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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Family Exporter

From the Autodesk App Store:

The Software
  • Is intended to simplify exporting current model families to independent content libraries.
  • Exported content is sorted into category subfolders.
  • Features content list filter and sorting functions. Filter settings are stored between sessions.
  • Displays preview image and selected family data.

The Interface
  • Topmost the info area. This area holds the family preview image and selected content data. Note, the preview image could be empty. The overwrite checkbox should be used if you want to re-export families. If left un-checked you will get an additional popup warning at export time.
  • Next you will find this model's families list. Initially this list holds all the families present in the model, sorted by category and name. The list header has one checkbox intended for quick check/uncheck of all entries in the list. It also has filter funnel symbols allowing you to filter the list both by category and family name. Each list entry has a checkbox allowing you to select single families for export. It is recommended you filter this list only to show the Revit categories relevant. You could also filter this list by family name to simplify your further selection. Clicking the header will sort the list either ascending or descending. Note, light green checkbox indicates that the family already exists at the given path.
  • The list separator line is next. Drag up and down to adjust the list sizes.
  • The lower list is intended to show the family types in currently selected family. Note, this list could be empty if no types are defined in the selected family.
  • At the bottom, you will find the currently selected output path, the set output path button and the export button. The export button is enabled when an entry in the family list is checked.

IFC Component Replacer

From the Autodesk App Store:

Working with IFC models in Autodesk® Revit® has significant limitations. Components from IFC models are difficult to manage and edit. The IFC Component Replacer app automatically replaces the simple IFC generated in-place mass element, IFC import symbols and IFC non-parametric components from an IFC model with native Revit family components so you can use the power of Revit families in your IFC Revit project.

Simply pick one of the IFC objects you want to replace. All copies of this object in the project will be selected and can be replaced with a Revit component family of your choosing. The orientation of the replacement family can be adjusted while replacing the IFC object.

The 4 simple steps:
  1. Select an IFC object instance of the type to be replaced
  2. Choose the replacement family type from a drop-down list
  3. If necessary, correct the orientation of the new component
  4. All instances of the selected IFC component in any orientation will be replaced

In Autodesk® Revit® each IFC object is typically an individual separate in-place family. Therefore they cannot be easily selected as a group and all replaced in one operation. e.g. you can’t use “Select All Instances”. You will have to find and replace each element one by one throughout the project which is time-consuming.

InsiteVR Launches Meetings Links to Easily Invite Others into VR Presentations

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Perpetual Licenses of AGACAD BIM Solutions 50% Off!

From the AGACAD website:

Thank-you Offer: Perpetual Licenses of BIM Solutions 50% Off!


Our Thank-you offer is here!

As the end of the year approaches, we're offering perpetual licenses of BIM Solutions at 50% off the license price. This discount is only valid for orders placed by Dec 22, so take advantage of this limited-time offer of half-price perpetual licenses!

It’s our way of saying “thank you” for being our clients, followers, and trial users, for participating in our events, for being with us on this BIM journey.

See the list of discounted products below, and contact us to get the best offer of the year!


Promo Details

50% discount is valid for the individual BIM Solutions listed below. Not valid for Suites. The discount applies only to the license price. Training and yearly maintenance must also be purchased with the discounted perpetual license.

  • The yearly maintenance provides your license with updates and the version for Revit 2019 to keep it running smooth-as-can-be, year after year.
  • Training is done by our BIM experts to ensure that you can use your software to its full potential right from the start.

Free Webinar Dec 13 & 14 – 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, Dec 13, 2017 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM GMT
Wed, Dec 14, 2017 3:00 PM - 3:30 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 www.bimcollab.com



Register for the webinar here.

SpaceMouse Wireless Kit Special Offer

From the announcement:

Only valid until 12.31.2017


Our wireless solution for professional mobile CAD performance. The must-have for modern engineers or designers.

Now only $179* (Save $20)



Free Webinar Dec 14 – MWF Panel Stacker

From the registration website:

Masterclass: MWF Panel Stacker

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

Thu, Dec 14, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM GMT
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM GMT

Join us as we look at how MWF Panel Stacker can optimize the sequencing and transport of your MWF panels in this month's masterclass.

Learn how to:
  • Calculate panel and bundle weights.
  • Create "areas" to organize panels into stacked bundles for shipping.
  • Optimize panel stacks based on transportation constraints.
  • Produce detailed bundle reports including overall panel dimensions and  packing slips.
  • Associate panel shop drawings to each bundle & much more. 

Open Source IFC Property Viewer

From the Revit API Forum:

By GeomGym
December 8, 2017

I'm involved in an open source project that might be of interest and benefit to other Revit API developers.

It's available in an infant form at https://github.com/jmirtsch/RevitIfcPropertyBrowser

Primarily it's a replica of the Revit property browser, when you select a single element or multiple elements, it displays the appropriate IFC properties as would be generated when exporting to IFC (Industry Foundation Class openBIM format).  An image is below.

There are many planned improvements for this project, including the ability to edit the revit parameters from the IFC properties (which permits the opportunity for some more interesting user interface controls for doing so).

Free Webinar Dec 19 – Enscape - Man and Machine

From the registration website:

Man and Machine - Enscape Webinar

Tue, Dec 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM GMT

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 Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Dec 14 – ABB Busch Jaeger Switch Range Configurator

From the registration website:

BIM Insights Sessions - BIM webinars for manufacturers, engineers and designers

Thu, Dec 14, 2017 1:00 PM - 1::30 PM GMT

Join this webinar about the ABB Busch Jaeger Switch Range Configurator app for Revit, developed by MEPcontent.

The new junction boxes as well as other app functionalities will be shown in this 30 min webinar.



Register for the webinar here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for December 4-10, 2017

The week of December 4, 2017 was a moderately busy one here on Revit Add-ons with 16 posts published.

New

Revit

From the Autodesk App StoreHanger Generator 2 is for creating hangers for pipes, ducts, cable trays and conduits, iFieldBIMdataExtracter(BDE) is is for extracting asset data from 3D views, and ReluxCAD is for calculating and placing luminaires and sensors.

From around the Internet, Stabicad For Revit is BIM Software for the MEP engineer, the free Stabicad Recesses App is for clash management integration for non-Stabicad users, and Stabiplan Export and Import Excel is self-explanatory.

BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store, the free Account Data Export is for exporting BIM 360 data to PDF, and Plex.Earth360 is for collaboration for BIM 360 with augmented reality.

Roundup – For December 4-10, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of December 4, 2017 was a moderately busy one for Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store, with two new add-ins published and another seven updated, including two we hadn't posted about previously.

For new add-ins, iFieldBIMdataExtracter(BDE) for Revit, is for extracting asset data from 3D views, and the free Account Data Export, for BIM 360, is for exporting data to PDF.

Apparent updates that we hadn't covered before, both for Revit, were Hanger Generator 2, for creating hangers for pipes, ducts, cable trays and conduits, and ReluxCAD, for calculating and placing luminaires and sensors.

Other updates included BIM Track and Enscape, each of which received a relatively significant refresh.

REVIT

New

iFieldBIMdataExtracter(BDE)
iFieldBIMdataExtracter is a smart plugin that extracts assets data from Room 3D view | USD 99.00/M
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0.1, 12/5/2017 – Initial release.

Updated

BIM Track™
BIM Track™ is a web-based collaboration platform that empowers your team with better coordination workflows. It provides a central hub for all coordination information from design to construction | Free
 (5 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.14.0, 12/8/2017 – For release notes, see this post

BIM Track™ v1.14.0 for Revit and Navisworks

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.14.0, 12/8/2017

New Features:
  • Clash spheres can now be displayed as billboards tag instead of spheres in the 3D Viewer.
  • Clash pin points can now be selected. 
  • The issue number will now be displayed when mouse hovering a clash sphere or a camera icon in the 3D Viewer.
  • The BCF now support hidden elements. 
  • New options were added to the 3D viewer to adjust the 'fit to selection' section box buffer in the option menu. 
  • It is now possible to create a section box around a clash sphere in the 3D Viewer. 
  • Various bug fixes and minor enhancements.

We hope you enjoy the new features. Don't hesitate to contact us if you want a Demo!

Description

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).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Free Stabicad Recesses App For Clash Management

From the Stabiplan website:

STABICAD RECESSES APP FOR OPTIMAL COOPERATION IN BIM PROJECTS

For an optimal cooperation in a BIM project you need clash detections as an essential part of the BIM workflow. A common used feature for this is the Recesses application in Stabicad. This application automatically generates and imports recesses requests. In Stabicad for Revit the Recesses application also integrates the workflow of the recesses requests. This means that the approval of architectural parties and the process of recesses changes in architectural model are automated.

With the Stabicad Recesses application non Stabicad users can adopt recess requests. This Add-in BIM tool is free to download and updates are posted on this website. So from now on architectural parties can simply and directly communicate with partners in a BIM project and apply recesses requests.

Go BIM LIVE and download the Stabicad Recesses application.

A manual is available for the Recesses application. You can download it here.

Stabicad For Revit – BIM Software for the MEP Engineer

From the Stabiplan website:

STABICAD FOR REVIT

Autodesk Revit is rapidly developing into a powerful design platform worldwide. Stabicad for Revit is going along for the ride. The handy Stabicad features are a great addition to the standard Autodesk Revit functionality and provide great value in design efficiency and usable output. More importantly: Stabicad supports your workflow from concept to detail with the desired level of information at any time for the adviser, installation company and building manager. Stabicad for Revit is the best choice when your specification prescribes BIM, Autodesk Revit and/or IFC.


Revit Live v2.0 – Includes Revit LT Support

From the Revit blog:

What’s new in Revit Live 2.0 for immersive architectural visualizations

By Nicolas Fonta
December 6, 2017
An update from the Revit Live product team

I’m proud to announce the release of Revit Live 2.0.  It’s been more than a year since we launched Revit Live 1.0, and a lot has changed since then. On top of all the improvements we’ve made since our start, we pushed VR capabilities directly in the product, we added support for Revit LT, and we included Revit Live as part of the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection. But there’s always more to be done.

During this last year, the product team has visited AEC customers across the globe to discuss the challenges they are facing in their firms surrounding visualization and producing engaging experiences. The result of these visits and our development efforts have converged in Revit Live 2.0.

See what we’ve been cooking for Revit Live 2.0

Simplification of our apps

We received many questions about the Live Editor and Viewer apps. To simplify things, we decided to get rid of the Viewer app and streamline the Live Editor. It is now simply the Live application.

Free Webinars – MEPcontent BIM Insights

From the registration website:

BIM Insights Sessions - BIM webinars for manufacturers, engineers and designers

MEPcontent launches a new series of webinars specifically designed and selected for manufacturers and MEP engineers. Europe’s best BIM experts will join these webinars to inform you about the latest BIM trends, the benefits of Europe’s largest MEP content platform: MEPcontent.eu, what engineers demand nowadays regarding  BIM and what manufacturers are doing to stay ahead of the pack.

Register now for specific webinars:

Webinar marketing services - what support do we offer to manufacturers to spread the word about their products to a global engineer audience?
August 24th 2017, 14:00 - 14:30 PM CET

Webinar content - how do engineers benefit from the MEPcontent platform or apps?
September 7th 2017, 14:00 - 14:30 PM CET

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Automatic Batch PDF Naming Using RTV Xporter Pro with a Free PDF Print Driver

Over on his What Revit Wants blog, Luke Johnson has posted a workflow for using a free PDF printer with RTV Xporter PRO for automatic batch PDF naming from Revit.

Read the article here.



RTV Xporter Pro is brought to you by RTV Tools. It's priced at US $49.00.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.

There's more information available on the RTV Tools website.

Free Account Data Export – Export BIM 360 Data to PDF

From the Autodesk App Store:

Autodesk® BIM 360 Account Data Export is a web app that exports BIM 360 account data as PDF. Each BIM 360 account contains valuable administration information which may be required in a variety of places and for a multitude of purposes, from board meetings to press conferences. The app requires Autodesk sign in. The user needs to enter the BIM 360 account id. The data is retrieved from Autodesk servers and then presented to the user. The user can save the data as PDF. The default PDF size is 1920mm x 1080mm. The PDF size is customizable. The app must be provisioned in the BIM 360 account for use. The app retrieves and exports projects, companies, users, and business units data in full. To ensure the best possible user experience, state-of-the-art technologies have been used both in the backend and the frontend. The app offers a comfortable, streamlined experience with strong security mechanisms which operate behind the scene. The help feature tells the user how to use the app. The provisioning feature guides the user in provisioning the app.

The app is going to become a must-have app for BIM 360 users due to its ease of use and smooth functioning. For BIM 360 administrators, it is necessary to keep track of all the activities and to do that it is necessary to keep track of the account data, more specifically, the projects, companies, users, and business units data. The job of an administrator is to make well-informed decisions. By putting the most important data at the fingertip of the administrator, BIM 360 Account Data Export ensures best practices are followed and nothing is left for surmise.

Hanger Generator 2

From the Autodesk App Store:

Hanger Generator 2 creates hangers automatically on MEP linear elements such as pipes, ducts, cable trays and conduits. You can personalize things such as hanger model, layout rules, measures, position offset, tiers, support bars, internal parts, to consider insulation, adaptation to element width, and more.

The application includes an auto-update functionality, this means that all MEP elements with hangers will remember the settings you defined; so when you modify or move a host, the hangers will be updated automatically according to with your settings.

Currently includes four hanger models: Rectangular rail, Circular clamp, Rectangular strap and Clevis hanger. More hanger models are under development.

You can create hangers on several elements on different levels at the same time. The hangers automatically detect structural elements to hang from, you can choose structural floors, structural framing or both.

At the main bar on top of the interface, there are several tools for improving your work experience and to save time, such as: remembering the last input values, turn on/ off auto update, delete data or hangers of host elements, release hangers (this means that they become free hangers, not to be updated with their original host), identify in a 3D view the elements that have saved hanger data, clear information, and more.

iFieldBIMdataExtracter (BDE) – Extract Asset Data from 3D Views

From the Autodesk App Store:

ifieldBIMdataExtracter gets all 3D Views for this the user need to select a 3D View from a given list and give two inputs - Project Name and Trade Type - in order to extract the desired assets data. It shows assets data and allows the user to Export all of this data in XML file format.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

ReluxCAD – Lighting Planning for Revit

From the Autodesk App Store:

Lighting planning with ReluxCAD for Autodesk® Revit®
Save time through intelligent functionalities – the motto for ReluxCAD for Revit! ReluxCAD for Revit offers all electrical and lighting planners a great deal of added value. The add-on gives you direct access to products from ReluxNet® with more than 100 luminaire and sensor manufacturers. It determines the required number of luminaires for a building efficiently and simply.

To ensure you can acquire an overview in just a few minutes, the most important information on the new add-on is summarized below. You will also find more in-depth information in the tutorials here. Except for the Premium Tools program group, all the functions of this add-on are free of charge. The Premium functions can be tested without any restrictions for 30 days and are being constantly expanded. The roadmap shows what you can expect from the forthcoming updates.

Features
  • Considerable time savings in the automated calculation and positioning of luminaires. (Calculated using lumen method)
  • In ReluxCAD for Revit, you have direct access to products with BIM capability from more than 100 manufacturers on ReluxNet®, the product platform for luminaires and sensors.
  • How much light is required for a specific activity? This question is answered by the standards to EN12464 (Part 1 and 2) and ASR A3.4 that are incorporated in the add-on. The subsequent lighting planning calculates and positions luminaires automatically. Determining the number of luminaires required could scarcely be faster.
  • Do you need product parameters to CoBie V1? With a single click of the mouse, the add-on will compile the parameters and fill these with information.
  • A parts list is provided as support for subsequent quotations.
  • We support MEP rooms since architecture rooms are not available to all users.

Free Webinar Dec 7 – Stabiplan Export and Import Excel App Functionalities

From the registration website:

Stabiplan Export and Import Excel app functionalities

Thu, Dec 7, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM GMT

Welcome to this webinar to show you how to use the Stabiplan Export and Import Excel app for your Revit projects.

Attendees will receive a special discount of 25%, a one-time offer!
You will get an email with a special download link to get this discount right after the webinar on Thursday.



Register for the webinar here.

Stabiplan Export and Import Excel

From the Stabiplan website:

Combine the functionalities of Revit and Excel with this powerful app. Download the Revit plugin to export data to an Excel file, make (bulk) changes and import data into your Revit project again, without any hassle. You can make a selection of data you like: the whole project or just a selection of it, you decide.

Start designing now Download

Using the app you can create an overview of parameters which can’t be used in Schedules, edit elements in your model by changing parameter values, add information to your elements by using Excel (e.g. manufacturer data) or easily combine parameters in Excel which you can later use as an value for a parameter.

YOUR BENEFITS:
  • Export easily data from all parameters in your Revit model to Excel
  • Save and load templates if you would like to export the same parameters regularly
  • Modify parameter values in Excel and import the updated data into your Revit model
  • Change the order of the exported parameters
  • See directly which elements and parameters will be changed and where it is located in your model

Enscape v2.1 – Includes Rhino Support and Other Improvements

From the Enscape website:

Enscape Version 2.1 Released

By Andreas
November 24, 2017



Enscape Version 2.1, we’re introducing many new features and improvements such as Rhino Support, Presentation Mode, Horizon Presets, Area Lights Support. Once again, we’ve increased the rendering speed and quality! Here’s a complete list of the updates:

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for Nov 27 - Dec 3, 2017

The week of November 27, 2017 was a moderately busy one here on Revit Add-ons with 24 posts published.

New

Revit

From the Autodesk App StoreAutoSleeveDimension creates dimensions from specialty equipment to the nearest horizontal and vertical grid lines, AutoViewGenerator creates 3D views of each room, Comsense BIM Tools is for collaborating on and adding detailed opening and product information to doors, and MyUpdateFile generates QR codes for sheets.

BIM 360

BLMConnect (BIM Last Mile Connect) helps with marketing and after-sales processes utilizing cloud technology, and Interactive Website Design is for embedding 3D interactive models into websites.

Roundup – For Nov 27- Dec 3, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of November 27, 2017 was a fairly busy one on the Autodesk App Store. Six new add-ins were published, four for Revit and two for BIM 360. Eleven add-ins were also updated.

For the new Revit add-ins, AutoSleeveDimension creates dimensions from specialty equipment to the nearest horizontal and vertical grid lines, AutoViewGenerator creates 3D views of each room, Comsense BIM Tools is for collaborating on and adding detailed opening and product information to doors, and MyUpdateFile generates QR codes for sheets.

For the new BIM 360 add-ins, Interactive Website Design is for embedding 3D interactive models into websites, and Plex.Earth360 enables real-time collaboration between office and field in augmented reality.

For updates, BIMcollab BCF ManagerProject Sweeper and QuickSelect, all for Revit, and BLMConnect, for BIM 360, received relatively significant refreshes.

REVIT

New

AutoSleeveDimension (ASD)
AutoSleeveDimension (ASD) is a smart plugin that draws dimensions from specialty equipment to the nearest horizontal and vertical grid lines for the selected floor plans (2D) | USD 99.00/M
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0.1, 11/30/2017 – Initial release

AutoViewGenerator (AVG)
AutoViewGenerator is a smart plugin that generates 3D View of each room from selected floor plan (2D) which contains roomtag | USD 99.00/M
☆☆ (0 reviews)
About This Version: Version 1.0.0.1, 11/28/2017 – Initial release

Plex.Earth360 – Collaboration for BIM 360 with Augmented Reality

From the Autodesk App Store:

Plex.Earth360 enables real-time collaboration between the office and the field, for any project in the world, by bringing together Autodesk® BIM 360® and Augmented Reality (AR)

SEND PHOTOS AND DATA REAL-TIME
Are you on the site and want to show a colleague, in the office, what you exactly see?
Take a picture with the Plex.Earth360 mobile app and the exact photo you took will instantly show up in their screen, along with all relevant data: your exact location or even the direction you were looking at the time of the capture. The best part? You can add any comments or notes you like and share them with your colleagues!

SHARE PLACEMARKS
Do you need more information about a specific location in your project area?
Simply post a place mark there and your colleagues on site will be instantly notified. They will see its exact location both in 3D view and on the map, allowing them to get there quickly and easily.

DISCOVER THE WORLD AROUND YOU
Your inner explorer deserves a mobile super-tool.
With Plex.Earth 360, you can learn everything you need about your surroundings: May that be the mountains and villages you see while hiking or the stores and restaurants you go past in your downtown walk.

Project Sweeper v2018.1.3.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 2018.1.3.0, 11/30/2017
  • Log files are now stored in %TMP%\ProjectSweeper directory.
  • Fill Pattern Cleaner
    • Fixed bug that caused exception error when selecting "Reset Style" from right click menu.
    • Progress dialog now shows name of the family that was just scanned so users can see if progress is being made.
    • Added more detailed error reporting information to help catch bug causing "Loaded Family Editing failed." exception.
    • Added improvement to increase speed when scanning families.
    • Fixed bug that caused number of deleted styles in result window to be incorrect in some workset enabled projects.
  • Line Style Cleaner
    • Fixed bug that caused number of deleted styles in result window to be incorrect in some workset enabled projects.
    • Added more detailed error reporting information to help catch bug causing "Element cannot be pinned or unpinned." exception.
    • Fixed bug where lines in filled regions weren't converted to new style unless current style was being deleted.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

BLMConnect for BIM 360

From the Autodesk App Store:

BLMConnect is a cloud portal for construction industry.

BLMConnect offers new possibilities to bring together clusters of end-users like prospective-clients, buyers, consultants and contractor, using power of Autodesk® BIM 360® and other cloud technologies.

Highlights:

COLLOBORATE with multiple parties, organize teams, and control access.
  • Create Workspaces for your projects
  • Invite colleagues & consultants
  • Collaborate using Autodesk Login & various Autodesk products
  • Add Models to workspaces
  • Prepare models for marketing

MARKET your upcoming and completed projects
  • Add project highlights to models
  • Link highlights to Model's 3D & 2D views
  • Make marketing copy that works with your audience
  • Configure Analytics
  • Keep track of views & leads

AFTER-SALES experience
  • Offer your client a BLMConnect account at 0 cost
  • Disucss using 3D viewer & annotation capabilities
  • Task management for customization
  • Offer Status Updates. Link WIP pics with views
  • Collaborate with client's interior and other consultants 

QuickSelect v2.0.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 2.0.0, 12/1/2017 – Now including area and room boundaries, links, model and detail groups, pads, clouds. Improved performance. Bugs fixed.

Description

QUICK SELECT: The easiest and fastest way to select elements in Autodesk® Revit®. This app allows the user to select any item in just a few clicks.

The app features:
  1. powerful selection tools,
  2. window selection of pre-filtered elements,
  3. select any item by any parameter in seconds,
  4. customize your own settings,
  5. recognizes current selection and lets you work with it,
  6. save any selection and retrieve it from the Revit built-in selection manager,
  7. clean up selections so that grouped or blocked elements are cleared (useful for massive parameter changes in elements),
  8. select elements that Revit wouldn't allow such as area boundaries, room boundaries, lines, links, model and detail groups, revision clouds, pads...