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Friday, September 21, 2012

Arch | Tech: Zoom To Awesome! - great new Revit Plug-in

I got a call from Phil Read yesterday. If you don't already know it, he is the most awesome and brilliant Reviteer I've ever met. He is also one of the masterminds behind VEO, and my gut tells me that VEO is really the "glue" that keeps all of BIM together. Phil, thank you for everything and especially this new creation. 




Ladies and Gentlemen!

Not only is today Friday - or better yet - Saturday (Hi Australia!).

Not only is there a cold beverage of your choice waiting for you at the end of another long week spent hunched over a hot processor.

You are all about to have access to the finest, most useful, most glorious kick-ass-ness of a Revit Add-In in the history of Building Information Modeling:

 

Zoom To Awesome


Testing is complete. This add-in kicks an infinity of ass. If Chuck Norris used Revit - this would be his favorite tool. Caution: you may smack your forehead with your open palm after using this amazing tool just one time. You will wonder why you didn't think of this. You will wonder why no one at the Revit factory has thought of this. 

You will demand this functionality be included with Revit.

Don't say we didn't warn you.

- End User License Agreement (EULA) - 

By installing the "Zoom To Awesome" Revit Add-in, you agree to be bound by the following Terms of Service (TOS):

1. You agree to follow Don Bokmiller (@dbokmiller), Elier Ramirez (@TBD - Sheesh!) and yours truly (@philread) on Twitter.

2. You agree to provide at least one of us with an adult beverage during AU2013.

3. You agree to pass along this link to your fellow Reviteers in order to give them a sense of childlike joy and wonder.

4. You agree not to pester us if you install this add-in and something goes horribly, inexplicably wrong (even though Don and Elier assure me this iscompletely unlikely to happen).

Okay, ready? Hyperventilating? Tunnel vision? Here we go!

Steps to success:

1. Download, unzip and install "Zoom To Awesome":

http://tinyurl.com/ZoomToAwesome

2. Open your favorite Revit project and look around - like the floor plan in this sample project. There sure is a lot of stuff. Hey - there's a tiny toilet in the distance. Pick the object:

Screen Shot 2012 09 20 at 9 29 42 PM

3. Go to the Add-Ins panel, select External Tools and Select "Zoom To Awesome":

Screen Shot 2012 09 20 at 9 29 20 PM

4. You will be immediately transported to the selected object(s) that remain selected for your convienence: 

Screen Shot 2012 09 20 at 9 29 58 PM

 

But wait - there's more!

  • Works in 2D and 3D!
  • Works on geometry, tags, text, detail components and more!
  • You can even map a keyboard shortcut ("ZX" rocks!)

Why waste your time innaccurately zooming in and out with a scroll wheel?

Why use the Zoom In Region tool in order to select something when you can zoom to it by selecting!

Happy Friday!

1 comments:

Laszlo Nagy,  September 22, 2012 at 7:26 AM  

I am kind of amused reading this post. One really does take things for granted sometimes.
I am an ArchiCAD user, which is at version 16. The oldest version I have on my computer is 6.5 (came out around 2000) so I checked and it already had this command in it called Zoom to Selection. Select element, click command in context menu, zoom to element.
So it is interesting to read what qualified as a great new feature to whom.
But of course there are also some things in Revit I could use in ArchiCAD.

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