Frequently Asked Questions
What FormIt is and how to get it
The "360" in FormIt has been retired."FormIt" refers to the entire product. The free versions are on Web and iOS. FormIt PRO refers to a subscription available only if you purchase the Autodesk AEC Industry Collection. The subscription enables some additional features on iOS and Web and also enables you to run the Windows client.
Windows, Web, and iOS
In an effort to streamline the FormIt product offering, we had to make the hard decision to discontinue the Android app. If you have it installed, it will continue to run. However, you will no longer be able to install it from the Play Store as of January 30, 2018. Any files you saved to Autodesk 360 Drive from the Android app are still available. You can access them using any of the current apps, including the free Web version.
To run the Windows version, you must have access to FormIt Pro, which is part of our AEC Industry Collection subscription. So, if your office has Revit, there is a good chance you have access to FormIt already! You can download it directly from our website or from the Autodesk Desktop App.
The Web version can be run directly for free from our website: http://formit.autodesk.com
The iOS version can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store (iPad only).
Yes! You can access the FormIt Pro subscription through the Autodesk Education Portal.
The best place to start is the FormIt Primer tutorial.
There are multiple parts ranging from beginner (creating an entire modern house) to more advanced (working with Revit and Dynamo in more advanced ways).
We also have over 20 videos in our FormIt Friday webinar series. These can be found on our YouTube channel.
Working with Revit
This is where things get really interesting! It's a bit of a long answer, so we made this video to explain it.
For a short version: FormIt is a completely separate 3D sketching and design application. The file that FormIt creates can be read into Revit to automatically create individual families which maintian materials from FormIt.
Starting in 2016, Revit ships with an add-in for working with FormIt data. When you import a FormIt AXM file into Revit, it looks at each object in the file and re-creates it in Revit using the API. By default, everything in FormIt is categorized as Mass.
The FormIt Converter takes each Mass object and creates a Mass family in Revit using the Direct Shape API.
What is Direct Shape? It is a non-editable object used in IFC workflows. Although it is not editable, it has the distinct advantage of transferring full material textures between FormIt and Revit. Here is a tutorial that explains the FormIt to Revit workflow in more detail.
Not directly. As stated above, each object defaults to Mass category. To create walls, floors, etc. you should import the model into Revit using the converter add-in and use native Revit tools to create system families from the underlying mass model.
Yes. To import data back into FormIt, export all, or preferably part of your Revit file to the SAT file format. There is usually no need to send ALL of your Revit data to FormIt. Instead, create a filtered view in Revit that only includes the minimal data (for instance, floors and walls) before saving to SAT.
Working with other apps
The internal codename before FormIt was officially named was XModeler - so the file format we created was Autodesk X Modeler - hence AXM
- Windows: AXM, OBJ, DWG, STL, SAT, SKP
- Web: OBJ, STL
- iOS: OBJ, STL, SAT
- Windows: FBX, OBJ, SAT, STL, DAE, DXF
- Web: OBJ, SAT, STL
- iOS: OBJ
- Better interop with Revit
- Dynamo integration for computational design
- Native tools for solar analysis and energy analysis powered by Autodesk Insight
- A more robust solid modeling system
- Native advanced modeling tools, like Sweep, Cover, Loft, Offset/Shell Solid, and 3D Blend/Fillet and Flatten Faces
- Multiple visible section planes
- Diagnostic tools like Display Watertight issues and Display Back Faces
- Export pieces of the model based on what is selected and/or visible
- Native OBJ, SAT, and STL export
Yes! FormIt for Windows has a completely editable keyboard map. Many common SketchUp shortcuts are already there by default, but you can edit them in the Edit % Preferences menu.
Yes! FormIt imports 2D and 3D DWG files.
Common support questions
As with most Autodesk products, it is best to start with your reseller. Another great place to find common questions and solution is our FormIt Forum. Did not find an answer by searching? Post your question and our team is there every day answering questions.
If the Insight Energy Analysis reports and error or fails to return any results, here are a few things to try
- If you are working on a local version of the file, try to save the file to A360 Drive first, and then try again to Generate Insight
- If your file is already saved to A360 Drive. Try to re-save with a different file name and then try again to Generate Insight
- If you are working on the Windows client, try opening the file with Web cient and try again to Generate Insight. The Web client provides better progress feedback about