Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Anticipation: 6 New Apps from MEPcontent

MEPcontent has created an app pilot user group. Members gain access to up to 6 new apps, as detailed below.

From the MEPcontent website:

Product Line Placer for Valves 

The PLiP valves gives you access to localized valves of leading manufacturers. Choosing a valve is easy through the relevant filters and search box. Another highlight of the app is the placing functionality, valves can be placed in open space or  on a pipe. When the valve is placed on a pipe, the system stays connected and the right fittings are added.

From MEPcontent: Join App Pilot User Group and Get Early Access to 6 New Apps

From the MEPcontent website:

Join the pilot user group and get first hand free access to 6 new MEP apps and functionalities

January 15, 2018

Dear MEP engineer, BIM specialist or installation designer,

We would like to invite you to join our exclusive pilot user group and be the first to try out one of the 6 new MEP apps and functionalities for Revit and AutoCAD, planned to be launched in the upcoming weeks. This will give you first hand access to one (or more) powerful BIM tools developed by our team of experienced professionals in the MEP sector.

All New CL3VER Presenter

From the CL3VER website:

Model to 3D interactive presentation in no time

Real-time, dynamic, interactive presentations to increase productivity in AEC, building design and construction

Deliver dynamic interactive 3D presentations to clients and other stakeholders to better explain, design, plan, share and sell ideas, products, and projects.

Quickly and easily turning your 3D models into a 3D slide presentation

What is CL3VER Presenter?

An interactive 3D presentation tool that lets users create multi-step and multimedia custom presentations for use online, offline and in VR.

Free Armacell BIM Insulation Tool

From the Autodesk App Store:

The plug-in greatly simplifies the planning of technical insulation with BIM: unlike sanitary objects, for example, insulation has to be designed for equipment (e.g. pipes or ventilation ducts) which has already been planned. As the selection of the specific insulation material depends on various parameters (e.g. the diameter), it has to be entered actively by the user. Here errors often occur, because the data has to be looked up in the catalog and then entered manually.

In contrast, the new Armacell BIM plug-in accesses the data required directly in the model and supports the user in selecting and configuring products. Export from the Armacell product database allows the design process to be automated and the user does not need to make any manual entries. This makes the planning and design process simpler and faster and also reduces errors.

Free Macro to Batch Relinquish from Multiple Revit Files

From the What Revit Wants website:

Free Macro to Batch Relinquish All Mine from Multiple Revit Files

By Luke Johnson
January 10, 2018

If you have gone through a process of saving Central models, and you have forgotten to ‘Synchronize with Central’ before closing them for the first time, you may find that your user has all User Created Worksets checked out in those files. A quick recap:

  • Workshared Revit files use a persons Revit user name (sometimes linked to an Autodesk SSO login) to determine if things are checked out
  • If someone has a User Workset checked out, you won’t be able to edit it until they Relinquish. (Note: you can Detach and recreate the file but that is dangerous if you have multiple people working on something)

Basically I had a bunch of Revit files that had all User Worksets from certain usernames checked out. They were upgraded and they were Central files. All that was needed was a simple Open and Relinquish. As I didn’t want to do this manually, I sourced some macro code from here and adapted it for my situation.

Read more on the What Revit Wants website »

Monday, January 15, 2018

Super Clash for Navisworks Manage

From Emanuel Favreau's website:

Super Clash

Run multiple clash tests instantly with 29 predefined selection sets distributed over 4 disciplines:
  • Architectural
  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for January 2018

Here on Revit Add-ons, with What's Hot, at about the middle of each month, we take a look back at the preceding month to see which posts published during the month received the most pageviews.

We published 45 posts in December 2017, and received 47,554 pageviews for our efforts.

With the top four most viewed posts, Dynamo ruled the month. A special shout out to Ryan Cameron of Architect Machines, who held the top two spots. Great job Ryan!

Here are links for the posts that made the cut, along with the originators:
  1. Dynamo Templates by Ryan Cameron of Architect Machines
  2. Cost Analysis Dynamo Script by Ryan Cameron of Architect Machines
  3. Batch Add Shared Parameters From a Text File with Dynamo by Mostafa El Ayoubi of  DATA|SHAPES
  4. Handling Revit Warnings with Dynamo by Lawrence Hooker of Revit Structure
  5. Dim Offset – Automatically Offset Dimension Text that Overlaps Extension Lines from ModPlus
  6. Free CTB Link – Transform CAD Imports to Look Like They'd Plot from AutoCAD from Efficient BIM
  7. BIM Track™ v1.14.0 for Revit and Navisworks from Virtual construction and technology BIM One Inc.

Congratulations and thanks to all the content originators!

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for January 8-14, 2018

The week of January 8, 2018 was a moderately busy one here on Revit Add-ons with 17 posts published.



From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about cove.tool, for exporting geometry to cove.tool projects for energy analysis, Export Shared Parameters, for exporting multiple shared parameters to a shared parameters file, and Sheet Explorer, for easy sheet management.

From around the Internet, we posted about the free Autodesk Enhanced DWG Exporter for Revit – an Editor's Choice Award winner!


From around the Internet, we posted about Sherlock, for "lightning fast" coordination.

Roundup – For Jan 8-14, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of January 8, 2018 was a moderately busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Two new add-ins were published, and another eight were updated. Frustratingly, there were nearly four times as many apparently false updates as there were legitimate ones.

For new add-ins, cove.tool is for exporting building geometry to cove.tool projects for energy analysis, and Export Shared Parameters is for exporting multiple shared parameters to a shared parameter file.

For updated add-ins, rvt2skp and Bonus Tools received relatively significant updates.


Export Shared Parameters
Export multiple shared parameters to a shared parameter file | USD 10.00
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 1/12/2018 – Initial release.

Exports building geometry to cove.tool projects | Free
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 1/11/2018 – Initial release allowing users to export building height, roof area, floor area, skylight area, wall area, and glazing area.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bonus Tools v20.17.12.12 – Features 10 New Tools, 119 Total

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version, 1/10/2018

Export Shared Parameters

From the Autodesk App Store:

A simple and effective tool to export multiple shared parameters to an existing or new-shared parameter file from an Autodesk® Revit® project or family.

Also provides the facility to rename a parameter group.

Free Webinar Jan 30 – Delivering Value to the Owner with Assemble

From the Assemble Systems website:

Lehrer, LLC. Uses Assemble for Increased Project Insight – Delivering Value to the Owner

Tuesday, January 30th @ 1pm CT

Assemble Webinar: Delivering Value to the Owner

Join this session to see how Lehrer, LLC, a design and construction advisory firm, uses Assemble to successfully guide owners, developers and institutions through complex construction projects. We will cover how to  increase project  transparency, model conditioning, 3D based change management, and quantity tracking for improved project control.  Dareen Salama, Director of Technical Services at Lehrer, LLC. will share how their project team is using Assemble along with the PowerBI integration to generate visual analytical reports for other team members.

Free Webinar Jan 16 – Visualization Consistency and Productivity with AVAIL

From the registration website:

Visualization Consistency and Productivity with AVAIL

Tue, Jan 16, 2018 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM GMT

In this 45-min webinar, Corey Rubadue will guide you through some tips and tricks for how to drive consistency and productivity in your visualization projects using AVAIL. There will be time for live Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Jan 25 – Improving Productivity and Efficiency with IdeateApps

From the registration website:

Improving Productivity and Efficiency for all Revit Users with IdeateApps - Americas

Thu, Jan 25, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM PST

Reduce the time you spend on tedious, repetitive Revit tasks by attending this free webinar on the 8 tools included in IdeateApps.

In one hour, you will learn how to 1) Easily search for Legends and Schedules, 2) Check the spelling of data in Schedules, 3) Copy a Sheet and its properties, 4) Align a View on one Sheet with a View on other Sheets, 5) Easily renumber elements, 6) Identify the  dependent information that will be deleted with a selection, 7) Diagnose and fix visibility issues, and 8) Quickly find, select, and categorize elements.

We welcome questions, so come with challenges you’d like us to address. There is no cost to take this course. Register today!

Best Regards,
Ideate Software Team

Register for the webinar here.

Revizto v4.6

From the Revizto website:

Revizto 4.6 is now live!

December 14, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Free rvt2skp v2.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version, 1/12/2018

What’s new on version 2.0:
  • Faster conversion
  • Better rendering (obvious triangulation is no longer showing)
  • Name on SketchUp components correspond to elements in Revit


With rvt2skp, you can export your Autodesk® Revit® to SketchUp files for free to use with Kubity.

The rvt2skp plugin enables the Revit to SketchUp export option in Revit — conserving the geometry, materials, and linked models of your 3D model.This plugin supports Revit 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, including Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, and Revit MEP.

Anticipation: Free Autodesk COBie Extension for Navisworks

Over on the Autodesk BIM Interoperability Tools website, a preview image for a free Autodesk COBie Extension for Navisworks has been posted. We'll keep an eye out for this one.

Autodesk BIM Interoperabiity Tools website

Free Autodesk Enhanced DWG Exporter for Revit

From the Autodesk BIM Interoperability Tools website:

Autodesk Enhanced DWG Exporter for Revit

Improves the DWG Export from Revit and makes the management of configurations simple and straightforward

This free tool from Autodesk improves the quality and the information content of DWG files generated from the Revit model and helps overcome a number of limitations of the built-in DWG Export feature

Enhanced DWG Exporter Features

Define Layer Standards

"Break down" a layer into well defined components to make the process of assigning a layer a whole lot easier.

Opinion: 5 Game-Changing Software Plugins for BIM Engineers

From the VIATechnik website:

5 Game-Changing Software Plugins for BIM Engineers

By Jesse Huynh
January 8, 2018

What’s in your VDC toolbox? These five BIM plugins will help take your productivity to the next level.

Leading AEC design software like Navisworks and Revit are, of course, incredibly powerful and robust platforms in their own right; however, any seasoned VDC designer or BIM engineer knows that it’s the plugins that unlock the full potential of these platforms and maximize productivity. While every project will have different needs and, as a result, require its own special blend of software and plugins to maintain efficiency, there are a handful of applications that are pretty much always useful — regardless of application or industry. Below, I’ve outlined some of my favorite plugins that I use to boost productivity and client satisfaction in all of my projects.

Read more on the VIATechnik website »

Editor's Note: Thanks Jesse for turning us onto a plugin we didn't know about!

Sherlock + Navisworks – "Lightning Fast Coordination"

From the FlyPaper Technologies website:

Sherlock + Navisworks™

Lightning Fast Coordination


Dead simple clash grouping based on your already established model hierarchy. Distill is here to save you valuable time and accelerate the production of usable models for your team.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

cove.tool – Exports Geometry to cove.tool Projects for Energy Analysis

From the Autodesk App Store:

cove.tool Makes Buildings Cost Less and Perform More
cove.tool allows architects, engineers, contractors, and owners to save money, comply with the latest energy codes, and make effective design decisions. This plugin saves your time by allowing you to export building geometry to existing cove.tool projects in the cloud.

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Giant-Size Roundup – For Dec 11, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The period from December 11, 2017 through January 7, 2018 was a busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Eight new (or new-ish) Revit add-ins were published and three new Navisworks add-ins were posted. In total, a further twenty five add-ins were updated.

For Revit, the free CTB Link is for making CAD imports look like they would plot from AutoCAD and is an Editor's Choice Award winner, Dim Offset is for automatically offsetting dimension text that overlaps extension lines, EasyConduit is for connecting families that have conduit connectors, Export to Unity is for exporting models to Unity with materials and textures, The Family Exporter is for exporting families from the current project to RFA files, and Sheet Explorer is for managing sheets.

Though we've posted about them previously, AGACAD's Fire Sprinkler and MEP Hangers also made their App Store debuts.

For Navisworks, ClashViewPointManager(CVPM) is for managing clashes, such as grouping, renaming, merging, etc, CVP-SYNC is for uploading "Clash Test and ViewPoints on 'ifieldsmart' platform," and JSON Exporter for Autodesk Navisworks is self-explanatory.

For updated add-ins, BIMSens for Navisworks, Navisworks to OBJ converter, and OkCommand for Revit each received relatively significant updates.



Export to Unity
Export Autodesk® Revit® Models directly to Unity with materials and textures | USD 10.00
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 1/9/2018 – Initial release

Fire Sprinkler
BIM software for effective design of fire sprinkler systems | Trial
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About This Version: Version 2018.1, 12/21/2017 – New release for 2018

Free BIMSens v1.26 for Navisworks – Read/Write Interactions with External Data Sources

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.26, 12/26/2017
  • Dedicated files extension
  • 'Recent files' menu
  • MySQL data source
  • Improvement on csv import
  • Data pivot and a few bug fixes.


BIMSens is a generic database tool allowing read/write interactions with standard and bespoke data sources, including SQL Server, Primavera P6 Web Services, Excel and more. Connected to 3D Software like Autodesk® Navisworks®, BIMSens enables dynamic association of 3D objects to attributes in the data sources, allowing color filtering, data transfers and editing of the data directly from the model. Multiple users can concurrently visualize, filter, edit and color code the 3D model based on centralized data, in real time... for free.

Navisworks to OBJ converter Pro v3.0

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 3.0.0, 1/9/2018

What's new
  1. Added option to export entities inside SectionBox only: Enable SectionBox from Viewpoint and convert model to OBJ.
  2. Secondary workflow to convert relatively large Model to OBJ. Choose "Steady workflow" from setting option while converting the Model.
  3. Added option to adjust detailing level.
  4. Improved "Hidden Entities" and "Selected Entities" function. Hide entities which not needed to be converted to OBJ. Select entities and export only selected ones.
  5. Improved export time.


About the OBJ format:
The OBJ file format is a simple data-format that represents 3D geometry alone — namely, the position of each vertex, the UV position of each texture coordinate vertex, vertex normals, and the faces that make each polygon defined as a list of vertices, and texture vertices. Vertices are stored in a counter-clockwise order by default, making explicit declaration of face normals unnecessary. OBJ coordinates have no units, but OBJ files can contain scale information in a human readable comment line.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sheet Explorer – Easy Sheet Management

From the Autodesk App Store:

Easily manage your sheets with the Sheet Explorer for Autodesk® Revit® app.

With Copy sheets, the underlying views are copied also.

Free OkCommand v1.5.3 – Find Revit Commands

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.5.3, 1/4/2018
  • Added recent commands
  • Added favorite commands
  • Added Shift-Shift hotkey
  • Fixed scalling bug
  • Added images for commands without images


The application searches for Autodesk® Revit® commands.

Have you forgotten where the button you need is? No problem! Enter the name or part of the name, then run!

The application searches for all built-in Revit commands, as well as for all installed plugins. The application will perform a search for all the commands that are on the Revit ribbon.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Export to Unity

From the Autodesk App Store:

Export Autodesk® Revit® Models directly to Unity with materials and textures.

Send visible elements of a 3D View to the assets folder of a Unity Project. The tool will generate OBJ, MTL and image files format that can be read by Unity.

Other VR and modeling software like Unreal Engine or Blender can also read these types of files.

All meshes from the 3D view will be parsed and exported to a series of .obj files according to vertices number.

3 grouping options are available: By Materials, By Entities or One Single Object.

Unity can be downloaded from the Unity website:

"Export to Unity" will work only with Revit version 2018.1 or higher.

Image angles from textures are not supported for now. When a Revit material includes a rotated image, the equivalent material in Unity will reset the angle to 0.

EasyConduit – Quickly Create Conduits Between Families that have Conduit Connectors

From the Autodesk App Store:

EasyConduit is a plugin for Autodesk® Revit® MEP, This tool facilitates the creation of conduits between families that have conduit connectors. A single command can connect several elements, creating conduits that interconnect the selected elements.

The app features:
  1. Single command (create|configure)
  2. Connect multiple elements
  3. Customize and record conduit type
  4. Customize and record conduit size

Select and press EasyConduit