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The COINS Auto-Section Box tool gives you tremendous speed and agility over managing three-dimensional views when analyzing model areas of particular interest. It allows you to quickly create temporary and permanent views to be used for immediate interrogation of the model or for construction document deliverables. This works by allowing you to focus on the model instead of managing views or a view’s properties.


Although Revit 2016 has added built-in support for creating section boxes from elements, the COINS Auto-Section Box still improves on this with the following time-saving features:

  • Works with elements in linked files.
  • Special handling of grids, section lines, elevation markers, levels, scope boxes, dimensions, and tags.
  • Option to create new views.
  • Toggle the section box on and off to gain a better understanding of the selection within the context of the whole model.
  • Option to arrange the original selection view and the 3d view side-by-side.
  • Align section box to walls, members, or other line-based geometry.
  • Works in Revit 2015/2014/2013 as well as Revit 2016.


New features:

  • Support for Autodesk® Revit® 2016.
  • 2016 version installs for all users for easier deployment.
  • Picking tags or dimensions will create sections around their referenced elements.
  • Check if a section box can be created from the selected elements before presenting the user with the options dialog - every second counts!
  • Better handling of view names with illegal characters.
  • Fix for dialog appearing off-screen if secondary monitor unplugged.


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(67 reviews)
  • Simple but useful plugin!
    Nancy Clark | April 29, 2015 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Have been looking for those kind of apps for a long time. Autodesk Exchange Apps saves me a lot of efforts. I usually tried to find Revit plugins, add ons/add ins with Google. But sometimes it takes me to some unknown forum and I downloaded some extensions with virus. Thanks to autodesk, I don't need to take risk any more.

  • Problems with CoinsTranslate
    Riana Van Rensburg | April 07, 2015

    Can somebody help me please? I used the coinstranslate app but this morning I received this message. " COINS Translate has reached its monthly translation limit. Please try again after the 17th of the month. Exception: TranslateApiException: The Azure Market Place Translation Subscription associated with the request credentials has zero balance.: ID=6346.V2_Soap.TranslateArray.533DE334 It is a great tool but I am stuck now.

    Jon Smith (Publisher) | April 07, 2015

    Hi Riana - I am dealing with your support call on your COINS Translate problem via email. Support via these customer reviews takes too long as each response is approved by Autodesk before being posted - the customer support email (on the right-side of the screen works best).

  • Perfect, time-saving app
    Nathalie Holdt | March 26, 2015 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I use it a lot at work. It works great. Thank you.

  • bim manager
    Ahmed Sbartaï | March 24, 2015 Verified Download (What's this?)


  • Thanks god
    Peter Doets | March 06, 2015 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is nice, good and quick. :-)

  • Installer Conflicts
    Steven Register | March 03, 2015 Verified Download (What's this?)

    It installs into the current user's AppData folder but then shows up in: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall I expected it to be under HKEY_Current_User. You should be consistent and follow Microsoft standards so it works better with automated systems like computer images and unattended installers.

    Jon Smith (Publisher) | March 03, 2015

    Thanks for the feedback. Although it appears under HKLM, it is a proper per-user install - each user's installation appears under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData. Weird, but that is how most per-user msi installs work. However, we are moving to an all-user installation for future Revit versions.

  • Great work!
    Бакай Ибраимов | February 19, 2015 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Great work guys!

    D F | December 15, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Great add in! Would love to see a "Create A Section View" option in the future! BRAVO

  • Genial!
    Federico Vicini | November 13, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    La uso desde el comienzo, y simplemente es una herramienta fundamental para modelar. Simple de usar, y va directo al problema. Lo recomiendo!

  • Great app and it's free
    Patrick McMahon | October 29, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I use this app all the time to review for proper coordination while I am working in Revit. I especially use it while in meetings with team members and clients. Usually everyone starts asking about the app and how to install it for themselves. Great help for everyday. I also had a great experience with their support team today when I had a user error with a lost dialog box. Coins gave me a quick reply email with solutions that allowed me to continue without great difficulty. Thanks Coins....

  • Easy
    David Kenny | October 20, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Mad simple and very useful, I would recommend this to everyone

  • Great tool, roaming user thing though
    Mark Verbeek | October 06, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Installed as part of base image. However a part is in AppData\Roaming (C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\CoinsSectionBoxApp.bundle\) So it's not available to new users. With a base image every user is a new user, sort of. And I have to install it for each user on each machine.

    Jon Smith (Publisher) | October 06, 2014

    Unfortunately we are stuck with a per-user install for existing versions - hope to change that for future Revit versions. However, as part of a deployment you can copy the files to "C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\CoinsSectionBoxApp.bundle" to make it work for all users. Email me at the support address if you need more information.

    Erez Shapira | October 09, 2014

    Clone contents to ProgramData. Done ;-)

  • Speechless!!!
    Adam Nelson | August 26, 2014

    Download this now! Amazing fast - powerful tool !! If you've read this entire post and still haven't started the download, you're already missing out! Now I feel comfortable running Revit in a meeting.

    Matt Engstrand | August 22, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is an amazing tool and incredibly effective. Is it available for Revit LT? 2015?

    Jon Smith (Publisher) | August 22, 2014

    Hi Matt. Sorry, but no plugins work in Revit LT - nothing we can do about it.

  • Excellent
    Nader Bakhoum | August 13, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Can you please create it for Revit 2013

    Jon Smith (Publisher) | August 13, 2014

    Hi Nader. The install should work for Revit 2013, 2014, and 2015.

    Nader Bakhoum | August 14, 2014

    Yes, it is available in Revit 2013, I just did not see it the first time. My team is very happy about this tool and they started using it and they feel that the tool is a time saver. I was looking for the same function from a long time, thank you Jon for such a great tool. wish to see more great ideas in the future !

  • Nice Tool
    Yano Octaviano | August 06, 2014

    Cool... save my time when fixing clash. Thanks a lot

  • very useful tool
    Mickie Xin | July 14, 2014

    i use this tool for nearly 1year since it came into the store ,i am a Chinese engineer i think this is an useful tool with revit moddller many THX to the editor great tool!!

  • Essential
    Andrew Harle | July 01, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I use this app dozens of times a day. Absolutely essential. Why this function is not in the base program I do not know!

  • Must Have App
    Murat Ekerbicer | June 19, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Saves a lot of time, very fast and simple use...

  • Great
    Calin Ploscar | May 02, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Easy to use and very fast, saves lots of time, best tool. Good job Coins. Thank you

  • ok
    ressouce kimora | April 25, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)


  • Simply the most fantastic Revit plug-in!
    Jens Kaarsholm | March 25, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This tool is just amazing, it saves you so much time, and its just simple and fast!

  • love it
    john Hazzer | March 09, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    makes modeling in 3D much easier. works even better with ReviBOX. gives ability to make temp. section views from 3D views

  • Request
    Max Kotsar | February 27, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Thanks for good extension! It would be nice if you add ability to create 2D views for selected elements.

  • Cool!!
    Babu Rajan | January 22, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    very usefill app....thanks

  • My most-used add-in
    jason mccool | December 11, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    It makes seeing what's going on in complicated models so easy!

  • Integral to my work
    Joseph Heilman | December 11, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Thank you for making this free and so powerful. It's the one tool I use daily that I know will work the way I want it to every time. It's a breath of fresh air.

  • Does exactly what it says
    Duncan Lithgow | November 19, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    ... and it does it simply and efficiently. Indispensable tool.

  • Saves time
    Joel Londenberg | November 13, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is the single most useful Revit Add-In, bar none! I use this daily. It's the best way to quickly grasp what items are in a give space to be coordinated.

  • cool app
    h par | November 08, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    anyone have link to 2012 compatible addin files ?

  • the best app
    Jm Couffin | October 16, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I could not live without it. especially good for revit users that do not usually use/understand the 3D capabilities of the software. right click and put it in your quick access bar

  • Impressive!
    Miguel Fassioli | September 10, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Es una aplicación espectacular, se van a encontrar utilizandola constantemente, volviendose una herramienta escencial

  • Great customer service
    Adriel Sim | September 06, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    My office is using 2012 for certain projects. Jon Smith from BIM development provided me great assistance and sent me a customized link for the outdated version upon my request. It really helped me with my current project. Thanks!

  • almost perfect
    Gerard Boere | August 19, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    It wil be perfect if it also wil work on links.

  • Could potentially be THE most powerful formatting tool in Revit
    Robert Narracci | August 07, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Great tool. Is precise numerical (size) control and snapping (to model elements) possible? Can the section box then be applied back to plan/section/elevation views as a crop box?

  • AAA
    dieter wolf | July 01, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    AAA Best! I love it!

  • Absolutely Great Tool
    KEITH WHITE | June 17, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is one of the most beneficial tools that I have installed to date. Our workflow requires us to isolate and work on many highly detailed building components throughout a project. This tool works well and without issue, and has been a huge benefit to us. I have also experienced COINS tech support which is superb and timely as well. Great work!

  • Mohammed Mahboob
    Mohammed Mahboob | June 13, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I wish this can create a list of Autosectionbox views based on room name. (100 rooms for 100 views)

  • Fantastic tool
    Ben Malone | May 29, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This tool is a huge time saver. Instead of creating and editing hundreds of sections, use this simple and free tool to almost automate the process.

  • Splendid
    Сергей Пучков | April 15, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)


  • Splendid
    Сергей Пучков | April 15, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)


  • Great
    gregory joynt | April 03, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Simple and fast

  • Just install it
    Jean-Sébastien Boucher | February 20, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    You definitely have to get this one. very usefull, a big time saver and free... dont hesitate, just download it.

  • 5 Stars. Such a powerful tool. I use it constantly.
    Shaun Peppers | January 29, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    5 Stars. Such a powerful tool. I use it constantly.

  • excellent
    Hoang Vuong Dao | January 06, 2013 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Thank you

  • Just ¡Great!
    Pablo Lichtig | December 31, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Very simple, very fast. Thanks

  • Single greatest workflow app available
    Ronald Schmidt | November 13, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I use this tool practically every day to identify problem areas in our Revit models, HIGHLY recommended!

  • I like
    Martijn Schaap | October 11, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Good app. Section Box is a great app. Thanks to Ben Eagles!!

  • Verry nice
    Erwin Timmerman | October 11, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Ben zei dat ie goed was! // Ben said it was good!

  • Must have
    Michael Dunn | September 12, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Intuitive and simple to use and is a must have to speed up section box creation.

  • Brilliant piece of kit
    Dave Proctor | September 07, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Great for looking at staircases in 3d quickly. A great timesaver. Cheers.........

  • simple, fast, and very useful
    Chris Baumbach | August 23, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is one of those things that should just be a part of Revit out of the box. I find myself using this a lot throughout the day. Makes 3D much more useful and accessible.

  • This app is great!
    amy manning | August 17, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    It's intuitive and helpful--thanks for the great app!

  • 5+
    Artem Jubrin | July 30, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Good work, man!

  • Very convinient tool
    ILLYA GLUKHANYUK | June 02, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Simple, fast, convinient. Everybody must have!

  • 2012
    rob lec | June 01, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Should work with 2012... too bad

  • Great little App
    Alex Page | June 01, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    No downsides, and an absolute time saver

  • Great Tool
    Kevin Fielding | May 27, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Excellent and simple tool, great time saver. This tool will keep the ArchiCAD users quiet for a while. Similar to the marquee tool.

  • Best Revit add-in ever?
    Havard Vasshaug | May 25, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    In my opinion: yes.

  • Color me impressed!
    Nick Kovach | May 02, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is a keeper. There are many Revit user in our office who have to manually adjust the section box to get the view just right. This is add-in is simply amazing! and Free?

  • Nice app!!!
    Craig Vandevere | April 30, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Nice quick way to create and study a 3-D section of a particular area of your model.

  • Great Timesaver!
    Eddie Johnson | April 27, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Straightforward utility that really speeds up the task of cutting a section for a specific area.

  • Great free application
    Simon Tsang | April 24, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This application provide a convinence way to edit or view a particular area. You can select number of objects then it will create a section box around those objects.

  • dsknight
    Debbie Knight | April 20, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This tool will save me so much time. Thanks!!

  • Cool App
    Dave Meister | April 20, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Very cool program

  • Saves time.
    Joe Soliz | April 18, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)

    It's a simple and fast tool that works at the speed of meeting conversations.

  • ivo mainardi | April 05, 2012 Verified Download (What's this?)


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