COINS Auto-Section Box
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The COINS Auto-Section Box tool gives you tremendous speed and agility over managing three-dimensional views when analyzing model areas of particular interest. It allows you to quickly create temporary and permanent views to be used for immediate interrogation of the model or for construction document deliverables. This works by allowing you to focus on the model instead of managing views or a view’s properties.
Although Autodesk® Revit® has built-in support for creating section boxes from elements, the COINS Auto-Section Box improves on this with the following time-saving features:
- Works with elements in linked files.
- Special handling of grids, section lines, elevation markers, levels, scope boxes, dimensions, and tags.
- Option to create new views.
- Toggle the section box on and off to gain a better understanding of the selection within the context of the whole model.
- Option to arrange the original selection view and the 3d view side-by-side.
- Align section box to walls, members, or other line-based geometry.
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Note: This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer).
I recommend this add-on to anyone working in steel. Makes for showing adjacent structures while modelling.
Hi All, I came across the Coins add-in a few years ago, as a professional Revit user expert, I strongly believe that's the most useful Revit tool that I use every day and also recommend others to use it too.
The classic problem is the BIM management team, generally speaking, people with loads of knowledge but lack practical experience. As such our BIM manager is unable to see the significance of this add-in and can't understand why it's essential. So I had to find a way to put it on my machine without using its installation app. I did that for Revit 2020 but can't remember how. Just wondering if anyone could advise how to put on Revit 2021 by copying its files.
Thank you for the kind words Kayvan. If you can use the installer to install it on a PC (doesn't need Revit on that PC) then you can copy the files from the "C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\CoinsSectionBoxApp2016.bundle" folder to the same place on another PC.
Current plugin is worthless without keyboard shortcuts.
COINS Auto-Section Box supports Revit keyboard shortcuts and can be added through Options->User Interface->Customize Keyboard Shortcuts and then optionally filter on the Add-Ins tab. This is how the Quick Auto-Section Box is ideally designed to be used.
Great tool!!! , Is there a posibility to assign a Key board short cut in Revit 2022
Thanks for the review. You can do this through Revit functionality - Revit Options->User Interface->Customize Keyboard Shortcuts, then search for AutoSection and assign a new shortcut.
Great add-in but it would be great to bring back the option to get side by side view when I make a section box. Rob
Coins 2020 Version plugin installed but showing in revit addins
Thank you for offering a useful tool freely. I have used it for many years. It will be a great improvement if we can also make a section box by selecting an object in linked RVT.
Hello Chau - this functionality is already in the app. To select a linked element, start the command with no object selected, pick the linked file when prompted to select elements, pick Finish, and then the app will prompt you to pick elements inside the linked file. These extra steps are required due to API limitations.
The view name text box does not like when I type characters on the default name it gives me. It seems to erase the entire name when I add characters to it.
I've come to depend on this add-in in my place of work. It works great and speeds up my 3d modeling tremendously.
At home, I'm using the Revit LT versions.
Is this available for Revit LT. I've run the install and I don't see that it woirked
Revit LT does not support add-ins, therefore, unfortunately, this tool will not work in within Revit LT.
Hello, i love COINS section box but i have a problem, in a project instead of showing the whole element it just makes a cube, and not showing for example the whole column, only the centre of it, any ideas why please?
Muy buena herramienta, está buenisima, me ayuda a mantener un mejor flujo de trabjo.
I am a big fan of using this tool, especially between multi trade coordination. However, there seems to be issues with the new revit 2020 software and autosection. I am having issues where the coordination model, linked NWD, isn't visible despite all worksets turned on and the coordination model settings are all visible. The second issue with the autosection box seems to be displaced within the actual view its self and I am having issues with cropping my view. I have tried removed from my computer and redownloading, this is not worked at all. I also want to mention my Revit model is hosted on BIM360. I had less issues when the model was hosted on my server.
Really good plugin, keep up the good work
Can you get the program as msi file instead?I need to install it on a lot of machines and would like to install using a script.
I need it for the following versions:
2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018
Thank you for the kind words. While you are in the exe front-end (where you choose which version to install) you will find the MSI files in a sub folder of your temp folder. You can copy those out and use them directly in deployments.
Is the side by side view option going to made possible again?
Hi Marcel. Sorry, no plans with how the Revit window layout has changed since 2019.
It is a great application, keep up the great work! For some reason I am not able to get the option to get side by side view when I make a section box. Please help!
Hello Osmany. That feature had to be removed from the 2019 version onwards because of how the new Revit tabbed windows work.
This is a very useful tool. You can create a scope box and then create a 3d view the exact size of the scope box as well using this tool. Then use the toggle section box and it becomes very powerfull for model review and also for model export.
Perfect tool! One suggestion: why don't you change it to be allowed in the quick bar?
Hello Jorge - thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately I do not think add-ons can be added to the quick access toolbar. However, you can assign our tool to a keyboard shortcut - nearly as good.
I love this tool and am a COINS promoter with any Revit user I encounter. Autodesk's Selection Box tool doesn't come close to the features of this add-in. With the new Grow/Shrink commands they were able to incorporate with customizable keyboard shortcuts, it will be used even more. The COINS development team is doing a great job. Keep up the great work!
and I can't believe it's free!
What an add-in. I'm surprised most firms have not heard about or used this tool on a regular basis. This is a must add!
This is a great tool! When I first started doing BIM, I was dragging around 2D sections everywhere to work on walls. Once I was introduced to the Auto Section, it was a game changer. I now use this tool all day, every day. Thank you for developing such a useful tool. User support response is also very quick and eager to help.
Great tool, does what it says it can do. Would be even better to have keyboard shortcuts to quickly view something and turn it off.
Hi Marco. You can apply keyboard shortcuts - under Revit Options->User Interface->Keyboard Shortcuts and filter on the "Add-Ins Tab". This works well when applied to the "Quick Auto Section Box" and "Toggle Section Box" commands.
Jon, I didn't see that at first. Thanks for the help! Now this tool will be used daily.
This add-in is in my toolbox of many years standing. Thank you so much for it!
This Add In Changed My Life
totally efficient tool. Crazy it's not a standard tool in Revit. Typical Autodesk
Thats a very productive tool I really missed when I switched from Archicad to Revit. Glad we have it now.
Most used addon in Revit so far.
This Add-in is the greatest tool for daily coordination with all disciplines and it is fast to show sectional areas.
One of my favourite!
Excellent tool, simple but powerful, and so quick.
Gracias, ya trabajando con 2016 se acostumbra uno a esa herramienta y no sabia como poderla usar, Gracias
Our users love this tool, but I just installed it on a Win 10 box, and the tool is not showing up. Is Win 10 supported? Keep up the good work?
This tool is very useful. thanks
Excellent tool, simple but powerful, and so quick. Support was very prompt when I asked about installing for all users in Revit 2015. (see Jon Smith's reply to a review) Thanks!
This is an awesome application that gives us the settings and freedom that the integrated section box does not in Revit. Quick customer response and excellent performance.
Brilliantly simple & just an absolute necessity in my workflow! Thanks!!
But i have one wish. Include a toggle to create a new view or specify an existing view. If a user is not paying attention, they will change an existing view accidentally.
Simple but so effective tool
We currently have this Add-In as part of our Typical install that serves approx. 180 users. Once it was installed, users began developing it into their standard workflow immediately with fantastic and positive results.
Extremely productive. Even though they added the functionality in base product this app still beats that as well...
Great. Thank you!
I appreciate your effort very much but the problem when I install it for revit 2015 it's not appearing even in the installed program
This is by far the single greatest addon to REVT, thank you. I don't know how I survived without it. But.... it won't install on one of my machines. Install seems to install and uninstall seems to uninstall but it doesn't show up in addins. Can you suggest anything please?
A perfect example of an easy to use tool which saves a lot of time in the long run especially when you are working on large projects like myself. Jon from their helpdesk was of great assistance in helping me resolve my issue despite being on the other side of the world (Australia/ USA)
Just Install it!....no word to express...!!!!
It's just the best tool to quickly see a 3D section cut. Just the best tool!
Jon from Coins helped me with a problem I was having with an install issue almost instantly. Great service. I was only without coins for a few hours until we contacted their helpdesk. boy oh boy it’s hard to work without Coins. Auto section box has totally changed the way I use Revit.
This is an amazing tool !Cool
I Like it, even if I'm still new use this...but this very save my time. Awsome!!
Ferramenta muito doida! Espetáculo! Bom preço... Parabéns!
great tool to be used !!!
Have been looking for those kind of apps for a long time. Autodesk Exchange Apps saves me a lot of efforts. I usually tried to find Revit plugins, add ons/add ins with Google. But sometimes it takes me to some unknown forum and I downloaded some extensions with virus. Thanks to autodesk, I don't need to take risk any more.
Can somebody help me please? I used the coinstranslate app but this morning I received this message. " COINS Translate has reached its monthly translation limit. Please try again after the 17th of the month. Exception: TranslateApiException: The Azure Market Place Translation Subscription associated with the request credentials has zero balance.: ID=6346.V2_Soap.TranslateArray.533DE334 It is a great tool but I am stuck now.
I use it a lot at work. It works great. Thank you.
This is nice, good and quick. :-)
It installs into the current user's AppData folder but then shows up in: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall I expected it to be under HKEY_Current_User. You should be consistent and follow Microsoft standards so it works better with automated systems like computer images and unattended installers.
Great work guys!
Great add in! Would love to see a "Create A Section View" option in the future! BRAVO
La uso desde el comienzo, y simplemente es una herramienta fundamental para modelar. Simple de usar, y va directo al problema. Lo recomiendo!
I use this app all the time to review for proper coordination while I am working in Revit. I especially use it while in meetings with team members and clients. Usually everyone starts asking about the app and how to install it for themselves. Great help for everyday. I also had a great experience with their support team today when I had a user error with a lost dialog box. Coins gave me a quick reply email with solutions that allowed me to continue without great difficulty. Thanks Coins....
Mad simple and very useful, I would recommend this to everyone
Installed as part of base image. However a part is in AppData\Roaming (C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\CoinsSectionBoxApp.bundle\) So it's not available to new users. With a base image every user is a new user, sort of. And I have to install it for each user on each machine.
Download this now! Amazing fast - powerful tool !! If you've read this entire post and still haven't started the download, you're already missing out! Now I feel comfortable running Revit in a meeting.
This is an amazing tool and incredibly effective. Is it available for Revit LT? 2015?
Thank you very much for your feedback. It is much appreciated. This will help us to continue our high quality of service.
Can you please create it for Revit 2013
Hi Nader. The install should work for Revit 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Yes, it is available in Revit 2013, I just did not see it the first time. My team is very happy about this tool and they started using it and they feel that the tool is a time saver. I was looking for the same function from a long time, thank you Jon for such a great tool. wish to see more great ideas in the future !
Cool... save my time when fixing clash. Thanks a lot
i use this tool for nearly 1year since it came into the store ，i am a Chinese engineer i think this is an useful tool with revit moddller many THX to the editor great tool!!
I use this app dozens of times a day. Absolutely essential. Why this function is not in the base program I do not know!
Saves a lot of time, very fast and simple use...
Easy to use and very fast, saves lots of time, best tool. Good job Coins. Thank you
This tool is just amazing, it saves you so much time, and its just simple and fast!
makes modeling in 3D much easier. works even better with ReviBOX. gives ability to make temp. section views from 3D views
Thanks for good extension! It would be nice if you add ability to create 2D views for selected elements.
very usefill app....thanks
It makes seeing what's going on in complicated models so easy!
Thank you for making this free and so powerful. It's the one tool I use daily that I know will work the way I want it to every time. It's a breath of fresh air.
... and it does it simply and efficiently. Indispensable tool.
This is the single most useful Revit Add-In, bar none! I use this daily. It's the best way to quickly grasp what items are in a give space to be coordinated.
anyone have link to 2012 compatible addin files ?
I could not live without it. especially good for revit users that do not usually use/understand the 3D capabilities of the software. right click and put it in your quick access bar
Es una aplicación espectacular, se van a encontrar utilizandola constantemente, volviendose una herramienta escencial
My office is using 2012 for certain projects. Jon Smith from BIM development provided me great assistance and sent me a customized link for the outdated version upon my request. It really helped me with my current project. Thanks!
It wil be perfect if it also wil work on links.
Great tool. Is precise numerical (size) control and snapping (to model elements) possible? Can the section box then be applied back to plan/section/elevation views as a crop box?
AAA Best! I love it!
This is one of the most beneficial tools that I have installed to date. Our workflow requires us to isolate and work on many highly detailed building components throughout a project. This tool works well and without issue, and has been a huge benefit to us. I have also experienced COINS tech support which is superb and timely as well. Great work!
I wish this can create a list of Autosectionbox views based on room name. (100 rooms for 100 views)
This tool is a huge time saver. Instead of creating and editing hundreds of sections, use this simple and free tool to almost automate the process.
Simple and fast
You definitely have to get this one. very usefull, a big time saver and free... dont hesitate, just download it.
5 Stars. Such a powerful tool. I use it constantly.
Very simple, very fast. Thanks
I use this tool practically every day to identify problem areas in our Revit models, HIGHLY recommended!
Good app. Section Box is a great app. Thanks to Ben Eagles!!
Ben zei dat ie goed was! // Ben said it was good!
Intuitive and simple to use and is a must have to speed up section box creation.
Great for looking at staircases in 3d quickly. A great timesaver. Cheers.........
This is one of those things that should just be a part of Revit out of the box. I find myself using this a lot throughout the day. Makes 3D much more useful and accessible.
It's intuitive and helpful--thanks for the great app!
Good work, man!
Simple, fast, convinient. Everybody must have!
Should work with 2012... too bad
No downsides, and an absolute time saver
Excellent and simple tool, great time saver. This tool will keep the ArchiCAD users quiet for a while. Similar to the marquee tool.
In my opinion: yes.
This is a keeper. There are many Revit user in our office who have to manually adjust the section box to get the view just right. This is add-in is simply amazing! and Free?
Nice quick way to create and study a 3-D section of a particular area of your model.
Straightforward utility that really speeds up the task of cutting a section for a specific area.
This application provide a convinence way to edit or view a particular area. You can select number of objects then it will create a section box around those objects.
This tool will save me so much time. Thanks!!
Very cool program
It's a simple and fast tool that works at the speed of meeting conversations.