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Cadspec Revit Toolbox – 31 August 2018

Autodesk’s Revit software is naturally built for Building Information Modelling and includes a range of features for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering and construction.

Our Cadpsec application specialists and consultants work with Revit for client’s projects on a regular basis and over the years we’ve got to know some of the pain points of designing. That’s why our specialist team have created the Cadspec Revit Toolbox, a handy feature which can be installed onto your existing Revit software within minutes, giving you access to a range of useful tools and shortcuts to make your life a little easier when designing in Revit.

We’ve sat down with our consultancy team to get an insight into how the tools can help with your everyday design tasks…

Introducing the Family Browser…

Say goodbye to endless file searching for individual items for placement into your design. Now you can collate folders directly in the Family Browser to create your own Library. They can be local or sever based allowing you to create your own library from your own custom families, manufacturers families or the standard Revit library. Personalise your own catalogue of families which you can easily drag and drop into a design. This means, no more getting side tracked searching through an endless amount of files, the Cadspec Family Browser add-in makes selecting items quick and easy so you can concentrate on the actual design.

File names that make sense to you…

Whilst the Revit file name format gives you specific information about the file, it’s not always convenient when you’re searching through a mass of files with long-winded names.

Our team have created the ‘create families with nice names’ tool to enable you to name the file whatever you choose to, without changing the file name type for other users. This tool makes it much easier for you to find what you’re searching for and allows you to personalize your Revit user experience, without changing anything for other team members.

Exporting Locations

With the standard Autodesk Revit family of products there is no tool to export X,Y,Z coordinates from placed family instances. With Cadspec Export locations you can export your X, Y & Z locations of anything on site. Whether that be door openings, structural steels or the corner of a building. You can export all of this information quite easily out of your Revit Software in to an excel file.

This is handy for internal design review processes, to compare locations based on previous design options, and particularly for team members on site as they are able to accurately geo-locate where anything is.

Exporting Schedules

With the Cadspec Revit Toolbox you are able to export schedules directly to Excel and HTML, enabling other team members to open up designs when they don’t have access to Revit software.

This feature makes collaboration between team members much easier as design plans are not limited to the team members who have access to or even know how to use Revit. It also means design plans can be accessed from anywhere on the go, whether that’s on a mobile device during the morning commute or on a tablet when working onsite.

Automatic item tagging

Tagging is one of the most powerful tools within our toolbox. We understand how frustrating it can be when you have deleted placed items and the tags haven’t updated, leaving every item in your design with an incorrect tag.  Benefit from automatic updating of tags by re-numbering items in one, with no need to manually type them in.

The Cadspec Revit Toolbox is available for download to all Cadspec customers who subscribe to Revit. As seen from the tools above, the toolbox has been created by our specialist team to improve the efficiency of designing in Revit, to take the hassle out of minor tasks and to create a more personalised user experience for each of our customers.

If you would like to find out more about the Revit Toolbox or need help installing it, contact our team on 01905 458000 or email info@cadspec.co.uk

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