The official build of Dynamo 2.0 is here. There are some big changes, so here are my key takeaways:

  • File format has changed
  • Automatic backups will be saved of 1.x files after upgrade
  • Dynamo 2.0 will run side by side with a previous version
  • New direction is “desktop to web workflows” (bye XML, hello JSON)
  • Custom packages are now separated from built in nodes in the node library
  • ‘Run’ button on the python editor
  • New focus on dictionaries (bye GetItemAtIndex, hello new Dictionary nodes)

Download at this link

Read the official post at this link

Previously the Desktop Connector was built for BIM 360 Team projects running C4R. With the shift to B3D (BIM 360 Docs) platform, you need to:

From the help:

This plugin is a connector that establishes BIM 360 Docs as a recognized data source for the Desktop Connector – making it available in your desktop folder and file structure for easy file management.

As with Desktop Connector, this means your BIM 360 Docs files are replicated in a connected drive. You can manage files in BIM 360 Docs through the connected drive, just as you would any other folder on your machine. Changes made on the desktop are automatically uploaded to BIM 360 Docs.

How do you get it?

After install, you will see this in Windows Explorer:

If you are already a C4R user, for a while you can keep working as you are. But the entire platform is shifting from C4R to B3D (BIM 360 Docs), and you will eventually have to make the leap. In the long run, it will allow for more control, like folder-level permissions, so for big projects it is going to make a lot of sense. For now, there is some confusion out there (like in this Twitter thread), so here are some basic steps to activate a new BIM 360 Docs account, setup a Project, and then invite some collaborators into the project.

First, you can go to your account and use the special link to create a new BIM 360 Docs workspace. That is, if you are starting fresh in the new platform.

Here is the activation form notes (read carefully). Note: the links are different depending on how you activate it. For example, if you have an existing C4R account and you want to ‘transition’, you would use this link https://bim360.autodesk.com/activate/c4r-docs-account :

New BIM 360 workspace

 

Transitioning from C4R

 

Once done, you should have a new BIM 360 account:

And you just have to click the activate link in your email:

After that, you should be able to login to your BIM 360 workspace and start setting up some company settings, like adding a Logo and Business Units:

Setup a Business Unit:

https://help.autodesk.com/view/BIM360D/ENU/?guid=GUID-6A8990E7-A640-4267-83AF-64003B015F98

 

Finally, you can go ahead and Setup a Project:

https://help.autodesk.com/view/BIM360D/ENU/?guid=GUID-9C991F4C-7012-4770-B8F7-A1D45F5D9197

 

 

Then,

  • add Companies to your Workspace
  • Add Users to Companies.
  • And invite these Users to specific Projects.

In Revit 2018.3, after clicking Collaborate, you should be able to choose from 3 options:

You should see this in your Open dialog (if you have both a Team and a Docs entitlement):

Finally, you should be able to access Document Management, add folders, apply Permissions, and generally start work:

 

The tools have been updated for Revit 2019. I am providing some download links below for these tools:

  • Autodesk Classification Manager for Revit
  • Autodesk Model Checker for Revit
  • Autodesk Model Checker Configurator
  • Autodesk Enhanced DWG Exporter for Revit
  • Autodesk COBie Extension for Revit
  • Autodesk COBie Extension for Navisworks

Autodesk Classification Manager for Revit

The Classification Manager is free to download and use, just select your Revit version and get started.

Revit 2019

Revit 2018

Revit 2017

Revit 2016

 

Autodesk Model Checker for Revit

The Model Checker is free to download and use, just select your Revit version and get started.

Revit 2019

Revit 2018

Revit 2017

Revit 2016

 

Autodesk Model Checker Configurator

The Model Checker is free to download and use. Click here to download the installer.

 

Autodesk Enhanced DWG Exporter for Revit

The Enhanced DWG Exporter is free to download and use. This release includes localization for English, French, and German.

Revit 2018

English Installer  

Revit 2018

Deutsches Installations-Programm  

Revit 2018

 

Autodesk COBie Extension for Revit

The COBie Extension is free to download and use, just select your Revit version and get started.

Revit 2019

Revit 2018

Revit 2017

Revit 2016

 

Autodesk COBie Extension for Navisworks

This one is ‘coming soon’, so I will update the link once it is released

 

Autodesk main page for BIM Interoperability Tools here

This includes quite a bit of functionality for a free addin, including the ability to collect elements from the current Revit project, override them, edit data, and Excel import and export:

Parameter Explorer can be used for filtering, modifying and checking Elements parameters, including synchronizing data with Excel, override colors and temporary isolate specific elements.

  • Access all Elements that have a Category within a Document
  • Quick Select Elements in Revit By Parameters & Category Filter
  • Read all Elements Data Instantly in a Table
  • Edit Data more efficiency
  • Excel Export and Import (Easy Charts Creation with Excel)
  • Visualization Elements Data on View by color override

Get it at:

https://apps.autodesk.com/RVT/en/Detail/Index?id=5052462497514539721&appLang=en&os=Win64

Documentation

https://hotgearproject.gitbooks.io/hotgear-project/content/

Video

Download

AutodeskAppStoreLink

Licensing/Activation

https://hotgearproject.wordpress.com/licensingactivation/

 

Check out the post at:

Parameter Explorer

On install of Revit 2019, you will have the following install choices:

There are no changes in the Options dialog from Revit 2018 to 2019, except for the new Steel tab and tools ribbon option (under Structure tab and tools):

This is what the Steel ribbon looks like:

Clicking Help will take you to Help content pages that don’t exist yet (oops). I’m sure this will be rectified soon.

Build numbers are 19.0.0.405 and 20180216_1515(x64)

Launching Dynamo from Revit 2019 will reveal that the Dynamo version has been upgraded to 1.3.3.4111. As some have mentioned, this version does not run on Revit 2016. So you will have to run multiple Dynamo versions and be aware of any file incompatibility if you want to use Dynamo on Revit 2016 and Revit 2019 simultaneously. The installation process should pick up your custom package paths and any Recent Files too.

Add-ins tab reveals that the following items previously considered Subscription Enhancements are included and installed out of the box:

  • Batch Print
  • eTransmit
  • Model Review
  • Worksharing Monitor

 

The biggest change you are likely to notice is that you now have Tabbed Views, and an updated interface for controlling docked panels.

I compared the built in category list from Revit 2018 and Revit 2019, and these are the new Categories in Revit 2019:

API Name Visible Name
OST_StructConnectionHoleTags Hole Tags
OST_StructConnectionShearStudTags Shear Stud Tags
OST_StructConnectionProfilesTags Profile Tags
OST_StructConnectionBoltTags Bolt Tags
OST_MechanicalEquipmentSetTags Mechanical Equipment Set Tags
OST_StructConnectionAnchorTags Anchor Tags
OST_MechanicalEquipmentSetBoundaryLines Mechanical Equipment Set Boundary Lines
OST_StructConnectionWeldTags Weld Tags
OST_StructConnectionPlateTags Plate Tags
OST_MechanicalEquipmentSet Mechanical Equipment Sets

 

On a final note… the Revit icon hasn’t changed for the last couple of years, so I made this Revit 2019 icon for you 🙂 Just download it and set as the icon for Revit 2019. Also, I’m sure you can do better than my attempt if you spend more than 30 seconds in Windows Paint:

BIM 360 has just changed in a fundamental way. The trust environment is now more controlled, and it is sharing base technology with BIM 360 Docs. So instead of talking about C4R bolted onto A360 or BIM360, we will now be talking about ‘Revit files in this Docs module in this Team Project on BIM 360 Design’ (I think).

Revit 2018.3 is required and direct download link can be found here.

I’ll follow up with some more detailed information in the coming weeks.

Here is the post from Kyle:

All,
I wanted to welcome you, on behalf of the team here at Autodesk, to the Design Collaboration forum.  This forum exists for conversations about the design collaboration workflows possible in the BIM 360 Design product, which released today.  We look forward to the conversation.  First though, I’ll try to answer some likely questions you all have.

 

What’s BIM 360 Design?

BIM 360 Design is the next generation of Collaboration for Revit (C4R).  It enables the cloud worksharing you’ve come to love in C4R, but connected to the next generation BIM 360 platform.  You can learn more about it here on our new product center, and below is an image that captures what comes with it.BIM 360 Design.png

 

 

You can see that within BIM 360 Design there are 2 next gen modules that are included, Design Collaboration and Document Management.  Together with cloud worksharing, they represent the most seamless way to collaborate on Revit data across the globe.  We’ll talk more about the new workflow in subsequent targeted posts.

 

What Happened to C4R?

C4R just became BIM 360 Design as of today.  If you’re an existing subscriber, you’ll see the branding update in manage.autodesk.com shortly.  If you have existing projects in-progress, working against BIM 360 Team (aka Classic), nothing really changes aside from the branding you see in the account portal.  You can continue to work on those projects, and new subscriptions to BIM 360 Design can be allocated to new team members, who can then start to work on those existing projects.  More detail can be found in this FAQ.

 

What Can I Do With BIM 360 Design?

With BIM 360 Design, BIM authoring teams can say goodbye to “high trust” as the only way to work, and hello to flexible dynamics between multi-discipline BIM authoring teams. Along with those improved access controls comes a whole new web and mobile experience delivered by Next Gen BIM 360.  Across Document Management and the new Design Collaboration module, teams can:

  • Quickly and easily set up teams and define the data spaces they will work in.
  • Easily understand the current state of the project, with an aggregated view of the project data that can be navigated the way they think about it, not how our beloved authoring tools structure it.
  • Exchange data between teams in a controlled way, on the back of our new currency for data exchanges: Packages. These are like transmittals on steroids, allowing teams to curate the versions of Models, 2D Sheets, and 3D Views needed to communicate process.
  • Understand how data has changed over time. Change visualization can be enabled with the touch of a button on any BIM artifact contained in a Package. No more hunting for revision clouds or exporting the 3rd party tools.
  • Provide feedback on those BIM artifacts, with Markups and closed loop Issues created in Document Management (Issues are on their way to Design Collaboration).
  • Use the Preview version of Desktop Connector to collaborate on non-Revit project data, centralizing the data platform used for all Work in Progress (WIP) project data.
  • Use those BIM artifacts downstream for construction workflows across the Field Management, Project Management, and Model Coordination modules.

How Do I Get Started with BIM 360 Design?

If you’d like to start a new Project in this new way to work, you need to:

  1. Get a BIM 360 Account
    1. If you have an existing next gen BIM 360 account, you should automatically get the Design Collaboration module enabled tonight (April 9th US time zone)
    2. If you don’t have an existing account, your Contract Manager should receive an email shortly with instructions on how to get one created.
  2. Install the Revit 2018.3 Update
    This update released today, and should be available in the Autodesk Desktop app.  A direct download link can be found here.  This is required for Revit 2018 to know how to communicate with next gen BIM 360.
  3. Start a New Project and Enable Document Management + Design Collaboration
    With these two modules enabled, along with the latest update of Revit, you have what you need to get started.  We’ll have a separate thread that walks through the process to get up in running in more detail.

Hopefully, you all are as excited about this as we are.  We’re biased though; we’ve worked hard based on lots of feedback and customer engagement to deliver this new way to work, and your continued feedback and engagement will make sure that we deliver on the needs you all have.  Look out for subsequent discussions on specific parts of the overall product experience, and we look forward to hearing from there.  Post here in this thread with general questions.

 

Cheers,

Kyle & the Team

Kyle Bernhardt
Product Line Manager
BIM Project Delivery
Autodesk, Inc.