Did you know support of Sketchbook Designer is coming to an end? Check this out:

SketchBook Designer – Concept Design & Illustration Software – Autodesk

I guess the story is a bit like Impression 3, and to a lesser extent Design Review 2013 – Sketchbook Designer 2014 is the last official version.

The main difference seems to be that Sketchbook Designer is / was a desktop design tool, while Sketchbook Pro is a sketching tool for tablets and stylus use. Personally, I will be be keeping Sketchbook Designer 2014 installed for a few years I think…

Sketchbook Designer 2014

Sketchbook Pro 2015 (aka 6.2 ?)

This option in Sketchbook Pro 6.2 will launch Designer 2014

Sketchbook Pro 2014 is equal to 6.1

Sketchbook Designer (not Pro) can export vector formats such as DWG – you can also have Vector or Raster layer types:

Download PDF of slides at:

how to make using virtual systems a reality for architect’s implementing BIM within a multidisciplinary project team. After a short introduction covering the key steps, we will also be covering the following points:

  • A real time BIM case study from a small practice
  • Managing documentation and business process
  • How architects should collaborate using BIM
  • What it means for design work-flow and productivity
  • Hear the lessons and pitfalls of BIM for small practices

Note: this event seems to be sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks.

Share link:

Main page (click launch at the end of page):
Event Lobby (EVENT: 776647)

Exporting Navisworks View Names Directly to Text:

  1. Download SysExporter
  2. Open a Navisworks project
  3. Open SysExporter
  4. Look for a TreeView Entry with same number of items as you have views
  5. Choose Columns – untick everything except String
  6. Select (using Shift) all of the view names you want to export in the list
  7. Right-click, Copy Selected Items (Tab Delimited)
  8. Paste into email or other software of choice

Quickly deleting all of your Navisworks sets (search sets etc) without waiting to select all the Items:

  1. Left click on last item in Sets list
  2. Hold down Shift
  3. Right click on top item in Sets list
  4. Click Delete

In Navisworks 2015, use Gourad Shader Style, Full Lights, Render set to Low:

“The BIM data from the Revit model can be imported or exported using a BIM data file format or using other formats. The available file formats are SDNF (Version 2.0 and Version 3.0), CIS/2, IFC, and PSS.

Download at:
Advance Steel and Concrete Plug-in | Autodesk Revit | Autodesk Exchange Apps

Previous post:
What Revit Wants: Autodesk Advance Steel 2015 now available, with Revit and Navisworks Integration

Paolo has written a nice little macro that basically examines the Type parameters of a wall and then draws a Detail Line at the centreline of the wall – the Line Style is driven by the Parameter. The obvious use is for Fire Rating – you make a couple of Line Styles for different ratings, set the Fire Rating parameters on the wall, run this macro and then you have an instant fire rating plan.

To update a view, it seems that if you run it with nothing selected, it will ‘clear’ the previously created Detail Lines. Then, select the walls and run the macro – the Detail Lines are recreated according to the current parameter value.

Download at:

Qui il codice e qui la famiglia di etichetta.

Watch the video:

Read the original post here, and donate to Paolo if you like it

IFC Exporter for Revit 2014 (v3.10):
IFC for Revit 2015 (v15.0.2):

direct for 2015

(note – the 15 part of the versioning now matches the Revit version ie. 2015)

via email

Here is an interesting idea from Daniel Monsén: in the video below, he describes using bimframe connect (which I previously posted about a couple of times, including here) to translate data for a Revit project.

In simple steps:

  1. Export a given schedule (such as rooms) using bimframe connect addin to Google Sheets
  2. Use the googletranslate formula to translate the data from the source to a given target language
  3. Copy the translated over the top of the original source data
  4. Import the translated data back into Revit using bimframe connect

The one comment I would make in addition to the video embedded below – if you want to quickly apply a formula to an entire column worth of data in Google Sheets, you should definitely use ARRAYFORMULA. If you put an array formula in the top row of a given column, it will apply itself to every cell in that column. For example:
=ArrayFormula( GoogleTranslate( B2:B ; “en” ; “nl” ) )


via email:

From: Daniel Monsén
Subject: Translate a Revit project into another language.

Hi Luke.

I hope everything i fine.
I just want to see if you seen our trick to translate a revit file to another language, using bimframe connect. 
Maybe something for your blog?
Med vänliga hälsningar / Best regards
Daniel Monsén
Sr BIM advisor

EDIT Harry said that the latest version is the one on Autodesk Exchange Apps

I previously posted about the ADN file upgrader here.  Since then Harry has created a more powerful upgrader for Revit 2014 available on Exchange, and he has also released a 2015 version which is not on Exchange yet – see his post with direct download link below.

 If you are ready to upgrade files to Revit 2015, here is a 2015 File Upgrader installer.


Free File Upgrader – now for 2015 | Boost Your BIM

To map fonts, edit shxfontmap.txt using a text editor. This file resides in the following location: %APPDATA%AutodeskRevit
For each TrueType font to map, add a line with the following format:
  • filename.shx is the name of the AutoCAD SHX font to map from
  • is the TAB key on the keyboard
  • Fontname is the font to be mapped to
Save and close the file.

You do not need to restart Revit for the font mapping to take effect.


Read more / copied from: http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/learn-explore/caas/CloudHelp/cloudhelp/2014/ENU/Revit/files/GUID-87119589-ADE4-41AD-A796-3EB3C1DDDA82-htm.html