Buy NaviSet Transfer


NaviSet Transfer is a suite of plugins and maxscripts developed to transfer Navisworks Selection/Search Sets and Timeliner animation to 3DS Max for animation and simulation purposes. The tool is best suited for people with beginner to intermediate experience using 3D Studio Max and intermediate experience using Navisworks. In Max, you will want to know how to use the renderers and run scripts. In Navisworks, you will want to be able to work with Revit files, create sets, and use the Timeliner.

Here’s a tutorial, it’s out of date as of September 29th, 2017. The Timeline Set export process is fully automatic now – you no longer need to fiddle with the Set Export feature within the Timeliner.

Here’s some previous videos that show its development over time:

The current product includes the set transfer tools, and a time liner transfer tool. Both of which, when used together help the user to create construction/demolition animation sequences in Max using Revit models and Navisworks set data.

To purchase this product, click the Paypal button below. You don’t need a Paypal account, and your payment information is kept confidential by the Paypal system.

Within this package you will find installation instructions, the EULA, the export plugin for Navisworks 2016, 2017, & 2018, and the import script for 3D Studio Max. You will also find the beta version for the Timeliner export plugin and import script.

To use this software, it is required that you have:

  • Revit 2016, 2017, or 2018
  • Navisworks 2016, 2017, or 2018
  • 3D Studio Max 2016, 2017, or 2018

Important: Verify that your installation of Max has a working Revit Link plugin. If you haven’t installed Revit yet, you may need to do so to get this plugin installed. If you have, and the plugin isn’t available (it should be visible under the File > Import options), you may have to uninstall and re-install Revit.

Also be aware that this plugin only works on Revit files. Navisworks is compatible with a wide range of format, and DWG is a common one, but the plugin will not work with DWG files. This is because the set transfer method relies on Revit ID numbers to work. If everything you want to transfer sits within a Revit file, the plugin will transfer everything.

NaviSet Transfer is $20 on sale for $10, and each user will get free updates. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment below. If you bought the software and need in-depth help, send an email using the contact information included with the software.

Upon purchase, you will receive a download email within a short period of time. Please check your spam folder within this time frame. If you’re an user, it may also appear under “Other” in your main Inbox. If you don’t receive it, feel free to comment here and I’ll push it out to you manually.

60 thoughts on “Buy NaviSet Transfer

  1. Tyler

    Have you checked compatibility of the plug-in with the 2016 versions of the software? If not, would you anticipate any issues? We’ve already upgraded to 2016 at our office. Thanks and good work!

    1. Chris Post author

      I have recompiled the plugins for the 2016 Building Suite. It’s now available on the download page link included with your purchase.

  2. Vahid Balali

    Is there any way make the animation from transparent mode? I mean instead of moving randomly from different paths, appear from transparent mode?

    1. Chris Post author

      Yes, by editing the keys created by the script in Max. Visit the download page again to make sure you have the latest version (9/10) – it handles this better. (animated transparency levels set by maxscript aren’t reliable or even consistent between renderers, so I worked around it by simply having things pop in or out of existence in a single frame)

  3. Ghislain Quenet

    Good morning,

    I purchased via link yesterday morning on PayPal but I haven’t received the download link.
    Could you send me the link, please?

  4. Pablo

    Congratulations for the script from Spain.

    I wish to use for export Navisworks animations to Lumion.
    Navisworks + Revit —(Naviset Transfer)—-> 3D Max — (fbx)–> Lumion. Lumion can import FBX with animations, but only with changes in position, rotation and scale, so I think your app will be very interesting.

    Is it possible to export a FBX file with animation from 3dmax to another software as Lumion with complete animation? I’m not 3D Max user, but I’ll learn only for doing this from Naviswork.

    Could you send me a FBX file like the one on the video from 3D Max to test? I promise I’ll send you the results.

    Thank you very much.

    1. Chris Post author

      Alright, I’ve sent you a link to an FBX file. I hope that works out for you, I didn’t have complete success with it in Unity (the object’s origins were reset, making them all come together in a pile instead of a building).

  5. GUIRLET Nicolas


    I purchased the plugin via link this morning on PayPal but I haven’t received the download link.
    Could you send me the link, please?
    Thank you.

    Best regards,

    1. Chris Post author

      Hassan, my sincere apologies for the delay! I have sent you the link and refunded your purchase. It’s my fault, but I also need to stop using Paypal (it should have forwarded you to the link).

      From now on, all purchases will receive a link direct from me, whether or not Paypal does it. Thank you for your patience, and feel free to contact me in case you need any support.

  6. Ben

    Hi Chris,

    This looks great.

    Does it work with multiple Revit files or just a single file?

    I have created a timeliner animation in Navisworks with 7 or 8 Revit models combined. Will it be possible to use your script to animate this in 3DS Max?

    It would be great if the NWD could be exported in, instead of the Revit files – I already have all my viewpoints etc saved in the Navisworks file. I assume this will all need to be set up again when using the Revit files?


      1. Gary

        Hi Chris

        I have tried this with multiple Revit files linked into Max. But that doesn’t seemed to be work.
        It seemed to be work for the Sets but not Timeliner Sequence. Am I missing anything here? Cheers.

    1. Chris Post author

      No trial version is available. The plugins will work provided that it’s all either Revit files, or NWC exports from Revit. A project that includes a cad file might mess it up until you remove it. This could be something I could fix in the future.

  7. Neil Cooper

    Hi, when i run the naviset import script i get the error message, Runtime error: array must be positive number, got 0
    any ideas?
    i’m using Max 2016, Revit 2016 file ,Navis Manage 2015 file (wasn’t sure if this was the problem?)



    1. Chris Post author

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. It appears I didn’t have WordPress configured correctly to forward these posts to my email where I could be notified, as I’m just now seeing these and other posts. In order to trouble shoot your project, I’ll need to talk to you further. Again, I’m very sorry for the delayed response.

  8. Rob

    Hi Chris

    I’ve been trying to purchase this for a few days now with no luck. Paypal tells me that they are “unable to process my payment” and that I should “go back to merchant and try using a different payment method”. My Paypal account is fully active and up to date. Do you have any suggestions for me?


    1. Chris Post author

      Honestly I’m just now seeing this, though I’m happy to see that everything went through fine, having looked up the email and my response just to be sure. Paypal kind of sucks, and I have to reply to each purchasers email manually just to insure that people get the download. And unlike WordPress postings, I get and respond to Paypal alerts pretty much immediately… though I’ll be doing something about WP real soon (sorry guys).

  9. Benjamin

    we bought your Plugin in 2015, now we need it again. We only got the NaviSet-Export Script, not the Timeliner Script. Whre can I geht the Timliner-Script? And where can I get the Uptades for NavisSet-Export-Script 2017?


    1. Chris Post author

      It’s standalone. There’s nothing to enforce the license though, so if you want to install it on more than two computers I can’t stop you. 😉

  10. Rodrigo

    The software isn’t installing. “Could not find part of the path ‘3DS Max\NaviSetImport.mse’
    need help, it i can’t re download the software without buying it again

    1. Chris Post author

      Rodrigo, I responded via email a couple days ago. In case you missed it, I’m also replying here:

      1st, you don’t really need the installer, but you do need 3DSMax. Have you installed it, and if so, where?
      If you want to try it manually, there’s instructions within the individual folders of the plugins in the zip file. I’m still interested in your setup though.

  11. Mustafa

    Hi Chris, Thank you so much for this wonderful tool, however, is it possible to import Fbx file exported from Revit rather than link Revit file.

  12. Mark

    Have you figure out how to export Navisworks model (not necessarily Revit based) to 3DS?
    I worked for company that wrote plugin like that and programmer suggested to use more then ID to identify parts…

  13. Steve Rollo

    Hi There,

    I had great success in getting the sets exported from Navisworks for one of the models that I was working on, however I am not having trouble with the next model. Both these models were created the same way by me. When I export the sets from the second one and then import them into 3ds Max, it shows that they are importing, with the correct names, but when it is complete there are no selection sets within 3ds. It seems only one of my models is working, I even tried a third model with the same results. I verified that the element ids of the elements match what is in Navisworks and Revit as well as what comes into 3ds Max when I link the Revit model. Any thoughts?


    1. Chris Post author

      Yes. I’ve figured this one out: for now delete any attachments in your Navisworks project that aren’t Revit files. The plugin is supposed to detect these and work around them, but I must have messed up somewhere.

  14. sara

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    hi, im trying to use your plugin, but in 3ds Max whenever i try the file reference check the section of revit models referenced in sets file” is empty and i cant continue the import,
    what do you think im doing wrong

    1. Chris Post author

      Travis and you appear to have the same issue. Make sure the preset for the Revit Linker has the option to add the helper. I’ll add this to the help documentation shortly.

  15. Travis

    I am trying to get this to work. I edited the DAT file to that there is only 2 line for the set importer.
    Set name

    I have confirmed that I can select the object in 3D Max using the Revit ID, they match in Navisworks, but It will not create the Selection Set in Max. It keeps creating the _User Managed Objects.

    What are the sets that the sets importer is using? Why wouldn’t it create set?

    1. Travis

      OK, so I figured it out for anyone else who may have some issues. Clarification of this should be added to the document.

      When you import/Link your revit file, you have to make sure the preset has the option to add the helper. Obviously you want to make sure to use the Do not combine preset, but without the parent object, the script cannot find the child object and will fail at making the selection sets.

  16. Armin

    Hi Chris, i have problem in exporting data from navisworks
    it seems that some objects are not in the .dat file. although objects in revit have unique element ID a lot of objects have same id’s in navisworks… Autodesk says if you check the “convert element ID’s” box in importing it does not respect element ID’s. how can i fix that?

    1. Chris Post author

      Armin, sorry to hear that you’re having trouble. The Convert Element ID’s box must be checked to insure that all relevant IDs are transferred from Revit to Navisworks. On export from Navisworks to Max, some IDs are abandoned, but these are the IDs of groups and assemblies. Navisworks stores objects in massive tree-like databases, while Max stores most things in a much flatter list. In any case, my plugin navigates all corners of that tree in order to find and export all IDs within the opened file – whether they’re used in Max or not. Thus, while the ID of an invisible parent may not be found, all of its geometry is picked up and placed in the proper set. Please check your email when you get a chance, we can troubleshoot the issue from there.

  17. Sait Tan

    ich arbeite mit mehreren revit datain in Navisworks und um gesamt Modell zu haben muss ich von Navisworks als FBX exportieren. Ich wollte gerne wissen ob so ein Möglichkeit gibt, dass man FBX statt rvt im 3ds Max importieren kann wenn ja würde ich mich sehr freuen wenn Sie mir es beschreiben könnten.

    1. Chris Post author

      I think you can work with FBX files exported from Revit into Max, but I’m not sure – you may need to create parent dummies in Max and give it the name of the original Revit file for the set and timeline scripts to work.

      If you’re doing this to avoid the blank display bug in Max, know that you can undo that bug 80% of the time by hitting shift-z. I think importing the Revit file instead of linking it might also help, though again you may need to create a parent.

  18. F.Buxton

    Hi Chris,

    I purchased this plugin yesterday via the link through paypal – however I forgot that I have lost access to my yahoo mail which is my paypal email address. Would it be possible to resend it to my current email?

    1. Chris Post author

      Sorry for the long delay! I see your Yahoo address and I’ve forwarded it to your gmail account.

      It’s pretty easy to switch emails with Paypal. I used to think it was permanent, since the email is also your username, but that turns out not to be the case. After realizing that, I basically retired my Yahoo account.

    1. Chris Post author

      Luis, I see from the logs that the email was automatically sent to you on June 19th. Just in case it was spam filtered out, I’ll send it again with a different email. I’ll also offer a refund for the wait.

  19. John Cormier

    Purchased as guest on PayPal but have not received a link to your work. Can you send to my email Please? Already checked spam and junk mail folders nothing from you.

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