DirectShapeFramework 1.0.0

.NET Framework 4.7.2
dotnet add package DirectShapeFramework --version 1.0.0
NuGet\Install-Package DirectShapeFramework -Version 1.0.0
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="DirectShapeFramework" Version="1.0.0" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add DirectShapeFramework --version 1.0.0
#r "nuget: DirectShapeFramework, 1.0.0"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install DirectShapeFramework as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=DirectShapeFramework&version=1.0.0

// Install DirectShapeFramework as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=DirectShapeFramework&version=1.0.0


This light weight and easy-to-use library helps to visualize and analyze hidden Revit Geometry, Bounding Boxes, Vectors, lines, points and so on. It is extremely usefull for coordinators and Revit API programmers.

How it works?

This framework uses Revit API DirectShape class to visualize hidden geometry as a real Generic Model instance. It helps you to analyze hidden geometry, check demensions and increase your performance in Revit API Geometry projects.

Click 👆 on the image below 🔰 to watch a small gif demo of visualising element's Bounding Box using Direct Shape Framework. demo


For now you can download or copy local this project and build in release mode DirectShapeFramework library. Later I will set up this library as a .nuget package.


Highlight Geometry

Creates a copy of selected element in the form of DirectShape element.

Highlight Geometry

   IList<GeometryObject> geometry = element.get_Geometry(new Options()).Where(x=>x.IsElementGeometry).ToList();
   //Use this method inside transaction
   Highlight.Geometry(document, geometry);
   //overload for single GeometryObject
   Highlight.Geometry(document, geometry.First());

Highlight Point

Placess a DirectShape point by entered coordinates. In this example element's location point is used.

Highlight Point

if (element is FamilyInstance familyInstance && familyInstance.Location is LocationPoint locationPoint)
   //Use this method inside transaction
   Highlight.Point(document, locationPoint.Point);

Highlight Vector

Placess a DirectShape point by vectors start point and creates a visible line of predefined lenghth to show direction of vector. In this example element's FacingOrientation vector is used.

Highlight Vector

if (element is FamilyInstance instance && instance.Location is LocationPoint locationPoint)
    //Use this method inside transaction
    Highlight.Vector(document, instance.FacingOrientation, locationPoint.Point);

<a id="highlight-face">Highlight Face (Experimental)

Places a DirectShape geometry to highlight selected Face.

Highlight Face

var wallFaces = HostObjectUtils.GetSideFaces(wall, ShellLayerType.Exterior);
var geometryObject = wall.GetGeometryObjectFromReference(wallFaces.First());
if (geometryObject is Face face)
   //Use this method inside transaction
   Highlight.Face(document, wall, face);

Highlight Curve

Creates a number of DirectShape points to visualise a curve. In this example LocationCurve of wall was used.

Highlight Curve

if (instance.Location is LocationCurve locationCurve)
    Highlight.CurveByPoints(document, locationCurve.Curve);

Highlight BoundingBox

Creates rectangular DirectShape element to visualise element's BoundingBox.

Highlight BoundingBox

//Use this method inside transaction
Highlight.BoundingBox(document, instance.get_BoundingBox(null));

Supported Revit versions

DirectShapeFramework is based on .Net Framework 4.7.2. It is supported by Revit 2019 or higher.

Found a bug or want to contribute?

Please see for more information about how to report a bug, suggest echancements and contribute.


This project uses MIT license. Read for more information.

Product Compatible and additional computed target framework versions.
.NET Framework net472 is compatible.  net48 was computed.  net481 was computed. 
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1.0.0 110 11/20/2022