If you want to install Dynamo on (or into ?) Revit, Tom Vollaro from Inside the Factory has posted the steps.

I have previously posted about Dynamo on github and Microsoft Kinect with Dynamo (multiple videos).

The installation is a bit wonky, so here are the steps:

  1. Go to the Dynamo repository on github.
  2. Click on DynamoInstall or DynamoInstall_32bit (depending on your Revit install)
  3. Click on Release
  4. Click on both the msi file and setup.exe. For each, click “View Raw” and that will allow you to download the file
  5. Run setup.exe and restart Revit. I will post instructions soon on getting it going in Vasari.

Inside the Factory: Revit Spaghetti

Whether you prefer C# or VB.Net for Revit API add-in development is probably a matter of preference.  So for those of you who haven’t heard yet:

Based on popular demand, we have now added new VB.NET samples.
So regardless whether you are new to this training or have already gone through it once with the C# code, now is your chance to choose the language you prefer, C# or VB.Net, at www.autodesk.com/myfirstrevitplugin.

The Building Coder: My First Revit Plug-in in VB

Ok, the review quoted below may be biased, but the Solibri product is worth keeping in mind.  They also make a free IFC Optimizer that can be useful when moving a model from ArchiCAD into Revit.

Navisworks is now an Autodesk product, with a vast sales and marketing machinery to boost its implementation, so this is understandable. But Solibri Model Checker does so much more than Navisworks, and while it has its share of success stories, especially in Europe where Solibri is based, it does not enjoy the perception of near-ubiquitous adoption that an application like Navisworks has, at least in the US. Solibri Model Checker is gaining some momentum in FIATECH and the GSA, which is promising.

Solibri Model Checker v7: AECbytes Product Review

Image from AECbytes review page

Basically, the issue goes something like this:
Revit 2012 can’t find a linked dwg anymore. When I try to reload it, Revit says the file doesn’t exist. There is an other linked dwg in the same folder, which still loads fine.

Here are some relevant forum threads:




Here is one solution.  Well, its not really a solution, more of a method that can be used to fix this problem:

1) make view templates for the graphical overrides of the imported dwg (Overrides import)
2) remove the file from the project
3) save under new name
4) reopen the project and Link CAD the same dwg file
5) apply the view template for graphical overrides
6) check all views, if you imported to all views
7) redo dimensions, if there were any connecting the linked dwg with the model

via this post

DesignReform have recently posted a series of videos on Computational Design.  You can browse all videos related to Rhino at the following link.
DesignReform – Learning – Rhino

Here is a link to the first in the Computational Design series:
Intro to Comp. Design – 1.1 Curves and Lines
This is the first video in a series of our Introduction to Computational Design class.  We will start out with Rhino and Grasshopper and get into Python scripting.  Session One is an introduction to Rhino.  In this video we set up a framework of Curves and Lines to use as a structure for exploring the basics of Rhino geometries.
Media files Caseinc-11CurvesAndLines697.mp4

If you are particularly interested in Grasshopper, check out the series starting at 2.1:
Intro to Comp. Design – 2.1 Installing Grasshopper
We start off by installing the Grasshopper plug-in to Rhino.
Media files Caseinc-21InstallingGrasshopper516.mp4

Using Firefox and Downthemall, I could quickly download all of the *.mp4 files from the following feed address:
Direct link to feed

Google Reader link

One of the main gauges of architectural space is a man. The proportions of his body serve specific module, significantly affecting the size of a work of architecture, its elements and in general on all subjects.

Robert Shamilevich, author of the blog Art Architecture, provides the following free Detail Component packages for download.  Each link is a RAR file with multiple Detail Component families inside.  These Detail Components may assist you in presenting your drawings, and in giving them some sort of understandable scale:

People (скачать образец семейства*)

Trees (скачать образец семейства*)

Quote and links via
Google Translate

Art Architecture: Архитектурный рисунок в Autodesk Revit

I have used a similar technique for residential housing – where you can have repetitive plans with only small differences. It can even be adapted to work in a demolition scenario.

The visibility in each applicable view must be set appropriately, but the net result is cleaner and easier to control than the other methods.

Thanks to Aaron Maller for the video.