Zachitect Addin for Autodesk® Revit® 2017-2020

Zachitect Addin for Autodesk® Revit® 2017-2020

Win64, English

Zachitect.com
For Revit 2017-2020 Rhino® / Sketch Up® etc. to Revit documentation-ready elements. Link multiple Autodesk® AutoCAD® dwg / Revit modes with shared-coordinates. Efficiency & Inter-operability.

General Usage Instructions

•Rhino 3D (or Sketch Up, Autodesk® Inventor®, etc.) to Revit Inter-operability Automation by one-click converting (even complex freeform) geometries exported from Rhino (or other modelling software that exports *.dwg or *.sat) to Revit documentation-ready elements, allowing manipulation of material and are editable as native Revit elements (refer to screenshots). To fully utilize Rhino to Revit Automation, you are welcome to download Free Zachitect Rhino Plugin from https://zachitect.com/rhino-plugin

 

•Link Revit, Link or Import CAD by Shared-coordinates. We have all come across the situation that Rhino says "...do not share the same coordinates" when trying to link CAD or Revit, even we know they do, or Revit forces the center-to-center placement when the CAD is considered too big beyond 20 miles. Zachitect Addin provides tools to easily link Revit and CAD by shared coordinates where Revit native tools cannot, and supports over-sized CAD. You can even link or import multiple Dwg's at the same time. This saves hours and hours, from time to time, without the need to manually pick points and align links then acquire coordinate systems. 

 

•Better View Controls: Setting 3D section box to match Scope Box, even the ones with rotations, now Scope Boxes can be applied on both 2D and 3D drawings consistently. This enables users to quickly create complex 3D sections by perfectly aligning different 3D sections together on sheets. Another view control function unifies directions of Level heads, which are often drawn sometimes from left to right, or right to left without consistency. Unifying them will then enable batch controls of turning Level Bubble Heads on and off, left, right, both or none. 

 

•Advanced Selection Tools: Enable an active filter of element selection for model and annotation category, i.e. pick a category first, then only elements within the picked category can be selected. This enables easy selection of a particular element in a complex model and avoids the risky operation of selecting all elements and then filter, which often freezes Revit. Another command of Selection Matching allows the user to select elements that share the same parameter and values of a picked element. e.g. selecting elements from multiple types and categories from the same manufacturer. 

 

•Production Focus: Dismiss Dialogue Manager and Plugin Manager. Dismiss Dialogue will automatically suppress selected Revit Dialogues with predefined responses. e.g. "...would you like to attach walls to roof...=> Auto Response: No". This avoids misoperation and helps the user to focus on modelling. A splash window will be shown every time Revit starts with a list of Dismissed Messages. The user can also enable/disable the dismiss anytime, and add new dialogues to the list. The Plugin Manager enables users to safely manage the installed plugin, enable or disable them safely and improve Revit performance. 

 

•CSV Topography: Revit by itself does not support geo-referenced CSV for topography creation. Zachitect Addin provides the function of one-click converting geo-located CSV to data relative to the current Revit Internal Coordinate System. This will create Topography in the correct location for a geo-referenced Revit Project. 

 

•Experimental Room 3D: Generates 3D Masses of rooms that are more intuitive to comprehend, visible in 3D views. It also checks for any invalid/unbounded rooms and unplaced rooms. 

 

•Theme Customisation: Set a color to customize your Revit Ribbon, match your mood, your company brand color scheme, or even make a true dark theme. 

Commands

Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description

Feedback & Support

Access support information and provide feedback and requests.

Dismiss Dialogues

Event manager to automatically dismiss Revit dialogues with pre-defined responses. e.g. Would you like to attach the highlighted walls to the roof? ⇒ Auto Response: No.

Plugin Manager

Plugin Manager helps to view and manage all installed plugins, provide options to safely disable/enable plugins for the current Revit version.

All Lines

All Lines have all lines in the current view selected, and show quantity, providing a good way to check the existence of 2D elements.

Query Element

Query Element queries an element and shows Element ID, Category, Type, Family, and allows users to copy by clicking on each.

All Filled Region

All Filled Region has all Filled Regions in the current view selected, and show quantity, providing a good way to check the existence of 2D elements.

All Masking Region

All Masking Region has all Masking Region in the current view selected, and show quantity, providing a good way to check the existence of 2D elements.

Selection Matching

Selection Matching allows users to select multiple elements with the same value in instance parameter or type parameters of a picked element.

Select Model Elements

Select Model Elements allows users to safely and easily select elements from a picked Model Category. e.g. Select only windows. This avoids the workflow of selecting a huge amount of elements and then filter which often freezes Revit and slows the performance.

Select Annotation Elements

Select Annotation Elements allows users to safely and easily select elements from a picked Annotation Category. e.g. Select only windows. This avoids the workflow of selecting a huge amount of elements and then filter which often freezes Revit and slows the performance.

Get Viewport Label Outline

Get Viewport Label outline as detail curve group on Sheet for precise label alignment and snapping.

Duplicate Sheet

Finally, you can duplicate a sheet with the same titleblock, same viewports duplicated and placed in the same positions, with the same parameters for sheet and titleblock, except Schedule Graphics.

Scope to 3D Section

Scope to 3D Section allows users to set 3D Section Box to match Scope Box even if they are rotated. Users can either pick a Scope Box or select from a list of names.

Scope Box to Model Lines

Extracting Definition Model Curves from Scope Box to Enable Precise Manipulation of Scope Box such as Moving, Rotating and Resizing.

Centre ⭤ Viewports on Sheet

Align All Selected Viewports to the Centre of Sheet Horizontally

Centre ⭥ Viewports on Sheet

Align All Selected Viewports to the Centre of Sheet Vertically

Align ⭤ Viewports Centre

Align Selected Viewport Centres Horizontally.

Align ⭥ Viewports Centre

Align Selected Viewport Centres Vertically.

Centre Room Location & Tag

Move room tag and room location to the centre for all rooms in the current view. It ignores rooms of non-convex polygon shape of which centers falls outside the boundary.

Centre Room Location and Tag

Move the picked room's tag and room location to the centre. It ignores rooms of non-convex polygon shape of which centers falls outside the boundary.

Auto Room Occup. and Depart.

Automatically fill Room Occupancy and Department by Room Names with defined entries in the Room Dictionary.

Room Dictionary

Room Dictionary for users to define Room Occupancy and Room Department by Room Names as keys.

Unify Level Heads

Unify Level Heads unifies all level head directions in the entire project and shows the list of section views modified. i.e. Unify levels not drawn from left to right, sometimes from right to left, to consistent direction.

Turn On Left

Turn on the Left Bubble Heads of all Levels in the current Section/Elevation view.

Turn On Right

Turn on the Right Bubble Heads of all Levels in the current Section/Elevation view.

Turn On Both

Turn on both Bubble Heads of all Levels in the current Section/Elevation view.

Turn Off Both

Turn off both Bubble Heads of all Levels in the current Section/Elevation view.

Link Revit +

Link Revit + allows users to link another Revit Model and easily place it by Shared-Coordinates, where Revit natively says they do not share coordinate systems. No more annoying messages and manual alignment.

Link/Import CAD +

Link CAD + allows users to link multiple DWGs at once, and place them easily by shared coordinates, where Revit natively says they do not share the same coordinate system. This also provides support for huge CAD files beyond the 20 miles Revit limit, where Revit would force a center placement.

CAD to Detail Lines

CAD to Detail Lines allows users to convert a linked/imported DWG into native detail lines with default existing line type and automatically grouped after conversion. This will not bring in additional line weights, styles, patterns, etc, anything unwanted by traditionally imports and explodes.

Freeform 3D Processor +

Freeform 3D Processor + works in a family environment, it converts any imports of external geometries (from Sketch Up, AutoCAD, Rhino, Inventor, etc.) into native Revit elements without exploding or losing geometries. It allows assigning material and editing by native Revit tools, e.g. cut by void, and even supports single-surface geometry.

Freeform 3D Family Automation +

Similar to Freeform 3D Processor +, this tool automatically converts geometry exports from other software (e.g. Rhino, Sketch Up, Inventor) into Documentation-ready Revit Family Elements and place them in the right locations. Allowing material and editable as native Revit elements. More info: zachitect.com/rhino-plugin & zachitect.com/revit-plugin

Room to 3D Directshape

Room to 3D Directshape is an experimental function that creates a 3D representation of placed Rooms as 3D Masses. It also checks for any unplaced Rooms or unbounded Rooms.

CSV Topography Processor

CSV Topography Processor converts a geo-referenced CSV file to internal coordinates for topography creation, solving the problem that Revit does NOT support geo-located CSV for topography.

Theme Customisation

Theme Customisation allows users to change colours of the Revit Ribbon with pre-defined themes. It also allows users to pick their own colours or make true dark theme.

Installation/Uninstallation

  1. Note: This installer does NOT require Admin privilege.
  2. Download the installer MSI.
  3. Shut down all Revit sessions before installation.
  4. Install, please select More Info - Run Anyway if warning shows up.
  5. Start Revit, select Always Run in the plugin notification window.
  6. Enjoy & follow built-in instructions. 

Additional Information

Known Issues

  • If you are linking Revit Models or DWGs from the Autodesk® BIM 360® server using Advanced Revit / CAD Link commands in this add-in, please check Manage Links after linking. If the linked model is the cached version from Autodesk Desktop Connector, you can perform a Reload From cloud address, the shared coordinate position will not be kept.

Contact

Company Name: Zachitect.com
Support Contact: zach@zachitect.com

Author/Company Information

Zachitect.com

Support Information

Version History

Version Number Version Description

2.0.8

Zachitect Addin for Revit 2017-2020 - New Function: Align Viewports to Sheet - New Function: Align Viewports Centres - Improvement: Major UI Changes - Improvement: Room Dictionary - Improvement: Duplicate Sheet - Improvement: UI & Ribbon Layout - Revit 2017 Compatibility Fixes - Bug Fixes

2.0.7

Zachitect Addin for Autodesk® Revit® 2017-2020 - New Function: Duplicate Sheet - New Function: Room Location and Tag to Centre - New Function: Get Viewport Label Outline for Precise Alignment - New Function: Auto Room Occupancy and Department by Room Name - New Function: Room Dictionary - Bug Fixes

2.0.6

Zachitect Addin for Autodesk® Revit® 2017-2020 - Added Function: Extracting ScopeBox Model Lines - For Precise Manipulation of ScopeBox - Instruction Updated - Bug Fixes - License Verification Updated

2.0.4

Zachitect Addin for Autodesk® Revit® 2017-2020 - Improved stability - Tool-tip edited

2.0.1

Zachitect Addin for For Revit® 2017-2020 First Release in Autodesk® App Store - Added Support for Rhino® to Revit® Automation - Advanced Parameter and Category Based Selection Refined - Project North Rotation for Advanced Link Tools - Project North Rotation for Topography CSV Processor - New Icons UI Design and Theme Customisation - New Splash Screen and License Verification
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