Friday, January 13, 2017

AGACAD Webinar – Precast Concrete Solution

From the AGACAD website:

Featuring our Precast Concrete Solution: A tool package made for the Precast Industry on the Revit platform

Would you like to begin and complete your precast project in Revit and at the same time do it in efficient way? This webinar has been put together with you in mind!

Free VB.Net Macro to Make Sheet Print Sets from Sheet’s Parameter

From the PabLab website:

Back in 2015 when I started learning  programming macro[s] in SharpDevelop in Revit to change  different parameter’s value like Sheet or View names, Room numbers or custom Project or Sheared Parameters, I decided to find a time saving solution to something more serious.

In our office there was a need to create about 35 Sheet Sets for printing purposes from [a] few hundred drawings in our project. Sheets created in our project were divided [in]to series.  Because we wanted to have more descriptive information in project browser then just a simple Sheet number[,] we added a custom Project Parameter to Sheets called “Drawing Sheet Series”. (i.e. Sheets [beginning] with number 20 had this parameter set to “(20) General Arrangement”). This way all the sheets in our project were divided.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for December 2016

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.

Our 2016 year in review article topped the list for December 2016. Other aggregation or op-ed type articles that made the list included our posts about the completion of our re-branding efforts and the blogs we follow, as well as our previous What's Hot article.

Product-centric articles included, in order, ClashMEP and GenMEP, both from BuildingSP, the free A400 Export Schedules to Excel from A400, Reinforced BIM Designers for Revit from Graitec, and an update on the free Model Checker for Revit from Autodesk and CADD Microsystems.

Upcoming Avail Webinars

Curious about Avail, the format-agnostic content management system from ArchVision that features deep Revit integration? Then here are some upcoming webinars:

  • Thursday , Jan 12 (2pm EST) - AVAIL for Revit
  • Friday, Jan 13 (2pm EST) - AVAIL for Visualization Asset Management
  • Tuesday, Jan 17 (1pm EST) - AVAIL for Revit (Enterprise Deployments)
  • Friday, Jan 20 (11am EST) - AVAIL for Revit

Register here

UNIFI Webinar: Getting Your BIM Content into Shape in 2017

From the UNIFI blog:

Join us for a webinar covering the steps that leading AECs are taking to whip their content into shape this year.  We are offering this webinar “live” at two times to accommodate our international audience, but even if you can’t attend the live webinar, please register and a live recording will be sent you:

Tuesday, January 24th at 6pmET/3pm PT (10am AEST on Wednesday, January 25th for our Australian audience)  REGISTER HERE.

Wednesday, January 25th at 9amET/6amPT (3pm CET for our European audience) REGISTER HERE.

Learn how you can build a strategic roadmap for the year ahead, starting by establishing where you are today through a content audit to identify what gaps/areas for improvement exist in your library, and then use that information to set goals for 2017.

ElumTools Online Education

From the ElumTools website:

Lighting Analysts is pleased to announce two new web-based training sessions with Dan Stine in March 2017. If you are new to ElumTools these are the sessions for you. You will learn basic use of ElumTools for Interiors in class #1 and for Exteriors in class #2 as well as Revit best practices for an ElumTools workflow. See the outlines as linked below.


There's more information available on the ElumTools website

Free Zoom to Awesome – Current Download & Install Instructions

We posted previously about Zoom to Awesome, the free Revit add-in that allows you to quickly and accurately zoom to selected elements. We loved the tagline:  "If Chuck Norris used Revit - this would be his favorite tool."

There's been some buzz around the add-in on Twitter recently, primarily about where to find it nowadays. Phil Read recently tweeted current download and install instructions from Don Bokmiller.

Download Zoom to Awesome here

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

AVAIL Version 3.0 Released

From the AVAIL blog:

AVAIL Release 3.0

There is a lot to cover in this one, so get ready. We’ve been hard at work over the past few months making some major improvements to AVAIL. In continuing to build more of the core building blocks of our platform we’ve integrated a lot of really very cool features with this release.


The serious technical details are described below, and for those of you who like to talk, read, and ponder life’s mysteries, head over to our blog to read AVAIL CEO Randall Steven’s post about our theories behind all of this. His post is the rug that really ties the room together.

AVAIL as a System of Engagement

'Where is My Element?' Add-in

From the Autodesk App Store:

This app finds the reason why you can’t see an element in a certain view and then changes its settings to make it visible.As a bonus it will also tell you why you can’t see your element and what you need to do to make it visible again, and when you press unhide it will do it for you.

When we designed this app we looked at the famous 33 ways of hiding an element in Autodesk® Revit® and made sure the app could find them in all the 33 ways and some more.

Element below view depth is found!

Product Roundup – Parameter Management Add-ins from Harrison-Dean

From the Autodesk App Store:


Simple and effective tools that will enhance your productivity particularly when working with office templates and creating families. Saving hours of work.

Bind multiple shared parameters in seconds.

Purge legacy shared parameters from documents.

Add multiple Shared Parameters to Projects, Templates and Families | USD 10.00
 (0 reviews)

Remove shared parameters from the Active Document | USD 10.00
 (0 reviews)

Rename Param
This App renames bound shared parameters while retaining the parameter values, formula and GUID | USD 10.00
 (0 reviews)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fire Safety Assessor Commercial Release

From the Xinaps website:

Automate fire safety analysis based on local regulations.

Trial     Request a quote

Fire Safety Assessor™ is one of our flagship patent-pending solutions. Working as a plug-in within Autodesk Revit®, it automates fire safety analysis based on local regulations. It is a quick, easy and accurate method to check whether your building model meets fire safety standards. No in-depth fire safety knowledge is required. Thus, vital design decisions can be made and the safety of both building and occupants in ensured.

Accessibility Evaluator Commercial Release

From the Xinaps website:

Automate accessibility analysis within your BIM model.

Trial     Request a quote

Every building project has accessibility requirements demanded by the client, requested by the tenants or regulated by building codes. These typically include wheelchair or other disabled access, extra corridor, ramp, door widths, multi-floor or level access via larger lift and elevator dimensions, wider doors for room access, disabled toilet, and shower facilities, etc. Confirming compliance with these requirements is often a lengthy and separate checklist checking activity outside the design system.

Xinaps Accessibility Evaluator™, working as a plugin within Autodesk Revit®, automates this task and enables it to be done quickly. As different design options are investigated it provides decision-making support via immediate status checks against all the accessibility requirements. As a result, optimal design decisions can be made faster and more accessible buildings, floor levels, zones and rooms created. It is especially relevant to architectural designers and building engineers but also useful to all the design team.

Product Roundup – Shared Parameter Management Add-ins from Megara Engineering Services

From the Autodesk App Store:

Megara Group is fast growing company, Specialized in Engineering Services

We have a vast and always growing team of finest engineers in various fields,
This allows us to provide complete solutions for our clients

You can always count on us when you need:  Software applications, Innovative Embedded Systems, Outstanding graphics & Technical Courses

Saving you the hassle of dealing with different service & product providers & Ensuring the integrity of your work
  • Consulting Services
  • Custom Development  
  • Application Development  
  • Training  
  • Software Integration  
  • Content/Library Development  

Megara Shared Parameters Creator
Language: English
Save your time, Create Multiple Autodesk® Revit® Shared Parameters at once! | USD 7.00
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Megara Shared Parameters Binder
Batch Add Shared Parameters to your families’ library with auto backup cleaner & progress bar | USD 12.00
 (1 review)

Megara Shared Parameters Remover
Batch Remove Shared Parameters from all your Autodesk® Revit® families under your root folder as well as its subfolders | USD 5.00
 (0 reviews)

Move Views – Move Viewports from Sheet to Sheet

From the Autodesk App Store:

When making drawings for documentation, you need to arrange viewports to sheets.This add-in will help you move one or more viewports from one or more sheets to the destination sheet in just a few seconds.

Monday, January 9, 2017

UNIFI Version 2.1 Released

From the Unifi blog:

V2.1 Release Notes

We are excited to announce the availability of new features in UNIFI through our 2.1 release!  The new release is being rolled out in phases, with customers who deploy manually receiving it first.  Within the next week or two, we’ll then deploy 2.1 to all users who have used the ‘Per User’ installer.