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.

Automatically Offset in Ceiling

From the Autodesk App Store:

This tool is designed to place floating elements on ceiling automatically.

The tool automatically detects the needed offset for the element to accurately placed on the ceiling.

Saving hundreds of hours used in adjusting floating elements.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Test Fit – Dynamic Floor Plan Software

Recently, we posted about a Dynamo solution from Clifton Harness for rapidly creating test fit solutions for buildings (and, though we didn't post about it until late in the month, it was #2 in our latest What's Hot list). We didn't realize until today that Test Fit is available as a software service.

Free/Pay What You Want Open Source Online Revit To IFC Converter

From the BIM 42 website:

Apr 15, 2018

You always need to export your Revit files to IFC. A lot of great solutions run with IFC and having an efficient workflow to transfer your models to them is essential.

I recently add to convert about 2 Gb worth of Revit files to IFC. The process is relatively easy, but having to open the file, convert it to Revit 2018 (I sadly didn’t have Revit 2017 on my computer), convert it to IFC, close the file and start again with a new file wasn’t particularly enjoyable.

Exporting IFC files from Revit can be long, way too long, and blocks a Revit session during the conversion. Even if you can always leave your computer and go grab a coffee, I was looking for something more efficient.

I start by playing with the idea of a computer running Revit, controlled from the outside and used exclusively to run IFC conversions. It can quite powerful but you still need a dedicated computer and Revit licence. Furthermore, running Revit from the outside is far from reliable.

Online Revit to IFC converter

The solution came when I realized that Forge could be used to convert Revit files to IFC. After some tinkering, I was able to upload a Revit file to Forge and convert it to IFC.

Continue reading on the BIM 42 website »

Free Webinar Apr 19 – Modeling Precast Slabs Using Structural Framing Elements

From the AGACAD website:

WEBINAR: Modeling Precast Slabs Using Structural Framing Elements

By Robert Prybyla
April 12, 2018

This webinar is about efficiently modeling precast slabs in Revit, specifically by using structural framing elements. Register below for this insider-look at using AGACAD's software for Precast Concrete.

Ideal for structural engineers, designers & drafters, BIM modelers & detailers, and CAD engineers & technicians. Also for companies in building design & engineering, consultancy, and manufacturing.

We hope you can join our FREE webinar about precast concrete!

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for April 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 new posts received the most pageviews.

We published 41 posts in March 2018, and received 52,570 pageviews.

News about the free Sheet Copy v1.2 topped our leaderboard this month. As usual, Dynamo-related posts proved popular as they took the #2 and 3 spots. We rarely see add-ins related to products other than Revit or Dynamo chart on our leaderboard but, this month, a Navisworks add-in came in at #6.

Here's the list of this month's shortlisted posts, along with the add-in/content originators:
  1. Free Sheet Copy v1.2.0.0 from ModPlus
  2. Test Fit – Dynamic Floor Plans with Dynamo from Clifton Harness of
  3. Insert Multiple Shared Parameters with Dynamo with Interactive User Input from Ernesto Pellegrino
  4. Lumion v8.3 with Improved LiveSync for Revit + LiveSync for SketchUp from Act-3D B.V.
  5. SimLab GLTF Exporter for Autodesk Revit from Simlab Soft
  6. Free BIMSens v1.28 – Read and Write Between Navisworks and External Data Sources from The Striped Horse

Thanks and congratulations to all the content originators!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for April 9-15, 2018

The week of April 9, 2018 was a pretty busy one here on Revit Add-ons as we tried to share as much information on add-ins for the newly released Revit 2019 as we could find. We published 17 posts this week.



From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about MatchRotation for aligning plan, section or elevation views, scope or section boxes, and annotations or detail items with model objects. This add-in is from friend to Revit Add-ons Juan Osborne. Juan's five add-ins on the App Store are all 5-star rated, with an impressive 64 reviews between them, so be sure to check out this new one.

Juan Osborne's add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

Roundup – For Apr 9-15, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of April 9, 2018 was a busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Though only two new add-ins were released, another 32 were updated, most to support the newly released Revit 2019.

For the new add-ins, for Revit, Match Rotation is for aligning plan, section or elevation views, scope or section boxes, and annotations or detail items with model objects, and, for Navisworks,  View Report enables report saving to Excel or PDF.

Also, check out our list of add-in updates supporting Revit 2019 that were dated earlier than this week here.



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Friday, April 13, 2018

Compiling the Revit 2019 SDK Samples – Some Important Lessons for Add-in Developers

Over on his The Building Coder blog, Autodesk's Jeremy Tammik posted about the challenges he encountered in compiling the Revit 2019 SDK Samples. The endpoint of the article is that Tammik will be asking the development team to clean up some things ASAP so other add-in developers don't have to repeat some of the frustrating steps he had to take.

Tammik's post is recommended reading for Revit add-in developers as it just might save them some frustrations.

Revit Out of the Box Content Now Delivered through AVAIL

From the announcement:

We are excited to announce that we’ve just added a Revit | US Imperial | 2017 Channel to AVAIL Marketplace. You can now easily find content in the Revit 2017 Imperial Content Pack right inside of AVAIL. Use AVAIL’s filters panel to quickly and easily find the content you need!

Visit the AVAIL Marketplace from your Browse Channels tab to Subscribe now!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Roundup – Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store, Special Revit 2019 Supplemental Edition (Update #2)

Revit 2019 was released a couple days ago, on April 10, 2018, so one would think that all updates of Revit 2019 compliant add-ins on the Autodesk App Store would be dated on or after April 10, right? Unfortunately, that's not the case.

Developers can gain access to early access versions of upcoming releases of Revit, and some choose to publish their compliantly updated add-ins to the App Store early.

This year, though they didn't become visible until April 10, some updates were dated as early as March 13. Presumably these earlier dates reflect when they were submitted to the App Store.

So, here's a special one-time edition of our usually weekly roundups to capture the available add-ins on the App Store that support Revit 2019 dated prior to April 10. We'll assume that future ones will be captured in subsequent weekly roundups.

Editor's Note: And... we called it. The App Store folks dropped another add-in updated for Revit 2019, BIM Helper Toolslate in the day on April 13, backdated to April 5. We suspect that what happened was:
  1. Developer submitted add-in for publishing on April 5
  2. App Store reviewed and published add-in on April 13, but backdated it to the earlier submittal date

This makes zero sense to us. Call us crazy but we think newly published add-ins should appear at the TOP of the list. Instead, BIM Helper Tools appeared 77th! By default, that would be on the 4th page!

Also, add-in authors aren't required to enter new version numbers for updates either, and that can cause confusion. 

If this concerns you as it does us, please drop the Autodesk App Store folks an email and express your concerns. We'd appreciate it, and we'll do the same.

For more on our frustrations with the Autodesk App Store, see this post.

Revit workFlow v6.1 – Revit 2019 Compatibility, Enhancements to autoLink, and More

From the Revolution Design website:

Version 6.1

  • General
    • General graphic updates & Stability.
    • Revit 2019 support added and Revit 2015 support removed.
  • autoLink
    • Multiple autoLink families can now be defined in settings.
      • The first 5 families show up directly on the Revit ribbon in a dropdown and can be placed with a keyboard shortcut or single click.
      • An additional command allows you to list all available link symbols and select which to place.
    • autoLink Report command has been added.
      • autoLink report displays all links in the model along with their current status, linked element, etc.
      • Report can be exported to many common formats for archiving or analysis.
    • Error dialog can now be exported to allow further study of errors.
    • autoLink has been given its own color and moved to it’s own panel section for easier identification.
  • finishFloors
    • Fixed potential issue with phasing.