EDIT: My post was up before the app I think!  Here is some more info:
Itunes App Store link:

Autodesk page:

Autodesk RSS feed for Formit:
And some more from Autodesk FormIt & Revit – The Revit Clinic:

Express design ideas with easy-to-use tools:

  • Create forms quickly from a gallery of shapes
  • Directly manipulate forms using gestures for easy model changes
  • Save designs to the cloud and share with others

Easy access to site information:

  • Set project location in a searchable maps interface
  • Import satellite image of your site
  • Design directly in the context of your proposed building location

Make early design decisions:

  • Explore the effects of the sun using the location-aware Shadow Study tool
  • Start early program analysis by tracking gross building floor area ratio while you design

Experience a more continuous BIM workflow:

  • Store and share designs in the cloud using Autodesk® 360 cloud services
  • Easily transfer designs to desktop applications via RVT or SAT file formats
  • Explore design ideas and add detail to early design forms using award-winning BIM technology


FormIt is an intuitive, easy to use mass modeling application helping designers make informed decisions while accessing site and climate data. The building and site aware app allows designers to sketch proposed design options that can be compared with program requirements and then shared with the project team for continued collaboration through Autodesk® 360.

Available now on the Apple App Store.

(I can’t find it on there, can you?)

I previously posted about Three Ways to go from Grasshopper to Revit.  However, Vasari Talk 18 (uploaded by AutodeskBuilding) shows that there are at least 4.

Learn more by viewing the playlist embedded below:

Or you can choose individual parts to watch here:
Vasari Talk 18 video playlist

What are the 4 ways?

Session 18: Grasshopper to Vasari Panel Discussion – WikiHelp

Geometry Gym has released an IFC importer for Vasari Beta – links below:

ggRevitIFC2013x64 v0.0.37.msi (13th September 2012) REVIT 2013

ggRevitIFC2012x64 v0.0.37.msi (13th September 2012) REVIT 2012

ggVasariIFC v0.1.0.msi (18th September 2012) VASARI

64 Bit Vasari, Revit 2012 and Revit 2013 Addon to import IFC files.
Addon undergoing rapid development. Please use with care and send suggestions and observations.

Downloads – Geometry Gym

Image from Geometry Gym

Geometry Gym: IFC Importer for VASARI

In addition to Project Vasari itself, you can now download a Software Development Kit (SDK). This kit is intended for power users who wish to use the Application Program Interface (API) to work with Project Vasari.
The API allows a programmer to:

  • Create add-ins to automate repetitive tasks in the Project Vasari UI
  • Enforce project design standards by checking for errors automatically
  • Extract project data for analysis and to generate reports
  • Import external data to create new elements or parameter values
  • Integrate other applications, including analysis applications, into Project Vasari
  • Create Project Vasari project documentation automatically

// Download Project Vasari SDK via Autodesk Labs

Project Vasari Software Development Kit Now Available – It is Alive in the Lab

Some direct links:

Vasari Software Development Kit (SDK)
Project Vasari 2.5 offers an API designed to allow power users and external application developers to integrate their applications with Vasari. It is strongly recommended that you become familiar with Project Vasari and its features before attempting to use the API. Training can be found through the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN).
// download
// more


Nathan Miller has been working on a number of cool things for some years now.  In one recent post about Slingshot for Revit, he states “the tool will provide different means of connecting Revit (and Vasari) to relational database management systems, including MySQL. More importantly, I am interested in establishing common database schema that will allow for a more fluid workflow between Revit and external design tools like Rhino and Grasshopper. This includes sharing parameters and geometry.

He has been “prototyping some functionality via the RevitPythonShell plug-in in Vasari. Python is giving me a more fluid workflow than the usual Revit development process. Eventually, the tools will become true add-ins…”

The Proving Ground by Nathan Miller: Slingshot!… for Revit?

Image from The Proving Ground – “A point cloud in Vasari being created using a MySQL database…”

Just in case you missed this – Autodesk has picked up the previous work of Mr Keough on Dynamo and provided a Labs plugin for Vasari!

Dynamo for Vasari
Build parametric functionality on top of Vasari with a graphical user interface. Autodesk has extended the open source effort of Ian Keough by adding some additional nodes and packaging it in an installer for Vasari to make it easier to get up and running. The download also includes some sample workflows.
// Download
// Wiki help

Two New Free Addins available for Project Vasari – It is Alive in the Lab

More from Wiki help below:
Autodesk has extended the open source effort by adding some additional nodes and packaged it in an installer for Vasari to make it easier to get up and running. We have also provided some sample workflows which you can find below…


  1. Download the zip file from the Labs site.
  2. Run Vasari_2-1_WIP_Dynamo_Add-In.exe
  3. Keep the option to also install Vasari_2-1_WIP_Solar_Radiation_Add-In.exe
  4. Launch Project Vasari

Getting Started

  1. Launch Dynamo.
    Click Add-Ins tab>Visual Programming panel>Dynamo.
  2. Follow the sample workflows below for instructions on use.

Hey Revit, look what I can do!

if you bring a #Revit model into #Vasari the grid lines show up in 3D like reference planes-that can be really useful for coordination

via @pete1352 Matt Petermann on
Twitter / @pete1352: if you bring a #Revit mode …

This is actually pretty cool.

The same goes for Levels – in Vasari they show up in the 3D View.  Obviously, normal Reference Planes also show up in 3D:

Here are a few quotes from a recent review of a symposium at the Design the Dynamic conference by Generative Design (Bold emphasis added by me.)

” Design is described as a process that stretches between the implicit and the explicit. While a sketch is an implicit design model, BIM is an explicit construction model. “

” While some CAD companies rely on strategies that depend on the capabilities that they have developed or acquired, some rely more on the energies and abilities the vibrant communities that they have nurtured around their offerings. “

” Whiles the tools like Vasari reduced the complexity, they were discovered to be less accurate than more advanced analytical tools such as ANSYS that are usually operated by experts.  However, tools like Vasari were found to be useful despite their limitations and misuse by the “Jonny English of CFD” as a presenter described himself, because they can be fixed quickly with a bit of timely expert input. “

” Scripting seemed to have entered the center stage. Unnoticed by academics, it entered academia through the back doors for student usage, thanks to tools such as Grasshopper. Perhaps because it had no known association to any ancient ideas of orders, it remained unnoticed by academics though now some may wish to authenticate it belatedly, given its current dominance…
Architects are now increasingly addicted to the richness of form authored by code. Scripting is most definitely here to stay. “

Quotes via, and Read More at:
What is missing ? � Generative Design

Image from http://generativedesign.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/whats-missing/