Tuesday, May 31, 2016

HotGear Project - Parameter Explorer

From the Autodesk App Store...

Parameter Explorer is used for filtering, modifying and checking Elements parameters, including synchronizing data with Excel, override colors and temporary isolate specific elements.

  • Access all Elements which have a Ccategory (sic) within a document.
  • Quick Select Elements on Autodesk® Revit® by parameters & category filter.
  • Read all Elements data instantly on the table.
  • Edit data more efficiency.
  • Excel Export and Import (easy charts creation with Excel).
  • Visualization Elements data on view by color override.

This product has a 30 Days trial period with full function after you start using it.


About This Version
Version v1.0, 5/27/2016
First Version of Parameter Explorer.

The HotGear Project - Parameter Explorer add-in is brought to you by HotGear Project and is priced at 50 USD.

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

FDN - Find Double Nodes

From the Autodesk App Store...

It is vital to set up the Analytical Model properly in order to carry out FE analysis correctly. While building the structural model, precision issues or inaccurate analytical modeling may introduce some errors such as analytical nodes not connected to each other.

Analytical elements that have nodes which are too close in geometry but in fact not connected will cause problems in many steps of structural analysis. Such as occurrence of finite elements which are very small, auto meshing process not converging resulting in incoherent mesh, incorrect stiffness matrix and wrong results and many more...

Finding the unconnected nodes manually becomes a huge deal for a structural engineer. Analysis software (Robot Structural Analysis, Sap2000, Etabs, Staad Pro etc.) may provide tools to remedy this but consume considerable time and effort. It is better to find the problem on the main Autodesk® Revit® model before sending to analysis.

We solved this problem. FDN - Find Double Nodes application for Revit enables structural engineers to find nodes that are close to each other but not connected in the analytical model of a building. FDN shows unconnected nodes found within the given margin and user may isolate then zoom into the selected nodal area.

FDN will remove the hassle of manually checking the connectivity of each node, and save your precious time. By listing the unconnected nodes, you can now correct those nodes before sending your model to analysis. Especially in larger models where it is hard to see the connectivity, FDN will save your time and show those nodes flawlessly.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Free Family Editor Interface Add-in

From the Autodesk App Store...

Family Editor Interface is a simple tool which gives a more interactive way of creating or editing Family Content. It gives a more visual control over the Family Bone-Muscle-Skin paradigm through manipulating the existing parameters within the Family Editor. Only usable in Family Editor Mode, it will allow the user to change parameter values on the fly, thus receiving immediate feedback on their actions.

The tool will detect when new parameters are added to the Family Types dialog and has additional 'Refresh Document' button to detect when new parameters are added on the fly. 'Refresh Document' is also useful when toggling between several different Family Projects.

About This Version
Version 1.0.0, 5/25/2016
Initial Release for Revit 2015, 2016, 2017.

The free Family Editor Interface add-in is brought to you by Archilizer.

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

Free ArchiCAD Object Replacer Add-in for Revit

From the Autodesk App Store...

Autodesk® Revit® converts each Archicad object into a separate in-place family. This means they cannot be selected as a group and replaced. e.g. you can’t use “Select All Instances”. So finding and replacing each one becomes time consuming.
This utility will match and select all of the in-place family instances in the model on any level and replace with a selected Revit family.

This App:
Finds matching In-Place objects and works out their orientation so they can be replaced with a Revit family type.
The Addin currently supports two types of placement
  • WorkPlane based – face hosted.
  • One Level Based.

The In-Place objects can only be selected from the following Categories
  • Casework
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Electrical Fixtures
  • Furniture
  • Generic Models
  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • Specialty Equipment

The start dialog box

When Revit imports Archicad objects they become In Place families.
These are hard to work with

Usage guidance

Family files are not always orientated the same way.

About This Version
Version 1.0.0, 5/25/2016
Initial Release

The ArchiCAD Object Replacer add-in is brought to you by SMRT Consulting.

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Revizto 4.0 Released

From the Revizto website...

Revizto brings a whole new level of intuitiveness that allows users to simplify the complexity of the AEC industry.

Revizto 4.0 highlights
  • All-new markups.
    • Sheets can be imported directly into Revizto even without the 3D model.
    • And it supports PDF sheets!
  • Redesigned pipeline.
    • Revizto Editor is no longer an essential part of the workflow. All project sharing and management can be done from the Viewer.
  • Improved merge and sync.
    • Now it is much simpler.
  • Export scheduler.
    • Set up automatic daily or weekly export to Revizto to keep everybody in the project on the same page.


Instantly share your BIM data with project stakeholders.

Export and share your model

Bring your BIM/CAD project into Revizto Viewer in a matter of minutes. All BIM object data and linked files will be preserved. Share the resulted model with anyone in multiple different ways - either through the cloud-based Revizto Workspace or like a self-executable project file. You don’t have 3D model yet? That’s OK, you can import your 2D documents into Revizto and start to share and collaborate with your team.

Cloud Sync and Share

Cloud Revizto projects can be easily synchronized after each model update in the original program. All project team members will receive the updated model automatically.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Unifi Version 2.0.3 Includes the Commercial Release of Collaborative Library Sharing

From the Unifi Labs website...

V2.0.3 Release Notes
April 24, 2016

We are pleased to announce that our 2.0.3 release is live!  This morning, 2.0.3 was pushed to production in a quick, 15 minutes process that required no downtime for our users.  We are excited to see another monthly release that makes several improvements to our platform and bug fixes. Check out what’s new below:

Collaborative Library Sharing

This release includes the exciting capability, previously only available in beta, to share libraries between companies! UNIFI is the only content solution to enable collaborative workflows for not just individual companies, but between those companies and their consultants.  Libraries may be shared through our web portal here. Look for a news posting soon with additional information.

Enhancements / Features:
  • [UD-642, UD-640, UD-615, UD-542] The Manage Users page improvements are: (See image)
    • The page loads much faster, particularly when working with many users.
    • A new search filter is available, allowing quick filtering down to specific users.  The filter works across all visible fields.
    • Improved look and feel
  • [UD-512, UD-496] The Notifications page improvements are:
    • The page loads much faster, particularly when many requests and uploads exist.
    • The default column filters are only applied at log in and when clicking refresh. Changes to the filters are maintained when browsing away and returning to the page.
  • [UD-718] The User Menu has been improved to include more profile and library permissions information. (See image)
  • [UD-633] UNIFI branding changes.  Several subtle changes to the log in page, logo and the general color theme have been made. (See image)
  • [UD-590] The User Management page now displays a default selected time period and the magnitude is indicated by hovering the cursor over the graph.
  • [UD-588] Applied tags are now displayed in sequential order.  Thank you A Manning for the suggestion.

Kiwi Codes Bonus Tools – 106 Tools, Bargain Priced! (Updated)

Kiwi Codes continues to add tools to its bargain-priced Bonus Tools at breakneck speed. We'll update this article as new add-ins are released.

Update 9/10/2016: Added tools #92 through 106.

From the Kiwi Codes website...

And, because I'm a glutton for punishment, here's a complete list of the tools that comprise Bonus Tools (I'm not, however, crazy enough to add an image for each tool – sorry!):
  • 06 Ribbon Settings
    • Give the Ribbon a Custom name to suit you or your company
    • View and change the Ribbon Settings by selecting the tools you want to see on the Ribbon and re-order them to suit you or your company.
  • 07 Window Watcher Settings
    • Add Revit Window names you would like to either block and/or report on the windows activation as part of a Company Standard. 
      • Blocking a window does just that, blocks it and replaces it with a warning message.
      • Reporting on a windows activation writes to a log file listing the project and users name who activated the window. It also warns the user the window activation is being recorded.
    • Primarily used to block/report on 'In-place Families' and 'Importing of CAD files'.
  • 08 Family Tracker
    • Lists all Loaded Families and/or Groups in the Project and the date of insert and the date of reload (modification).
    • From the list, highlight families that are out of date in the project file, reload or repath them.
  • 09 3d Views for All Levels
    • Create a 3d View for each level in the Project.
  • 10 3D Views for all Worksets
    • Create a 3d View for each Workset and hide all other Worksets in the view.
  • 11 3D View for Selected Elements
    • Create a 3d View with a Section Box around the currently select elements.
      • Specify a margin around the elements to extend the Section Box by.
  • 12 Change Text Case
    • Change text case between Title, UPPER and lower.
      • Applies to Annotation Text, Model Text, Room Names, Area Names, View Names & View Titles on Sheets.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Roundup – For the Week of May 15, 2016, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

Three new Revit add-ins dropped on the Autodesk App Store this week: one for copying similar elements to the same workset, phase, etc., one for setting the wall join type of a selection, and one to create panel schedule views automatically.

Add-ins updated to Revit 2017 this week included:
  • ArchVision RPC Entourage Starter Pack
  • Autodesk Seek
  • Bulk File Upgrader
  • CADforum BIM Families
  • CADstudio Revit Tools
  • Enscape
  • FilterMore
  • Import/Export Excel
  • Kubity Exporter
  • Unity
  • Workshared File Notification


Copy Similar
"Copy Similar" will copy and paste model elements while placing them on the same "Workset", “Phase Created”, and “Phase Demolished” as the original elements | Trial
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 5/19/2016 – Initial Release

HotGear Project - Wall Join Controller
Quickly change the wall join type for each Wall on Autodesk® Revit® selection | Free
About This Version: Version v1.0, 5/18/2016 – First Version of Wall Join Controller.

Batch Create Panel Schedule View
The tool is designed to create panel schedule views automatically | USD 3.00
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 5/17/2016 – Initial Release


hsbcad’s hsb3DPrinting add-in generates building components in Autodesk® Revit® that you assemble by clicking them together**. Print the building model on a larger scale with a standard 3D printer | Free
About This Version: Version 1.0.3, 5/20/2016 – This version includes improvements to create parts of special solids.

SOFiSTiK 3D-PDF Export 2016 (Rental)
SOFiSTiK 3D-PDF Export generates PDF documents with embedded 3D content. Particularly focused on structural models and reinforcement it includes features to create a useful representation of them | USD 2.50/M
About This Version: Version 2016-2.1, 5/20/2016 – Update Release 2016-2.1.

Unity for Autodesk® Revit®
Unity for Autodesk® Revit® 1.2 is an add-in to connect Autodesk® Revit® and Unity® gaming development platform | Free
About This Version: Version, 5/20/2016 – Unity for Autodesk® Revit® 1.2 adds weather effects along with the support of textures.

CADstudio Revit Tools 2017
Set of productivity tools for Autodesk® Revit® 2017 - job-time tracker, door/wall legends, text replacements, renumbering, sheet formats, RFA library | Trial
About This Version: Version 2017, 5/20/2016 – Revit 2017 compatible

Kubity Exporter
Export any Autodesk® Revit® model to your mobile and see it in VR! | Free
About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 5/19/2016 – [Revit 2017 version]

Advanced filter with expand capabilities and selection keeper | Free
About This Version: Version 1.1, 5/19/2016 – Added Pre-Filter Button; Better Sheet Description.

Workshared File Notification
Allows user to easily recreate a local file if the local file is outdated. It also prevents user from accidentally opened a central model | Free
About This Version: Version 1.5, 5/19/2016 – Updated for Revit 2017 and drop support for Revit 2013

Batch Create Panel Schedule View

From the Autodesk App Store...

The aim of this app is to accelerate the panel board views creation process in Autodesk® Revit®.

The tool will help you to create panel board’s views automatically.

You can select specific panels to generate their views.

Also you can generate panel board views for all the panels in the project.

About This Version
Version 1.0.0, 5/17/2016
Initial Release

The Batch Create Panel Schedule View add-in is brought to you by BIM SOFT and is priced at 3.00 USD.

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

Enscape Version 1.5.1 Adds Revit 2017 Support

From the Autodesk App Store...

Realtime 3D rendered walkthrough plug-in for your projects in Autodesk® Revit®. It enables you to show and communicate designs in your team or to your customers effortlessly.

About This Version
Version 1.5.1, 5/17/2016

  • Support Revit 2017
  • Support Oculus SDK 1.3
  • Settings Presets
  • Tip of the Day

  • Installer is now digitally signed
  • Loading screen is now displayed without distortion
  • Plastic materials are now rendered more accurately
Solved issues
  • Sometimes walking through doors was not possible for non English Revit projects
  • Camera position was not always saved when on restarting Enscape
  • Upgraded Revit 2014 glass materials are now displayed correctly

Known issues
  • Special models like cars sometimes miss textures or have flipped normals when mirrored
  • Switching camera mode from off to on can sometimes lead to a crash
  • High resolution screenshot
  • When taken without global illumination (GI), does not correctly render ambient lighting
  • Continuing to work in Revit can cause the waiting window to remain visible, even when the screenshot has finished
  • On low graphics memory systems it can corrupt textures or geometry rendering 

Enscape is brought to you by Inreal Technologies GmbH and is priced beginning at 45.00 USD/mo or 449.00 USD/yr.

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

Free HotGear Project - Wall Join Controller

From the Autodesk App Store...

Quickly change the wall join type for each Wall on Autodesk® Revit® selection.

Below are the options available to change the wall join type:
  • Square Off
  • Butt
  • Miter
  • Allow Join
  • DisAllow Join

Detailed information:

About This Version
Version v1.0, 5/18/2016
First Version of Wall Join Controller.

The free Wall Join Controller is brought to you by HotGear Project.

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

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mechanical Productivity Pack

From the CTC Express Tools website...

Whether a novice designer or seasoned veteran in Revit, the MPP will help increase productivity for any MEP firm working in Revit.

Eight Key Features in the MPP

Project Setup
  • Views include Project Set Up, Working, Construction Documentation, Coordination/Analysis
  • 50 View Templates for all view types, including schedules and 100 predefined View Filters
  • Workset filter that shows when elements are mistakenly placed on the wrong workset
  • 43 unique duct and pipe systems with 20 improved and additional duct and pipe types

Plumbing Assemblies
  • Grouped Families providing a significant reduction in modeling time for plumbing layouts
  • Extensive library of common configurations
  • Plumbing Fixtures are fully customizable and have been set up to match actual installation
  • Vent flow propagation & Fixture Unit calculation

Comprehensive Family Content
  • Over 500 Mechanical Families based on manufacturer specific content
  • Updated out of box content
  • All family content is fully integrated with extensive schedules & tags

Casework Configurator 2017

From the CTC Express Tools website...

Casework Configurator allows you to greatly reduce management of content. It comes with pre-created, standardized casework families, which increase accuracy and reduce errors. And it is fully supported by CTC staff.

Casework Configurator is compatible with Revit 2014, 2015 2016, and 2017. Revit Express Tools are packaged in suites with tools that are best suited for both everyday Revit users or advanced Revit users. During the free 14 day trial of Casework Configurator, all tools are fully functional without restrictions.

Common Challenges

  • Casework libraries take a lot of time to create
  • Out-of-box and downloaded content has limited flexibility
  • Choosing between quality and detail vs size and performance
  • Standard insertion and placement tools are not optimal

Solution – Casework Configurator

  • Generate dozens of ready-to-use assemblies
  • Quick selection from a variety of sizes, types and hardware
  • Configured casework can be placed directly using the interface or loaded into the project for later use
  • Build a complete comprehensive casework library without adding complexity

Source of ROI – Return on Investment Realized

  • Greatly reduce management of content
  • Increased accuracy and error reduction emphasized by pre-created, standardized
  • casework families.
  • Manage and maintain the library with dedicated Casework Admin Tool
  • Fully supported by CTC staff

Casework Configurator is brought to you by the CAD Technology Center and is priced at 370.00 USD.

There's more information available on the CTC Express Tools website.

Friday, May 20, 2016

BIM Batch Suite

From the CTC Express Tools website...


BIM Batch Suite provides tools that allow Revit users to process workflows en masse, with a focus on importing and exporting data.

You can also contact us and let us know what you’d like to see in the Batch Suite.

Suite Tools

Family Exporter

Free tool

  • Easily select specific families to export from projects
  • Automatically create folder structure based on family categories and geometry
  • Add custom text to exported file names
  • Control whether to overwrite or skip previously exported files in the target folders

Family Loader

Free tool

Control How the Family Are Loaded

This Revit add-in tool automates the process of loading or reloading families into projects. Select one or more project files, or an entire folder tree of project files to have families loaded.

Key Features:


Below the list of families to load are settings for how the loading should be handled. “Only reload families that already exist in each project” is useful when family content has been updated and the goal is to ensure the selected projects all have the latest version of the updated families in them without loading families that are not already being used.

BIM Data Suite

From the CTC Express Tools website...

BIM Data Suite makes it easy to extract project data to Microsoft SQL Server or XML, allowing your team to create a myriad of reports or to integrate Revit data into your other systems.

Suite Tools

Project Snapshot Exporter

Common Challenges
  • Getting data from a Revit project into other software
  • Storing Revit project data as the project changes over time
  • Consolidating data from multiple Revit projects

Solution – Extract Data in Neutral Formats
  • Extract project data to Microsoft SQL Server
  • Extract project data to XML fles
  • Extract project data to CTC Model Compare files

Source of ROI – Return on Investment Realized
  • Your SQL team can easily integrate Revit data into your other in-house systems
  • Your team can generate reports from the data exported

This product will work in Revit 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The BIM Data Suite is brought to you by the CAD Technology Center and is priced at 7,000.00 USD.

There's more information available on the CTC Express Tools website.

Copy Similar Add-in

From the Autodesk App Store...

"Copy Similar" will copy and paste model elements while placing them on the same "Workset", “Phase Created”, and “Phase Demolished” as the original elements. "Copy Similar" works in floor plans, ceiling plans, elevations, and 3D views.

Select one or more model elements and run “Copy Similar”. The program will then prompt the user to select a base point, and an insertion point. Pasted elements will be shifted by the distance between the two points.

Each pasted element will be set to the same Phase Created, Phase Demolished, and Workset as its corresponding source element. Very handy for working in demolition plans where pasted elements normally disappear because they are automatically moved to the New Construction Phase.

You can also assign keystrokes to run "Copy Similar".

This is a trial version, and will expire September 1st, 2016.

About This Version
Version 1.0.0, 5/19/2016
Initial Release

The Copy Similar add-in is brought to you by API-123. Pricing was not known at press time.

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