Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Autodesk Officially Supports Mac Support

In case you hadn't heard, or noticed, Autodesk recently announced that it officially supports running Revit 2010 (and some other programs) on Mac's via Windows via bootcamp. I mean, we've been able to do this for quite a while, but for all of you hesitating to get a mac because you worried Revit won't work well on it... what's better than a full-on sanctioned thumbs up from Autodesk.

Of course you have to bare in mind that bootcamp is not the same as running Windows through Virtualization software such as Parallels or VMware Fusion. These are not yet officially supported, but come on, it's basically the same thing, and Autodesk Okay'ed it.

You can read more about it, and see the other mac supported products here:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dangerous Revisions

Really? I mean come on, who would actually think that they should put a hole like this in the floor? More importantly, it's so odd, why didn't the contractor just pick up the phone and call the architect, even just to say "hey, I think your an idiot"

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New Software allows Architects to generate early cost estimation from Revit models powered by RS Means

Similar to Beck Technologies DProfiler software, which allows designers and even contractors a way to link a 3D model to RS Means estimating data, A new product, developed by Reed Construction Data, called SmartBIM QTO, will allow architects the ability to link their Revit models to the popular estimating database, without the need to develop a model using third party proprietary software, as is the case with DProfiler.

Since we've been examining DProfiler for some time this is very exciting news! The biggest hurdle our company faced was having to learn to model in yet another software program, we'll be watching the development of SmartBIM QTO eagerly!

UPDATE: Just learned that SmartBIM QTO is only available for Revit 2009 at this time. It seems to work really well with 2009, but we can't unfortunately really put it to the test since the test project we wanted to try it with is modeled in 2010! Well they SAY they will have a 2010 version out in a few weeks, here's to hoping, probably means they'll have it out in time for Revit 2011. :( - BIMBoom Revitlution: Service Pack Update 1 - Autodesk® Revit® Architecture, Structure and MEP

A new Service Pack Update is available for Revit 2010, Seems like some pretty important changes, none of the addressed issues have been a problem for me but they look serious! I'm installing it! Check out more info at Revit3d... - BIMBoom Revitlution: Service Pack Update 1 - Autodesk® Revit® Architecture, Structure and MEP

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Navisworks of BIM websites

I'm sure you're all familiar with Autodesk Navisworks right, the software to collaborate all of your 3d models, despite original file format. Well now there's a website seeking to do the same thing, sort of. Come one come all, don't worry about your BIM affiliation, all are welcome, let the dialog begin...

Currently, each different software has its own user group or forums to allow for dialog about procedures and methods of importing and exporting, however, the main problem is not between like software’s but the interconnectivity amongst different software’s. This site is designed as a software neutral site, where there is no emphasis on any one specific software.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cool new way to learn Revit! Check it out

"Did you know that the experts are taught to demo without showing the software's flaws. A skillful demo-er will skim over or Jedi-mind-trick “that’s not the tool you’re looking for” the difficult questions and issues prevalent in a piece of software.

If so, I’m not saying you won’t see that during these hours, sometimes you will. The Rockstar Hour is not that type of Demo, it’s a shared learning experience. Often when explaining a difficult topic / tool the instructor takes the time to struggle with the software, just like you. You’ll think, you’ll laugh, you may even learn something. If nothing else, at least Revit’s on your screen, who’s to say it’s not you working?"


Here's the link to the Revit Rock Star Hour, Hey I'm going to sign up!

Monday, January 26, 2009

SmartBIM 3.2 to be released in February

Reed Construction Data is planning to launch version 3.2 of its SmartBIM Library content management tool for Revit in February 2009.

I wasn't even aware this product existed. Unfortunately I work for a really small firm so I doubt that we'd ever seriously look at purchasing this product, but I might just have to try out the free demo some time. It looks like it would really clean up family file organization.

Apparently this product also gives you the ability to attach files, including text documents, spreadsheets and images, to SmartBIM Objects using the drag-and-drop feature. Which would be helpful in terms of attaching spec information or product PDF's and details etc.

The company claims that version 3.2 will come pre-loaded with over 16,000 high-quality Revit product types, including 200 new generic families, I wonder how many of these are the standard families you get with Revit?

Here are some of the highlights from the website:
  • Streamlines design workflow
  • Simplifies storage, organization and location of Revit objects
  • Facilitates the generation of libraries from Revit families
  • Enables manufacturers, architects, engineers and building owners to easily share libraries of objects
If you have experience with this product please leave some feedback in a comment to let us know what you think

For more information...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Save Locally - Save Time

Wow! Here's a pretty major and very often overlooked issue with saving files in Revit that I recently realized many people aren't aware of...

If you work in an office (or even at home with a server of some sort) you have probably always saved your Revit files the way you always did with Autocad or any other program, in the project's file folder somewhere on a local server, right?

Well Stop!

Why? Because you've probably noticed that once a project gets relatively large, say upwards of 20 Megs it gets really slow to save, it can take mutilple minutes, wasting your time, you may have even just decided that this was just one of the downsides to working with Revit's large files, it doesn't have to be!

If you save your file locally, like on your desktop even large files save fast! At the end of the day just upload the file manually to it's proper location and your fine. (Of course this is what you're doing already if you use worksets and are saving to central.)