Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for April 16-22, 2018

The week of April 16, 2018 was a moderately busy one here on Revit Add-ons with 19 posts published.


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about Automatically Offset in Ceiling_2017 for automatically placing floating elements on ceilings, the self-explanatory Extract Family Names from Folder_2018NavVis IndoorViewer Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® for integrating BIM models with NavVis reality capture technology, and the free Sketchfab for publishing Revit models directly to Sketchfab, the free online platform for 3D models.

From around the Internet, we posted for the first time about the free/pay what you want open source Online Revit To IFC ConverterCloud Services for Keynote Manager for keynote sharing across networks and locations, Infraworks to Revit Interoperability Add-in from Autodesk for showing InfraWorks property values in Revit, and Project Virga, which uses machine learning and A.I. to create parametric system families from your previous projects.

Roundup – For Apr 16-22, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of April 16, 2018 was a fairly busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. 4 new add-ins made their debut and another 12 were updated. 20 apparently false updates were also published.

For the new add-ins, Automatically offset in Ceiling _2017 is for automatically placing floating elements on ceilings. Extract family names from folder_2018 is self-explanatory, NavVis IndoorViewer Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® is for integrating BIM models with NavVis reality capture technology, and the free Sketchfab is for exporting Revit models directly to Sketchfab.

For updated add-ins, BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Autodesk® Revit® and BIM Track™ each received relatively significant updates.



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BIMcollab® BCF Manager for Autodesk® Revit® v4.0 r3

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 4.0 r3, 4/18/2018

The new Revit plug-in now available in four of the world’s most commonly used languages: French, German, Spanish, as well as English.

New features and improvements
  • Multilanguage available for the entire BIMcollab ecosystem (WebApp, BCF Managers, ZOOM).
  • Different languages allowed per user within one project, for international cooperation.
  • Improved hotkey functionality in ZOOM when using non-US keyboard layouts
  • Improved import of non-compliant BCF files.
  • Bug fixed when creating Excel report from activity list.
  • Bug fixed of incorrect status in PDF reports.
  • Various small bugfixes and user interface improvements.
  • Improved performance and reliability.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Project Virga – Uses Machine Learning and A.I. to Create Parametric System Families

From the BuildingSP website:

Your Firm's DNA 

The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is often described as "fragmented." Nothing typifies this description better than our past project CAD files. These files, which were created with much care and at significant cost, are haphazardly stored on hard drives throughout your enterprise.

As a whole, they are your firm's DNA - they describe what you've delivered to projects. (When graphically displayed, it literally looks like DNA.)

The Building Coder Samples and ADN Samples for Revit 2019

From the The Building Coder blog:

I already described how I installed Revit 2019, compiled the Revit 2019 SDK samples and migrated RevitLookup to the new version.

I now migrated some other basic samples and utilities:

The Building Coder Samples for Revit 2019

The migration of The Building Coder samples to Revit 2019 was just as trivial as RevitLookup.
  • Update the .NET framework target version to 4.7
  • Point the Revit API assembly references to the new DLLs.

No code changes were needed.

Free Sketchfab Add-in – Publish Revit Models Directly to Sketchfab

From the Autodesk App Store:

Sketchfab is a platform to publish and share 3D files online in real-time without plugins. It provides a viewer based on the WebGL and WebVR technologies that allow displaying 3D models on the web, to be viewed on any mobile browser, desktop browser or Virtual Reality headset.

This app enables the user to publish Autodesk® Revit® Models directly to Sketchfab.

Infraworks to Revit Interoperability Add-in from Autodesk

A new add-in for Revit 2019 appeared in the Autodesk Desktop App: Infraworks to Revit Interoperability Add-in. Unfortunately, there is literally no information available about this add-in in the ReadMe, on Autodesk Account, or on the Internet.

The Add-in in the Autodesk Desktop App

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

7 New Prospect Features from Iris VR Released in Q1

From the Iris VR website:

In Case You Missed It: 7 New Prospect Features Released in Q1

Last quarter we released some major Prospect features and improvements that help you collaborate with team members and clients from anywhere in the world. We’ve also improved your VR toolkit and expanded into the world of FBX.

Check out these highlights from the past quarter.

Multiuser Meetings 

Meet with 11 of your colleagues or clients in one virtual environment regardless of physical location. Take your entire team on one cohesive walkthrough with the Gather and Go-to tools to keep everyone together. With shared visuals and audio in VR, you can discuss problem areas or communicate your design vision to make your process easier and more productive. Continue with all of the Prospect features that you use in your individual virtual experience, only now any change to sun settings, new annotation, flagged element, etc. will be seen by the rest of your team. Learn how to setup Multiuser Meetings in Prospect.

RevitLookup 2019 and New SDK Samples

From the The Building Coder website:

By Jeremy Tammik
April 16, 2018

Last week, I described how I installed Revit 2019 and compiled the Revit 2019 SDK samples.

On Sunday, I migrated RevitLookup to Revit 2019, which was very easy.

Next, I compared the directory contents to discover the new SDK samples.

RevitLookup 2019

The migration of RevitLookup to Revit 2019 was trivial.

It just required updating the .NET framework target version to 4.7 and pointing the Revit API assembly references to the new DLLs.

Cloud Services for Keynote Manager – Keynote Sharing Across Networks and Locations

From the Revolution Design website:


Why Cloud Services?

Traditional Revit uses a local text file to store keynote data which works fine… as long as everyone is on the same network. However when you need to share projects with other offices or across large geographical areas this system fails. Coordinating the keynotes quickly devolves into a mass of emails back and forth with attached text files, or a Dropbox file sharing system that is vulnerable to overwriting and still has issues with pathing.

In addition, Autodesk has introduced Revit model sharing over A360. That’s great for Revit models, but it still doesn’t allow sharing of the keynote data, so we are stuck in the same trap.

Revolution Design is proud to offer a solution to this issue with Keynote Cloud! Keynote Cloud stores your keynotes in a cloud based database, allowing access from anywhere in the world using the same path. Keynote Cloud projects can be shared with anyone inside or outside your company as long as they have a Keynote Manager Cloud account, and you set their permission levels.

Extract Family Names from Folder

From the Autodesk App Store:

This tool is designed to automatically extract family names.

It will save a lot of time consumed in family names documentation.

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About This Version

Version 1.0.0, 4/18/2018 – Initial Release

Extract family names from folder is brought to you by BIM SOFT SOLUTIONS. It's priced at US $3.99/month or 8.00/year.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2018.

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dynamo v2.0

From the Dynamo website:

By Racel Williams
April 16, 2018

Today is the day! After a long wait, the much anticipated Dynamo 2.0 is finally here.

Dynamo 2.0 is a special and significant release for our team as it is a “major” release, but more importantly because it contains features and changes that will make desktop to web workflows possible in the future.

What’s so special about a “major” release?

As mentioned above and in previous blog posts, Dynamo 2.0 is a “major” release and this means several things:
  • Files (dyn and dyf) will be saved in a format that is not compatible with earlier versions of Dynamo. Dynamo 2.0 graphs and custom nodes can not be opened in 1.x.
  • Dynamo 2.0 can be installed side-by-side with an existing 1.x version allowing you to have control over which major version your project uses. In Dynamo for Revit, you will be prompted to choose which version you wish to run on first launch of Dynamo. This setting is cached per-session of Revit. A restart of Revit will enable you to change to a different version of Dynamo.

BIM Track™ v1.18.1

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.17.2, 4/16/2018

We have some exciting new features released with our latest update, particularly for project settings. We're happy to introduce:

Project templates

There can be a lot of detail saved within a project’s settings. To avoid the tedium of recreating these settings on each new project, you can now export a project’s settings for use on new projects. All issue attributes, including custom options, can be assigned to a project template. Save time and make sure you don’t miss any details by using project templates.

Categories as a project setting

On the web viewer, there is already a notion of categories by element type. Users can define the color, visibility & transparency of a category. It is now possible to assign these settings on the entire project. This gives consistent views across teams (helpful for screenshots etc.) and is helpful for comparative visualization. There is still an option for individual users to override these settings on the web viewer, should they need to. Learn how to set up categories as a project setting.

NavVis IndoorViewer Add-In for Autodesk® Revit®

From the Autodesk App Store:

NavVis provides an all-in-one reality capture solution that captures and visualizes indoor environments during the construction and operational phases. With NavVis IndoorViewer add-in for Autodesk® Revit®, NavVis users can now improve BIM workflows by connecting Revit models to 360° immersive imagery and point clouds that display the current state of the building. With this add-in, users can:
  • Create BIM models faster
  • Compare as-built with as-is
  • Spot differences visually
  • Verify measurements remotely
  • Collaborate with stakeholders online

NavVis IndoorViewer

From the NavVis website:





Explore the indoors with a fully immersive 3D walkthrough. The NavVis IndoorViewer is browser-based software that visualizes building data as high resolution images. Now anyone can access and interact with building data.


Powerful, browser-based point cloud streaming lets you access building data on any device. Use the point cloud to inspect the building and even take precise measurements. If you have already captured data with other devices, you can import it to the IndoorViewer. Both indoor and outdoor datasets are supported.