Bird Tools - CAD Link Opener

Bird Tools - CAD Link Opener

Win64, English

Building Information Researchers and Developers OÜ
Opens a DWG link in a new or already running Autodesk® AutoCAD® instance (or any other DWG viewer/editor set as the default DWG handler).

General Usage Instructions

Once installed, this tool can be found under the "Bird Tools" tab of the Autodesk® Revit® ribbon.

The usage of this tool is straightforward:

1. The pushbutton corresponding to this tool is pressed.

2. The DWG link to be opened is selected.

Note that starting with v2.0 and Revit 2025, the user may also access the tool by "right-clicking" that CAD link.

In case your DWG viewer/editor of choice is already running, the linked drawing will automatically open in its running instance, Otherwise, a new instance of the process will be created where the link will open.

In case the DWG file is not associated with any default DWG viewer/editor, the user will be prompted to select the default DWG application through the conventional "Open With..." Windows dialog.

This application requires Autodesk Desktop Connector to be installed in case Autodesk® BIM 360® Docs hosted links should be opened by the tool.

Note that this tool does not support imported CAD instances, which should have never been imported in the first place.




The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin.

You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in.

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10/11) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

Known Issues


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Version History

Version Number Version Description


- Added support for Revit 2025. - Upgraded the app to be compatible with .NET 8 (Revit 2025+). - Added the ability to directly open already selected CAD Links. - Added the command to the Right Click context menu whenever a CAD Link is selected (Revit 2025+). - Implemented multiple optimizations, error loggers, and minor fixes.


- Added Support for Revit 2024 - Improved Stability From v4.0: - Improved compatibility with Autodesk Desktop Connector to include support for Autodesk Docs and the Autodesk Construction Cloud - Added Support for Revit 2023


- Updated the tool to recognize the new Autodesk Docs platform - Added Support for Revit 2022


- Digital Signature Hotfix. - Fixed minor bug that occurs when a CAD viewing application is not installed on the user's machine.


- Added support for CAD Links hosted on BIM 360 - Added support for Revit 2021 - The App is now digitally signed - Fixed several minor bugs


Added Support For Revit 2020


Initial Release
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