FormIt Friday Webinar! How to Visualize your Design in FormIt 360

Tom and Tobias will be hosting the #FormItFriday webinar on Friday the 13th! Spoooooky! Register Here


We’ll cover the in’s and out’s of the latest features we just released last week!

Of course this will be recorded for future viewing reference like our other #FormItFriday

General Outline will be..

  • News and updates from the team
  • Get the NEW FormIt 360 Converters – including the Revit 2016 add-in!
  • How to Import Materials and How to adjust our new Material parameters
  • How to use Layers and our select by layer shortcut
  • How to create and update Scenes properties
  • How to use Layers and Scenes to study design options like the picture above
  • …and if there’s time… How to use Layers and Scenes for Shadow Studies

Thanks and talk to you on Friday. Here’s the registration link one more time for those who read our entire blog posts!

Visualize your design in FormIt 360

Today the FormIt team is happy to announce our latest update, with a major focus on visualization! Here’s a short (2 minute) video walking through the 4 major enhancements… read on below for more details.

Layers to Control Visibility

Select lines, objects, groups, or images – assign them to a layer… then turn that layer on or off! Simple. Powerful. Necessary. Obviously, this is handy when you want to create a more complicated model, or work with interior spaces. Layers also enable you to create design options in the same file. (TIP: We hooked up an especially handy shortcut to layers as well – select all objects on the layer – selection sets?!)

Save your Scenes

What’s the use of Layers without Scenes? or Scenes without Layers? Luckily, you don’t have to live in a world where that question matters. Scenes in FormIt let you save your viewpoint, layer state, sun, shadows, and visual styles. Set up shadow studies at major solar milestones! Or generate presentation images from a key perspective as the design evolves! (TIP: Turn down the edge and silhouette contrast for a soft, pencil rendering!)

FormIt 360 Pro Feature: Import Materials from the Autodesk Library

FormIt 360 Pro subscribers now have the robust Autodesk Material Library at their fingertips. Filter, search, and preview the materials available, then import to your FormIt sketch. Apply the material as you normally would – even edit the material’s texture, color, transparency… gloss and reflection! Enhance the quality of your design visualizations with an amazing array of options. (TIP: Pro users can import materials on iPad as well!)

FormIt 360 Converter available for Revit 2016

We’ve been improving our FormIt to Revit conversion with each release, making the translation of level and location data, mass geometry, Revit families, and imported components with categorization. Now you can use our powerful swiss army knife of a Revit Add-in from Revit 2016 as well as Revit 2015! This must be the #1 request from our forums… so thank you all for your patience, we are listening, we have delivered!

We’ve also made many small improvements to Energy Analysis, image import, and performance in general… Learn more and see these features in action at our next FormIt Friday… the 13th! Sign up here 

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!

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 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


The FormIt Glider

Our development team is a diverse and passionate group. We make a practice of ‘eating our own dog food’ in that we build personal projects in our software. From outhouses to deck chairs  to… gliders!

Boris Sergeev is known as a bit of a plane aficionado (a bit of an understatement!). For #FormItFriday he created this model of a 1960-s Polish SZD-24 Foka – right down to the correct wing airfoil (different at the root and the tip). FormIt has matured enough for designing airplanes thanks to the loft tool!

Special note – Boris was able to use scripting to modify his airfoil!




How To… FormIt Converter!

I’ve recently added step by step instructions to a few posts on our forum about how to use the FormIt Converter… I wanted to post those links here for reference…

  • How to convert FormIt 360 sketch to RVT fileLINK
  • How to convert SKP file to FormIt 360 to RVT fileLINK

Also…The next FormIt Friday Webinar (#4) is THIS FRIDAY June 12! We’ll discuss the converter in more detail! Register here… LINK


FormIt 360 Pro comes to iOS

The iPad was the original platform for FormIt 360 – and it was revolutionary at the time to have a full featured 3D modeler right in the palm of your hands. We have not stopped there, now you can access the full power of the FormIt 360 Pro subscription in the iPad version. Simply visit the FormIt 360 web app, log in and start the Pro trial, and then open the updated iPad app and log in with the same credentials. When you are ready to buy, visit the Autodesk Store and remember to use your Autodesk 360 account email in the checkout. And here is what you get!