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…

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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!

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 http://FormIt360.autodesk.com website has gotten a face-lift. Here is a run-down of the recent changes to the app:

Graphics

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

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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

 

Wait…all of that for FREE?

As exciting as FormIt 360 Pro is, you have to remember that most of the FormIt 360 goodness is absolutely FREE! Here are the highlights:

FormIt Converter
We now offer a separate Revit add-in which allows you to move Revit families back and forth between FormIt 360 and Revit. And if that was not enough, we added a little bonus: SketchUp to FormIt 360 converter. Find out more and download here.

Advanced Geometry

  •  Sweep, loft, and cover to create exotic geometry
  • radial array tool
  • multi move tool lets you grab various edges and faces to move at once

Expanded Keyboard shortcuts on Web

Use familiar keyboard shortcuts on the Web app.

Model diagnostics
see non-manifold issues before you export for 3d printing

 

Introducing FormIt 360 Pro

During the life cycle of a product there are always pivotal milestones: those first shaky prototypes, the first alpha and then beta launches, the first “official” launch, reaching your first X number of downloads/users, etc. Today is one of those pivotal days for FormIt 360. Today FormIt 360 grows up and goes pro! While the core modeling tool on web, iOS and Android that you have come to know and love will remain FREE, we now offer an extra subscription that you can purchase directly from the Autodesk Store. You can also start a 30 day trial from inside the Web or Android apps.

So what do you get with the FormIt 360 Pro Subscription?

  • Solar Analysis. Analyze your design for monthly peak or yearly cumulative solar impact with exact values displayed directly on the surfaces of your model. Available on all platforms.
  • Energy analysis. You can analyze, report, and compare your design’s energy and cost factors – all with a ASHRAE 90.1 compliant energy model created for you in the cloud. See this blog post for more info. Available on Web and iOS only.
  • Real-time Collaboration. The real-time collaboration system that we we have been beta testing for the past few months has been greatly improved. Send your teammates – or even your client – a link and start collaborating! Available on Web and iOS only.

And there is so much more just inside the newly updated FREE FormIt 360. See here for more about the other free features.

 

FormIt 360 for Android gets Groups and Solar Analysis

Fast following our complete overhaul of the geometry kernel in FormIt 360 back in February – we now have another big update for the Android version. First off, you can create and edit Groups that keep things separated and allow you to create component copies that all update at once. You can also now purchase an optional FormIt 360 Pro subscription which will turn on the new Solar Analysis feature.

Oh…and one more thing. Did you notice the name change? Yep, FormIt is now FormIt 360 (but we won’t hold it against you if you just call it FormIt :)

Dispatch from Down Under: FormIt 360 to Revit to Cloud Rendering

Today we have a nice video from our friend and colleague Sam Macalister – Senior Technical BIM specialist in Australia. He does a really nice job of showing how to leverage groups and materials to quickly generate some nice renderings via Revit and Cloud Rendering. Check out some of Sam’s other great cloud renderings and BIM related YouTube videos.

TGIFF episode #2

Hi FormIteers – We had a great webinar turnout on FormIt Friday as we went deeper into FormIt’s modeling tools. The video has been posted so watch at your leisure – or watch a few times in sloooooooow-mooooooow to see all the picks and clicks!  Datasets can be found here. You can import them into the web app using the Import button on the toolbar. For the mobile apps, you will have to upload them to your A360 Drive first.

We covered some sweet workflows as we built up this school model – these are things you can do today in our released app! Then we covered some amazing tools that will be available in a release coming VERY soon (we’re dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s kind of soon). You’ll be able to make great looking models and presentation images like this in no time!

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Thanks for your great questions, we’ve had tons of fun with this series so far – we’ll talk to you again soon from the AIA convention!