Revit add-in on the Autodesk App Store, the awkwardly named Purge (Unplaced spaces / Unplaced Rooms).

Several add-ins were also updated, including ElumTools and WebGL Exporter For Autodesk Revit, which received relatively significant updates.


Purge (Unplaced spaces / Unplaced Rooms)
This tool is designed to delete unplaced rooms and spaces | USD 2.99
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 2/9/2017 – Initial Release.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

WebGL Exporter For Autodesk Revit Version Released – Support for Virtual Reality Added

From the Autodesk App Store:

The WebGL Exporter for Autodesk® Revit® exports the model to an HTML document that can be viewed in the browser.

The WebGL Exporter for Revit has following features
  1. It exports the model to an HTML document that can be viewed in the browser.
  2. It supports both face-level and body-level colour.
  3. Option is provided to control the file size and quality by specifying precision value. Increasing precision value will increase the fineness and accuracy of the model as well as the file size. You can choose whether you want to tessellate at the body-level or facelevel.
  4. All the data is compressed which reduces the file size as much as possible.
  5. WebGL Exporter works with Revit 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

ElumTools Versions 2017.4, 2016.8, and 2015.11 Released

From the Autodesk App Store:

ElumTools™ is the first fully integrated lighting analysis Add-in for Autodesk® Revit®. Leveraging content that is already present in the Revit model such as geometry, material properties and lighting fixture families, ElumTools can calculate illuminance on any surface or workplane using the lighting industry’s standard radiosity calculation method.

An interactive visualization is provided during the calculation process allowing detailed navigation of the illuminated scene. Numeric results are visible in any Revit view and all statistics are available to Revit schedules. ElumTools operates in either Revit Architecture or MEP. The ElumTools version available in the Revit Apps Store is a fully functional Trial version valid for 30 days from registration date.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Introducing #FreeFlux

From the website:

Flux is a data exchange and collaboration platform for designing the buildings and cities of tomorrow.

We’re excited to launch a free “Evaluation” plan to complement our Pro and Enterprise subscription plans. This new plan will allow users to work on up to two concurrent Flux projects for an unlimited time, while providing 90 days of data history, and 100GB of data storage.

Free 'Making The Most Out of Dynamo Player' Webinar

Editor's Note: John Pierson of 60 Second Revit and EvolveLAB will be presenting this free webinar on the Dynamo Player.

From the EvolveLAB registration website:

Thu, Feb 16, 2017 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM EST

Making The Most Out of Dynamo Player

Learning Objectives
  • Understanding of what Dynamo is and where it’s at now. 
  • Awareness of key Dynamo Packages to have 
  • Learn about the resources available 
  • Learn how to create Dynamo player workflows with User Interfaces.

Register here

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Revizto Version 4.3 Released

From the Revizto website:

It’s official: Revizto 4.3 has arrived!

Welcome to Revizto 4.3, available now for update and installation! We’re starting the year with some very exciting additions and improvements that we can’t wait for you to try.

What’s new in Revizto 4.3:
  • Extended project rights management system*: From now on, you can manage user access for each basic operation separately (e.g. append/edit 3D, edit issues, append/edit sheets, etc.)
  • Standalone Export Scheduler Application: This new app is designed to help you keep track of export process and see the status of all your export operations scheduled.
  • Paste screenshots into the Issue Tracker feed: Cropping and marking up included. Simply press Ctrl+V.
  • Ability to create issues based on multiple selected objects: Use Ctrl+click to select several objects in the scene. Based on this multiple selection you can create an issue, which you can further track in Revit and Revizto.
  • Improved location of issue pins for clashes: Now, issue pins are placed directly inside clashes, making it easier to understand their positions both in 2D and 3D.
  • Pen tool for markups: Customize your markups by easily drawing free hand using the new Pen tool.

Purge (Unplaced spaces / Unplaced Rooms)

From the Autodesk App Store:

Usually, the user needs to create room or space schedules to delete unplaced rooms or spaces.  This tool is designed to delete unplaced rooms or spaces without the need to create a schedule, saving the user a lot of time.

About This Version

Version 1.0.0, 2/9/2017 – Initial Release.

Purge (Unplaced spaces / Unplaced Rooms) is brought to you by BIM SOFT SOLUTIONS. It's priced at 2.99 USD.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2017.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Carl Bass Story

By Tim Grimm

Yesterday Carl Bass announced that he was stepping down as Autodesk CEO.

I thought I'd take this opportunity to share how Mr. Bass made a difference in my life, and in my career. It relates to this site, so I feel it appropriate to do so here.

Free Elk Plugin – Import Topography Into Dynamo (or Grasshopper)

From the HKS LINE website:

By Timothy Logan

About four years ago during my first stint here at HKS, I wrote a plugin for Grasshopper named Elk.  The original intention was to find a way to get a map into Rhino, not necessarily for use with architectural projects, but just to see how it could be manipulated and make something out of it.  The first project I made was a laser etched acrylic map with some paint added to the etching to make it pop a little more and differentiate it.  It was subtle, but turned out alright for what I was trying to do.

After this, some of my colleagues prodded me to release it as a plugin on the Food4Rhino website. The first release only dealt with data from (OSM), a open source and website with crowd sourced mapping data.  It was able to use exports from OSM and translate the latitude and longitude coordinates for the boundaries and paths of most major roads, bodies of water, and railways so that you could create points and lines in Grasshopper to represent them.  I generally used the plugin to make stylized maps using the data for cool desktop backgrounds, but there seemed to be more interest from people wanting to use it for “real” work.

Free Macro for Importing Excel Into Revit

From the HKS LINE website:

By Timothy Logan

There are a couple of ways to import spreadsheet information into a Revit model.  You could do it with the expectation to create or modify elements in the model, or you could do it just to have a schedule that’s not associated with model objects.  Of the former, there are plenty of examples, from Autodesk’s Excel Based Model Generator that lets you generate new model elements via an Excel file, to the various Revit/Excel data interop tools that are available from the many resellers and plugin builders of the world.  The other side of things, just being able to place a spreadsheet in your document set, has been a little harder to accomplish, mostly because the functionality didn’t really exist yet within Revit or its Application Programming Interface (API).

For years my response to people asking about how to accomplish this was to tell them about linking the spreadsheet into AutoCAD, then linking the AutoCAD file into Revit.  Any time you made changes to the spreadsheet you would have to open AutoCAD and re-save it with the update, and then reload the AutoCAD link in Revit.  Not the greatest workflow, and in the end it still didn’t really look like it belonged in your document set.