We are happy to announce an exciting update for our iOS client. We continue to invest in leveraging our unique and powerful cloud solutions to building performance analysis tools to FormIt. We started at Autodesk University last year with the Energy Cost Range. Now, we are happy to announce that the same rich weather data that is available in Revit and Vasari is now available in FormIt on iOS. When you access the map interface to set location, you will now see weather stations populate your map! Just tap on a station to view the prevailing wind and annual temperature graphs. The Building Performance Analysis blog has some more detail on what is under the hood. This functionality is coming to the web and Android clients soon.
And for all of you Android users out there, we have not forgotten about you! We have a new update almost ready to go. Just a few more bugs to squash first. Stay tuned!
The latest version of FormIt on iOS has an awesome new feature to smooth out 3D printing workflows. After you’ve created your model, you can export to an OBJ file. The OBJ opens directly with MakerWare for printing on a MakerBot!
I built this FormIt model as a simplified homage to Tadao Ando and his amazing Church of Light in Japan. I also wanted to celebrate a friend’s good news by making a scale souvenir for him. His dog is named Ando, so you know he’s a big fan.
The unique use of light and shadows in this building fits well with a new feature in our FormIt Web Beta. A recent update includes the Sun and Shadow menu, with sliders to quickly adjust the time and date, so you can see how shadows move across your model.
The same FormIt Web Beta update also includes visual style effects like Sketchy lines, Line extensions, Hidden lines, and the option to turn the grid on or off.
Finally, I wanted to invite you to use the #FormItFriday tag on Twitter and Instagram for when you have free time on a Friday and feel like sharing your FormIt creations! Don’t forget to throw the #FormIt3d tag on as well.
PS – Here are a few #3Dprinting tags to check out… #maker #makeroftheday
I know many of you have already caught the FormIt bug. But if you find yourself trying to explain the value of FormIt to colleagues and friends, maybe this video will help. I created this to present to our internal sales teams and I thought I would share it with you. Its a bit long, but it steps through an entire FormIt workflow and shows off its value.
Here is a video showing the Villa Savoye model I have been working on to highlight our interop with Revit. Here is a copy of the model. Download the AXM file and load it into the FormIt folder in your Autodesk 360 drive and refresh your gallery in FormIt to load it.
The wonderful Revit model of Villa Savoye at the end was created by Autodesk Technical Sales Specialist, Samuel Macalister. He has been creating some fantastic cross-product workflow models using FormIt, Revit, 3DS Max and more over at the BIM Toolbox - including the “1 Hour Tower”. All of his models can be download from his Behance page.
Villa Savoye – buit in Revit and rendered in Autodesk 360 Rendering. By Samuel Macalister.
We finally decided to grow up an get our own Twitter account. We will be tweeting @Formit3D. And, because all of the kids are doing it, we also set up on Instagram where we will be posting images of stuff we are building around the office. You know, like when we get hungry. Hashtag #FormIt3D on both and share some of your best FormIt models!
Architosh Magazine has awarded FormIt “Best in Show” in the mobile category at the recent AIA 2013 conference expo!
We had a little “bug bash” today in the office as we prepare to launch the next version of FormIt. Its always fun to see what our users and colleagues come up with. This one comes from Trey Klein in the Revit QA group: Which of the images below is a photo of Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp, and which is actually a FormIt model of the masterpiece? Hmmm?
Want to know how he did it? You have to wait a bit to find out…
I wanted to share another great video of FormIt being used by one of our customers. This one by José Maria Coelho Bassalo (who has a few other FormIt videos worth watching.) He demonstrates how to sketch on the iPad using Noteshelf, import the sketch into FormIt for modeling, and then round trip a screenshot back into Noteshelf for further sketching. Great work José! This is exactly how we envisioned FormIt being used! BTW, we have some new features coming soon that will help you in this workflow. How about everyone else? Do you have great videos and/or screenshots of work you have done with FormIt? What about bringing FormIt models into Revit or Vasari using Autodesk 360? Post examples in the comments or tweet us at @AutodeskVasari and we may profile them here!
Wondering what kind of building models you can make with Autodesk FormIt? Emmanuel Di Giacomo, Autodesk BIM Solutions Expert (of Revit Utopic City fame), shows you. Ranging from a small house, to an entire urban block, and even a French landmark (no, not that one) This video shows you the breadth of models that can be created right on your iPad with FormIt.
FormIt is under constant development here at the factory. As product owner, a lot of really cool screentshots and videos are crossing my desk. I could not resist sharing this one.
Caveats, of course. This is still under development and not in the released app.