This year’s Navisworks 2019 has been around for about two weeks, being released rather quietly. And the reason for this is pretty obvious: there is nothing new inside, except for the version number, desktop shortcuts, and a splash screen.
Considering the huge amount of time and effort that Autodesk spends with BIM 360 products, it is no surprise that Navisworks becomes abandoned. New features are coming to the cloud, leaving desktop products obsolete, and this is inevitable.
All of these machine learning and artificial intelligence stuff just can’t fit into the single desktop application. And we’ll probably see the other products shifting to the cloud in the coming years.
Autodesk has changed the way to distribute Navisworks language packs. Previously you could have found them via the Autodesk Knowledge Network portal in the Downloads & Upgrades > Service Packs & Fixes menu.
Starting from Navisworks 2018, there are no links to download language packs. Why? Because now language packs for Navisworks are already contained in the software package.
All you need to do is downloaded the software package (which is usually an sfx archive) and extract its contents:
Sometimes it could be frustrating to navigate in Navisworks section views when you look at the cut elements without contour lines. The edges of elements can’t be easily distinguished, so that your view becomes messy:
Since Navisworks 2018 we can change the way Navisworks renders cut elements in sections. This option is called Sectioning and lies inside the Interface menu in Navisworks options:
Open Navisworks options > expand Interface menu > select Sectioning
From there you can enable / disable contour lines and switch their color. This is how the same model looks like after changing the options:
Even while Navisworks does not ‘read’ elements as solids, they could be easily distinguished with contour lines.
This tip shows how to present Navisworks model in a merry-go-round style. Open Navisworks menu (the “N” application button) > Options:
In options menu, open “Interface” > “Display” sublist and select “Navigation Bar” item. Make sure the “Use classic Constrained Orbit (Turntable)” option is checked, then click “OK” to close Options menu.
While in 3D view, hover the Orbit tool in the floating panel, press the small arrow below and toggle “Constrained Orbit”:
Notice that the mouse cursor has changed and now shows the turntable.
Finally, click and hold left mouse button somewhere in 3D view, and “push” your model in desired direction. The model starts constantly spinning around the pivot:
Note that rotation speed depends on the strength of your mouse “push”.
Navisworks 2018.2.1 update (available via the Autodesk Desktop App) comes with the following list of bug fixes and improvements:
Enhancements • LMV users will now see a clear error message when the Navisworks extractor fails
• In Recap, a viewpoint is saved at the origin of each scan
• Navisworks now supports the ability to outline cross-sections
Fixes IFC Loader
• Imported IFC files now include classification data so that it can be used to create search sets
• Model hierarchy is now preserved when using the Revit_IFC loader, to help find information more efficiently
• Resolved an issue where Revit AddIns for IFC Loader cannot work if Navisworks 2018 is uninstalled, then reinstalled
• Resolved an issue where Navisworks 2018 crashes when an IFC file with reinforced bars is imported
Navisworks interface is somewhat overwhelmed with features and buttons. That’s why some really useful things like sorting become overlooked for years. So here is how you can make your Navis tree look cleaner:
Open an *.NWF file with unsorted selection tree, select the ‘Standard’ option from the drop-down list. Then right-click on any item in the tree, and select ‘Scene’ > ‘Sort’:
Navisworks will notify you that this operation can’t be undone. You can save your file if you want, then click ‘OK’:
That’s it! Now your selection tree looks clean and structured:
An updated version of my Dynamo nodes package (rev.2017.6.2) is now live at Dynamopackages.com. This version contains the Dynamo node that builds a Navisworks search set XML from the input data:
Based on the original code by Luke Johnson from What Revit Wants (Bakery package), this node gives you the freedom in Navisworks XML file creation. You’re able to specify the Navisworks Search Set name & group, and choose which Navisworks parameter you’re going to use. This XML file stores data in the structured way that could be easily read by Navisworks. This means that you can use the power of Dynamo to automate your Navis searches, and even set the rules that couldn’t be otherwise done without workarounds. … Zhukoven.com dynamo package update brings Navisworks SearchSet XML creator