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April 11, 2023

Wood/Metal Framing for Revit: Recent key improvements

As always, our team is dedicated to enhancing our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software, designed for creating walls, floors, and roofs in Revit for prefabricated timber and light-gauge steel-framed buildings.

Several notable improvements have been implemented, which not only increase the software’s functionality but also ensure optimized workflows and a seamless user experience so that people with different backgrounds – whether architects, engineers, designers, or students – can work with it intuitively and effortlessly.

Our latest update brings a host of new features and enhancements that make it easier to reap the full range of benefits our Wood Framing and Metal Framing plugins provide.

Simply put, we want the tools at your fingertips to help you work as efficiently and effectively as possible. So you can get your job done quickly and accurately. We are confident that our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software will continue to be essential tools for professionals in the industry.

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April 6, 2023

Designing Precast Concrete Wall Panels More Efficiently in Revit [WORKFLOW]

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With the power of automation based on user-predefined rules, our Precast Concrete solution for Revit® streamlines the precast design process, so you can move from concept to construction faster. Modeling floor slabs, walls, beams, columns, and rebar, inserting connection details, and generating shop drawings are all made simple when you have this plugin.

In this post, we will look at how to work with prefabricated walls using the Precast Concrete plugin to see how it speeds up the process. As you will see, it’s quite a bit faster than working in plain Revit.

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February 14, 2023

New feature for Sort Mark Revit plugin: Differentiate similar elements by geometry

Sort Mark is a handy tool for Revit that can help you deal with numerous element parameters instantly. Although this plugin may look simple at first glance, it packs quite a punch, as it can apply parameter value systems to multiple elements simultaneously, saving lots of time and doing it error-free.

Most of our clients are aware that Sort Mark’s functionality is included in our Wood Framing, Metal Framing, and Precast Concrete solutions as well as Smart Documentation toolset for Revit. So, in this blog post, we’re pleased to announce an update for Sort Mark that helps you easily tell similar elements apart according to their geometry.

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February 6, 2023

How to Restore Lost Elements Using Revit® Backup Files or Copies

Last time, I explained how to transfer views, family types, elements, etc. between different Revit® projects. This time I would like to show how to restore lost elements using Revit backup files or copies.

Imagine you’re working on a big project, and you notice that some Revit® elements that had been modeled a few hours or even days ago are missing. That might happen on workshared projects when team members don’t own worksets, and everybody can edit anything. So, sometimes someone might accidentally delete someone else’s elements.

To transfer the missing elements, you need to find a backup file where the elements are still in their place, or a local copy of the project that wasn’t synchronized with the central file for some time (and has the missing elements in it).

Now you have to open both projects in Revit. The best way to transfer elements is in plan views, so activate in both projects same-level plan views. Mark the elements in the project where they are still in their place (you can use right click and Select All Instances >Visible in View or just select all and filter the required elements).

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February 3, 2023

Transferring Views, Family Types, Elements, Etc. Between Different Revit® Projects

Autodesk® Revit® can save a lot of time when you’re working on large projects or multiple similar projects. What you want to use here are Revit project templates.

Revit users can save system families (walls, floors, etc.), component families (doors, windows, furniture, etc.), sheets, schedules, annotations, graphics, and so on to their project templates. This can save a lot of time when starting a new project because you skip over the creation of schedules or importing needed families. Each project is different, however, and we can’t create a template that will suit all projects. Even if we create a few templates to choose from for a new project, the chosen template won’t fit it 100%.

There are even situations when, for example, schedules from multiple different projects have to be used in a new project. Also, sometimes beginners forget to use the required project template and have problems transferring their work to a project template. There is a partial solution for that using Revit project linking, binding it afterward, but losing annotations, detail items, views, etc., but that’s a topic for another post.

First of all, let’s see how the system family types, annotations, tags, view templates, etc. can be transferred between projects (those are just types, not designed elements of the project).

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January 30, 2023

Wood/Metal Framing for Revit: The Most Significant Enhancements of 2021/2022 (Pt. 2)

As promised, here’s Part 2 of our Annual Framing Summary covering updates and improvements that were implemented for our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for Autodesk® Revit®.

While Part 1 covered new products, sample projects, and tutorials, this second installment will get into the nitty-gritty of new features that were released from the tail-end of 2021 and during 2022, including client requests that benefit lots of users.

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January 24, 2023

8 Ways Architects Can Optimize the Drawing & Documentation Workflow in Revit

Architects know how important it is and how time-consuming it can be to generate accurate project drawings in Revit. To some degree or another, reworking drawings is always necessary, things like dimensions, tags, and other data, in order to end up with high-quality documents.

In this article, you’ll see how our Smart Documentation plugin for Revit can help architects optimize their workflow.

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January 18, 2023

New version of Smart Browser Revit plugin: Create your Revit family library in 3 easy steps

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.

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January 16, 2023

10 Ways Structural Engineers Can Improve Project Documentation Quality & Save Time in Revit

BIM practitioners are always on the lookout for ways to consolidate workflows and put out accurate project deliverables faster.

We’ve tried to make it easier for you to accomplish that with our Smart Documentation plugin for Revit®.

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December 29, 2022

Revit Tips & Tricks: Tagging Elements Efficiently [VIDEO]

Tagging Revit elements is a necessary part of every project. But it’s time-consuming and tedious, so the faster it can be done, the better.

Revit’s ‘Tag All Not Tagged’ function can be a great help, here, as it can place many different tags for elements of different categories. But the drawback of this approach is that Revit will tag every element of the selected categories, even if you didn’t intend to tag them or if you wanted to use a different tag.

Our tip for such a situation is to use Tag All for selected elements only. If tags need to be moved, you can temporarily hide other tags in the view and then select only the tags that are visible in the view. See our video in which this process is explained in greater detail:

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