Reference planes are essential tools for creating our model families in schematic and design development. With heavy use, however, they tend to populate too much and make views in Reference Planes too busy.
Last fall we were treated to a glimpse of what is coming down the road from the developers at Autodesk. This has never occurred before, and as most users know, unless we sign up to beta test future releases, there are no indications of what is coming in the short term and from the long view.
We had a comment in a recent Revit MEP class that Detail Level for Ducts and Pipes are not the same at medium level of detail. The mechanical and piping engineers have a shared interest in coordinating hydronic supply/return and condensate piping with each other’s disciplines, and they like to print and share documents or views with other project stakeholders.
IdeateApps is the newest application by IdeateSoftware, known for their innovative Revit plugins for BIM and Revit Model data. Like Ideate’s other applications–Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, and Ideate Sticky–IdeateApps is designed to make the lives of Autodesk Revit users easier, but IdeateApps focuses on productivity more than anything else. How does it help? Let’s take a look.
A question came up about the need for a self-standing Revit 2016 plotting station to generate PDFs. A firm did not want to tie up a standalone or network license when running off a batch of plots. I initially latched on the prospect of using the Autodesk’s Batch Plotting App, but realized right away its major limitations was that it was not a non-licensed self-standing product and worse did not print to PDF.