Have you ever installed Navisworks and when you go to Revit, AutoCAD, etc. and the NWC (or NWD for AutoCAD programs) exporting option isn’t there? Examples…In Revit 2009 it would be in the Tools->External Tools pull-down menu. In Revit 2010 it would be in the Add-Ins Ribbon Panel. In AutoCAD products it would be available by typing NWCOUT or NWDOUT. But what do you do when those options are not available after you’ve installed a Navisworks program (except Navisworks Freedom)?
Some think they have to uninstall and reinstall the Navisworks program, or try and do an Add/Remove Programs to change the install. Well, the second option is the way to go, but it’s not a change of the Navisworks program. It’s actually a change to the Autodesk Navisworks Exporter Plug-ins option.
Autodesk call this “prime the exporters” in Navisworks. Just in case you aren’t familiar with making changes to a program, here’s how you can access the Exporter Plug-ins and Prime them (using Navisworks 2010 and Revit as the example)…
1.) In Windows XP: Access the Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add Remove Programs option.
In Windows Vista: Access the > Settings > Control Panel > Programs and Features option.
2.) Click the Autodesk Navisworks 2010 32 bit/64 bit Exporter Plug-ins option.
3.) Click the "Uninstall/Change" button and the Exporter Plug-ins dialog will open.
4.) Click "Add or Remove Features".
5.) Click "Restore Defaults", or manually check the Revit entry.
6.) Click "Next" and follow the prompts to install the applicable exporters.
Depending on how the program was installed, deployment/disk/download, or how it was installed, the exporters may not install with the program initially. When you prime the exporters they should work just fine.