Compatibility with Windows 10
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Is MagiCAD compatible with Windows 10?
Answer
Yes. MagiCAD is compatible with Win10.
To be more exact, MagiCAD is compatible with all the same windows products that AutoCAD & Revit supports. Our product doesn't use Java, and it is not dependent on any particular web browser.

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Compatibility between Magicad and Autodesk software ?
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
How do I know which AutoCAD/Revit is compatible with my MagiCAD version?
Answer
You can find Operating Environment and Compatibility information from our Portal.
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Installing & downloading MagiCAD
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Where can I download MagiCAD from?
Answer

You can download MagiCAD for Revit or/and MagiCAD for AutoCAD from our Portal. Follow the intructions from you delivery e-mail. Use the correct license key in the portal.

In case you need an older version, those are also available there.

Each installation package contains the relevant instructions and a download link to the desired software version. More information about installing and licensing for MagiCAD you can be find here
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Select your preferred language and desired MagiCAD version from the list.

Computer requirements
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
What are system requirements for MagiCAD?
Answer
MagiCAD for Revit or MagiCAD for AutoCAD doesn't have any additional requirements for computer performance above what the Autodesk platform requires.

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Here you can find requirements for Revit and for AutoCAD.

File formats
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
What are the file formats that MagiCAD uses?
Answer

MagiCAD for Revit project is saved as a normal Revit file (.RVT). This means you can open or modify the project without MagiCAD. When you are using MagiCAD for Revit you also need a dataset file (.MRV) which contains products that you can insert into model, the information that you need for calculations and other necessary settings needed to run MagiCAD to its full potential. Dataset can be stored in to the project file internally.

MagiCAD for AutoCAD drawings are saved as Autocad drawings (.DWG); remember to check the compatibility chart (you can found it from the portal). MagiCAD objects are saved as proxy objects.

When you are working with MagiCAD for AutoCAD V&P project you also need a separate project file (.EPJ), a product database file (.QPD) and a linetype file (.LIN).

MagiCAD for AutoCAD Electrical has its own project file type (.MEP).

All MagiCAD for AutoCAD disciplines use their own symbol databases (.MCS)

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Localisations
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Where can I find localised templates or datasets?
Answer

All of our localisation packages can be found from MagiCAD portal.

Localisation packages can include:
- Annotation tags
- Configurations, e.g. IFC export settings
- Datasets
- Documents
- Revit Templates 

Localisation packages are customised to a specific market area.  You can install more than one package to your computer at a time.  These files are installed to the associated market area folders within your MagiCAD installation folder on your hard drive.

Here you can find requirements for Revit and for AutoCAD.

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Supported languages
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
On which user interface languages are MagiCAD products available?
Answer
All MagiCAD products are available in English, German, Russian, French and Chinese language.
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What is MagiCAD Cloud?
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
What is MagiCAD Cloud?
Answer

MagiCAD Cloud is Europe’s largest Building Information Modelling (BIM) library for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) objects. MagiCAD Cloud BIM objects are manufacturer-verified, data-rich and contain accurate dimensions and comprehensive technical data for MEP calculations.

MagiCAD Cloud serves the needs of MEP designers, engineers preparing specifications, contractors, as well as others in the construction industry when designing for BIM.

MagiCAD Cloud subscription is free, with no hidden costs. By subscribing to MagiCAD Cloud, users can browse a full catalogue of more than 1,000,000 BIM objects and view product-specific technical data and 3D previews on the objects.  MagiCAD Cloud subscribers can also download over 100,000 BIM objects for use in projects. Depending on the manufacturer, the downloadable objects on MagiCAD Cloud are available in Revit RFA format, AutoCAD DXF format, or both.

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What are MagiCAD Cloud file formats?
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
In which file formats are the downloadable object models available on MagiCAD Cloud?
Answer

Depending on the manufacturer, the downloadable objects on MagiCAD Cloud are available in Revit RFA format, AutoCAD DXF format, or both. Revit RFA files support two (or in some cases, four) of the latest Revit versions.

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MagiCAD Cloud BIM objects without MagiCAD
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

Can I use BIM objects from MagiCAD Cloud without MagiCAD?

Answer

Yes, you can. The objects available through MagiCAD Cloud do not require the use of MagiCAD. MagiCAD Cloud is intended for all MEP designers who use AutoCAD and Revit technologies. Over 100,000 BIM objects are downloadable to all MagiCAD Cloud subscribers. Depending on the manufacturer, the downloadable objects on MagiCAD Cloud are available in Revit RFA format, AutoCAD DXF format, or both.  However, if you are a MagiCAD user, you have access to all of MagiCAD Cloud’s over 1 million data-rich objects through MagiCAD’s Product Browser. MagiCAD also enables you to make full use of the technical data stored in the BIM objects, enabling advanced calculations and more accurate MEP design.

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Adding 3D models into MagiCAD Cloud
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Is it possible to add our existing 3D models to MagiCAD Cloud or create the library based on existing models?
Answer

MagiCAD Cloud offers 3D models that include not only the shape of the product but also the technical data needed for detailed calculations in the Revit and AutoCAD environments. In most cases, the existing 3D model cannot be equipped with this data in a way that would be compatible with both Revit and AutoCAD technologies. This is why we produce the 3D models ourselves and do not use existing models as a basis for our BIM objects.

However, if you want to have your products accessible only to the users of MagiCAD for Revit, we can possibly utilise your existing Revit families for the geometry part of the modelling. This will always be checked and decided on a case-by-case basis.
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Preview of 3D models in MagiCAD Cloud
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

Why do the 3D models loaded into the project seem less detailed than the preview 3D models?

Answer

The 3D preview is very detailed to give an accurate visual impression of how the product looks like in real life. Once the product is loaded into a project, an optimized version of the same 3D model is created for the purposes of optimizing the project size. This optimized version has all the same physical dimensions, characteristics and data as the more visually-detailed preview, but because of the optimization, the hard drive space required by the model is considerably smaller. This is one of the benefits of MagiCAD, as it provides products with accurate characteristics and data and at the same time ensures that the project does not become too cumbersome in terms of system performance. MagiCAD projects work with optimal performance even when thousands of real-life products have been added to the projects.

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Compatibility with AutoCAD LT and Revit LT
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Does MagiCAD work with AutoCAD LT or Revit LT?
Answer
No, MagiCAD is not intended and/or supported to be used with AutoCAD LT or Revit LT.
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License management at home
Modified On: 29.04.2020
Question
How can I use MagiCAD at home?
Answer
MagiCAD provides stand-alone and network licenses. You have to know which one of them you want/have to use. From the link you find  instructions on how these can be used and activated at home office (or somewhere else than in company). Link to document  
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Setup of a license server
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Where can I find tools for network licences and how to setup a licence service?
Answer

You can download Licence Server Utilities from the Tools section of our download portal link

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Inside the ZIP there is an User Guide for setting up the license service and activation of network licenses. Follow the instructions.

Licenses of MagiCAD for AutoCAD and MagiCAD for Revit
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
I have a licence for MagiCAD for AutoCAD.  Can I also use MagiCAD for Revit?
Answer

No, however, it is possible to upgrade your licence to MagiCAD Suite. MagiCAD Suite includes licences for both MagiCAD for Revit and MagiCAD for AutoCAD.

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Please contact your sales representative for more information about the different options open to you.

Using EDU licenses for commercial training
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Can schools sell commercial training using educational (EDU) licenses?
Answer
No, schools and educational facilities can only use EDU versions for nonprofit training. EDU versions may not be used for commercial purposes, including commercial training, as specified in the terms and conditions of the EDU licence.
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Using licenses by subsidiaries
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Can our company's licenses be used by our subsidiaries?
Answer
Licences can only be used by the legal entity in whose name they have been registered.  If a subsidiary has a company registration number that is different from that of the licence holder, then the subsidiary is not part of the same legal entity, and therefore has no right to use the same licences.
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Using trial version
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Can I use the Trial version for commercial purposes?
Answer

Trial version is intended for the sole purpose of evaluating the features and usability of the product. The trial version may not be used for production purposes under any circumstances.

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Upgrading hardware or operating system to a workstation with standalone license
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
I have a standalone license of MagiCAD and I need to replace the hard drive on my computer. What will happen to my product activation?
Answer
You must first return your current licences with Licence Management Utility. After you have completed the modifications, you can activate the latest licences to your new hard drive.
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Using older versions with a new license
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Can I use older versions with my latest license?
Answer

Yes, older versions will work with new licences.  Previous versions are available through the download portal.

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Transferring a standalone licence to another workstation
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Can I transfer a standalone licence to another workstation?
Answer
Yes. First return the licence from the current workstation. After that you can activate it on another workstation using the same Activation ID. Make sure that Activation ID is the latest one with its status shown as Activatable.
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Using MagiCAD license at home
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Can I use MagiCAD license at home?
Answer

Yes, you can, but only for purposes that benefit the legal entity the licence is registered to. Make sure that proper insurance coverage exists when the licence is used at off-site premises.

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Using network license on a business trip
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
How can I use our network licenses outside of the office?
Answer
With Licence Management Utility you can borrow licences from your licence server, if that is allowed by your administrator.  When borrowing, you set the return date, so the licence will be automatically returned after that, if not returned manually earlier.
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Stolen licenses
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Our workstations and servers with MagiCAD licences were stolen. What should I do?
Answer
You must report the incident to the local authorities and contact your insurance company for coverage. It is important to have all licences included in your insurance cover, as you will need to buy new licences.
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Licenses of a bankruptcy estate
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Can we buy and use MagiCAD licenses of a bankruptcy estate?
Answer
In a bankruptcy, the company seizes to exist. At the same time, any MagiCAD licenses held by the bankrupt company seize to exist. You are buying the estate, not the legal entity with a company registration number. The estate cannot own any licenses, and therefore it is not possible to acquire MagiCAD licenses from the estate.
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Activation of license without internet connection
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Can I activate a licence without a connection to internet?
Answer
Yes, you can generate an activation request file from Licence Management Utility and transfer the XML file to the software vendor. However, this process will take more time than automatic activation process.
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MagiCAD and Autodesk licenses on the same license server
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
I have problems to get both working on the same server. What should I do?
Answer

Usually this happens because of using the same port for both services. MagiCAD uses ipv4 (ipv6 not fully supported) and latest Autodesk services use ipv6, so it can select the same port to use. It is recommended to set fixed ports to use with MagiCAD licence service. Here is how you can define a fixed port to the licence service:


Licence borrowing service (information service) uses port 2194 by default, but it is used only for licence borrowing.


By default, as the SERVER port number FLEXlm chooses the first one within range 27000 ... 27009, and the VENDOR port can be anything. To make sure that the port numbers remain the same each time the service is started, define both SERVER and VENDOR port numbers in the licence file, and configure your firewall correspondingly.


If you want to use fixed ports, change MAGICAD.LIC like this:


SERVER this_host ANY 27001

VENDOR magicad port=1234

USE_SERVER

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Status shown for a standalone license
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

What does the status of a standalone licence mean?

Answer

Status describes the state of the licence. Here are the most typical status:

Activated locally: The licence is activated to this workstation and you should be able to return it.

Activatable: You should be able to activate the licence. If you can't, make sure that the older version of this licence is returned.

Activated on another computer: The licence is already activated to some other workstation. 

Disabled/Broken: Something has happened to your licence and it is not working anymore. Try to fix it with Licence Management Utility's "Tools / Licence repair tools". If it doesn't help, take "Report / Save technical report" and send it to MagiCAD support.

Obsolete: Your licence is outdated or you have got a new version of it. An obsolete licence works normally, if not outdated. You should be able to return it, but you can't reactivate it. You should use the latest ID to activation.

Unidentified: There is something wrong with your Activation ID. Check that you have correctly entered the complete ID.
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Problems downloading MagiCAD from portal or activating the license
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

Why can't I download MagiCAD from the download portal or activate the licence?

Answer

Make sure that you are using a complete Activation ID and it is the latest one delivered to you by e-mail. Older licence key and Activation ID versions are obsolete and can't be used for any newer version.

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Problems connecting to our license services
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

When I run "Test connections" from Licence Management Utility, two last tests fails. What should I do?

Answer

For some reason you can't connect to your licence server. Make sure that server name is correctly given in Licence Management Utility. It must be given as @server_name or @ip_address. If nobody can connect to services, contact your administrator. Maybe the services are not up and running.

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Lost license
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

My workstation/server broke down or I reinstalled the operating system without returning the licence. The licence is lost, what can I do?

Answer

Please contact your sales representative for detailed instructions on how to proceed. We will be able to return the licences for you.

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The new family category of Provisions for Builderswork Openings in MagiCAD for Revit 2020
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
I upgraded to MagiCAD 2020 for Revit and now Provisions for Builderswork Openings are mechanical equipment instead of generic models. Why is this?
Answer

In MagiCAD 2020 for Revit and newer versions, the family category of provisions for builderswork openings has been changed due to limitations in the generic models category. Now as provisions belong to the mechanical equipment category it is possible to assign symbols for provisions and, for instance, rotate the objects in a more flexible way. Your old provisions will work as they were but all the new provisions will be mechanical equipment. 

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Support for labels in symbol organiser and legend tool
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
I have labels in my electrical symbols but I cannot organize them the way I want without the texts overlapping each other. Why is this?
Answer
From 2020 UR-1 and onwards we have improved the symbol organiser tool and the legend tool so they can handle labeled symbols in a correct way. Distance between two symbols is now calculated taking the amount of characters into consideration which enhances the readability.
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Sizing according to flow
Modified On: 12.06.2020
Question
Is there any way I can size my network according to flow?
Answer
In MagiCAD 2021 there is now a column in the sizing methods where users can add flows as a sizing criteria in addition to pressure loss and velocity.
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Changing Units and decimals in MagiCAD for Revit
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

How do I change the units and decimal places in MagiCAD for Revit? I would like to use kPa instead of Pa in the calculations and I would also like to show more decimal places.

Answer

This can be done in 2 ways.  Through the MagiCAD Settings or Revit's own Manage tab.

MagiCAD:

Go to the "MagiCAD Common" tab => Settings => The "Units" tab => "Change" button to the lower right and then on "Discipline" you select the desired option, for example "Piping".

Then you can click on the different measurements and the different units for that discipline as well as edit the number of decimals used.

In Revit:

Go to The "Manage" tab and then select "Project Units", then select the discipline you want to edit.

Supported units for MagiCAD are:

HVAC Air flow - l/s, m3/h, m3/s

HVAC Pressure - Pa, kPa, bar

Piping Flow - l/s, l/min, m3/h, m3/s

Piping Pressure - Pa, kPa, bar

Piping Power (HVAC) - W, kW
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No flanges when "split" is used on ducts
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

Why aren’t flanges created when I use the split duct segments tool?

Answer

You have most likely not added them to the duct series.  The flanges have to be added separately and are found under "joints" when selecting parts for the duct series.

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Mixed System configuration
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
I get the error message "Mixed System Configuration".  What does it mean?
Answer

See the MagiCAD help manual for a list of error message and their explanations.  These are found in the appendix of the manual.

One additional thing is to check that the system doesn't have the wrong types of devices attached to it: For example a return air system with supply air devices.  Normally it shouldn't be possible create such a situation, but occasionally systems get mixed up and such situations can occur.

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MagiCAD for Revit language selection
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
How I can change the MagiCAD for Revit user interface language?
Answer

When you have started MagiCAD for Revit, select the MagiCAD Common ribbon. From there you will find Settings and in here you should select the APPEARANCE tab. In the drop down menu you can choose the desired language. More information about MagiCAD for Revit settings can be found from online user manual here.

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How to get started with MagiCAD for Revit?
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

After installing MagiCAD for Revit, how do I load it and start to use it?

Answer

There is no separate program icon for MagiCAD for Revit, so you can just start-up Revit as you normally would. MagiCAD will automatically load during the start-up and as long as you have valid licence you can start using it on your Revit project.

To get the most out of MagiCAD you'll need to attach your project to a dataset, which is a compilation of different products, calculation methods and different settings. You can do this from the MagiCAD Common tab, by selecting Manage Dataset -> Select dataset OR Create dataset. If you're creating a new dataset, you can create it based on an old dataset and save it to the appropriate location.

More information about Revit installation and startup you can found here.


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Calculation standards in MagiCAD for Revit 2021 and onwards
Modified On: 12.06.2020
Question

What design calculations are available in MagiCAD for Revit? Where can I choose between different calculation standards?

Answer

MagiCAD for Revit offers sizing and balancing calculation for ventilation, heating, cooling, domestic water, and sprinkler design. Diversified flow calculation for drainage design is available. Duct system and space sound calculations are also available within ventilation module with different sound level filter options.

Different calculation standards can be chosen from MagiCAD settings found in MagiCAD Common ribbon. Select Project tab from the MagiCAD settings dialogue and various standards are available in the drop down menus.


You can choose from following calculation standards:

Pressure loss in ventilation systems:

Default, CIBSE, ASHRAE 2011 or DTU 68.3


Pressure loss in piping systems:

Default or CIBSE


Flow in domestic water systems:

Danish SBi instructions 235. Water installations - Sizing

European EN 806

Finnish D1

French DTU 60.11

Norwegian KS Standard ab.vilkår for vann og avløp

Russian SP 30.13330.2016

Swedish Tabeller och diagram VVS 2000

UK BS 8558

UK CIPHE

UNI 9182:2014 Domestic buildings with WCs provided with a cistern

UNI 9182:2014 Domestic buildings with WCs provided with flush valve

UNI 9182:2014 Public buildings with WCs provided with a cistern

UNI 9182:2014 Public buildings with WCs provided with flush valve.


Flow in hot water circulation systems:

User enters the flows to the circulation points

DIN 1988-300

French DTU 60.11

UK Domestic Hot Water Return Calculation - Based on CIPSE Method

UNI 9182:2014


Flow in the drainage systems:

Add flows

EN 12056 Systems I, EN 12056 Systems II, EN 12056 Systems III, EN 12056 Systems IV

NF DTU 60.11 P-2

Sprinkler calculation:

EN 12845

CEA 4001

NFPA-13

BS 9251:2014

UNI 10779 

Malysian MS 1910:2006

Singaporean CP 52:2004

Australian AS2118

EN 16925

Swiss SES-Richtlinie 01.03.2018-d


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Contextual tab
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
What is the contextual tab and how to use it?
Answer

Each time you select an element in Revit you are presented with a selection of available modifying options based on the attributes of the selected element on Revit's toolbar. This is known as a contextual tab. Since MagiCAD has its own functions, they are presented separately from native Revit's functions. The type and number of contextual functions can be modified by the user.


In the MagiCAD Common tab select Settings -> Appearance, and in the bottom of the window you'll find an option to set the location for the configuration file and an option to configure the your contextual tab. Now you can create your own contextual shortcut configurations. Note that some of the commands have constraints and are only usable in specific object type selections.
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Collaboration (worksharing)
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Does MagiCAD for Revit work with central models? What are the benefits of using worksharing?
Answer
Yes, MagiCAD for Revit works with central models. Using a workshared central model is beneficial when working simultaneously on the same project with a multi-disciplinary team.

Recommended ways to use central models are Autodesk's BIM360, Revit Server or your own network drive. Cloud services such as OneDrive or Dropbox are not supported.

If you want to use the same dataset file between designers, dataset file needs to be shared using network drive so that everyone has an identical path for the file or dataset must be stored internally to the project with Manage Dataset. BIM360 and Revit Server do not allow uploading 3rd party files such as .mrv (dataset file), and so the use of them project must be used with internal dataset (MagiCAD 2020 and onwards). 
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3rd party families
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Can MagiCAD for Revit handle 3rd party families?
Answer

The short answer to that is Yes, but there are a few restrictions.

 

  • In order to use sizing and balancing calculations, ducts and pipes need to be given roughness values, Hazen-Williams factors (pipes), used sizes (ducts) and correct inner diameters (pipes).

  • Other product families need to be created with traditional Revit conventions and technical data. 

  • Detailed requirements for them can be found from the user guide; Appendix C. Handling of Revit families
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2D Symbols
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
What kind of 2D symbols are available in MagiCAD?
Answer
MagiCAD offers a wide variety of different generic 2D symbols, and localised 2D symbols for certain market areas.

Main categories for symbols are product (Revit family) symbols, switchboard schematic detail symbols, switchboard schematic symbols, and schematic symbols.

There may be situations when you cannot find a suitable 2D symbol for your purposes. In this case you can create your own symbol from Revit detail objects and use this symbol in your MagiCAD products or schematics. You can also convert symbols made with MagiCAD for AutoCAD with the Symbol Converter, which can be found from the MagiCAD Common tab under Symbol Management.
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Change Systems
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

Is it possible to change or merge systems in MagiCAD?

Answer

With MagiCAD you can change a ventilation or piping system into another, change whole network into another system or change one or several products from one system into another system.


Systems for some products e.g. climate beams that have both ventilation and piping systems attached to them can be changed separately. If you want to change ventilation system on a climate beam you have to launch the Change systems function from the MagiCAD Ventilation ribbon, and if you want to change piping system you have to launch the function from the Piping ribbon.

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IFC Export in MagiCAD for Revit
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
What is the IFC Export and how does it work?
Answer

MagiCAD's own IFC Export tool can be found from the MagiCAD Common tab. Its purpose is for exporting your MEP model in either IFC2X3 or IFC4 format with custom user-defined properties.

When using the IFC Export tool you are able to create a single or multiple IFC files from a specified view or pre-selected objects. The configurations or property sets can also be selected and all your settings can be saved for later use or to create a batch export which can even be made to run automatically.


The property sets can be handled through Property Set Manager which is located in the same place as the IFC Export tool. You'll be able to edit the existing ones or create completely new ones; defining all the IFC part types it applies to and the properties which should be exported. Remember also to assign your property sets to a property set configuration in order to be able to use them.
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BCF Manager in MagiCAD for Revit
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

What is the BCF Manager and how do I use it?

Answer

BCF is an acronym of "BIM collaboration format" and it is used as a communication tool in BIM projects.

MagiCAD's BCF Manager gives you the possibility to dispose of the traditional communication methods of using many e-mails and attachments and instead use just one file with all the issues that are raised to be saved with the project. You'll be able to create topics of each issue and each issue has its views and comments.  Views can have components attached to them, so you'll have direct links to the actual objects in the project which helps with locating and correcting the issues. And of course, the comments can be used for communication.

Once the issues have been created, you can export them to a BCFZIP -file which then can be opened with not only MagiCAD's BCF Manager but with other softwares that support the format such as Navisworks and Solibri. New issues or comments on existing issues can then be created and returned to the team for review again in the software platform chosen.

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Running Index in MagiCAD for Revit
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
What is Running Index and how do I use it?
Answer
With MagiCAD Running Index tool you can assign individual numbers following a pre-defined system, for different components and elements in your model.

First you need to create a group and a format for the running index within the dataset, and then use these rules with the running index tool. This way you can set numbering automatically, for example to all flow dampers in the model. 

This information is set as parametric information in each elements instance properties, under identity data category.

With the running index tool you can also remove existing running indexes, decide to show or hide the numbering as text notes, and manage existing running index information for all groups/formats.
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Provision for Builderswork Openings & MagiCAD Builders Work Openings Tool
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
What is the Provision for Builderswork Openings and how is different from MagiCAD Builderswork Openings Tool?
Answer

The Provision for Builderswork Openings tool can create hole or opening based on your MEP models provisions and it interference's with architectural and structural elements. You can either create provisions manually or automatically. Creating opening provisions manually requires each opening to be defined separately but allows customer creation. If you decide to create them automatically, you should configure the options and rules on how the provisions should be created. This can be done by modifying the dataset and selecting "Provision for builderswork openings" and editing the relevant values. There are many customisable options including the values on how much extra space is needed for the openings around MEP elements, how much space is required between voids and services type parameters.

Once you actually create the void provisions automatically, you'll need to define the range and after that you'll receive a report on the created provisions.

The MagiCAD Manage Openings Tool is meant for structural engineers / architects to actually create voids from the void provisions. They do not need MagiCAD software to use this tool, it is a free download from our portal. The structural engineer or architect can link your MEP model to their structural or architectural model and open the tool. They'll then be presented all the opening provisions in a list, which they can then check, create comments, and reject or accept them. Once the provision is accepted the tool can then create the actual opening in their model. It's also possible to save reports e.g. from the rejected provisions which then can be sent to the MEP engineer to make the necessary changes to get the provision made.

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Merge parameters
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
What is Merge Parameters and how is it used?
Answer

Merge Parameters is intended for pulling different parameters from multiple places and then combining them in a single parameter. You can use both instance and type parameters. It is even possible to create new parameters which normally wouldn't be available for tags and make them available e.g. space number of some object.

Before actually using Merge Parameters, you should create Parameter configurations; that can be done in the MagiCAD Common tab by selecting Merge Parameters -> Parameter Configurations. You start by adding a new configuration by clicking on the green + symbol, giving it a name and then selecting a target parameter for it. Then you'll just have to select the source parameters that are going to be combined and set how they are to be displayed, save the configuration and you should be ready to use it.


When you are using Merge Parameters  you have to define the range, which is either the whole project or a pre-defined selection of objects. Then you select the configurations that you are using and click OK.
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Schematics in MagiCAD for Revit
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Can MagiCAD generate schematics from model?
Answer
It is not possible to automatically generate schematics from the model. Schematics must be drawn manually according the model.
After the schematics are drawn, objects between schematics and model can be linked together and the data between of them can be updated automatically from/to schematic from/to model.
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LOD Levels
Modified On: 12.06.2020
Question
Is it possible to select different LOD levels for MagiCAD products?
Answer
MagiCAD 2021 Main release and newer support three different LOD levels: 200, 300 and 350. You can select which level you want to use for your drawings by opening Drawing Preferences under General tools. The level you have selected will be used in IFC Export as well and the level for each drawing is mentioned in the IFC Export dialogue in the Storey mapping field. The levels are not available for all the products right away but you can browse through LOD supported products in MagiCAD Cloud by checking the filter box "Bim object properties - MC LOD Levels". 
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Sizing according to flow
Modified On: 12.06.2020
Question
Is there any way I can size my network according to flow?
Answer
In MagiCAD 2021 there is now a column in the sizing methods where users can add flow as a sizing criteria in addition to pressure loss and velocity. 
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MagiCAD for AutoCAD with OS X
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Does MagiCAD support OS X?
Answer
No. There is no MagiCAD available for "AutoCAD for MAC". MagiCAD operates on Windows 7 (support for this system has ended from Microsoft), 8 and 10. In order to use MagiCAD on MAC, you need to have windows installed.
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https://support.apple.com/boot-camp

MagiCAD for AutoCAD language selection
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
How can I change the MagiCAD for AutoCAD user interface language?
Answer

Find and open the MagiCAD folder on your hard drive. In this MagiCAD folder open MagiCAD for AutoCAD utilities folder and from there open MagiCAD user settings where you can choose your desired language. More information about user settings can be found from the online user guide here or User Manual.

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Upgrading MagiCAD for AutoCAD to a newer AutoCAD version
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
How do I upgrade MagiCAD to a newer version of AutoCAD?
Answer

MagiCAD for AutoCAD setup is able to upgrade (and remove the older version) automatically if the AutoCAD platform has not changed. Instead, if you change AutoCAD version at the same time you upgrade MagiCAD, follow this procedure:

1. Start and close the old version of MagiCAD.

2. Uninstall the old version of MagiCAD.

3. Start and close the new version of AutoCAD.

4. Install the new version of MagiCAD.

MagiCAD is always installed to the last used version of AutoCAD, that is why you must start and exit the AutoCAD version onto which you want to install MagiCAD.
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Cleaning the architectural dwg
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Is there any easy way to clean up the architects .dwg file?
Answer

Drawing Cleaning Utility is the best tool for this. It can be used for many different things such as:


- Cleaning the architect dwg (Purge, Remove annotation scales, Audit)
- Changing the colour of architect dwg
- Changing the architect dwg text styles
- Scaling the linetypes or the whole dwg
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Start the command from the Clean icon or by writing _MAGIUCLEAN to AutoCAD command line.

Replacing more than one product at once in MagiCAD for AutoCAD
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

Is there any quick way to replace multiple products at the same time in MagiCAD for AutoCAD?

Answer

Yes, MagiCAD has a function called Find & Replace which is intended for this purpose. This function enables user to change products such as Air devices, dampers, radiators, valves, duct/pipe series etc. Same functionality in available in MagiCAD for Revit.

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Start the command from the Find & Replace icon or by writing  _MAGIFIN to AutoCAD command line.


Working on two or more views in AutoCAD resets zoom
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Changing between different views causes AutoCAD to zoom all opened views to same position. Why is this?
Answer
AutoCAD UCSFOLLOW variable causes this. If it`s set to 1 on all views, they are following on each other.

Set UCSFOLLOW variable to 0 on each view.

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Can't see menus when starting MagiCAD for AutoCAD
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
After starting the MagiCAD I can`t see any of the ribbons.
Answer

Check this link to resolve the issue.

Menu problem

Another possible solution is:

Go to the MagiCAD folder on the desktop and then:
MagiCAD => MagiCAD for AutoCAD - Utilities and then select "MagiCAD User Settings". Under "User interface" tick the box "Reload user interface on startup".

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This might also help with other ribbon/toolbar issues (e.g. if you see cloud or ? sign instead of MagiCAD icons).

Linking plan dwg to a schematic dwg
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Is it possible to create a link between plan drawing and schematic drawing?
Answer

Yes, with the MagiCAD version 2018 UR-1 (and onwards) this is possible. Please check the video (link below) for more information.

linking plan to schema

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Using MagiCAD created schematic drawing in Pure AutoCAD?
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question

Is it possible to edit the schematic drawing with pure AutoCAD (without MagiCAD)?

Answer
Yes it is possible but before sending the drawing it has to be exploded using the Schematic Explode function that can be found from Schematic ribbon. After running the explode function, all objects are converted to AutoCAD blocks.
Additional Comments

Use Explode from Schematic ribbon or write _MAGISDEXPLODE to AutoCAD command line.

It is advisable to take a copy from the original drawing before exploding it.

MagiCAD for AutoCAD template files
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Where can I find MagiCAD template files?
Answer

MagiCAD templates can be found in <C:\ProgramData\MagiCAD\Templates>.

ProgramData is a hidden folder by default in Windows.

Follow this this link to set hidden files and folders visible in Windows.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14201/windows-show-hidden-files

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Also MagiCAD menu file (magicad.cuix) is located in ProgramData -folder.

<C:\ProgramData\MagiCAD\Support>


What Plugin is?
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
What are Plugins and what are they for?
Answer
Plugins are used for connecting manufacturers’ product selection and calculation software with MagiCAD for Revit and AutoCAD. The MagiCAD installation package now comes with MagiCAD Plugin Manager, a brand new extension which helps users to install plugins directly from the MagiCAD user interface. All plugins are grouped together in the ribbon menu instead of separate toolbars, providing an easy and consistent user interface. All Plugins are developed by MagiCAD Group.

Visit our web page and find out more information: 

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How can I install Plugin in MagiCAD for AutoCAD?
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
How can I install Plugin in MagiCAD for AutoCAD?
Answer

1. Open MagiCAD for AutoCAD.

2. Open MagiCAD Plugins ribbon.

3. Launch Plugin Manager.

4. Install Plugin.

Plugin will create an own toolbar for it or plugin specific buttons to the MagiCAD Plugins ribbon.

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How can I install Plugin in MagiCAD for Revit?
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
How can I install Plugin in MagiCAD for Revit?
Answer

1. Open Revit.

2. Open Add-Ins ribbon.

3. Open MagiCAD Plugin Manager.

4. Install Plugin.

Plugin will create plugin specific buttons to the Add-Ins ribbon.

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How upgrading AutoCAD version will affect to Plugins?
Modified On: 25.02.2020
Question
Upgrading AutoCAD version. What will happen to Plugins?
Answer

The specific Plugin will be installed and loaded on top of the existing AutoCAD. If you are going to upgrade your AutoCAD or going to use another version of AutoCAD, you have to first uninstall the Plugin from your computer by doing it in Windows Control Panel. After this you can perform normal installing procedure for the Plugin.

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