We’d like to introduce the latest updates made to our Smart Browser plugin for Revit. In brief, the UI has been reworked to make creating Revit family libraries more straightforward. And, there’s a new feature that lets you see at a glance if families have recently been added or updated when family browsing.
Quite a few updates are in store for our Smart Browser Revit add-on this year. Those updates will affect all three professional modules of Smart Browser: BIM Manager, Team Lead, and Team Member. To showcase what’s new, we’ll take the main module as an example, Smart Browser BIM Manager.
By way of reminder, BIM Manager module contains two tools: Smart Browser and BIM Tree Manager. Let’s look at what’s new with each, starting with Smart Browser.
Having consulted Revit users from all over the world who work in lots of different types of design companies, I can say that Revit users generally face similar challenges in working with Revit families and managing projects and have needs like these:
Working with Revit families
A quick and easy way to modify multiple families from different locations in one go;
to see in one window all the changes to be applied to the families, from the addition of a new Type to a formula change inside a given parameter;
to check every parameter of owned families and see if there are any duplicates or typos in naming;
to standardize the parameter scheme in families.
Managing Revit projects
A way to load, out of multiple Family Types, only the needed ones into a project;
to easily access all owned families;
to compare families used in a project to the ones in the family library to see if any changes were made;
to get detailed analysis of every single element inside a project with access to both visible and hidden parameters.
Sound like something that you or your BIM team would need? We recommend using the BIM Manager module of Smart Browser. A powerful Revit extension, it provides all the features described above and more besides, saving you time and improving results.
We have updated our Smart Browser solution for BIM managers by integrating our Sort Mark T4R Add-on into the Family Modification window so that users can work with all the Revit families they select for modification.
We hope this enhancement will help BIM and AEC professionals work even more efficiently when it comes to Revit family management. We made it with your needs in mind, for less stressful, more productive work in Revit.
A new version of Cut Opening has been released that allows for better coordination of openings between different models. We’re always looking for ways to enhance our software, especially based on client feedback, so that Revit users can complete their tasks more efficiently and, in this case, work together as seamlessly as possible.
Below is an explanation of the two main changes and how they benefit your future work using Cut Opening.
When it comes to creating penetration holes in Revit, our Cut Opening BIM tool has been one of the best solutions on the market for several years running. And that’s thanks to our expert users around the world who use the software on a daily basis and send in their ideas for ways to improve the tool and streamline its associated workflows.
2021 will be a big year for Cut Opening, as new features, functionalities, and a novel workflow are in the works to make it even more robust. In April we released a software update that lets you copy parameter values from elements to which an opening belongs.
And now we’d like to reveal that Cut Opening can work with a whole new category of elements:
Our Cut Opening BIM Solution does more than just create openings in Revit models. Among its other useful functions is one that lets you transfer parameter values into an opening element from the elements to which it belongs. For example, you can transfer parameters like System Name, Type, Classification, and Service Type.
Sometimes, though, that doesn’t cut it, and you need more information to be transferred.
That’s where the latest update Cut Opening comes in. Now you can copy all parameter values from a host (structural element) into the parameters of openings. The same goes for MEP elements: you can copy all parameter values from them into openings’ parameters.
So, if you need to copy the mark of, say, a wall into an opening or any information about an MEP service into an opening, you can do that with no problem using Cut Opening.
In this blogpost, we’ll look at how to do it in both the structural and MEP situations.
We recently introduced the causes that encouraged us to focus on making Smart Browser more team-oriented, more modular. Now let’s cover the main module of Smart Browser: BIM MANAGER.
This module consists of two tools: Smart Browser Manage and BIM Tree Manager. The BIM MANAGER module has the fullest functionality, starting from company library creation and ending with real-time extensive management of all elements present in an active Autodesk® Revit® project. BIM MANAGER saves weeks of work when it comes to Revit family library creation and full control of all family parameters inside created libraries and in ongoing projects. Revit users with the BIM MANAGER module can control how a company library is seen and whether it is accessible to other project participants.
Starting this year, we decided to showcase Smart Browser as a more team-oriented tool. Along with the updated user interface, we reworked Smart Browser allocation into modules. We hope that this will help larger teams decide how the tool should be implemented within their company. To showcase all the features of this fantastic tool, we will post a series of blog posts with information about Smart Browser’s features and different ways they can save your time.
2020 is the year when we’ve changed the user interfaces of many of our tools. And Smart Browser is no exception. Not only does it have a new look in the ribbon and a remade library manage window, but it also has gotten some additional features, which can help you create a better library for everyday work.
First things first, let’s see the “new” look in the Revit ribbon. Instead of having to choose all the functions from a single drop-down menu, we decided to move the most-used commands to the front face of the tool.
So, what can you do now from the main control panel?
Open Family Library Manager window
Browse Families present in the current project
Choose to continue working on previously started family modification tasks
Run one of the created family modification tasks
Further changes to the UI have been made inside the Family Library Manager window. And we’ve added some extra features in addition to modifying the overall look.
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