How to use revit for generating animated GIFS

In this construction article, you will learn how to use revit for generating your own animated GIFs.

Animated GIFs are most effective while employing a consistent view point and modify something inside the view, as for example the clarity of the elements or the cutting plane of a section box. Here, the cutting plane of a section box is modified in order that the GIF can animate the movement of the section via the building.

Initially, generate the 3D view and activate the section box. It is the starting view and ensure that the section box isn’t cutting the building. This view is titled as a “_01” suffix. A new 3D view template is also generated and included to this view. This template will be applied to manage the clarity of the section box in all the animation views.

After completing it, replicate the view, move the section box into the building by about 20 feet and redefine the view with an “02” suffix.

The entire method of replicating the view, moving the section box, and renaming the view is continued unless the section box has moved through the whole building.

It is recommended to utilize minimum 8 – 10 images. The animation will be smoother as the numbers of images are increased.

As soon as all the views are produced, edit the view template and deactivate the section box.

Step 2 – Export Images

After generating all the images, export them using the “Export Image” dialog. Go to the Revit button, choose “Export” then “Images and Animations” and lastly, “Image”. It will introduce the “Export Image” dialog.

In the “Export Image” dialog, choose the views to export in the “Export Range” section. Suppose, you are going to utilize PNG files, then in the “Format” section, PNG for “Shaded views” and “Non shaded views” are selected. Also, arrange the image size for the images in the “Image Size” section. It is suggested to apply 600 pixels horizontal for animated GIFs.

Choose the output folder then click “OK” to export the images.

Step 3 – Load Images into Photoshop

Now, the image files are ready for the animation, these should be transferred into the GIF file and animated. It will be performed with Photoshop. The initial step is to load the individual image files as layers with the “Load Files into Stack” script. To obtain the script, go to File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack.

Each image will be shown as a separate layer in the “Layers” dialog box.

To learn the remaining steps, go through the following article

How to use revit for generating animated GIFS

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New HVACPAC for AutoCAD 2018

JTB World recently launched HVACPAC, an exclusive AutoCAD app for creating design of HVAC and Piping system in 2D and 3D.

HVACPAC comprises of all In-line duct fittings and equipment, air terminals and HVAC related pipe work. HVACPAC was created as per South African standards (Which are identical to most countries) but can be modified as per your requirements).

This newest app is well suited with AutoCAD versions like AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD 2018 as well as all flavors/verticals derived from AutoCAD like AutoCAD Architecture (ACA), Architectural Desktop (ADT), AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical , AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD MEP (AMEP, ABS), AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D.

It also contains various 2D and 3D tools for producing overhead schematic maps together with side-on views for HVAC control rooms and other facilities for managing and servicing HVAC hardware.

HVACPAC is mostly effective for draughtsmen and engineers.

It allows for superior quality measurement of ducts, pipes and components in a matter of seconds. It also generate tables of elements instantly and automatically.

To get more information about the app, go through the following link

New HVACPAC for AutoCAD 2018

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Tips to improve the Revit Templates

Revit Project Templates provide a beginning environment and standards for new projects and project templates are used as either the default templates or define custom templates to encourage office standards. Besides of giving a beginning point for a new project, a project template also provides view templates, loaded families, defined settings and geometry etc.

After installing Revit software in the system, it opens various templates for different disciplines and types of building projects while users can also create project templates to locate specific needs or to ensure observance to office standards. As Revit has lot of facilities and tools for the users, it has become the favorite one of the architects, designers, project managers, virtual construction modelers and BIM managers.

This article is ideal for the Revit users who want to know more about the Revit Templates and the process to improve their projects and method of work.

Use Templates in files and views: Viewer templates are very useful and the people who work with Worksets find some difficulty to configure the visibility of every Workset. So this template helps to see the limit of views, the appearance of categories, filters and many more; using templates also makes the views standard and make them faster.

1. Use Worksharing: Most of the people are not aware about the templates and still create separate models of a project and then keep them in separate files to join them together, it is a time taking work. In Revit the entire project can be developed and made with the whole team in the same time in a file; where people can do different tasks in a same time like modeling the topography, working with structures, finalizing the architecture, detailing interiors etc. Basically in Revit, people can model an entire project in a same time and can create clash detection to detect the interference.

2. Use Shared Families: When any team works on similar projects with similar benefits and have a group of families that is always together or in toilets or MEP solutions, using the shared-families will unite them all while the editing and measuring can be done separately.
3. Crete Assemblies: The worst thing in detailing things in Revit is making every view and here Montage helps to bring together families of different categories and make a single element with a list of views.
4. Group and organize the views: In Revit, designers can create separate documents, Preliminary Study, Architecture etc. organize them and filter the views as per need.

5. Allot a code for everything: When the subject matter is numeric it is better to organize, parameterize and categorized them as per order like assigning codes; it will help in filtering exactly as per the needs of users.
6. Learning to leader the phases: Phases are one of the smarter things in a project program as it help with ideas, designs and manage the difference between the old and new; also impress the customers and create numeric and tables.
7. Use the Parts: Parts can separate the walls from each other and can help to create wonderful detailed walls with separate structure, finishes, details etc. Users can hide some parts or delete parts to manage the walls.
8. Creating a board: Revit has previously made the families of boards with different sizes but it is better to have a single family of boards with different sizes mean only one family with everything.
9. Purge: As the Revit models are huge, templates help to keep them in order but unnecessary templates are a burden, the Purge command deletes the unnecessary ones.
10. The drawing options: This advantage Draw Options tool allows creating different proposals within the one Revit file.

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Tips to improve the Revit Templates

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V-Ray 3.6 for Revit is launched to improve your rendering quality

V-Ray 3.6 for Revit is launched by adding some avant-garde features to Revit along with rapid hybrid GPU + CPU rendering, photorealistic grass and fur, and rapid scene export. With a simplified UI, it becomes easier to generate stunning renders retaining your workflow as it is.

A webinar will be arranged on February 27 to demonstrate the new features of V-Ray 3.6 for Revit’s.

To register your seat online, click on the following link

Given below, some exclusive features of V-Ray 3.6 for Revit:

RAPID SCENE EXPORT: Now render any complicated scenes four time faster with new optimizations and smart caching, translation.

NEW ASSET BROWSER: Demonstrates all materials and proxy objects, and facilitates you to choose and edit various materials.

STREAMLINED UI: Updated and simplified interface for a more intuitive, easy to use workflow.

V-RAY PROXIES: ArchVision RPC objects are employed as stand-ins for V-Ray proxy objects in your Revit scene to start rendering of high-resolution models of trees, cars, people and other entourage.

V-RAY GRASS & FUR: Render realistic grass and fur.

HYBRID RENDERING: V-Ray GPU operating on NVIDIA CUDA can now take complete benefits of all existing hardware along with GPUs and CPUs.

CLOUD RENDERING EARLY ACCESS PROGRAM: Chaos Group’s consistent cloud rendering service can now be accessible in V-Ray for Revit. To apply it, just click the cloud rendering button in V-Ray for Revit, or register at

To get more clear ideas on new features and enhancements, go through the following release notes.

V-Ray 3.6 for Revit is launched to improve your rendering quality

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Tech Soft 3D introduced HOOPS Communicator 2018 Toolkit for BIM & CAD professionals

Tech Soft 3D, leading solution provider for the engineering software industry, just introduced HOOPS Communicator 2018 software development toolkit (SDK). It is a robust toolkit for generating advanced web-based engineering applications.

HOOPS Communicator is now compatible with AutoCAD DWG files and point clouds to facilitate creating architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) or building information modeling (BIM) applications.

Besides, supporting IFC, an interoperable file format for construction is also supported. These tools arrange a strong environment for visualization, query and navigation of construction models.

With HOOPS Communicator 2018, it is possible to make advanced workflows like product lifecycle management (PLM) and product configurators with significant enhancements like the ability to aggregate models. Assemblies can be easily divided into their constituent parts which can be integrated when requested or instantly substituted for several adjustments.

HOOPS Communicator 2018 embraces and simplifies major complications associated with delivering advanced graphics. There are various new features like x-ray rendering mode and ability to employ materials to geometry on the client for superior visual fidelity.

To get more details about HOOPS Communicator, visit

Tech Soft 3D introduced HOOPS Communicator 2018 Toolkit for BIM & CAD professionals

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How To Produce Solar/Shadow Studies With Revit

Prior to start a solar study, organize a view to show light and shadows. Apply the following useful tips :-
• Generate a 3D view.

To show light and shadows efficiently on a project, apply 3D views of the building model. Show standard plan views like floor plans and ceiling plans, abstain from demonstrating various elements in 3D, therefore, there will be no shadows to be casted from these elements.

The sun path and shadows can be accessed in all 3D views devoid of those applying the Wireframe or Consistent Colors visual style. In 2D views, the sun path can be accessed in floor plans, reflected ceiling plans, elevations, and sections.

Note: The sun path’s on-screen controls can’t be edited in perspective, walkthrough, or rendered 3D views.

• Rotate a view to True North to perfectly demonstrate the position of the sun concerning the project through solar study.
• While creating a lighting solar study, state the location of the sun corresponding to the view.


How to produce solar/shadow studies with Revit

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BricsCAD Shape – A handy tool for designers and architects

Bricsys, the leading developer of cad software, has introduced a new 3D conceptual modeling tool that is specifically designed for architects to improve the speed of their 3D design work.

With this conceptual modeling tool, the architects and engineers can simplify their schematic design work.

The multi-functional “Shape” tool is applied to generate walls, slabs, structural elements and more. Direct modeling features allow you to drag, connect, push/pull and extrude as per your choice. Wall connections are automatically mitered for you.

With BricsCAD, the designer can create their ideas in 3D easily with a series of common architectural components and materials together with straightforward shape generation tools. BricsCAD employs the similar parametric and modeling engine (ACIS) that is found in Bricsys’ BricsCAD Platinum CAD software.

BricsCAD Shape files can be opened directly in Bricsys’ BIM platform, BricsCAD BIM to speed up the BIM workflow. BricsCAD Shape is totally free to use.

It comprises of a library of materials, textures and pre-built 3D components. The included collection of doors and windows can be utilized separately. The users can also generate their own custom versions. Form your model according to your preference with the Visual Styles panel in Shape.

Shape is only compatible with Windows (later on it will work with macOS and Linux). It is necessary for the users to sign up for a Bricsys account and download the program to test it. Not just for this reason, BricsCAD offers more material and library content as compared to the free version of FormIt.

To learn more about BricsCAD Shape, go through the following link

Bricsys introduced Mac OS X version of BricsCAD V18

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