Revit 2015 R2 UR7 Released and V4 Revit for Collaboration

Lots of updates this year for the Revit platform, getting hard on trying to keep up with all of it. Here is a link to all of the latest: LINK

Version 7 should be on the site soon. Until then here are some direct links…

Direct download link for Revit 2015 R2 versions:


If you are starting to use Revit for Collaboration then you will need this. This goes hand-in-hand with the above Release 7

Direct link:

Known issues:

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Copy Elements from a Linked File

In this click saver I want to talk about something that a client recently brought up about working with linked Revit models. I work with quite a lot of multi- discipline firms these days so internally they will be sharing elements or families on a project.

The question that got brought up was “is there a faster way of stealing something from another Revit file?” especially when the elements need to move from one Revit model to another. Currently they were opening two sessions of Revit, selecting the elements that they needed, and then using Copy/Aligned to “(take your pick)” or just paste it and place it where they want.


In this case the interior studio was taking over some of the partition walls from the architecture studio and they needed to move those walls from the architecture model to the interiors model. So the cool trick is to use the “Tab” key to select the elements, if you need multiple, then use the CTRL key along with the “Tab” key.


Now go to the ribbon Modify tab and choose Copy to Clipboard. In this example we will use the drop-down for Paste and select Aligned to Same Place.


Now those items have been copied into your file and are in the same exact location. Now someone from the architecture studio can delete those elements since the interior studio now has them.


Cool little trick to remember when it comes to working with linked Revit models. Look forward to seeing you onsite at your firm or in class, Jarod

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A360 Collaboration for Revit

I have been testing this and so far it is working very good. My test model has been a 650mb file and so far it has been handling it very well. You can do a 30 day trial from Autodesk: LINK

Centralized access to project data for all team members

  • Overcome the barriers of corporate firewalls and physical location. Collaboration for Revit enables true centralized access to Revit models by team members in all disciplines from multiple firms or sites.
  • Replace costly and inefficient work-arounds for sharing models such as use of FTP sites, sharing software or email with attached PDFs. As a cloud service, Collaboration for Revit does not require complex and costly IT setup and maintenance.
  • Collaboration for Revit stores all project and design data in A360. A360 is part of Autodesk’s secure cloud environment. Visit the Autodesk Trust Center for more information about cloud security at Autodesk.

In-context communication

  • With Communicator for Revit, which comes with the Collaboration service, project team members from all disciplines can communicate directly with each other, in real-time within the project models.
  • Communicator helps free teams from traditional, limited communication tools that lack context and timeliness, such as relying on email and phone to communicate with the entire project team. With a contextual awareness of who is working on what models at any given time, Communicator makes a conversation with another team member just a click away.
  • Communicator provides an integrated activity feed that allows the project team to better understand model changes from other team members, making it easier for team members to locate collaborators and communicate directly.
  • Communicator provides notifications of new chat messages, connection requests, and sync status for workshared models.

Autodesk A360 Team integration for better team collaboration

  • Collaboration for Revit is tightly integrated with Autodesk A360, providing Revit design and engineering teams a centralized cloud-based platform in which to work together more efficiently on projects, make more effective decisions and deliver superior results.
  • Data from projects hosted in Collaboration for Revit surfaces in A360, making models easily viewable and searchable with no exports, translations, or uploads required. This experience only requires a web browser, iOS, or Android mobile device; connecting the whole team almost anytime, anywhere, on nearly any device.
  • External team member and project contributors who do not use or have access to Revit software can view, search, and socially interact on models, discuss challenges and successes, and stay current with project activities. Since A360 works with nearly all project data formats, collaboration can be more effectively centralized in one platform.
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