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    by Garry Stockton


    Whilst most of you would have heard of or used SketchUp, are you aware of Autodesk’s FormIt?  If not read on to discover why you should be using it.

    FormIt 360 and FormIt 360 Pro have steadily increased in popularity! What makes FormIt so good? Here are three of the top features FormIt 360 users love the most.

    1. Improve your workflow by connecting FormIt conceptual designs into BIM with native Revit integration. The Smart Objects flow to Revit allowing the design to be translated to the BIM model without duplication of work. This allows for more consistent translation of design to documentation. You can also convert your SketchUp files with the FormIt Converter enabling reuse of existing work.


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    1. It's web-based and mobile. You can use FormIt 360 on your iPad or Android while you're on a plane, train, at a client meeting or on a project site. Save your work in the cloud (or locally if you're offline), then pick up where you left off on your web browser back at the office or home. Many Architects use FormIt 360 on their iPad in client meetings. You can pull the FormIt model up on the screen, move it around and share it with the client to create a live interactive experience. You can even use the model and run analysis, add additional information and keep the process active.


    1. It's Free! We all like free stuff and you get a lot of it with FormIt 360; lots of 3D sketching tools, advanced geometry, connection to BIM, the tablet apps and FormIt Converter are a few of my favourites. Upgrade to FormIt 360 Pro for very little to unlock energy and solar analysis and real-time collaboration. You can download FormIt 360 or start a free 30-day trial of Pro by clicking on the link below: