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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Product Review – BIMsmith Forge, for Creating Revit Wall, Floor and Ceiling Systems Families

BIMsmith is the free online service from Anguleris for creating wall, floor and ceiling systems family assemblies.

After seeing BIMsmith at RTC 2016 NA, I thought it was high time I signed up for the service, and started creating content with it. I'm pleased to write that the experience was painless and yielded better than expected results.

Here's the process I went through.

On the BIMsmith landing page, there was a convenient link to signing up for free.


Registering required a modest amount of information. I appreciated that a phone number and address weren't required.


After submitting my information, the system immediately sent me a confirmation email. I clicked on the included link to complete my registration, and was taken to the My BIMsmith section of the site, and an introductory video began playing.

It's from My BIMsmith that assemblies can be created, and it's here that I discovered BIMsmith's plans to soon add roof assemblies to the service!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Unifi Version 2.0.4 Release – It's About Scalability

It's been a while since we caught up with the good folks at UnifiLabs and, with a rapid release cadence, they've been busy – this is their fourth release so far this year, and we're told they have even more exiting things coming soon, including additional Revit integration with more Revit element types, so stay tuned!

From the UnifiLabs website...



It’s release time again at UNIFI!  We are excited to showcase the newest features to the platform that make it even easier to manage your BIM content!  Please take a minute to review what’s new in UNIFI 2.0.4 below.  But first, we’ll take this opportunity to mention a few other important updates:

Webinar: Gain Control Over Your BIM Content

Please join us Wednesday, September 7th at 10amPT / 1pmET) to hear from directly from the UNIFI team how these new features in Version 2.0.4 allow greater control of your growing BIM content library.  *Spoiler alert: we will also be unveiling some of our recent work in the Web Portal! Register for the webinar HERE – an on-demand recording will be available for those unable to attend the live webinar, but you need to register.

There's more information on this webinar below.

Twitter Support Handle:

UNIFI now has a support Twitter handle @UNIFIsupport.  We will use this account to post links to webinars, helpful tips and tricks, announce service maintenance and respond to product or support questions.  We invite you to follow us there as well as our main @UNIFILabs account for service updates and announcements.

Ideas Portal:

We want to thank all of you who geek out with us on the Idea Portal!  We love the feedback and are listening to every vote, comment and idea.  We evaluate every bit of it in our decision making process.  The 2.0.4 release feature additions fulfills 7 submitted ideas and 73 total votes!New

Features/Enhancements:
  • *Support for Revit 2017 files.  Don’t worry, we already upgraded all your content for you so you don’t have to wait for content upgrades when you insert files! Our Cloud generated over a million upgrades in less than 3 days!
  • *Added the ability to rename elements. 
  • Feature-Rename1   Feature-Rename2
  • *[UC-86, UC-172] 2.0.4 now shows the full filenames as element titles, rather than scrubbed text (2.0.3 showed titles without special characters). Also, search results and File Details pages now indicate Revit ‘Family’ as a separate field where it was previously included in element titles. Other field names have been renamed to be more consistent throughout the UI.
  • *[UC-207] The search results and File Details pages now include the following fields: Family, Rating, Last Modified, Date Modified.
  • *[UC-163] The User Management page now includes columns for ‘Company Administrator’ and ‘Date Created’. The Library Management page now includes a ‘Date Created’ column.
  • *[UC-74] Library reports now include more fields and are consistently named with other fields.
  • *[UC-58] Email addresses throughout UNIFI appear as clickable links.
  • [UC-165] UNIFI updates now occur more seamlessly. The new .MSI updater completely removes old versions and reports the current version in the Add/Remove Programs dialog.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Free ASSA ABLOY Openings Studio – Web-Based Creation of Custom Doors, Frames, and Door Hardware Objects

From the ASSA ABLOY website...

ASSA ABLOY Openings Studio™, designed exclusively for architects, contractors, distribution, and end user facility owners working in a 3D Building Information Model (BIM) environment.

ASSA ABLOY Openings Studio™ Professional Version (PRO) is our full-featured, password protected suite of BIM software tools for creating and visualizing 3D doors, frames, and hardware objects and modifying their associated parameters for use in design, construction, and facility management.
  • Web-based configuration engine instantly produces hundreds of “complete openings”, including curtain panel and custom frame/light applications, with schedulable associated parameters for downloading to libraries and projects.
  • Create parametric, intelligent door families “on the fly” for libraries or projects; customconfigurable to various levels of detail. 
  • View 3D doors, with hardware, in the exclusive PRO visualizer panel; complete with interactive building view of project openings and floor plans. 
  • Access an extensive, non-proprietary product database with manufacturer list pricing to guide budgetary decisions and alternate comparisons. 
  • Download CSI 3-part formatted door and hardware specification sections complete with manufacturer basis-of-design products matching the 3D opening models. 
  • Link-out to product collateral information including PDF catalog and technical data sheets, sustainability facts, warranties and maintenance instructions, wiring diagrams, and more. 
  • Improve communication through the integrated RFI system and automated change management; showing modifications by author with dates and timestamps. 
  • Training and technical support provided by your Openings Studio professional consultant team or on-demand through FAQ webpage and instructional videos.: 



Purge Filters Add-in

From the Autodesk App Store...

The tool is designed to purge unneeded filters from Autodesk® Revit® model.

This is very useful when submitting files to client. The files will only include needed filters.



About This Version
Version 1.0.0, 8/16/2016
Initial Release

The Purge Filters add-in is brought to you by BIM SOFT SOLUTIONS. It's priced at 2.50 USD.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.

Fisa Family Browser 2016

From the Autodesk App Store...

Fisa Family browser allows you to manage, find and insert your Autodesk® Revit® families.

The major features of Fisa Family Browser include:
  • A dockable panel with the ability to change its position: tabbed, floating… its works the same way as Revit Project Browser.
  • Load and insert families by drag and drop.
  • Fully customizable.
  • Powerful search engine to find family by RFA name, display name, tags…
  • Ability to add your favorite tabs to classify and quickly find Revit Families.


About This Version
Version 1.0.0.0, 8/11/2016
First version

The Fisa Family Browser is brought to you by FAUCONNET Ingénierie SAS (FISA). It's priced beginning at 16.00 USD/month.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.

Similar: other family browsers

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SimLab Collada Exporter

From the Autodesk App Store...

The plugin enables the user to export Autodesk® Revit® files directly from inside Revit as Collada files. 



When installing the plugin the user will automatically get a 21-day trial. During that time the plugin will have all the features of the professional plugin.

About This Version
Version 6.0.0, 8/10/2016
Initial Version.

The SimLab Collada Exporter is brought to you by Simulation Lab Software. It's priced beginning at 99.00 USD.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.

Free SimLab Composer Integration Add-in

From the Autodesk App Store...

The plugin enables the user to transfer and link Autodesk® Revit® files directly from inside Revit to SimLab Composer.

Linked files can be updated from Revit and their changes will be reflected on SimLab Composer.


About This Version
Version 6.0.0, 8/10/2016
Initial Version.

The free SimLab Composer Integration add-in is brought to you by Simulation Lab Software.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.