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Free Revit Apps from CASE Inc

April 27, 2012

CASE Inc is a group of BIM consultants based out of New York. They offer some free downloadable apps from their site, case-apps.

I’ve known about their apps for some time now. I put one them into play yesterday. That was “Import Images to Drafting Views”.

This tool will launch a dialog that allows you to import multiple images to individual drafting views. The drafting views will be named the same as the image that they originate from. This tool is handy on large renovation projects where photographs of existing conditions are documented in the model. You can tag your floor plans showing where the photograph was taken from (that part is manual of course 😉

If you have tried to import images from the Revit Insert tab, you can only do so one at a time. A blackhole for billable time. There is no shift-select process to load in more than one. An added bonus with this app is that you can specify the image dimensions before loading. (Those width and height fields are inches, for those who try the app out.)

One thing that would be nice (seems to be more of a Revit issue and not the app itself)…If you edit an image already loaded in Revit, same file name, in an image editor like Paint, and reload into Revit, it doesn’t overwrite what’s loaded. Revit will create another instance of the image, like so:

  • FileName.JPG
  • FileName.JPG(2)

Not very helpful if you have images already placed on sheets in Revit and you need to tweak them externally. It would be nice to have the option.

Hope you find this useful. There are other interesting apps from CASE I want to try out, but haven’t experimented with yet. When I do, I’ll write about it here.

PS: Be mindful of your image file sizes before loading into Revit.

-Kirk

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2 comments

  1. Kirk,

    given the propensity for images to darken when plotted, do you find it necessary or beneficial to lighten images and increase their contrast? Thanks for the use description. I was wondering how this app might be useful.

    Carl


  2. I’d say that in general, images from the computer screen always print darker than what’s projected on the screen. I don’t think it’s a Revit thing. It’s the same problem in Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup…

    There is a combination of issues 1. the color output of your computer display 2. the color calibration of your printer/plotter 3. How your software translates such colors

    Adobe has some tools to help with all that.

    Never trust what you see on screen to be what’s represented on paper. That’s been my experience when I worked in the world of printing. No different when working with Revit. A little bit of color & contrast tweaking in Revit or Photoshop is usually what’s in order.

    Steve Shell’s AU virtual presentation, from what I remember, hits on this topic. I encourage anyone to watch it for some great ideas. AU online is free now to anyone who signs up. Or ask Steve at the next SARUG meeting!

    Believe it or not, we’re using the CASE app for sheet specs. You can utilize all the great text formating features of Word or Indesign (cause Revit’s text tools stink) and export the specs to PNG/JPG files to place on sheets. Works great when you don’t want the rest of the design team tinkering with sheet specifications 🙂



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