Finally, a Revit add-on truly worth buying! Not only is the price unbeatable, but the improved user experience is something that puts Autodesk to shame (because similar functionality should have been standard in Revit for a loooong time).
I’ve toyed around with the previous version in the past and was on the fence about how it worked, but the new version is ready for prime-time. Their latest patch even includes a screen-capture utility called “Icon Maker” that enables you to customize the thumbnails in case the automatically generated ones are not adequate. Aaron Maller has written an extensive blog post about v2, and just a few days ago, he highlighted some of the new features in version 3.7.
Below are a couple of instructional videos on how to use it and about setting things up.
These are some of the features I absolutely love about this app:
- Instant Family search with each letter typed in the search box;
- Type Catalog functionality (Create/Edit/Recreate Catalogue);
- Add families by drag & drop from Windows Explorer;
- Add families from within the project environment;
- Create a tab with wall families (more functionality to be added in upcoming releases);
Now, it is highly unlikely for me to not have my own list of wants for a future release, so here they are:
- When adding single families to a palette through drag & drop from Windows Explorer, a link should be established to that family instead of creating a copy of the file. This is a biggie for me and I’m sure it is too for other BIM Managers out there. Linking would open up tremendous possibilities, such as creating custom palettes for each project team or project type and still retain content library centralization;
- When closing the Family Browser and re-opening, it should refresh the list in case something was added/deleted in the referenced family library;
- I’d rather not have to enable borders every time I need to resize the palette (I believe this is an API limitation);
- When using the Locate tools in the BIM Management fly-out, Windows Explorer should open directly to that folder instead of launching a message box. Alternatively, copy the path to the clipboard to make it easy to find said location;