Revit plugin: Revision + Cloud Manager

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This is a one-stop solution for managing revision clouds and revisions in Revit. It is one of the most popular paid apps in Autodesk App Store. Give it a try!

I am constantly updating my products in response to user’s feedback. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or problem using the tools, as well as any comments and suggestions. Your feedback is most welcomed!

Revision + Cloud Manager (Trial)

Revision + Cloud Manager

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FEATURE BLOCK – Revision Cloud Manager

This plugin finds all revision clouds in the model, group them by revision, let the user select the revision(s) to show in a table. By right-clicking on the column header, it allows selecting which properties need to be shown. It collects all necessary information directly from Revit model, and let the user export the table as Excel file.

Using Cloud’s Comments

This plugin can read and write “Comments” property. End User Assistant plugin can remind Revit user to write something into Comments property as a description. FYI, Comments property supports multiple lines text. To achieve that, type some lines in notepad/Word, then copy-paste it into Comments property. The plugin supports multi-line-text too. Similar to Excel, you need to press Shift + Enter to enter  a new line.

Export to Excel

Export all clouds and selected properties as an Excel table.

Clouds on Sheet

If there is cloud on sheet, please run “Verify Detail Number” at least once to get the correct result. More is explained in “Issues” later.

Clouds in Dependent View

If there is any dependent views that has cloud in it, please run “Verify Visibility” to get the correct result. More is explained in “”Issues” later.

Last Edited By

From version 1.1.0, this plugin can read the history data collected by End User Assistant plugin, and show the user who did the last editing to a cloud.

“View Title” Parameter

This parameter is a combination of “Title On Sheet” and “View Name”. It will show “Title On Sheet” if possible, otherwise “View Name”, so it is consistent with what’s showing on sheet.

FEATURE BLOCK – Revision Manager

From version 1.2, Revision Manager is available for managing sheets based on revisions. It finds all revisions and sheets in a project, and provides convenient features of managing sheets.

Select Sheets of Revisions

Select sheets of selected revisions.

Batch Assign/Remove 

Select multiple revisions and sheets, assign/remove these revisions to/from these sheets.

Save Printset

Save selected sheets into a printset for later use.

Export Sheet List or Matrix

Export sheet list or a revision matrix (or Issue Sheet, or whatever you call it) from selected sheets to an Excel file. You can select what parameters to be included.

ISSUES

Verify Detail Number: If a cloud is on a sheet, Revit is not smart enough to tell which viewport the cloud is on. This app finds this missing piece of information, eliminating the need of manual effort, thus minimize room for error.

Click “Verify Detail Numbers” in the main menu to start a full scan for all clouds showing in the table. Right click on one row and then click “Refresh“ will update detail number of that row’s cloud.

If the model is large, the time needed for the plugin to find detail numbers for all clouds might be quite long. This issue is caused by Revit’s internal workflow of sheet regenerating.When you hit “Verify Detail Number”, the plugin will give a warning message and an estimation of needed time, letting the user decide whether to proceed now or later. To grant enough time for the plugin to work its way, simply let it run while you are attending a meeting, having lunch or doing other non-Revit tasks.

After finding the correct detail number for a cloud, the plugin will save it for future use. However, if the detail number of a drawing changes, the saved detail number will NOT update. Therefore, you should at least verify detail number once each time you run the plugin.

Verify Visibility: When dependent views are involved, note that initially, this app will list out the same cloud multiple times, one for every parent/dependent view, regardless of whether the cloud is actually showing up in that view. You need to run “Verify Visibility” to let the app find out whether the cloud is showing up or not. Similar to the process of verifying detail number, this command might take some time to finish, if the model is large and complex.

Verify visibility will also find out if a cloud is hidden by various settings, such as hide element or category. At least verify visibility once each time you run the plugin.

FUTURE RELEASES

As always, suggestions for future releases are most welcomed. Feel free to contact me if you want specific function in the plugin, or if your firm has special demands that could be best met by a more customized tool.

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