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.

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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

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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!

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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 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

scale_instanceYou 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!

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Squadron

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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

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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!

 

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!

A new update to our iPad and Web apps

We have a new update available for our iOS and Web apps today!

  • Many bugs have been fixed, especially with the real-time collaboration feature. So if you have not tried it yet, grab a friend and start collaborating! If you missed the original collaboration release, check out the video below and blog post.

  • Take our survey and let us know what you think of FormIt! You can take the survey from either the Getting Started page in the app, or right here.
  • Our support forums have been moved from Get Satisfaction to http://forums.autodesk.com. The Get Satisfaction site is still active, but will be shut down by the end of the month.

And for our Android users… we have an exciting update coming very soon. You will have the new 3D sketching, weather analysis and Lollipop support, among other updates. Stay tuned!

#FormItFriday for the Griswolds

I watched one of my favorite Christmas movies this week – National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. I love the scene where Clark Griswold is holding his model pool. This always appeals to the Architect in me – A scale model! Imagine doing sun studies! What if Alvaro Siza designed the pool?!

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Inspired by that scene – and it’s awesome to think of a summer pastime in the middle of winter – for #FormItFriday I designed a modern pool house for the Griswolds using FormIt Web.  Check out this image and the many other awesome FormIt works posted in our new Gallery!

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Design is a team sport – iOS version

In October, we announced our revolutionary real-time collaboration system for conceptual modeling on the web. Never satisfied, we are excited to announce today that we have just launched an update to FormIt for iOS that allows you to collaborate with your colleagues. Now you can do sessions with web-web, web-ipad, ipad-ipad and any other combination! Go over to the App Store, grab the updated version of FormIt and start collaborating!

 

Design is a Team Sport

Design is a team sport! Are you ready to collaborate on your 3D conceptual models in real time? This is not vapor-ware. This is real. Come check out our latest update at http://beta.autodeskformit.com

To get started, make sure you are logged into Autodesk 360, click Start Sharing Session and email your colleagues the link. That is all there is to it! Once they log in, you will see them appear in the header next to the Collaboration button. Everyone is assigned a unique selection color so you can keep track of who is working on what. Use the chat window to enhance your collaboration session. As with all of FormIt, this is still in beta. Please give us a shout at our Support site to let us know about your experience.

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