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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

BIM Interoperability Tools for Revit 2018 - Model Checker, Configurator, CoBIE, Insight 360


Check out the links below to learn more and install.

Model Checker for Revit
Overview (Vimeo)

Autodesk Model Checker for Revit 2018 shell install

Quick Start Guide pdf

Sample Files and other links

Online Help

How to (YouTube)

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Model Checker Configurator
Autodesk Model Checker Configurator V3.0 for Revit 2018 install

All 30 Sample Files (Element & General Checks) to help you build your own configuration files

Online Help

How to (Youtube)

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Autodesk CoBIE Extension for Revit 2018
Autodesk CoBIE Extension for Revit 2018 install

Sample Files to test the features of the COBie Extension

Online Help

How to (YouTube)

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Autodesk Classification Manager for Revit 2018

Main page

How to (YouTube)

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Autodesk Insight 360 Plug-in for Revit 2018 (energy analysis)
Insight plugin installer

Insight 360 Getting Started

Insight FAQs


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Main Page

Collaborative Effort to Build Standard Shared Parameters for Revit

Check it out at OpenRFA.

There have been some similar attempts in the past. It is a bit of a challenge, because there will often be these 'custom' shared parameters that one company needs that are just very unique. But I'm interested to see how OpenRFA continues to grow. No doubt its success will depend on the number of contributors and their engagement.

You can request an account login at http://openrfa.org/user/register


Friday, April 14, 2017

Revit 2018 New Features and Download Links

What's New in Revit 2018 - Official blog:
Google Cache


Coordination Model Link:
coordination model linking lets you use a Navisworks file as an underlay in Revit, making it easier to coordinate with outside teams that might not be working in Revit

Railings:
with Revit 2018 you can also attach railings to topography to model fencing, road barriers, or outdoor handrails

New Structural Features:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFL-YH4sFK8

Webinar on new features:
https://pages.autodesk.com/WhatsNewinRevit2018_RegistrationPage.html

Revit 2018 New API Features:
https://adn.autodesk.io/uploads/file/revit_2018_api_news/index.html

Download using the links at:
http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/autodesk-2018-direct-download-links.html

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Change Every Font Everywhere in Revit with this Powerful Free Addin ... AND How to Fix SecretInternal Type Arrowheads and Dimensions

Massive free time saver for changing or swapping fonts in a Revit project!

Unfortunately, its not quite 'everywhere' - Generic Annotations need to be manually fixed. You can copy a text type to a Generic Annotation by first placing an instance of that text type on a Sheet in the Project.

Download at:
Sofistik Bimtools 2015
Sofistik Bimtools 2016
Sofistik Bimtools 2017

But what about SecretInternal Types?
This tool created another annoying problem for me... it exposed a whole bunch of  'secret internal types' in Revit.

How do we solve the SecretInternalTypes?

Here is what it they look like, along with how to fix them by deleting selectively with Dynamo.

Arrowheads:

Fixing / removing SecretInternal arrowheads with Dynamo:


Dimensions:

Fixing / removing SecretInternal Dimensions with Dynamo:

Removing the arrowheads resulted in a broken Elevation mark:

To fix this, I deleted the broken types and families (the Elevation Circle and Pointer) using the Project Browser, and then Transfer Project Standards - Elevation Types from a known good project.

So, now my fonts are changed and my SecretInternalTypes are fixed :)


Monday, April 10, 2017

Multi-format Support is Coming to UNIFI, and upcoming Webinar on Analytics and BIM Standards

We all know Revit is the best, right?

But ... there are a handful of people using other platforms :) And I guess even the most dedicated Revit user has to use other content creation tools from time to time. That is why UNIFI has decided to develop and release multiformat support, initially for these platforms:

Also, UNIFI are offering a free copy of their "How To Create and Maintain BIM Standards" guide to everyone who registers for their upcoming webinar. Here are the details:
  • full title is:  "Accelerating ROI from Your Firm's BIM Investment By Leveraging Analytics To Effectively Implement and Maintain Your BIM Standards"
  • date and time:  May 3rd at 11amPT
Find out more and register here

Friday, April 7, 2017

Autodesk 2018 Free Viewer Download Links (Design Review, TrueView, Inventor View)

DWG TrueView 2018
http://download.autodesk.com/esd/dwgtrueview/2018/DWGTrueView_2018_Enu_64bit.sfx.exe
http://download.autodesk.com/esd/dwgtrueview/2018/DWGTrueView_2018_Enu_32bit.sfx.exe
For your language, replace "Enu" by "Fra" or "Jpn"

Autodesk Design Review 2018
http://download.autodesk.com/us/support/files/designreview/2018/EXE/enu/SetupDesignReview.exe
For language, replace "enu" by "fra", "deu", "esp", "ita", "jpn", "kor", "plk", "ptb", "rus" or "chs"

Autodesk Inventor View 2018 (X64) Standalone
http://download.autodesk.com/us/support/files/inventor_view2018/Inventor_View_2018_English_Win_64bit_DLM.sfx.exe
For your language, replace "English" by "French", "Czech", "German", "Italian", "Japanese", "Korean", "Polish", "Portuguese_Brazil",
"Russian", "Spanish", "Simplified_Chinese" or "Traditional_Chinese".


Also refer to:
http://www.autodesk.com/products/dwg/viewers


Navisworks Freedom 2018
Navisworks_Freedom_2018_dlm.sfx.exe

Thursday, April 6, 2017

How Lumion 7.3 with LiveSync to Revit Can Help You Design and Present More Efficiently

BIM is supposed to make things easier and more efficient, right? Then why do we often have to re-do work in different platforms, simply to get the result we want? Surely, we can do better... especially when it comes to high quality rendering and presentation workflows.

One common scenario is that you might export a Revit model to some 3D editing and animation software, perhaps like 3dsMax. Then, you will do some work, modify materials, tweak some lighting perhaps, and then render an image. That image might go into Photoshop where additional Entourage and effects are added. And you do get a kind-of good result. But, what if you change the model? Well, you have to go through multiple steps just to update things. Or, what if you want to take the nice material from Photoshop and bring it back to Revit? That can be a real pain. However, now there is a better way...

I have written about Lumion a few times before. It is a incredibly powerful tool for Architects to present and share designs. However, it may still have suffered a little from the 'endpoint syndrome' described above. But that is no longer the case! Now, Lumion offers a Live Link to the Revit model, meaning that work does not have be done over and over again.

Getting started
To get started, install a trial of Lumion 7.3, and install the Lumion plugin 2.01 for Revit. Open up a Revit project. Then, simply go to the Lumion ribbon and press the 'Play' button.

You will be prompted to launch Lumion. Press Yes.


After Lumion starts, you will be prompted to start a new scene from the scene templates:

In just a few seconds, it launches showing your Revit model. Seriously, it is really fast! This workflow is so much quicker than an export - import method, and will be familiar to users some of the other popular realtime visualisation solutions out there. You can immediately start navigating in this rendered environment. And of course, you can start building your Lumion scene by adding content from the immense library. However, we really want to focus on LiveSync. How does it work?

Here is a list of some things that work really nicely:
  • you can move objects in Revit, and they immediately move in Lumion
  • you can add new objects to Revit, and they will show up in Lumion
  • you can edit Revit materials, and they will update in Lumion 
  • delete an object in Revit and it disappears from Lumion immediately
  • you can use terrain tools in Lumion to merge in with your Revit topography
I have created a short video that describes how to get up and running with Lumion 7.3 and LiveSync for Revit. Check it out here:


Further, this new Exporter provides a much tighter integration between Revit materials and Lumion materials:
Workflow Tip
After you have completed an editing and model building session with LiveSync, what happens next? Well, you can close Revit and Lumion, and Lumion will prompt you to save. It does actually save the embedded LiveSync object. So, later, you can open Lumion and do some scene development work without using Revit.

How smart is this connection? To test it out, I did this:
  • closed everything
  • opened Lumion 7.3
  • opened a scene that included a LiveSync model
  • then, I opened Revit with the appropriate Revit model
  • for some reason, it didn't update... until I realised that the LiveSync model uses the File Name and Path to determine which model it came from. Because I had used 'Save As' on that Revit model and put it somewhere different, the link was broken. I then used a Revit model in the correct location, and Lumion immediately updated the import
This means that using a Revit model in a consistent location will allow easy updating of the Lumion model. You can work independently in Revit or Lumion, and then at any time restart LiveSync to updated the model in Lumion with the changes from Revit. Nice!

Demo
LiveSync in action

Video - Moving Objects


Video - Editing Materials


Video - Settings


Further Considerations
It is interesting to note that Lumion materials are essentially 'disabled' for LiveSync Revit objects.

This makes sense of course, because we are trying to keep as much intelligence as possible in Revit, and leverage the strengths of Lumion for high quality outputs.

If you find that your Revit model is 'too low' and embedded into the Lumion terrain, you can globally move it, just as you would with other Imports:

Items in worksets that are closed or invisible by default will not show. What this basically means is that the Lumion LiveSync addin does not work on the specific objects you can see in the current Revit view, but rather it works in a more 'complete' sense, showing all objects that would typically be visible in any view.

Summary
If you are already using Revit and Lumion, these new additions will make designing much easier and more efficient. If you haven't used Lumion before, now is definitely time to try it out! This improved connection to Revit, along with the already powerful content creation capability of Lumion, will truly allow design and present in ways you have never even imagined!

Download Links:
The Lumion plugin for Revit is available at the Lumion.com website https://lumion3d.com/revit-exporters.html and the Autodesk App Store https://apps.autodesk.com/RVT/en/Detail/Index?id=1257010617153832891&appLang=en&os=Win64

To try LiveSync for Revit for free, go to this page on the Lumion.com website were you can download the trial based on Lumion 7.3 PRO. This trial includes the LiveSync for Revit.
https://lumion3d.com/free-trial.html



From the Press Release:
Make changes in Revit® and immediately see them appear live in Lumion!
Lumion LiveSync® provides a real-time high quality 3D view of your Revit® design. This plugin for Revit® creates a live connection with Lumion, so that changes in Revit® can be previewed in real-time in Lumion.



Live synchronization can help you work faster, for example in the early stages of design, when you are making frequent adjustments to your Revit® model.



Lumion 7.3 is a FREE update for Lumion 7 users and the Lumion® plugin 2.0 for Revit® is FREE of charge to anyone.



How does it work?

     You need a ​Lumion 7.3 license

     Download the FREE Lumion® Plugin 2.0 for Revit® from the Lumion website or Autodesk® App store (LumionPluginForRevit_2.0.exe)

     For detailed information check out the Frequently Asked Questions and Tutorials.



LiveSync® Tutorials 





Lumion

Lumion® is easy-to-use, fast, high quality visualization software for architects. It is compatible with almost all 3D CAD software packages such as ​Revit®​, ​SketchUp®​, ​ArchiCAD®​, ​Allplan® and many others. It offers a full package. With a CAD program plus Lumion you have all you need to make great presentations. It includes sky, water, an extensive library of materials, people, plants, cars and furniture and loads of special effects.

Before ​Lumion​®, rendering used to be really hard. Setting up and completing a render used to take days. With ​Lumion​® you can do it in hours. You can even make last minute changes before a meeting and update your renders in minutes. Anyone can sit down with ​Lumion​® and within 15 minutes learn how to create videos, images and 360 degree panoramas.


Lumion.com

For more information contact Linda van Wijk, Director Marketing Communications

Lumion.Linda@Lumion.com

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How To Fix A Revit Model When Duct and Pipe Fittings are Always Created Undefined

You ever face a problem and you just can't stop until you solve it? I came across a model recently that was like that... it was an Revit 2015 MEP file that had a serious problem:
Whenever you created a Duct or Pipe Fitting, it would always be created with System Classification and System Type "Undefined".


No matter I did, I could not fix this. I tried all of the usual steps. Then, I took this pretty severe one: deleting all warning elements with dynamo:

And it kinda sorta worked, but not every time. I must have been doing something else as well. Was it Audit? Was it Purge?

Turns out it was Purge. And that was all this model actually needed - a good purge. But what element specifically was causing the problem? Well, does this look right to you?!?

Somehow there are multiple copies of Group 1. But purging Group 1s only didn't fix it...

To fix this model all that was needed was to
  1. Purge
  2. select all Groups, using Shift to multi-select
  3. press Ok
Immediately, Duct and Pipe fittings were created properly.

To fix any that were in a broken state, all you have to do is momentarily drag to disconnect one element, and drag it back into position. The system will heal itself, and all Duct and Pipe Fittings will adopt the system they are connected to (as they should).

When troubleshooting, try to always test one thing at a time. In that way, you can more quickly isolate the problem... and the solution :)

Links:
https://www.revitforum.org/mep-general/28759-pipe-duct-fittings-all-undefined-no-system.html

https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/revit-mep-forum/systems-not-working/m-p/6653133/highlight/false#M35799

Systems not working | Revit Products | Autodesk Knowledge Network

How To Freely Switch Between Internet Browsers and Keep All Your Passwords in Sync

For years I have been an avid Firefox supporter, and to some extent I still am. However, Edge is getting much better (so fresh and so clean), and Chrome is really this 'reference' browser where most things just work. What I'm trying to say is that we can't really be bound to just one browser anymore. But...

We have hundreds of passwords floating around. And for me, these were living in the Firefox Sync password system, and I couldn't really get them out! I waited patiently for Edge to support importing data from other browsers, but sadly it doesn't work for Firefox passwords. Chrome also currently has a bug importing Firefox passwords. Its almost like these browsers just want you to choose only one and stick to it :)

What is the answer?

Well, finally, Edge does support a few extensions. One of these extensions is LastPass. It allows you to import and sync passwords from basically all browsers, and even imports things like Windows Wifi passwords, and then syncs them across devices for you. Great!



Using LastPass, I imported all my Firefox passwords. Then, I installed the Windows app to grab other passwords like my Wifi profiles. Finally, I can now freely switch between browsers and my passwords are all in sync!

A good starting point is to install the LastPass Universal Windows Installer. You can get other extensions from the download page. You can get the Edge extension here:
https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh4v7x0

If you feel so inclined, LastPass can also store you standard form details and pre-fill web forms for you. Just depends how much you want to put in the cloud really...

Friday, March 31, 2017

How to Change The Size of Point Cloud Points in Navisworks

Navisworks works really well with Point Clouds, particularly in association with Recap. It will usually create 'voxels' - groups of points that you can hide or change colour or use in other Navisworks workflows.

However, sometimes the 'point size' seems too fine. To modify this, just open up Navisworks Options to Interface - Display, and change the Primitive size for Points to something that looks better. You can choose any size from 1-9.


Also, there are additional settings under File Readers - ReCap:





You can set an 'interactive point size' here, which is going to override the point display when you are zooming around or navigating the model.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

IFC for Revit Updated with Better IFC4 support (version 16.6 and 17.3 download links here)

The excellent and open-source IFC extension for Revit (previously known as IFC Exporter) has been updated. Please see below for download links and update details.


Download links:
16.6 for Revit 2016

17.3 for Revit 2017

Readme details for the latest release:

General:

- Minor improvements to the Importer class to make it easier for developers to create a custom Importer.
- We now support the IFC4 Addendum 2 schema.  Specific improvements based on that will be listed below.  For this update, you will have to manually add the IFC4_Add2.exp file (included with this package), to the EDM subfolder of your Revit Program folder.  We will automate this in a future update.

New Export Functionality:

- Allow overriding material names on export by using IfcName shared parameter.
- Expand the use of types for many elements that didn't export types before, including beams (IfcBeamType), curtain walls (IfcCurtainWallType, and types for mullions and panels), and footings (IfcFootingType).
- Improved ability to export some geometry as IfcSweptSolid.
- Try to use axis information, if it exists, when exporting beams and members in addition to columns.
- (IFC4) Better support beam, column, and member base quantities, including weight.
- (IFC4) Collect material information for profiles for beams and columns.
- (IFC4) Expand use of FootPrint representations to columns and slabs.
- (IFC4) Expand use of IfcMaterialLayerSetUsage if the entity has a compound structure in Revit, as allowed by IFC.
- (IFC4) No longer create StandardCase IFC entities, as these have been deprecated (including IfcWallStandardCase).
- (IFC4) Support IfcMaterialConstituent and IfcMaterialProfileSet for a number of elements.
- (IFC4) Use Built-in parameter "Structural_Bend_Dir_Angle" to get "Roll" property for PSet_BeamCommon and PSet_ColumnCommon.
- (IFCAdd2) Support IfcPolygonalFaceSet.

Export Bug Fixes:
- Allow exporting to IFC while using Collaboration for Revit where the default directory isn't local.
- Better support for MEP type entities, that didn't always export correctly.
- Correct the parameters of the directrix of some IfcSweptSolids.
- Fix correct mapping of IfcBurnerType/IfcGasTerminalType and IfcElectricHeaterType/IfcSpaceHeaterType.
- Fix creation of types for sub-entities of IfcDistributionControlElement.
- Fix offset problem when using the "Export Linked Files as Separate IFCs" option in locales where the decimal mark is not a point.
- (IFC4) Correct names of IFC4 entity quantity sets.
- (IFC4) Fix the name of IfcCommunicationsApplianceType.

New Import Functionality:

- Add support for IfcDerivedProfileDef.
- Support IfcRelClassification.
- (IFC4) Support IfcMaterialProfile, IfcMaterialProfileSet, and IfcMaterialProfileSetUsage.
- (IFC4) Support IfcMaterialConstituent and IfcMaterialConstituentSet.
- (IFC4) Support IfcTessellatedFaceSet and IfcPolygonalFaceSet.
- (IFC4) Improve mapping from Roll parameter to structural bend direction angle.
- (API only) Allow for two new options, CreateDuplicateZoneGeometry and CreateDuplicateContainerGeometry, that disable the duplication of geometry for zone elements and containers, respectively.

Import Bug Fixes:
- Better reporting when importing an IFC file with invalid rectangular or circular profiles (e.g., a 0 radius profile).
- Don't show the void geometry when subtracting a void from an empty solid as a result of an IfcBooleanResult calculation.
- Ensure that IFC2x schema files can still be imported.
- Fix import of some IfcSurfaceCurveSweptAreaSolids.

Automatically Split Up a Family Into Solid Parts

Parts allow some extremely powerful workflows in Revit. Did you know that you can take an in-place family, and when you Divide Parts, Revit will make an individual Part for each geometric element?

For example, let's say you have a big sweep that represents a large part of a Building, and that Sweep is inside an in-place Generic Model family in the project.

Firstly, use some Voids to cut the sweep into the sections or pieces that you want...
and then select that Generic Model Family and click Create Parts. You will get a Part for each geometric piece, like this:

Then, if you edit the underlying Family and divide it with more Voids, Revit will automatically create and update the Part elements as needed. Very cool.

From here, you can export those Parts to Navisworks for animation or sequencing, if you so desire.

Friday, March 24, 2017

RTV Xporter Pro Updated to Support C4R, and How to Batch Upgrade Any Revit File Type

RTV Xporter Pro is one of those addins that I can safely recommend to every Revit user. If you ever need to print more than one sheet, or export a model multiple times, or to multiple formats, this tool is going to save you time. In fact, I think a large percentage of Revit users probably already have it! So, what's the latest?

As you probably realise, Collaboration for Revit (C4R), Autodesk's 'Revit Server in the Cloud' solution, is gaining popularity globally. It is genuinely a good way to get a team of people in different places to work together in real-time on a Revit project... provided you have good internet that is! So, it is great to see that RTV have now supported batch exporting from C4R projects using the local desktop application. Nice work!

Another interesting feature is that you can now reference additional Revit projects to the current Document Issue / Transmittal record, which is pretty cool.

The latest build for Revit 2017 is 1.0.740.

Oh, and one final thought... if you haven't tried RTV Xporter in a while (perhaps you recall the days of working with SQL Server and so on), I recommend you give the latest version a try. On almost every project I do, we do not need to use a SQL server because the addin just integrates so well with the information you already have in you Revit model.


How to Batch Upgrade Any Revit File Type
A while back, I posted about an admittedly circuitous method to upgrade Revit files for free using eTransmit.

However, this is a much quicker and easier way, and its pretty affordable too... using RTV Xporter Pro. It supports batch upgrading of every Revit file type: rvt, rte, rfa, rft

To use it, just click the File Upgrader button and fill out the dialog. Easy!

Screenshot:


Other related post:
What Revit Wants: Various methods to upgrade your office RFT files to 2013

Heads-up:
RevitworX: Upgrading Files to 2016


Here is the full list of the latest updates, from the newsletter:

We have been busy working hard to integrate Collaborate for Revit (C4R) with our RTV Xporter PRO App for Revit. It is our pleasure that we are now able to provide C4R access via the desktop application (only). At this time our Remote Processing (Server) doesn't support C4R but we are working hard to get this functionality added as soon as possible.

The updates are now available for download from our website and can be found here:
RTV Xporter Pro 2016 (Build 709)
http://www.rtvtools.com/downloads/2016_RTVXporterPro_64B.zip ;and
RTV Xporter Pro 2017 (Build 740)
http://www.rtvtools.com/downloads/2017_RTVXporterPro_64B.zip


The following is a list of new features, updates and fixes included in the above software updates.

Updates:

1. Scanning for PDF printers will only be performed on Export start up, if no registry printer or xml printer list is empty;
2. Multi-line parameter used for the export filename, New Line replaced with a Space;
3. Separate group for Title block Revision schedules in Views list;

Resolved:
1. Fixed DWG layer mapping file selection dialog displaying twice and multiple mapping files added to drop-down list;
2. Fixed Remote GUI when the root shared folder is defined as the watch folder;


New Features:


Export
1. Checkbox option to Reset Adobe PDF print queue prior to export;
2. Delete button added to Export Folder and Export Filename template drop-down lists;

Issue
3. Issue, Reference Projects option now added. Users now have the option to reference additional Revit projects to the current Document Issue/Transmittal record. User can browse to select the project or used an existing (loaded) linked Revit project;

Note: Issue Reference Projects support linked models including C4R and Revit Server.



Web Update
4. New registry key added to disable check for updates by the users (restricted to system administrators);

C4R
5. C4R Support added - limited to current model, not available with the Remote (Server) function;


Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Best New Features in Enscape 1.9, and a Sneak Peak at Enscape for Sketchup

Enscape is continuing to develop new and amazing ways to quickly visualise and present your Revit model... and now, your Sketchup models too. I will cover both of these below...

1) A quick look at the Enscape Sketchup Extension
Sketchup is still a solid workhorse in a lot of firms, as it is almost too easy to use. Some architects immediately feel comfortable using Sketchup, where Revit has a bit of a steeper learning curve. Personally, I hope to see more designers moving into Revit for early concept design with massing or adaptive components or Dynamo, but in the meantime there are plenty of people out there building really nice models in Sketchup. Which is why Enscape is releasing this Extension, I suppose!

After installing the Enscape extension for Sketchup (you can see some tips on how to do this at the end of the post), you will probably want to immediately start tweaking settings. As with Revit, you can have the Sketchup window, Enscape window, and Enscape settings all open and 'live' at the same time. For some reason, Enscape started with maximum bloom and extremely warm colour temperature, but after tweaking that a bit it started to look really nice as usual:

As Sketchup models are quite light compared to Revit, I was able to run on Ultra settings and the experience was smooth (helps to have a Metabox in this situation of course). Overall, the Experience of using the Extension for Sketchup is almost identical to the Revit plugin implementation, which is great.

You can achieve a really interesting result just by playing with the time of day and the sky orb brightness:

Which leads me to the new features..

2) Enscape 1.9 Platform Updates and Updates for Revit
One of the biggest updates in this latest version is that now Revit Decals are supported. As you probably know, a Revit Decal is basically a flat item that gets stuck onto a flat surface like a Wall. From there, you can pick an image and set the size. Now that Enscape supports this, it is much easier to do things like customised signage, and it can be done very quickly and photorealistically. Previously, I had a challenging workaround through custom RPC, but the support of Decals should make this process much easier for flat elements.

Enscape now also has Oculus Touch support, along with a handy heads-up display when you look at the controls in VR:

Further, more support for Glass and Glazing materials has been added. Essentially, Enscape is working to support every applicable material property from Revit, which is great.

A couple of other things:

  • you can set the frames per second on exported video
  • you can 'move' the clouds to really get your scene looking just right
  • you can modify the brightness of Sun, Moon and Stars. It is seriously impressive to set the time to night, and then boost the stars right up. It is quite beautiful :)

More details on the 1.9 release:
https://enscape3d.com/version-1-9/

Preview releases for Revit and Sketchup addins are available at:
https://enscape3d.com/preview

You can download Enscape at:
https://enscape3d.com/downloads/

The extensions page is at:
https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/enscape-rendering-sketchup

Here is a video that summarises the updates in 1.9:


Check out this video of the Sketchup plugin in action:


Sketchup Installation 
Here is how you can manually the install Enscape Plugin for Sketchup:
1) Download the .rbz file (currently from the Preview / Alpha page). I'm currently using
enscape-1.9.0.403-g355786d.rbz

2) Go to the Extension Manager in Sketchup


3) Choose Install Extension and pick the rbz file


4) Accept the prompts


5) You might have to restart Sketchup. Then you should be able to start Enscape from the Extensions menu:


You can read my previous detailed review of Enscape here:
Learn How To Completely Revolutionize Your Revit Presentation Capability In This Enscape Review

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Autodesk 2018 Direct Download Links

As usual, these are basically trial links. You will need appropriate serial numbers to activate, obtained from Autodesk.

Revit 2018 Products

Revit Live 2018 (formerly Autodesk Live, Autodesk landing page here)
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET18SWDLD/2018/LIVE/DLM/Autodesk_LIVE_V1_EN_Win_64bit_dlm.sfx.exe

Revit 2018
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


Revit LT 2018
Part 1
Part 2


Revit Server 2018
http://download.autodesk.com/us/support/files/revit_server_2018/RevitServer_2018_Win_64bit_dlm.sfx.exe


Revit Extensions for Revit 2018
http://dds.autodesk.com/2018/REVIT/REX_2018_Win_64bit_dlm.sfx.exe






Navisworks 2018 Products

Navisworks Manage 2018
Part 1
Part 2

Navisworks Simulate 2018
Part 1
Part 2



AutoCAD 2018 Products

AutoCAD 2018 Release Preview Guide
PDF download

AutoCAD 2018
English 32 bit

English 64 bit - Part 1
English 64 bit - Part 2

Offline Help

AutoCAD 2018 Updates
AutoDesk AutoCAD 2018.0.1 (X32-X64) Update (Mar 22, 2017)
http://up.autodesk.com/2018/ACD/AutoCAD_2018.0.1_64bit.exe
http://up.autodesk.com/2018/ACD/AutoCAD_2018.0.1_32bit.exe
http://up.autodesk.com/2018/ACD/AutoCAD_2018.0.1_Update_Enu.htm

AutoDesk AutoCAD 2018.0.1 (X64) R2 Update (Mar 24, 2017)
http://up.autodesk.com/2018/ACD/AutoCAD_2018.0.1_64bit_r2.exe

AutoCAD LT 2018
English 32 bit

English 64 bit

Offline Help

DWG TrueView 2018
64 bit
32 bit

AutoCAD 2018 Czech Version
Part 1
Part 2


Recap 360 Pro
Download
Online Help


Inventor 2018 Products

Inventor Professional 2018 x64
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Inventor View 2018
Standalone


Autodesk Screencast
http://download.autodesk.com/us/support/files/screencast_app/ScreencastSetup_V3.2.exe



Meshmixer V3P1 Final
https://s3.amazonaws.com/meshmixer.release/Autodesk_Meshmixer_v3p1_Win64.exe

3dsMax 2018
Part 1 
Part 2

Revit 2018 New Advance Steel Features - Better Steel Connections

A few revealing hints from a recent BIM and Beam post:
  • the forthcoming Advance Steel 2018 release next month will now offer seamless consumption of LOD 350* Revit models
  • Autodesk’s Steel Connections for Revit 2018 release will include several major updates including over 130 parametric steel connections
  • Autodesk Steel Connections for Revit 2018 is expected to be available starting April 14, 2017


via this post:
http://blogs.autodesk.com/bim-and-beam/2017/03/21/advance-steel-and-steel-connections-for-revit-at-nascc-2017/

at
BIM and Beam

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

RevitLookup - March 2017 Update

Updated source code for RevitLookup available at:
https://github.com/jeremytammik/RevitLookup/releases/tag/2017.0.0.19

Notes from The Building Coder:
In the last few weeks, it was significantly restructured to use Reflection and reduce code duplication:
via
http://thebuildingcoder.typepad.com/blog/2017/03/q4r4-tbc-import-and-revitlookup.html

Autodesk Product Discontinuations for 2018

Bye, bye Showcase! Here are a few notes on Autodesk 2018 product discontinuations. I will add to these as more information becomes available..

Autodesk® Advance Concrete software has been discontinued.
Now is the time transition to Autodesk® Revit® software :) ... it hopefully now includes the robust reinforcement detailing and shop drawing tools of Advance Concrete. For more information, review FAQs.
(source about Advance Concrete discontinuation)

AutoCAD® Utility Design (AUD) software has been discontinued.
You will no longer be able to download a newer version of AUD. See FAQs for more information.
(source about Utility Design discontinuation)

Mental ray® Standalone 3D rendering software is no longer available to download from the Autodesk Education Community site. Your existing installed software can still be used.
(source about Maya and Mental Ray plugin)

Effective ​March 21​, 2017​, Autodesk will discontinue Autodesk® Showcase® software. We will no longer sell new or additional subscriptions of Showcase. We recommend that our customers transition to Autodesk® 3ds Max® software for their visualization solution. For more information, review FAQs.
(source)



ArtCAM Discontinuations (actually occurred 2017)
ArtCAM Express is not part of the ArtCAM 2017 product range; ArtCAM Express 2015 R2 (Boxed) and ArtCAM Express 2015 R2 (Download Only) are discontinued.
No. ArtCAM Insignia is not part of the ArtCAM 2017 product range; ArtCAM Insignia 2015 R2 (Boxed) and ArtCAM Insignia 2015 R2 (Download Only) are discontinued.
ArtCAM Pro is not part of the ArtCAM 2017 product range; ArtCAM Pro 2015 R2 is discontinued.
(source)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Driving the Visibility of a Nested, Nested Shared Family where Hosted in a Curtain Wall Panel Door

Now that is a very Revit blog title, for sure :)

So I had a nice old Curtain Wall Panel Door family, which had a nested 'container' Generic Model family...


... in which I arrayed a shared, nested Door Panel Generic Model Family. Basically, it allowed for automatic stacking and sliding doors of varying numbers of panels living inside a Curtain Wall Panel Door, all working automatically. You could tag and edit the Comments and Mark of the nested Panel, but couldn't change its visibility.

This means that things like slide direction arrows were a problem. I previously had some messy approach to arrows and offsets, but there were tied to the array so they were not flexible enough. As the only parameters that I could access for the shared, doubly-nested panel were Comments and Mark and Image, I couldn't really use these in visibility parameters or formulas. I wanted to be able to turn off and on arrow annotation (for slide direction), and also set a Keynote or taggable text parameter for 'FG' (fixed glass)  or 'SL' (sliding) and so forth.

What's the answer?

For one thing, I'm sorry but you probably have to ditch the array. It is simply too difficult to link through parameters to the elements inside an array, plus you probably really don't want to.

So, save a backup of your 'array' family and rebuild it to use individually placed family instances with visibility parameters based on the 'Array number' you had before. You will have 2 panels that have their visibility set to a parameter with a formula like "Array number = 2". You will have to duplicate all of your elements for each set, and constrain them all individually. This is a pain, but if you want to get the sub-element visibility control, you may think it is worth it. You will have to do this for as many array conditions as you want to cover (like 2, 3, 4 etc).

With this new 'non array' family, how do we set up the parameters?

We are going to drive all of it with a single integer value instance parameter in the shared panel family. Then we will tie that to element visibility parameters.

We will link that integer instance parameter through each level like so:

... until we get to our 'container' that used to hold an array, but now holds individual family instances that we turn on and off with the array number. From here, we make a new instance parameter for each placed family instance, so we can drive the nested family. So for a three panel sliding family, we might have 3 instance parameters in the 'container', like:
  • Left Panel vis type (used for 2 and 3 panels)
  • Centre Panel vis type (used in the 3 panel type only)
  • Right Panel vis type (used for 2 and 3 panels)
Link these three parameters through to the Curtain Wall Door family (they can be instance or type here at the parent family). They are now accessible in the project. Essentially, we can select our Curtain Wall Door family, modify the 3 integers, which drives through all the way to our most deeply nested Panel family.

In the deeply nested Panel family, we use the integer to drive other things, like:
  • turn Plan and Elevation arrows on and off, 
  • set a Shared text parameter to a certain value (with a nested IF statement). Note: Add the Shared text parameter to a Generic Model tag and you can tag and schedule it in the project. 
  •  show / hide model geometry

Note: You can't use Keynote here because we are not allowed to drive a Type Parameter with our instance parameter.

Unfortunately, we can't drive a Material parameter directly with the integer value. But, we can have multiple copies of geometry with different materials, and drive the Material visibility with the above process.

Finally, you can do this structure as many times as you like, but obviously the amount of integers you have to keep track of is going to get more and more difficult. You will also need some way of explaining to users what each integer actually does - like if I set the Left Panel to integer 1, what will show up and what will the tag value be? You will probably need some kind of explanatory schedule or document for this...

But there you have it, a framework for driving deeply nested shared family visibility. Congratulations if you made it to the end of the post :)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017