Thursday, April 19, 2018
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.)
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.
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.
ReadMe, on Autodesk Account, or on the Internet.
|The Add-in in the Autodesk Desktop App|
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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 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
YOUR DIGITAL BUILDING
INTERACT, SHARE, AND COLLABORATE ON ANY DEVICE
IMMERSIVE 3D BUILDINGS
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.
STREAM POINT CLOUDS ON ANY DEVICE
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.
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
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.
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.
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