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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Installing Suite Workflows and using Showcase as a Revit presentation tool

Have you tried Showcase yet?

Like Shades of Grey, I'm relatively excited about Showcase:
One of my brightest hopes for Revit 2013 is Showcase, which is a totally separate application.  Could this finally be the viewer that works ?  I've tried Design Review & Navis Works Freedom,  Quicktime FBX plugin, Tekla Bimsight ... People are doing clever things with Game Engines, but I need a quick and easy way of bringing a lightweight export from the model into meetings.  

Evidently, you need a pretty decent system to make everything smooth, as Neil Thompson says
@jrostar it eats ram more than revit on full render.

A few links:
Suites Workflow Manager - WikiHelp

Revit Workflows in the Autodesk Building Design Suite - WikiHelp

Installation notes:

I really tried to get Showcase working without installing the whole Building Design Suite, but I haven't figured it out yet! Here are some of the steps I tried:
  1. Install Revit, Showcase and Max (separate downloads, not from BDS media)
  2. Activate all products using a Suite license
  3. Extract the folder WorkflowInstaller from your extracted Suite archive - Content subfolder.
  4. Close all Autodesk programs
  5. Run the file AutodeskBuildingDesignSuiteWorkflows.msi from the appropriate subfolder (x64 or x86)
  6. Open Revit - Suite Workflows still not visible :-(

Direct download Showcase 2013 (use this method):

Direct download 3dsMaxDesign 2013 (use this method):

AutoCAD Design Suite Standard 2013

Some notes about Workflows:

Need to install 3dsMax to make it work:
Revit Workflows in the Autodesk Building Design Suite - WikiHelp

Install Workflows - WikiHelp
\BDSP 2013\ext\Content\WorkflowInstaller\x64

What is Autodesk DirectConnect? - WikiHelp


  1. "I really tried to get Showcase working without installing the whole Building Design Suite".

    Wouldn't have been easier to run the BDS Installer, and just uncheck the things you don't want to install? The BDS installation allows you to choose what parts of the suite you want to install. You don't have to install the entire package if you don't want.

    1. You are quite right. I was trying to get it working BEFORE the official BDS media was fully released - I had installed the individual non-Suite trial packages and was hoping I didn't have to uninstall and reinstall the BDS. But in the end, that is what I had to do.