Utilities and Apps

Recommended Utilities and Apps.

Frequently, users come across utilities that greatly assist in their day to day workings. We hope to provide a means whereby those findings can be shared with the XtraCAD community.

If you come across a utility or app that you think will benefit users then please let us know BY POSTING HERE for consideration to be included on this page.

AutoHotkey AutoHotkey (AHK) is a free, open-source macro-creation and automation software for Windows that allows users to automate repetitive tasks. It is driven by a scripting language that was initially aimed at providing keyboard shortcuts, otherwise known as hotkeys, that over time evolved into a full-fledged scripting language.

COINS Auto-Section Box Revit App: The COINS Auto-Section Box tool gives you tremendous speed and agility over managing three-dimensional views when analyzing model areas of particular interest. It allows you to quickly create temporary and permanent views to be used for immediate interrogation of the model or for construction document deliverables. This works by allowing you to focus on the model instead of managing views or a view’s properties.

DPR Model Slicer DPR Model Slicer is a free Revit plug-in which facilitates the creation of 3D Building sections from a Revit model. Inherently within Revit, the only way to separate a model by floor is to filter it by reference levels. Unfortunately, this often results in a product where items modeled as multi-floor elements, such as walls or columns, become associated with only one floor despite occupying space on many floors. During the construction coordination process, this can be a limitation, so it is often desired to have the building model separated into individual floors. DPR Model Slicer makes this process faster. The end result is a model which is sectioned by floors.

FAB for Revit Toolset Renumber Application – Item numbering takes a large role in the prefabrication of MEP systems. With the new move into Revit Applied Software seeks to provide the tools necessary to help you be a success! Keeping Fabrication CADmep users in mind, the Renumbering Tool was built to act and function as the tool in CADmep but with a few extra features taking advantage of some of the standard Revit functionalities. This tool is very specific and is only meant to be used by those working with Fabrication parts in Revit.

FreeCommander FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. You can take FreeCommander anywhere – just copy the installation directory on a CD or USB-Stick – and you can evenwork with this program on a foreign computer.

Freedcamp Freedcamp is a web-based project management tool and organization system for single or multiple users collaborating using cloud computing. It is free for unlimited number of users and projects. Users are provided a number of basic applications on initial sign-up and can add additional applications later on. The core applications allow users to assign tasks to people, set milestones, schedule events on a calendar, use discussion boards, and track time spent on tasks.

Trello Trello is a good free service based on Agile/Scrum methodologies which can help not only manage tasks across teams but if used properly and creatively, can help provide insight used to improve workflow and efficiency.

Windows Sysinternals The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich to host his advanced system utilities and technical information. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications.

ZTreeWin ZTreeWin is a fast and flexible text-mode file/directory manager for all versions of Windows. It has been developed as the successor to the legendary DOS file-manager XTreeGold. Anyone who has used that remarkable program would be aware of its superior capabilities as a text-mode, tree-structured file-manager - but would also likely be aware that its limited memory support, and lack of long filename support are today a major issue. ZTreeWin is a native Windows program (both 32-bit and 64-bit) that has been developed to provide all the powerful functionality of the past (and much more!), while avoiding all the limitations of the old DOS-based program.

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