Right on time! The ADN plugin of the month for May is eStorage for Autodesk Revit. This add-in stores and manages the contents of external files in Revit extensible storage on selected elements in the BIM model. You can download it for free from the Autodesk Labs web site:
Each plugin of the month includes a Read Me that contains everything you would ever want to know about a plugin:
This add-in provides the following commands:
Store: Store the data of an external file into Revit extensible storage on a selected element. This command prompts you to select an external file and a Revit BIM element and stores the file data into Revit extensible storage.
StoreOnType: Store the data of an external file into Revit extensible storage on the element type of a selected element. This command prompts you to select an external file and a Revit BIM element and stores the file data into the Revit extensible storage on the selected element's element type.
Restore: Restore external file from extensible storage on a selected element. This command prompts you to select an element and retrieves the stored external file from its extensible storage.
List: List file data stored in extensible storage. This command Lists all the file data stored in extensible storage on all elements in the current active document.
Remove: Remove file data stored in extensible storage. This command prompts you to select one or more BIM elements and removes the file data stored in their extensible storage. If elements have already been selected prior to launching the command, they are used instead of prompting for a new selection. This can be used to remove stored file data from elements that are not selectable in the user interface, such as element types. They can be pre-selected using Manage > Inquiry > Select by ID instead.
Help: Display the help file. This command displays the help file. It is only available in Revit 2012. In Revit 2013, you can hover over a command button and press the F1 key instead.
The commands are located on the Extensible Storage panel in the Add-Ins ribbon tab.
As always, we look for feedback on these plugins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although these plugins are intended as learning aids for would-be programmers, they are also useful as utilities as posted. Often the plugin authors update them in response to feedback. So please feel free to share your thoughts.
File tracking is alive in the lab.