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Cadgroup REVIT.XT 2019 – a new release with some nice features (and not just for Revit 2019)

Exciting news for Cadgroup customers – Cadgroup Revit.XT 2019 has been released.

As the name suggests, the tool is now compatible with Revit 2019 and it’s been anticipated by a lot of our customers who are running the latest version of the Revit. Having said that, the installer will find any version of Revit (but not RevitLT) that is on your PC and it will install the latest build so that you can experience all the features in Revit (back to 2015). Revit.XT will uninstall the old addin files and place the new ones in the correct location for you.

There are some nice new tools that extend the functionality of the addin further and of course there are some fixes for issues reported in the software.

 

Match Instance Parameters: tool that allows you to copy instance parameters to object that are selected prior to running a tool.

Revit has a match-type function built in that allows you to take an object and then apply its type to another object. The two elements have to be of the same Family in this case.

Revit.XT has added an interesting function that allows you to pick an object or objects and then activate the tool and pick an object to draw instance parameters out of.

This is very useful as it will allow you pick objects from different categories and apply instance parameters (within the limits of what Revit will allow you!)

Once you’ve selected the objects and activated the tool, pick the parameters that you want to apply:

You can create a template for future use to save you time when using the tool. Hit the Apply button and the item’s instance Parameters are pushed into the items that were selected:

 

Upgrade Families: tool to upgrade Revit families to current version.

As the name suggests, this tool allows you to select a folder to grab Families from, then select a “target” folder.

You elect to ignore backup files (0001, 0002). Interestingly you can also choose to copy any ancillary files in the folder too – if you have custom parameter files, PDFs or whatever, they can be automatically copied over into the new folder. If you are upgrading a whole raft of families in different folders then you can choose to process subfolders too. And lastly, you can choose to export all the Families in your active project and upgrade them.

A batch operation will start and all the applicable files will be upgraded to the version of Revit that you are currently in.

 

Create Tags: tool to automate creating tags in selected views. 

This tool can help to streamline the process of adding Tags to a View. There are some cool aspects to this tool. Firstly, you can assign an offset that the Tag will be from the tagged object. This avoids the fact that Revit will place Tags in the geometric centre of the tagged object. You can create templates here, so again, you can get more efficiency with this tool if you need to populate repeated Views with Tags.

Interestingly, you’ll note the Offset X,Y and Z settings. To give some insight into this, if I am in a Plan View then X=left / right on the screen and Y = up/down. So an Offset X of -100 will set the Tag to be -100mm offset from the centre of the object – 200mm being a model size, measured in the view, not on the printed sheet. A positive X value moves the Tag to the right. In the same way, a positive Y value pushes the object up (see the lower screenshot).

If you are in an Elevation or Section, the X Offset is left /right and the Z setting will give you up/down.

 

Sheet Set Manager: tool for managing sheet sets based on sheet revisions.

The Sheetset Manager is a simple tool that might save you a little bit of time when you are issuing Revisions and you need to indentify Sheets that are yet to be issued in your current Revision.

To give a practical example you’re up to Revision 4 in a Project and you’ve activated that Revision on a number of Sheets. If you activate the Sheetset Manager tool and then select the Revision Sequence. The window to the right shows the sheets that have that Revision as their latest active Revision. You can elect to select all of the highlighted Sheets or select and deselect more by holding the CTRL key and clicking on the applicable Sheet.

Lastly, type a Sheet Name Set into the left hand window so that this set of sheets can be used in the Print / Export dialogue.

Now, if you go to the Print or Export Dialogue, there is your Sheet Set waiting to be used:

 

 

If you need to update RevitXT or if you are an existing customer and you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, please hit up your Cadgroup business development manager.

If you have received the Permalink to the location of the Revit.XT installer in the past then this link will work – we always keep the latest build available from this. 😉

Enjoy!

 

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