Revit 2015 R2 Release

Autodesk has released Revit 2015 Release 2 for users on the subscriptions program.  It is meant to update your copy of Revit 2015 whether it is a standalone installation or part of one of Autodesk’s product suites.  This seems to be more than the typical service pack and is available only to those on the subscription program.  It includes additional capabilities, as well as includes service pack items included in update release 4.  After Release 2 is applied, the build number will be 20140905_0730 and will say “Update Release 4”.  (Note that non-subscription users do have access to Update 4 via the update page, but not this R2 version of it.)  Revit users on subscription can access this update by logging into their Autodesk Subscription site.

Revit 2015 R2 does not have a file format change so you can continue to work with Revit users that continue to use the existing Revit 2015 release.

A big enhancement to this R2 version is in the area of sitework.  Autodesk acquired the SiteWorks site planning software from Eagle Point Software Corporation.  Sitework has long been an area of limited capability within Revit and this enhanced capability will please many users wanting to do more with that aspect.  Subscription members can download the new Site Designer Extension for Revit 2015 from the Product Enhancements portion of the subscription site.

According to Autodesk’s notes on this release,

“This update requires either the initial release of Autodesk Revit 2015 (build: 20140223_1515) or Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 3 (build: 20140606_1530) . Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 3 will need to be applied to any installed Revit 2015 which has either Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 1 (build: 20140322_1515) or Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 2 (build: 20140323_1530) applied. Installation will also be blocked if Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 4 (build: 20140903_1530)) has been applied, a full uninstall followed by a new install of Autodesk Revit 2015 will be needed in order to apply Release 2.”

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Tekla BIMsight Continues to Improve

I have previously written about a software named Tekla BIMsight which is a good option for collision detection for building models. (Click here for article)  After I first encountered this program and wrote the article about it in February of 2011, Tekla has continued to improve the software.  The great part about this software is that it is still FREE.  It is still  a very viable option for designers who need collision detection capability, but can’t afford software like Navisworks Manage.

Tekla has a new update out for BIMsight and I still believe that it is a decent program and should be investigated to see if it meets your needs.  The current (new) version is 1.9.

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Software – The Cost of Doing Business

ALERT!  Breaking News!  Computer software can be expensive!!

Okay, I realize that isn’t really breaking news and is something that people already know.  However, the fact that people are already aware of that is what can create issues.  While various software packages can be expensive, design software is one of those software categories that really is expensive.  I have previously written a blog article on architectural design software packages under $2500 entitled “Inexpensive Architectural Design Software“, but those packages are not the mainstream products being utilized.  For most companies to compete in the AEC design community, they are pretty much required to utilize a software package that will cost a minimum of $4,000.00 per user.  Most software packages also either require you to be on a subscription plan or make you pay a large upgrade fee to remain up-to-date with the software.

Regardless of the method that you use to pay for the software, it is a large expense for each user.  However, I must say that is the cost of legally doing business.  If a company (or individual) wants to participate in a market that requires design software, then the software costs must be considered part of the business expense.  I may not like the cost to play, but I still want to play, so I need to pay.

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Batch Process Drawings with ScriptPro

Many times when you are working with one of the AutoCAD-based products you will need to make the same change to a large quantity of drawing files.  It takes forever to do this one drawing at a time, so you want something available to you to batch process the drawings.  Autodesk has a free utility software available to do this, which is named ScriptPro.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Update 1 Available

Autodesk has released Web Update 1 for Revit® Architecture 2013.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available, with separate downloads for each version.  The update is available to users who have purchased a valid license for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013  or a product suite including Revit Architecture.

The update is not a full installation, but instead is considered a service pack so the 2013 version must already be installed.

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Free 3D Model Review Software Has Update

In February 2011, I reviewed a new free product on the market for 3D model review named Tekla BIMsight by Tekla, Inc. (Read review)   Tekla has recently released the new Tekla BIMsight version 1.3, and the big point is that it is still a free product.

As I mentioned in my first article on the BIMsight software, this is a basic clash detection software that allows you to bring several different 3-D models together for project collaboration and collision detection.  While it is not a robust software, it performs clash detection that can meet the needs of many people and that I believe warrants consideration.  It is a straight forward software that is not difficult in learning to use and also has a decent forum support system that is easily accessible from within BIMsight.

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Revit 2012 Update 2 Available

Autodesk has released Web Update 2 for Revit Architecture 2012 (along with Revit Structure 2012 and Revit MEP 2012).  Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available, with separate downloads for each version.  The update is available to users who have purchased a valid license for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012, Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate 2012, Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium 2012 or AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2012.

The update is not a full installation, but instead is considered a service pack so the 2012 version must already be installed.

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Roombook Extension for Revit 2012 Available

In January 2011, I wrote an article about Autodesk releasing the Roombook Extension for Revit Architecture 2011.  Autodesk has now released the Roombook Extension for Revit Architecture 2012.

According to Autodesk, “The Roombook Extension for Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2012 software helps calculate the surface area of walls, floors and ceiling elements, room circumferences and the total number of furnishing elements within a project.”  It appears to be unchanged from the version available for Revit Architecture 2011.

The Roombook Extension can be downloaded from the Autodesk Subscription website for subscription members.

Read the previous article on the Revit Architecture 2011 Roombook Extension.

Revit Architecture 2012 Update 1 Available

Autodesk has released Web Update 1 for Revit® Architecture 2012.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available, with separate downloads for each version.  The update is available to users who have purchased a valid license for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012, Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate 2012, Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium 2012 or AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2012.

The update is not a full installation, but instead is considered a service pack so the 2012 version must already be installed.

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Autodesk Revit 2012 Extensions Now Available

Autodesk has now released downloadable enhancements for the 2012 versions of its various Revit-based software packages.  If you are an Autodesk subscription program member, you can log into your subscription site and download the enhancements for your particular product(s). If you do not know  how to get into your subscription site, you will need to contact the reseller from which you purchased your Autodesk product.

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Autodesk Products Are Now “Citrix Ready”

Autodesk is in the process of releasing the 2012 versions of various software packages and one of the new features for eight of the products is that they are “Citrix Ready”.  This is a major feature that will benefit many organizations that are currently utilizing Citrix Systems solutions in other portions of their organization.  By utilizing Citrix solutions, Autodesk users can reduce hardware costs and central management of the software.  Many I.T. managers will be excited about this capability.  Smaller organizations may not realize any benefit to this feature, but many mid-size and larger firms will really benefit from it.

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Revit Architecture 2011 Hotfix for Color Fills

Autodesk issued a hot fix for their Revit Architecture 2011 product to address issues releated to some crashing occuring when using Color Fills.  This hot fix has not received much publicity, so I wanted to mention it and encourage users to download and install the fix.  It is a pretty quick and straightforward operation.

The hot fix can be downloaded from the following webpage:
Revit Architecture 2011 Colorfills Hotfix

Some notes:

  • Make sure that Update Release 2 has been applied prior to adding the hotfix. Verify that the build number of Revit 2011 is 20100903_2115.
  • The Utility.dll file will be manually replaced during this process.  The download only copies this file to your computer in a zip file.
  • Administrator rights are required to copy the Utility.dll to the proper location.
  • The readme file explains where to copy the file.
  • There are separate downloads for 32-bit and 64-bit systems.