Compatibility between Magicad and Autodesk software ?
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How do I know which AutoCAD/Revit is compatible with my MagiCAD version?
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You can find Operating Environment and Compatibility information from our Portal.
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Installing Magicad
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How to Install MagiCAD?
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First you need to download MagiCAD for Revit and MagiCAD for AutoCAD from our  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 for AutoCAD you can be find here, and for MagiCAD for Revit here.


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Select your preferred language and desired MagiCAD version from the list.

Computer requirements
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What are system requirements for MagiCAD?
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MagiCAD for Revit or MagiCAD for AutoCAD doesn't have any additional requirements for computer performance above what the Autodesk platform requires.
Here you can find requirements for Revit and for AutoCAD.
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File formats
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What are the file formats that MagiCAD uses?
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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.

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
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Where can I find localised templates or datasets?
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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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How to download MagiCAD
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How can I download MagiCAD
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Follow the link in your delivery e-mail. You can also download it from MagiCAD download portal by using the correct licence key to access the required version: https://portal.magicad.com/Download/GetProductCategoryList?categoryId=1
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On download page there is a link to installation guides. Follow the instructions.

Supported languages
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On which user interface languages are MagiCAD products available?
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All MagiCAD products are available in English, German Language, Russian, French and Chinese 
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How can I reach support
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How do I reach or access Support?
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Self-help support is available free of charge in English for all our customers at:  my.magicad.com .  Your local support contacts page can be found in the contact tab at the top of this page where you can find all information for your desired market areas.
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MagiCAD for AutoCAD language selection
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How can I change the MagiCAD for AutoCAD user interface language?
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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:

http://help.magicad.com/mcaca/2018/EN/1__user_settings.html?ms=AAA%3D&st=MA%3D%3D&sct=MA%3D%3D&mw=MjQw

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MagiCAD for Revit language selection
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How I can change the MagiCAD for Revit user interface language?
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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:

http://help.magicad.com/mcrev/2018/EN/1_1_settings_window.html?ms=AAAAAAAAAAA%3D&q=c2V0dGluZ3M%3D&st=MQ%3D%3D&sct=MA%3D%3D&mw=MjQw

  

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Upgrading MagiCAD to newer AutoCAD version
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How do I upgrade MagiCAD to a newer version of AutoCAD?
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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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Problems downloading MagiCAD from portal or activating the license
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Why can't I download MagiCAD from the download portal or activate the licence?

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


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

MagiCloud subscription is free, with no hidden costs.  By subscribing to MagiCloud, 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.  MagiCloud subscribers can also download over 100,000 BIM objects for use in projects. Depending on the manufacturer, the downloadable objects on MagiCloud are available in Revit RFA format, AutoCAD DXF format, or both.


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What are MagiCloud file formats?
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In which file formats are the downloadable object models available on MagiCloud?
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Depending on the manufacturer, the downloadable objects on MagiCloud 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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BIM objects in MagiCloud
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Can I use BIM objects from MagiCloud without MagiCAD?

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Yes, you can. The objects available through MagiCloud do not require the use of MagiCAD. MagiCloud is intended for all MEP designers who use AutoCAD and Revit technologies. Over 100,000 BIM objects are downloadable to all MagiCloud subscribers. Depending on the manufacturer, the downloadable objects on MagiCloud are available in Revit RFA format, AutoCAD DXF format, or both.  However, if you are a MagiCAD user, you have access to all of MagiCloud’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 MagiCloud
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Is it possible to add our existing 3D models to MagiCloud or create the library based on existing models?
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MagiCloud 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 MagiCloud
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Why do the 3D models loaded into the project seem less detailed than the preview 3D models?

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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 optimised version of the same 3D model is created for the purposes of optimising the project size. This optimised version has all the same physical dimensions, characteristics and data as the more visually-detailed preview, but because of the optimisation, 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
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Does MagiCAD work with AutoCAD LT or Revit LT?
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No, MagiCAD is not intended and/or supported to be used with AutoCAD LT or Revit LT.
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How to setup a license server
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Where can I find tools for network licences and how to setup a licence service?
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You can download Licence Server Utilities from the Tools section of our download portal https://portal.magicad.com/Download/GetProductCategoryList?categoryId=6.

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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
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I have a licence for MagiCAD for AutoCAD.  Can I also use MagiCAD for Revit?
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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
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Can schools sell commercial training using educational (EDU) licenses?
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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
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Can our company's licenses be used by our subsidiaries?
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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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Upgrading hardware or operating system to a workstation with standalone license
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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?
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You must first return your current licenses with License Management Utility. After you have completed the modifications, you can activate the latest licenses to your new hard drive.
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Using older versions with a new license
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Can I use older versions with my latest license?
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Yes, older versions will work with new licenses. Previous versions are available through the download portal.

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Transferring a standalone licence to another workstation
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Can I transfer a standalone license to another workstation?
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Yes.  First return the licence from the current workstation.  After that you can activate it on another workstation using the same ActivationID.  Make sure that ActivationID is the latest one with its status shown as Activatable. 
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Using MagiCAD license at home
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Can I use MagiCAD license at home?
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Yes, you can, but only for purposes that benefit the legal entity the license is registered to. Make sure that proper insurance coverage exists when the license is used at off-site premises.
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Using network license on a business trip
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How can I use our network licenses outside of the office?
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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 earlier.
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Stolen licenses
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Our workstations and servers with MagiCAD licences were stolen.  What should I do?
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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 an acquired company
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Are we allowed to use licenses of an acquired company?
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It depends on how the new corporate structure will look in terms of legal entities:


1.  If your company is buying more than 50% share of the other company, MagiCAD licences can be transferred to you as the new owner of the company.  After the transfer process, your employees will be able to use the licences.  To be eligible for transfer, the licences must be up-to-date with the latest MagiCAD version and they must also be covered by an active Subscription.  Each ownership transfer will be subject to an administrative fee.  Please contact Progman Oy for more details on the transfer process. If several legal entities (with different company registration numbers) still exist after the transfer of licences, only the employees working for the legal entity which is registered as the licence holder are allowed to use the licences.

2.  If your company is buying less than 50% of the other company, you can neither transfer nor use the licences of the Company.

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Activation of license without internet connection
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Can I activate a license without connection to internet?
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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
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I have problems to get both working on the same server.  What should I do?
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Usually this happens because of using the same port for both services.  MagiCAD uses ipv4 (ipv6 not 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.



We have not predefined ports used with NLM licence service, it is selected randomly, if not defined.

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



SERVER this_host ANY 27001

VENDOR magicad port=1234

USE_SERVER

 

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.
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Status shown for a standalone license
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What does the status of a standalone licence mean?
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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 our 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 ActivationID.  Check that you have  correctly entered the complete ID

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Problems connecting to our license services
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When I run "Test connections" from License Management Utility, two last tests fail. What to do?
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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
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My workstation/server broke down or I reinstalled the operating system without returning the licence.  The licence is lost, what can I do?
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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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Changing Units and decimals in MagiCAD for Revit
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How do I change the units and decimals in MagiCAD for Revit? I would like to use kPa instead of Pa in the calculations and I would also like to have more decimals in use.
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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 correct one, 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
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Why don't I get flanges to the ducts when I split them?
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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
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I get the error message "Mixed System Configuration". What does it mean?
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Some object in the system is connected to two or more different system types from its connectors. Also when pipes of different systems are connected to same junction (f.ex: heating systems with different temperature).
This message doesn't apply to radiators and such, since the system type changes from supply to return in these devices.

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One addition to the things listed here 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 occur.

How to get started with MagiCAD for Revit?
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After installing MagiCAD for Revit, how can I get started using it?
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There is no separate icon for MagiCAD for Revit, so you can just start Revit as you would do if you didn't have MagiCAD. MagiCAD will load during the start-up and as long as you have valid license you can start using it in 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 Dataset -> Select dataset OR New dataset. If you're creating a new dataset, you can create it based on an old dataset and save it to the appropriate location.
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Calculation
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What kind of different calculations there are available in MagiCAD for Revit? Where can I change between different calculation standards?
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MagiCAD for Revit offers sizing and balancing calculation for ventilation, heating&cooling, domestic water, and sprinkler design. Flow summation for drainage design is available. Sound and space sound calculation is possible with ventilation design.

Different calculation standards can be chosen from MagiCAD settings found in MagiCAD Common ribbon. Select Project-section from the MagiCAD settings dialog.

You can choose from following calculation standards:
Pressure loss in ventilation systems: Default or CIBSE
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, 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 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

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Contextual tab
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What is the contextual tab and how to use it?
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Each time you select an element in Revit you get presented a selection of available modifying options based on the attributes of the selected element in Revit's toolbar. This is what is called a contextual tab. Since MagiCAD has its' own functions, they are presented separately from native Revit's functions. The list of presented functions can be modified by the user.

Go to MagiCAD Common tab, select Settings->Appearance, and in the bottom of window you'll find the location for the configuration file and the option to configure the your contextual tab. Once you make your own configurations, notice that some of the commands have constraints and are only usable in specific cases. 
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Collaboration (worksharing)
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Does MagiCAD for Revit work with central models? What are the benefits of using worksharing?
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Yes, MagiCAD for Revit works with central models. Using 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. BIM360 and Revit Server do not allow uploading 3rd party files such as .mrv (dataset file), and so the use of them is currently not possible.

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3rd party families
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Can MagiCAD for Revit handle 3rd party families?
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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 created with traditional Revit conventions. Detailed demands for them can be found from the user guide; Appendixes->C. Handling of the Revit families
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2D Symbols
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What kind of 2D symbols MagiCAD has?
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MagiCAD offers a wide variety of different generic 2D symbols, and localised 2D symbols for certain market areas.

Main categories for symbols are product symbols, switchboard schematic detail symbols, switchboard schematic symbols, and schematic symbols.

There can still be situations when you cannot find a suitable 2D symbol for your purposes. In this case you can create your own symbol from Revit objects and use this symbol in MagiCAD. 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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Check for updates
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Is there an easy way to check whether or not I have everything up-to-date?
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Go to MagiCAD Common tab and select Check for Updates. From here you'll be able to see if you have the latest MagiCAD version, are your product and symbol databases up-to-date in their designated folders and you can also download localisations through Check for Updates.

Notice that you don't have to have the product databases downloaded on your hard drive if you are constantly online when you're working. The downloaded databases are meant for offline users.
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Change Systems
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Is it possible to change or merge systems in MagiCAD?
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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
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What is the IFC Export and how does it work?
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MagiCAD's own IFC Export tool can be found from the MagiCAD Common tab. It's meant for exporting only, your MEP model in either IFC2X3 or IFC4 format.

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 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
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What is the BCF Manager?
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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 get rid of the old communication way of using a dozen e-mails with their attachments and instead use just one file with all the issues that need to be fixed in 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.
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Running Index
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What is Running Index and how to use it?
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With MagiCAD Running Index tool you can give individual numbers for different devices 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
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What is the Provision for Builderswork Openings and how is different from MagiCAD Builders Work Openings Tool?
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Provision for Builderswork Openings is meant to create void provisions based on your MEP model. You can either create them manually or automatically. Manually you'll create them one-by-one and defining all the variables separately. If you decide to create them automatically, you might want to set the options on how the provisions should be created. This can be done by modifying the dataset and selecting "Provision for builderswork openings" branch and editing the values. You can define the values on how much of extra space is needed for the voids, how much space is needed between voids and also different limit and owner 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 Builders Work Openings Tool is meant for structural engineers / architects to actually create voids from the void provisions. How it works is that they can link your MEP model to their structural/architectural model and open the tool. They'll then be presented all the provisions in a list, which they can then check, create comments, and reject or accept them. Once the provision is accepted and OK is clicked, the tool will create an actual void. 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 needed changes to get the provision made.
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Merge parameters
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What is Merge Parameters?
Answer
Merge Parameters is meant for fetching different parameters of an element or its host and then combining them in a single parameter. You can use both instance and type parameters. It is even possible to fetch parameters which normally wouldn't be available for tags and make them available.

Before actually using Merge Parameters, you might want to create Parameter configurations; that can be done in the MagiCAD Common tab by selecting Merge Parameters->Parameter Configurations. Yous start by adding a new configuration by clicking on the green plus-sign, giving it a name and then selecting a target parameter for it. Then you'll just have to select the parameters that are going to be combined and set how they are being shown, 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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Volume of the heating/cooling network
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Is it possible to check volume of heating system?
Answer
Double click the open end of a supply pipe (start point of network) to check the volume. If you have used heating/cooling plant, volume information can be seen from product properties (double clicking the plant).
Additional Comments
MagiCAD also take into consideration the volume of products (e.g. radiators).


Cleaning the architectural drawing
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Question
Is there any easy way to clean up the architect .dwg file?
Answer
Drawing Cleaning Utility is the right 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
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Is there any quick way to replace multiple products at the same time?
Answer
Yes, MagiCAD has a function called Find&Replace which is meant for this purpose. This function enables user to change products such as Air devices, dampers, radiators, valves, duct/pipe series etc.
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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 causes problem
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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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Menu problem
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After starting the MagiCAD but I can`t see any 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
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Is it possible to create a link between plan drawing and schematic drawing?
Answer

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

linking plan to schema


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This feature was introduced to MagiCAD 2018 UR-1 version.

Using schematic drawing in AutoCAD
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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 Schematic Explode function that can be found from Schematic ribbon. After the explode all objects are changed to AutoCAD blocks. 
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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.

Plugin. What is that?
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What are Plugins?
Answer
Visit our web page and find out more information: 

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How can I install Plugin in MagiCAD for AutoCAD?
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How can I install Plugin in MagiCAD for AutoCAD?
Answer

1. Open MagiCAD for AutoCAD.

2. Open MagiCAD Plugins ribbon.

3. Perform 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?
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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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Upgrading AutoCAD version. What will happen to Plugins?
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Upgrading AutoCAD version. What will happen to Plugins?
Answer

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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What is MagiCreate?
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What is MagiCreate and what can I use it for?
Answer
Should you not find a product you are looking for in our product libraries you can make one yourself in MagiCreate. For this purpose you can use our generic models and edit the product type specific technical data in them and their dimensions. Generic models are located in the MagiCAD product folders, more specifically, in their respective qpd-files. You can either edit existing products or create new ones. You can also make a qpd-file of your own. Installing a device created this way in your project is done in the same way as with any other device by retrieving it from the product database using Product Browser. The only thing you have to do is to switch the data source from Cloud to Local and set the correct directory to the folder where the qpd-file is. Once you have created a product in MagiCreate and saved it in a qpd-file you can use the device in both platforms, MagiCAD for AutoCAD or MagiCAD for Revit. 

MagiCreate is a so called plug-in software and you can download the newest version in MagiCAD Plugin Manager. This means it is not included in MagiCAD release versions but it has to be installed separately. However, it does follow when you upgrade to a newer version of MagiCAD. Along with the software you are also provided with release notes, that is valuable information in pdf form on that particular version you are downloading.   
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See pdf for more detailed information  MagiCreate 2017.6.


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