Over the years, Autodesk has provided various means for us to access, sync, backup and share files. Most recently we used “A360 Desktop” (see end of this post) and more recently “A360 Drive“. Autodesk recently released the Autodesk Desktop Connector, which allows you to:

  • Manage remote files from your desktop
  • Connect to Team Hubs
  • Work offline or online

Desktop Connector gives you access to your production A360 data. Using Desktop Connector  to modify files that reside in production A360 will automatically sync changes, updating your production file in A360.

You will see a link on your BIM 360 Team hub like this:

You can install from here which links to these downloads (Help page for install here).

x64

x86

mac

 

You need to sign in:

You should now see a BIM 360 Team link in Windows Explorer:

You can use the tray icon to “Work Offline”.

More Information

Release notes here

Getting Started guide here

Some notes about A360 Desktop retirement

A360 Desktop older versions will get this message:

A360 Desktop current versions:

  • A360 desktop Windows Updater: All users except 2018 AutoCAD products
Windows 32-bit installer – A360 desktop Version 7.3 (exe – 362MB)
Windows 64-bit installer – A360 desktop Version 7.3 (exe – 409MB)
  • A360 desktop Windows Updater: For AutoCAD 2018 product users only
Windows 32-bit installer – A360 desktop Version 9.5 (exe – 373MB)
Windows 64-bit installer – A360 desktop Version 9.5 (exe – 409MB)

 

A360 Desktop Expiration link:

When working with a large project, you may often close all or most Worksets for performance reasons.

Secret #1

Did you know that objects still show in Schedules when the Workset is closed? And even if the Visible in all views checkbox is unticked?

Additionally, the Schedules dialog does not give us an easy method to filter by Workset. Sometimes this results in some weird workarounds like using Dynamo to copy the Workset name to a parameter in each element (yes, I have seen this on real projects).

But what happens if we try Highlight in Model now, with these elements on closed worksets?

Secret #2

Interestingly, Revit will immediately and transparently open the Workset that the object resides on. This happens even if Revit can’t find the object in a view (such as because the Workset is set to be invisible in all views). You will not be warned or asked about this ‘open Workset’ action.

This automatic action does not create an entry in the Undo list, and therefore you must manually open the Worksets dialog and close the Workset yourself.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide if this is desired functionality or not? But it is definitely something to be aware of when working with Revit Schedules, Closed Worksets, and the Highlight in Model button.

Here’s how you can get the new ‘Channels’ to show up in Unifi so you can immediately start using all of this free, new content:

  1. Ensure you are running Unifi Desktop app version 2.2 or newer.
  2. Log in at Log In : UNIFI Portal (you will have to be an admin)
  3. Click on Subscriptions
  4. Click on ‘Subscribe’ next to the Channel you want to use

  5.  Flick the switch to allow user groups to have access

  6. Back in the Unifi Desktop App… we can now search across the newly added channel

This shows how the ability of Unifi to search across channels and libraries is quite powerful indeed…

Just right-click on any content to Copy it to one of your own libraries (if you want to edit or add extra shared parameters):

You can also see some of this process in this video:

    Check out the links below to learn more and install.

    Model Checker for Revit
    Overview (Vimeo)

    Autodesk Model Checker for Revit 2018 shell install

    Quick Start Guide pdf

    Sample Files and other links

    Online Help

    How to (YouTube)

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    Model Checker Configurator
    Autodesk Model Checker Configurator V3.0 for Revit 2018 install

    All 30 Sample Files (Element & General Checks) to help you build your own configuration files

    Online Help

    How to (Youtube)

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    Autodesk CoBIE Extension for Revit 2018
    Autodesk CoBIE Extension for Revit 2018 install

    Sample Files to test the features of the COBie Extension

    Online Help

    How to (YouTube)

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    Autodesk Classification Manager for Revit 2018

    Main page

    How to (YouTube)

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    Autodesk Insight 360 Plug-in for Revit 2018 (energy analysis)
    Insight plugin installer

    Insight 360 Getting Started

    Insight FAQs

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    Main Page

    Check it out at OpenRFA.

    There have been some similar attempts in the past. It is a bit of a challenge, because there will often be these ‘custom’ shared parameters that one company needs that are just very unique. But I’m interested to see how OpenRFA continues to grow. No doubt its success will depend on the number of contributors and their engagement.

    You can request an account login at http://openrfa.org/user/register

    What’s New in Revit 2018 – Official blog:
    Google Cache

    Coordination Model Link:
    coordination model linking lets you use a Navisworks file as an underlay in Revit, making it easier to coordinate with outside teams that might not be working in Revit

    Railings:
    with Revit 2018 you can also attach railings to topography to model fencing, road barriers, or outdoor handrails

    New Structural Features:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFL-YH4sFK8

    Webinar on new features:
    https://pages.autodesk.com/WhatsNewinRevit2018_RegistrationPage.html

    Revit 2018 New API Features:
    https://adn.autodesk.io/uploads/file/revit_2018_api_news/index.html

    Download using the links at:
    http://wrw.is/2017/03/autodesk-2018-direct-download-links.html

    We all know Revit is the best, right?

    But … there are a handful of people using other platforms 🙂 And I guess even the most dedicated Revit user has to use other content creation tools from time to time. That is why UNIFI has decided to develop and release multiformat support, initially for these platforms:

    Also, UNIFI are offering a free copy of their “How To Create and Maintain BIM Standards” guide to everyone who registers for their upcoming webinar. Here are the details:

    • full title is:  “Accelerating ROI from Your Firm’s BIM Investment By Leveraging Analytics To Effectively Implement and Maintain Your BIM Standards
    • date and time:  May 3rd at 11amPT

    Find out more and register here

    You ever face a problem and you just can’t stop until you solve it? I came across a model recently that was like that… it was an Revit 2015 MEP file that had a serious problem:
    Whenever you created a Duct or Pipe Fitting, it would always be created with System Classification and System Type “Undefined”.

    No matter I did, I could not fix this. I tried all of the usual steps. Then, I took this pretty severe one: deleting all warning elements with dynamo:

    And it kinda sorta worked, but not every time. I must have been doing something else as well. Was it Audit? Was it Purge?

    Turns out it was Purge. And that was all this model actually needed – a good purge. But what element specifically was causing the problem? Well, does this look right to you?!?

    Somehow there are multiple copies of Group 1. But purging Group 1s only didn’t fix it…

    To fix this model all that was needed was to

    1. Purge
    2. select all Groups, using Shift to multi-select
    3. press Ok
    Immediately, Duct and Pipe fittings were created properly.

    To fix any that were in a broken state, all you have to do is momentarily drag to disconnect one element, and drag it back into position. The system will heal itself, and all Duct and Pipe Fittings will adopt the system they are connected to (as they should).

    When troubleshooting, try to always test one thing at a time. In that way, you can more quickly isolate the problem… and the solution 🙂

    Links:
    https://www.revitforum.org/mep-general/28759-pipe-duct-fittings-all-undefined-no-system.html

    https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/revit-mep-forum/systems-not-working/m-p/6653133/highlight/false#M35799

    Systems not working | Revit Products | Autodesk Knowledge Network

    For years I have been an avid Firefox supporter, and to some extent I still am. However, Edge is getting much better (so fresh and so clean), and Chrome is really this ‘reference’ browser where most things just work. What I’m trying to say is that we can’t really be bound to just one browser anymore. But…

    We have hundreds of passwords floating around. And for me, these were living in the Firefox Sync password system, and I couldn’t really get them out! I waited patiently for Edge to support importing data from other browsers, but sadly it doesn’t work for Firefox passwords. Chrome also currently has a bug importing Firefox passwords. Its almost like these browsers just want you to choose only one and stick to it 🙂

    What is the answer?

    Well, finally, Edge does support a few extensions. One of these extensions is LastPass. It allows you to import and sync passwords from basically all browsers, and even imports things like Windows Wifi passwords, and then syncs them across devices for you. Great!

    Using LastPass, I imported all my Firefox passwords. Then, I installed the Windows app to grab other passwords like my Wifi profiles. Finally, I can now freely switch between browsers and my passwords are all in sync!

    A good starting point is to install the LastPass Universal Windows Installer. You can get other extensions from the download page. You can get the Edge extension here:
    https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh4v7x0

    If you feel so inclined, LastPass can also store you standard form details and pre-fill web forms for you. Just depends how much you want to put in the cloud really…