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    Add-Ins and Upgrading Revit

    I've been using the NBS add-in (to link the model to the spec) since we got NBS Create last week and it works really well. However, it's not compatible with Revit 2015. There's no set date for the next release of the plugin, so I'm stuck with the choice of either not upgrading Revit until the addin gets upgraded, or I upgrade Revit and coordinate the spec and model manually. Presumably this is something that will happen every year, (and probably happens with other add-ins too), so I'd prefer to set a principle. I'd rather not co-ordinate the specification manually, but I also don't want to limit all our projects to previous versions of Revit (as far as possible) for what could be many months after a new release.

    What are your thoughts when confronted with upgrading Revit and losing add-ins?

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    some addins seem to work from Revit version to Revit version some don't.

    Try copy/paste the .addin file from C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2014\"the addin of choice".addin (this is the location that most are found)
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    C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2015

    Like I say some work some don't from year to year, "usually free ones", maybe paid ones don't so they can keep makin you pay each year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark b View Post
    some addins seem to work from Revit version to Revit version some don't.

    Try copy/paste the .addin file from C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2014\"the addin of choice".addin (this is the location that most are found)
    into
    C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2015

    Like I say some work some don't from year to year, "usually free ones", maybe paid ones don't so they can keep makin you pay each year.
    Yeah, I'd tried that already but 2015 can't run it.
    I think I'd rather pay for an add-in than wait around for a free one to be updated. I don't have that choice though, unfortunately.

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    Send the creators of the add-in an email and ask what their plans are to support 2015. If they say it is coming soon (a month?) then I would wing it, if it is 6 months out then you might be out of luck.

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    I've talked to them, but they said they can't give a time frame so it'll probably be at least a couple of months.

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    This is the game.

    Its also why i encourage people to think carefully before piling a bunch of addins that do one silly thing, on to a bunch of computers. We currently have 14 addins total.

    6 are Autodesk (Etransmit, Model Review, DB Link, 360Glue, Dynamo, Navisworks Exporter).
    1 is internal (Point Layout)
    1 is a tool thats only on my machine, for BIM management (CTC BIM Suites)
    1 is an exporter for Precon/Estimating (Assemble)
    2 are exporters for visualization (Lumion, Revizto)
    1 is a tool for modeling from laser scans (Scan To BIM)
    1 is the Family Browser (considered Critical)
    1 is considered a Convenience Tool (Palladio Windows Layout)

    At the end of the day, every year you need to decide which of those affect the "go/no-go" on Deployment and Rollout, and which dont. And you need to be prepared for the ramifications of those choices. Thats why i refuse to install single addins that have one function, like a "renumbering" addin, or a "Make this one thing" addin, or a "Type sheet names" addin. You end up waiting around for too many people.

    For us, from the above 14, there are only a few i will hold up Rolling out 2015 for:
    1. Family Browser
    2. Point Layout (internal)
    3. Navisworks Exporter
    4. 360 Glue Exporter

    The rest... If they arent released when im ready to deploy, everyone gets Revit without them. They we install them when they come out. Its not a perfect system, but i cant sit around waiting for Joe Programmer to get his **** together, lol...

    EDIT: Crap, by the way to be clear: Im not calling an addin that exports the assemblies to a specification software a "silly little thing." I would probably consider that critical. Back when we used Especs, i lived and died by that thing. But i would also ride those developers pretty hard to make sure they were ready about a month after release time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    EDIT: Crap, by the way to be clear: Im not calling an addin that exports the assemblies to a specification software a "silly little thing." I would probably consider that critical. Back when we used Especs, i lived and died by that thing. But i would also ride those developers pretty hard to make sure they were ready about a month after release time...
    To be fair - you are also in a unique position to be able to ride the developers like that. You have 500+ (1000+?) users all using a single addin. That's a lot of leverage that someone in a firm with 1 seat doesn't have.

    and for clarity - i'm not trying to instigate anything, just pointing it out. easy to lose the forest through the trees

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    Actually, we have way less leverage than you think (were 120 architects, and 400 construction folks). I dont mean i ride the developers year to year, but i ride them before committing to buy the product. Its reasonable that they may need a few weeks after the release of a new version. If theyre going to take more than that, i dont want to depend on their addin.

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    It's become very important to how we're handling construction drawings, but I don't want to wait around for many months each year before I can upgrade Revit. Nothing in 2015 has been super critical that makes me want to upgrade (other than the speed), but future releases might have more features that I'd want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    Actually, we have way less leverage than you think (were 120 architects, and 400 construction folks). I dont mean i ride the developers year to year, but i ride them before committing to buy the product. Its reasonable that they may need a few weeks after the release of a new version. If theyre going to take more than that, i dont want to depend on their addin.
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