New tools in the digital age… Motus for Revit the best add-in
Imagine the headache of building a modern high-rise with only hand tools.
The task would be monumentous, if not impossible. Having the right tool for the job is imperative to the successful completion of the job. The right tool allows the work to be completed efficiently, freeing up time, and expanding the capabilities of what can be done. This applies to software as well, especially as the profession of architecture further embraces digital tools. In this digital age, new tools are constantly being developed in the form of new applications, or add-ins to help get the job done right.
Add-ins are applications that leverage a software’s API or Application Programming Interface to expand the functionality of the software. Whether you are using Rhino, Revit, or Sketchup, most likely you have had some exposure to an add-in.
The popular Grasshopper for Rhino, and Dynamo for Revit are add-ins that are now packaged into the software. From automating repetitive tasks to linking different software together, add-ins can perform a multitude of functions that change and improve the way software is used.
Whether a seasoned veteran, or just starting out, most software users have encountered a task that leaves the thought; there has to be a better way. The API is the answer to that thought, and add-ins are the solution to finding a better way of doing things.
Because life is too short to manually re-number doors.
Timed saved on redundant, or repetitive tasks means that there is more time available for the important things, like making a better building. Whether this means more time spent during the design process, or answering emails, a few extra hours each week can go a long way. Saving time also creates room for things like a break, time to think, or even getting the weekend back.
The broader strokes rarely get missed, but it is usually the smaller, repetitive tasks that fall through the cracks. By automating these things it changes the process from a series of smaller tasks to a single one. This makes it less likely to be missed, and less likely to contain mistakes.
Nothing is ever mindless. It takes some energy to complete a task, no matter how small. Repetitive work can become exhausting in its own way. Automating these tasks frees up that energy to be better spent. After all, isn’t that the whole point of technology?
One of the biggest cons of add-ins is that they can be difficult to deploy for teams. Add-ins can also mean that there will be time lost to training how to use the tools as well. Installation is another problem that is encountered with add-ins. It can be difficult to install new add-ins due to company standards, and security. While this list of setbacks is not exhaustive, the use of add-ins is becoming more widespread, and new solutions are constantly being developed.
There are many places to acquire add-ins. The community of developers and the number of contributors is constantly growing. Usually, each software will have its own platform where add-ins can be downloaded and shared, however, it is also common for add-ins to be hosted by the developer. After a bit of exploring, it is amazing to find what is out there.
Motus tools for Revit
Motus tools for revit were created to better complete the task at hand. The tools are a series of applications that solve specific tasks that are regularly encountered while working in Revit. The tools were developed in a working environment to solve real problems.
Motus has overcome some of the cons associated with add-ins by packaging the tools into an easy to use installer that can be easily deployed to project teams, or entire offices. Further, each tool comes with a built-in help interface so that learning to use the tools is as easy as possible.
Visit the tools page on the motus website for a full list of custom tools that have been published by motus. New tools are constantly being added, but if you don’t find what you are looking for, Motus also offers custom tool development. You can reach them through their contact page on their website for a free consultancy.
If you are interested in downloading motus tools you can purchase the tools through the downloads page.
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