Keeping with this week's theme of everything not related to the ribbon UI, I want to introduce a product enhancement that has been overshadowed by all the talk about the new UI: Autodesk Seek. Seek is a web service that allows designers to search for (and now submit their own) content to be included in their Revit projects. Files are in a variety of formats, depending on the source. Seek was introduced first as an Autodesk Labs project called Content Search (check out the Labs blog for more history) and then "graduated" to a full-fledged service two years ago. It was first integrated into Revit 2009 and has been enhanced in the following ways:
- Most of the old Revit Web Library Content Library material has been migrated to Seek (the old site is on it's way out.)
- You can now search from within Revit from the Insert tab
- You can share your family content with the Seek database by clicking Application Menu > Publish > Share with Autodesk Seek
- Added Omniclass categorization to all Revit Families and provided ability of Revit family creators to add the Omniclass category to their families
A recent thread on AUGI has raised some interesting issues regarding the appropriateness of firms sharing their family content and also if/how the quality of content will be monitored. What are you thoughts on this topic? Would you share content with others on Seek? Do you trust the content you see appearing on Seek? With what criteria would you judge the qaulity of this content? The Seek team is listening, so let them know what you think.