Is there a wrong way to use Autodesk® Seek?

In the middle of the design process, families are needed instantly at the click of a button.  Seek seems like the answer, because it is right there, on the ribbon (Insert tab).  And Seek claims to have 65,000 Revit® families from hundreds of manufacturers.

Let’s run an experiment.  I am working on a project that requires a door that is not in my firm’s standard family library.  I type “door” into Seek’s search field and scan the results. 

In my test this week, Seek returned a listing of 1,332 files, filtered for “Revit” and sorted by “Relevance”.  The first four files were windows.  Hmmm.  What is going on here?  Looking further down the first page of results show a few garage doors and some refrigerator families.  Well, at least refrigerators have doors, but I was NOT looking for either windows or refrigerators.

Next, I went to Seek’s home page to see if there was a way to get to what I wanted.  Indeed there is.  Part way down the page is a “Browse” section that has “quick links”.  Here you will find Doors (401), Garage-Doors (5) and, yes, Windows (652) and Refrigerators (35).  When I clicked on the Doors link, Seek returned, you guessed it, 401 files. 

Many of these files are DWG, and a few are RVT, so there are just 292 Revit families that result.  Fortunately you can click on the filter for RFA to get access to the families.  There are a few Door Hardware families in the list, but most of them are real Revit doors.  So if you want to use Seek to find Revit families, skip the built-in tool and go directly to the websites browse section, and use the filters too. 

We are biased about this, but we think a better way is to go to BlueBryk’s Advanced Search to find free manufacturer-supplied families.  Click on the filters for “Manufacturer”, “Architecture” and “Doors” and you will see more than 60 door manufacturers that provide Revit families.  AND you will see ratings by BlueBryk on the quality of each as a source for families.