Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review of the Free Tools in the CTC BIM Batch Suite

Over on his BIM Chapters blog, Dan Stine has published a review of the free tools in the CTC BIM Batch Suite add-in. Read the review here.

Nice job Dan!

AGACAD's Summer Special: Until Jul 31, Buy Smart Details and get Smart Browser & BIM Tree Manager Free

From the AGACAD website:

AGACAD‘s Summer Special!

June 20, 2017 by Gitana Černiauskienė

As summer gets underway, we have a unique 3-for-1 offer. From now through July 31, when you purchase Smart Details, you’ll get BIM Tree Manager and Smart Browser Manager for FREE for 1 year!

Furthermore, by purchasing Smart Details, you get three pieces of software that can be used by two people simultaneously.

Get Your Free Content Library Audit

From the UNIFI website:

Get Your Free Library Audit

Make informed decisions to get the most from your investment in BIM content.

How valuable would a complete view of your BIM content libraries along with the ability to drill down deep into specific areas be to assessing the quality of your firm’s existing content?  UNIFI Insights provides you with a comprehensive dashboard enabling you to visualize your entire library at scale and receive in-depth reports that outline specific details about parameters, CAD files and the overall health of your library, along with highlighting areas for improvement.

Take advantage of a FREE library audit now – we’ll review one of your libraries and then go over the results with you in a brief consultation.  

Free Webinar Jun 27: What’s New with Collaboration for Revit & BIM 360

From the Microsol Resources website:

What’s new with Collaboration for Revit & BIM 360?

June 27, 2017 11:00 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT


How do you collaborate and access project data throughout the building construction lifecycle? Join this free webinar to learn how Collaboration for Revit and the BIM 360 Team service from Autodesk can empower a project team to collaborate, those in the field to better anticipate and act, and those in the back office to optimize and manage all aspects of construction performance.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Free External Access Links Manager Version 3.0 – Now Includes Batch Tool

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 3.0.0, 6/20/2017
  • Updated to work with Autodesk® Revit® 2018
  • Batch Tool Added (Process All Revit® Projects in a Folder)
  • Check All / None Checkboxes Added for Loading / Unloading Links


The 'External Access Links Manager' addin enables Revit users to view the links in Autodesk® Revit® project files without having to open them.

Once a Revit project file is selected, the 'External Access Links Manager' interface populates with data about the links in that project. Actions can then be performed on those links including repathing and setting the links to be loaded or unloaded the next time the project is opened. The user can also generate TXT reports which will list out information about every link associated with that Revit project file.

Batch Tool Interface (Annotated)

Hanger Generator

From the Autodesk App Store:

With Hanger Generator, you can create hangers on linear MEP elements, such as pipe, duct and Cable tray. You can define on which structural elements you want the hangers to hang, it can be on an element on the project or on an Autodesk® Revit® link. If there is nothing to hang, they will be created anyway, but with a uniform height. You can personalize things such as: Layout rules, measures, position offset, levels, on which elements they hang and internal parts.

Screenshot of the interface

BIM Track Version 1.11 for Navisworks and Revit

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 1.11, 6/20/2017

This release aims at vastly improving the 3D viewer’s performance. By introducing new technologies such as progressive rendering and frustum culling, we have pushed the limits of our viewer to an higher level. A variety of changes were also introduced to increase the user experience in general. See below for a full list of changes.

New Features:
  • Progressive rendering was added to the 3D viewer. This should vastly increase the viewer’s performance on complexes models. Please note that it’s possible to increase/decrease the progressive rendering strength in the option menu. When needed, the viewer will hide some elements in the model to allow a smoother navigation on complexes models and these elements will reappear progressively depending on your rendering priorities preferences as soon as the navigation stops.
  • An option menu was added for the progressive rendering where it’s possible to specify your own rendering order preferences. If you are currently reviewing HVAC issues, moving the HVAC to the top in the rendering priority will ensure that HVAC elements are displayed first.
  • An option called ‘Frustum culling’ was added to the 3D viewer. This option aims to improve the 3D viewer performance on large scale projects. When enabled, every element that lies outside of the viewing area will not be systematically rendered.
  • The ‘Fullscsreen’ option within the 3D viewer will now act as a real fullscreen instead of simply collapsing the left hand-side panel.
  • It is now possible to upload and display multiple models that use different unit systems.
  • To enlarge the viewing area, the left-hand panel will now collapse automatically upon entering the 3D viewer.
  • Improved error handling in the 3D viewer. The viewer will also try to recover its previous state when the browser runs out of available resources in an attempt to prevent crashes and a ‘loss of context’ from occurring.
  • Other small various changes were made to the 3D viewer to improve the user experience in general.
  • It is now possible to save a section plane with an issue in Navisworks 2017 & 2018. Interoperability for this feature is somewhat limited due to API limitations for Revit and pre-2017 versions of Navisworks.
  • Images contained in the comments of an issue are now displayed in the report.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Free Webinar Jun 26: RPC Creator Tool How-To

From the registration website:

ArchVision How-To: RPC Creator Tool

Mon, Jun 26, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

Join us for "ArchVision How-To: RPC Creator Tool"

Live Q&A will take place after the presentation.

There's more information available on the registration website.

New Wombat Package for Dynamo

From the Dynamo website:

Announcing Wombat for Dynamo by Woods Bagot 

Woods Bagot is excited to announce their new public package "Wombat" for Dynamo.

Wombat expands the range of operations available when scripting Revit. It opens up new ways of creating and querying Revit elements like walls, columns, roofs, and curtain wall systems, and provides handy utilities for managing data.​


The Week that was in Revit and Navisworks Add-ons for June 12-18, 2017

During the week of June 12, 2017, here on Revit Add-ons, we published 24 posts.


From the Autodesk App Store, Boomerang is for driving element properties from Excel, Concrete Zone Quantity is for quick concrete volume quantities by zone, CopyFamilySharedParam is self-explanatory, Copy Sheets is for copying sheets with viewports, and the free Mosa Converter is for converting signature tile surfaces created with the Mosa Pattern Generator for Revit.

From around the Internet, CS ArtisanRV is web-integrated landscape BIM software for Revit, Family + Detail Warehouse (F+DW) is a stock library of native-built non-manufacturer-specific Revit families, components and details, Helix is for converting Sketchup models to Revit, the free Mosa Pattern Generator is for making endless tile wall and floor patterns, and PointSense for Revit is for converting laser scans to BIM models.

Roundup – For June 12-18, 2017, New and Updated Revit and Navisworks Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of June 12, 2017 was a busy one for Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Five(ish) new add-ins were published, and another fifteen were updated.

For new add-ins, Concrete Zone Quantity is for quick concrete volume quantities by zone, Copy Sheets is for copying sheets with viewports, CopyFamilySharedParam is self-explanatory, and the Mosa Converter is for converting signature tile surfaces created with the Mosa Pattern Generator for Revit.

Boomerang, which we've known about for a couple years, also made it's debut on the App Store.

Of the updated add-ins, A400 Licenses MonitorBOM to Excel, and LightUp received relatively significant refreshes.


Copy Sheets 2017
The tool is designed to copy sheets including the Viewport | USD 4.00/M
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 6/15/2017  – Initial Release

Copy Sheets 2018
The tool is designed to copy sheets including the Viewport | USD 4.00/M
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 6/15/2017  – Initial Release

Copy multiple families shared parameters from one family to another in what can be as little as two clicks of the mouse | USD 10.00
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 6/15/2017 – Initial release.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Free A400 Licenses Monitor for Revit and Navisworks Version 1.0.1

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version, 6/13/2017
  • The server now also saves the log path to the .config file (previously this was saved to the machine registry). If updating from previous versions, the first time running the client please set the log file again in Server > Settings even if it shows the correct path to force it to write the path to the .config file.
  • The log parser compatibility was been improved (log file syntax may vary with FLEXnet version).
  • The log monitor now auto starts if the service was forced to restart while the monitor was running (useful to servers installed in pcs with scheduled reboots).
  • The client only shows the server's activity log’s last 100 lines. This should avoid a reported error where the text was to long and retrieving the info should be substantially faster. You can check the full activity log by opening the file in the server's computer.


This application consists of a client that provides a graphical interface to consult network license usage and a server that monitors the network license server log and records license utilization.


From the Autodesk App Store:

Do you regularly utilize Autodesk® Revit® families but find you need to add your own office standard shared parameters? On the other hand, do you simply need to copy multiple shared parameters from one family to another? If so, this solution will save you hours of work and turn the mundane into a pleasure.

This application allows you to copy multiple shared parameters from one Family to another with as few as two mouse clicks.

You also can amend the binding Type/Instance as well as the group the shared parameters are displayed under.

PointSense for Revit – From Laser Scans to BIM Models

From the FARO website:

PointSense for Revit® 

Fast and precise BIM modelling from point clouds inside Revit®

From Laser Scans to Revit® Models

You work with Autodesk Revit® and use a 3D laser scanner for fast data acquisition? In Revit® you miss the functionality of being able to process 3D laser scan data? You are looking for a quick and simple workflow that doesn‘t require any training?

The solution is PointSense for Revit® !

  • Tools for automatically fitting and aligning walls
  • Create directly in the point cloud using 3D construction aids and real 3D point snap
  • Fit Revit® work planes in the point cloud
  • Calculate from ortho images directly in the Revit® project
  • Process scan data in the Revit® families editor
  • Simple and intuitive navigation in the photo like scan view

CS ArtisanRV – Cloud-Based BIM for Landscape

From the CS Design Software website:

CS ArtisanRV

The first Cloud-based software solution to enable landscape Revit® integration

BIM for landscape

CS ArtisanRV: The FIRST web-integrated landscape BIM software for Revit®

Launched in 2015, CS ArtisanRV enables the landscape professional to fully embrace Building Information Modelling, offering specialist BIM for landscape tools to collaborate with the industry leading Revit® solution.