The significance of being able to export your Revit Model to an iPad or Android device is that you don’t have to take printed media to site for site meetings but only your tablet. This saves time and money.
Firstly I want to mention that a 15 day demo of SimLab IPad/Android Exporter for Revit can be downloaded from our website. The trial activation process is also listed on the site. You can also purchase the product directly from the website.
You’ll also need to visit your tablet’s app store and download and install the free SimLab CAD Viewer app.
To illustrate the process I’ve opened the Demo Revit project. Now go to Add-Ins Tab and click the SimLab iPad Exporter tool. It will Expand and click the Setting tool.
Within the Setting tool you can select a template and also look at some 3D and Advanced Settings. Once you have selected a template you can click Ok.
Now go back to the SimLab iPad exporter Add-In and click Export.
The application will ask you to name a file with a .zim file extension. Name the file and click Ok.
The file will now be created and the next step is to get file to your tablet. If you tablet has email you can email the file as an attachment and open the email on your tablet. You can also upload the .zim file to Dropbox or you can use Google Drive. For this exercise I’ll use Dropbox. You can learn more about Dropbox here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dropbox_%28service%29\
To upload the file to the cloud I simply right clicked on the .zim file and clicked “Move to Dropbox” and the file got uploaded to Dropbox.
Now you need to move over o your tablet or smartphone. I’ll use my HTC M8 Android Smartphone for this exercise. Open the SimLab CAD Viewer app. You’ll land on the model page where you can view samples however we want to access the demo model. So scroll down and press the Add model (large Plus sign)
The application will now take you to the Import page and as mentioned I’ll use Dropbox.
I’ll then select my file and it will start to download the .zim file to the device.
Once downloaded the SimLab CAD Viewer will start opening the file.
You will now see the file and can use multi gestures to Zoom and Pan. Also press the arrow on the right of the screen to access additional features.
You can now go to site meeting using the model as the model is saved on your tablet without having to download the model on site.
I hope this overview assisted you in seeing the advantage of SimLab’s iPad/Android Exporter for Revit.
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