Join us October 2nd for FormIt Friday #8

Hello FormIteers! Thank you for the great attendance at the last 2 FormIt Fridays with Jarod Schultz and Anthony Caputo. It’s exciting to see familiar names each time and keep a conversation going between sessions. Thank you.

We’ll keep the momentum going this Friday October 2nd as we spotlight how to Start a Project in FormIt 360. Register here!

We’ll go deep into these areas… so you can lead your team into a FormIt project.

  • FormIt 360 fundamentals
  • Best practices we’ve developed and learned from others
  • Share the best workflows between FormIt mobile, FormIt web, and Revit
  • We’ll also reveal a few of the new features we’re working on for our next release!

Talk to you all soon – Here’s the link again, so Register here!

A method for importing DWG into FormIt 360

A common question we receive is “Can I import a DWG file into FormIt 360?” While we do not yet have a DWG import feature, I thought of a bit of a workaround: fill regions of your DWG so that they can be exported as surfaces. This method will work well for site plans where you want to extrude areas of the site. There are two ways, depending on your approach and which platform you prefer to use (tablet or web.)

1. 2D Surfaces

This method requires use of the iPad version

  1. Open your DWG in AutoCAD
  2. Select a portion or the entire drawing
  3. Run the REGION command – which will fill in all enclosed regions
  4. Save as > Other CAD Formats > SAT
  5. Upload the SAT file to your A360 Drive
  6. open FormIt on your iPad and import the SAT file. Boom! you have a site plan with all of the filled regions as 2D Surfaces

2. 3D extrusions

Assuming this is a site plan where you will want the regions to be slightly extruded anyway, you could replace step 3 above with the EXTRUDE command, give a specified thickness, and then export a portion of, or the entire, drawing to STL. STL files can be drag n’ dropped right onto the Web app to import them.

Extrusions imported as STL

Give this method a try and let us know on our forum how it works for you.

Tony Caputo on FormIt Friday episode 7

This past Friday, we had the pleasure of hosting Tony Caputo, Principal at Array Architects for our FormIt Friday webinar series. Tony is one of our early adopters, a great speaker and all-around great guy. He re-presented his talk from the 2015 North American Revit Techology Conference: The Early Stages – Concept Design through Schematic Team Workflows and Inference Analysis. If you are wondering how to integrate FormIt 360 into a mature BIM workflow – this is a must-watch!

Course Description:

This session outlines and demonstrates how a design team uses Autodesk Formit and Revit, in the real world on active projects, for conceptual design and analysis and how it helps amplify the effectiveness of an 8-office nationwide architectural firm. We will dive into how these tools significantly aid design synthesis and how the products of these efforts translate into production models, documents and presentations, while allowing and fostering the iterative process common in architectural practice.  We will highlight how multiple workflows improve early design decisions, enable communication amongst design team members and allow for maximum continuity of design intent throughout the process.



FormIt Friday – Bridging the Design Gap

After a bit of a summer hiatus, FormIt Friday has returned! This time Jarod Schultz of initial.aec re-presented his popular RTC NA class: Bridging the Design Gap. If you missed the webinar, we recorded it for you! See below. Jarod has also been kind enough to make his deck available here.  Do not forget to join us on Friday September 18 for our next installment. Tony Caputo of Array Architects will share his RTC NA presentation. This is not to be missed. Tony will share some tips he has found while developing the robust FormIt to Revit workflow they use at Array. Register now!


FormIt into September!

Hello Everyone! We hope you’re enjoying the beginning of the end of summer as much as we are! We spent part of the last month recording, polishing, and preparing for September – so we have a few NEW things to share with you – and even bigger things still to come…


FormIt Fridays are BACK!

We were able to connect with a few of our friends who taught these great presentations at RTCNA – they’ve agreed to re-present their high quality FormIt classes for a wider audience. We’ve nailed down dates, and set-up the goto webinars, so please register NOW for the following FormIt Friday Webinars!

  • Sept 4: Jarod Schultz – FormIt: Bridging the Design Gap – registration LINK
  • Sept 18: Tony Caputo – registration LINK


FormIt Snippets are POSTED!

We recorded 18 2 minute videos to get you started using FormIt. Since we can’t be with every single person to teach you how to use FormIt 360 at the ‘picks and clicks’ level – we’ve produced a getting started video series to reach the many of you itching to start a project in FormIt. Expect more videos like these in the future!

  • Introduction – LINK
  • 3D Sketching and Snapping – LINK
  • Edit Tools – LINK
  • Groups – LINK


Revit 2015 FormIt Converter is UPDATED!

We fixed a bunch of bugs, and improved a bunch of workflows (some that Jarod will share in his FormIt Friday!) to help you make the most out of your SketchUp to FormIt to Revit conversions! We will be posting the Revit 2016 version of the FormIt plug-in shortly (like in the next few weeks)…

  • Updated Revit 2015 FormIt Converter Plug-in – LINK
  • Our A360 conversion from FormIt to Revit is updated too!


Our next release…

Will be full of our MOST REQUESTED FEATURES and will be coming along very soon as well. Look for specific updates during our FormIt Friday Webinars! Thanks for your ongoing support and feel free to reach us in the comments, or on our Forums!

FormIt at RTCNA Recap!

Last weekend was RTCNA - a conference created BY Revit users FOR Revit users. The conference began with a Revit Reunion when various members of the original development team were on stage together – a parametric moment!

A few of FormIt’s early adopters taught 3 different classes!

Tony Caputo of Array Architects shared a few of his FormIt workflows, including a novel use for Solar Analysis before building your model to visualize solar impact on the site.


Ryan Cameron and Sean David Burke created several videos in support of their FormIt workshop. These generous FormIteers will publish the videos for everyone to view and learn from. They were also generous enough to let me jump on stage and show off our latest release, and this amazing model created by FormIt PM Tom Vollaro


Jarod Schultz filled up his classroom showing off advanced FormIt workflows like how to iterate on changes between FormIt and Revit – as well as getting topography from SketchUp into FormIt! His famous quotes… “If you last used FormIt360 6 months ago, well that’s older than dirt!!! So much new stuff” and “RTCNA committee, next year can I get a bigger room to show FormIt 360???” Jarod, you’re so quotable!


What a great event – and what a recap – it’s like you were there, right? Well – hold that thought! We’ll invite these instructors to re-present the highlights from their classes in upcoming installments of our FormIt Friday Webinar series! You’ll get to see and hear from real FormIt customers.

Happy Summer!

Another great FormIt 360 Update

Just in time for Revit Technology Conference – North America, the FormIt 360 team has yet another great update to the product! You may have also noticed that our website has gotten a face-lift. Here is a run-down of the recent changes to the app:


First off, just take a moment to look at how beautiful FormIt 360 looks now:

Our graphics wizards have been hard at work to make FormIt 360 look great right on the screen. We now support 2X “retina” style displays on desktop machines. You can also independently control the weight of edges and silhouette edges.

Axes and Work Planes

Instead of just rotating the grid on the ground plane, you can now move and rotate the world axes to change the origin point and to create 3D work planes. The work
plane will stretch out to infinity and provide a plane to sketch on without snapping or inferencing to elements behind it. The main sketch and individual groups have independent axes and coordinate systems – allowing for maximum flexibility. Here is a quick video demo:


Unique Scale for each Group Instance

You can now scale any group instance and maintain the geometric relationship between different instances of the group even though they are different sizes. The scaling also translates to Revit!



Unique Materials for each Group Instance

You now have a quick way to differentiate one group instances from others by painting with a material (if there is not yet a material defined for faces inside the group). This is useful for displaying an instance differently from other instances. The new Material user interface also allows you to manage and apply materials between groups. Here is a quick video demo:

And last, but surely not least, we have updated our FormIt 360 Converter add-in for Revit. It now:

  • Converts scaled and rotated group instances by creating a new family type.
  • Handles offset in z direction by automatically creating levels in Revit
  • Creates mass floors for nested mass instances


2 minute FormIt snippets – 03 – Line drawing with parallel and perpendicular axes

Part 3 of 5 in our inaugural series of 2 minute FormIt snippets covers parallel and perpendicular snapping! Working with these types of inferences are essential if you have any geometry that is off the grid. Once you know the simple trick that hovering over an existing line indicates that you want to be parallel to it… you’re pretty much all set. Learn more by watching…

2 minute FormIt snippets – 02 – Line drawing and snapping on faces

Thanks for the great feedback on the first 2 minute snippet video. Please share what topics you’d like us to cover in the next series. I’m planning to look at the various tools and cover the basic workflows and essential tips there.

In the second installment of these 2 minute FormIt360 tutorials, we’ll focus on line drawing on a face using snaps and inference (as well as the uber useful shift locking!) – and this also includes an introduction to the drag face tool.