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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Exclusive – Talking with Jamie Roche, CEO of Flux Data Inc. (AKA Flux.io), About Their Changes

By Tim Grimm
February 24, 2018

On Thursday, I read a Tweet indicating that Flux.io was ceasing operations.

Flux, a graduate of Google X, the semi-secret research-and-development facility, is an online service for connecting building data, and they've built many innovative apps, including interoperability apps for Revit, 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Rhino, SketchUp, Dynamo, Grasshopper, Excel, and Google Sheets. They also offer a free SDK so people can develop their own apps around Flux's cloud service.

Flux's suite of apps

Initially, I thought the tweet a mistake. Surely a progressive, inexpensive, useful service such as Flux wouldn't simply blink out. I also couldn't find an announcement on Flux's Twitter account or on their website. But, later, there were tweets from others in the community affirming the news.

Yesterday I read a tweet indicating that Flux wasn't ceasing operations after all, but would be shuttering their current platform and apps on March 31.

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of talking with Jamie Roche, CEO of Flux Data Inc. Jamie was gracious enough to clarify that Flux indeed is not folding, that they're still in the fight but are narrowing their focus, and that they will be shuttering their current offerings on March 31.

Friday, February 23, 2018

What's Hot in Revit Add-ons for February 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 58 posts in January 2018, and received 53,708 pageviews for our efforts.

In our previous What's Hot article, Ryan Cameron of Architect Machines had the top two performing posts with Dynamo Templates and Cost Analysis Dynamo Script, respectively. This time, Ryan again scored the top spot with Dynamo Program Checker QA Review, as well as placing two others in the top 10, Dynamo Building Program Generator and Using Dynamo to Create Room Length and Width Parameters w/Tags, at #6 and 7 respectively. Impressive! We've got to get more of his stuff up this month so his work can go for the three-peat... 😊

Who doesn't like free stuff? (The US government for one, but that's another story...). Free add-ins owned the #2, 3, 4 and 9 spots with Purge CAD, Autodesk Enhanced DWG Exporter for Revit, CTB Link v1.1.0, and rvt2skp v2.0 respectively.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

AVAIL v3.5.3

From the AVAIL website:

AVAIL Release News: Project Mode is now Live!

By Chris Fredi
February 6, 2018

Happy 2018 everyone! We’re kicking off this new year with some really great new updates, and some really great news across the board!

First, the newest release of AVAIL, version 3.5.3!

You can now download the latest release of AVAIL Desktop and the AVAIL Content Browser for Revit HERE.

Here’s a summary of what we’ve been working on:
  • AVAIL Browser for Revit BETA – Project Mode is now Live and available for Team and Enterprise customers!
  • AVAIL International Expansion (Sydney & Pacific Rim)
  • Search bar improvements
  • Stream availability is close!
  • Various bug fixes and performance enhancements

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rhythm for Dynamo v2018.02.19

On his sixtysecondrevit website, John Pierson released a new version of his Rhythm for Dynamo package, v2018.02.19, on February 19. In addition to some nodes housekeeping and retiring some nodes, John added the following nodes:


There's a lot more information available on the sixtysecondrevit website.

Duct Tape for Dynamo – A New MEP-Centric Package

From the Bitbucket website:

Introducing Duct Tape for Dynamo. Duct Tape is a MEP-centric Dynamo package for the whole Revit community.

WHAT'S INSIDE?

MEP ELEMENT NODES


Duct tape exposes functionality of MEP elements that was previously missing. This is an ever-growing package, but we currently have support for Cable Tray creation, Mechanical System queries, and MEP Space queries.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Stabiplan Electrical Schematics

From the MEPcontent website:

You can now easily create schematics for all your Revit electrical systems using the Stabiplan Electrical Schematics app. Simply choose the panel of your Revit system and a comprehensive schematic of it will be generated, containing information about the (sub) panels and all connected elements. Download a free trial of the app now (no credit card required) and get instant access to the full functionality of the app for a one week period.



Sunday, February 18, 2018

Roundup – For Feb 12-18, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

Apparent false updates notwithstanding, the week of February 12, 2018 was a fairly slow one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Five Revit add-ins were updated, one new Navisworks add-in was published, and two others updated.

The new add-in, OneNote for Navisworks, is for taking notes alongside your design.

Also, FilterOK is a new free version of the previously published FilterOK PRO.

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Updated

FilterOK
This plug-in helps you to find the necessary elements in a model according to certain parameters. The app has a simple and intuitive interface | Free
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Export Link Path To Excel 2016
This tool is designed to export Autodesk® Revit® linked file's paths to Excel | USD 1.99/M
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Free OneNote for Navisworks

From the Autodesk App Store:

OneNote for Autodesk® Navisworks® app will let you take notes alongside your drawing from within Navisworks and these notes are backed up to the cloud and can be accessed anytime. You can see these notes the next time you open the drawing.

You can also view your notes from your OneDrive account. They should be present in the OneNote_Navisworks notebook.

Taking notes!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Roundup – For Feb 5-11, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of February 5, 2018 was a moderately busy one for Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Two new add-ins were published and another twelve were updated.

For the new add-ins, Open Project Folder is for opening the folder in Windows Explorer where the project file resides, and SectionBoxControl is for rotating, resizing, and moving section boxes with precision.

It was another frustrating week of apparently false updates, with the number of bogus ones outstripping actual updates.

New

Open Project Folder
This application helps you open the location of active project file | Free
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About This Version: Version 1.0.1, 2/6/2018 – First Version

SectionBoxControl
Rotate, resize, and move the section box | USD 3.00/Y
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 2/6/2018 – First Version

Friday, February 9, 2018

MEP Section

From the Autodesk App Store:

Section Plugin for Autodesk® Revit® enables users to draw a section around simple MEP curved objects (like pipes, ducts, cable trays and conduits) easily without any effort just by one click!

During MEP elements modeling, it occurs a lot that you need drawing sections everywhere which could be a tedious task and decreases the productivity.

Aligning a section to an object includes many clicks and selections. You have to watch out eye mistakes that can end picking a wrong direction for your selection.

In addition, resizing section crop region for an object can be time consuming.

It’s now easy with this plugin to just choose the object and all the calculations are done with just one CLICK!

Set the Config

Excel BIM Link

From the Autodesk App Store:

The tool designed to import / export datafrom and to Excel file.

The tool will save a lot of time by transferring the  from Excel and from Autodesk® Revit® to Excel.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/cMo98jAyCxI

Note: Do not edit 'ID' column after exporting the parameters to Excel.


Free Open Project Folder

From the Autodesk App Store:

This tool helps you open the location of active project files.

A quick way to access the project folders you are currently working on.

Just click the "Project Folder" button in the "Add-ins" tab on the ribbon. This will open the location of the active project folder on Windows Explorer.


SectionBoxControl – Rotate, Resize and Move Section Boxes with Precision

From the Autodesk App Store:

This add-in controls the section box for rotation, resize and move.

Section Box is a useful function of Autodesk® Revit® to navigate the model.

Sometimes it can be hard to operate because the handle is too small and you don't know the distance. This add-in controls the section box using a window instead of handling directly.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Roundup – For Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2018, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

The week of January 29, 2018 was a fairly busy one for Revit-related add-ins on the Autodesk App Store. Three new Revit add-ins were published, and another twelve were updated. A new Navisworks add-ins was also published, and two others were updated.

For the new add-ins for Revit, the free 3D Section Box from HotGear Project is for creating a section box from a plan view or from elements, the verbosely named Scale text in older documents (pre 2017) is self-explanatory, and WorksetFinder is for selecting elements in a workset.

Of the updated Revit add-ins, IdeateApps received a relatively significant refresh.

The new Navisworks add-in is the self-explanatory 3D PDF Converter for Autodesk Navisworks.

BIMSOFT SOLUTIONS continued their deceptive practice of publishing (apparently) false updates, with an obnoxious sixteen for the week, single-handily outstripping legitimate updates.

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Scale text in older documents (pre 2017)
Text in older documents displays differently in Autodesk® Revit® 2017 and onwards. Scale problem text quickly with this app | USD 10.00
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3D Section Box
This Add-on can easily set up the section box form plan view and elements | Free
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About This Version: Version 1.0.0, 2/2/2018 – First Version of 3D Section Box

3D PDF Converter Pro for Autodesk Navisworks

From the Autodesk App Store:

About the 3D PDF:
A 3D PDF is a standard Adobe PDF document that contains interactive 3D content

About the plugin:
The plugin allows you to convert 3D models to 3D PDF file.
Visit our website for more information: http://www.visionworkplace.com

Application Offers:
  1. Generate interactive 3D PDF of Navisworks model
  2. Capable of generating 3D PDF file of huge model
  3. Quick process of 3D PDF generate
  4. Share design without huge CAD software needed to view
  5. Small file size
  6. Control quality and size of generated interactive 3D PDF file
  7. Colors and material
  8. Option to write selected model items in 3D PDF file
  9. Hide part which not needed to be converted to 3D PDF