Monday, August 17, 2009

Removing Portions of a Continuous Dimension in Revit

Want to remove portions of a continuous dimension string within Revit but don't want to delete and re-create the string? Use the grip and your Right Mouse Button (RMC). Delete Witness Lines is the command. Watch the video to learn how.


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Friday, August 14, 2009

Change your habits to speed up your Revit Model Response

Are you one member of a team who is working in a Revit Model? Wish you could speed up your file access? You can, but you must enlist the help of your team mates. Create a new text based legend and always set it active when you STC. (See image below)

My teams use a legend with the following title: *****Open and Save*****
On this legend you'll find a project "ToDo List", "User Coordination Notes", and more.

We've got three special text styles for use on our ToDo List. A grey version that indicates the item is complete, a black version that indicates a current item, and a red style that identifies something as "Hot" or "Important".

Each open and save operation is much quicker when performed with this view active.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

AUGI AEC EDGE Magazine is THE Expert Resource for BIM and Revit

Do you want to deliver your projects faster and more efficiently? Then you need to read AUGI AEC Edge. It is jam packed full of industry best practices, best of class Autodesk Revit advice, and case studies and white papers from industry experts.

AUGI AEC Edge is a brand new publication dedicated to delivering mission-critical information to Architects, Engineers, Designers, and Contractors using Autodesk AEC products.

The image above is a screen capture from the AUGI AEC EDGE microsite. Check it out and download your copy today.

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Legacy VBA Error - For next loop may really mean If end if.

I was updating some legacy VBA code today and had to add some additional logic to a function. When I click the run button, I was faced with this dialog box
A quick check of the code indicates that there IS a closing "NEXT" statement for the "For Each..." loop. When this happens to you, check any "If...." logic constructs within the "For ... Next" loop. Chances are you'll find a missing "End if" statement.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Revit Tip - Fillet with Radius

New Revit users are constantly tripped up by the ghost of AutoCAD past! It may seem logical to think that the fillet with radius command would be an editing tool in any software package. After all, the default Trim tool in Revit does a Fillet Corner for pete's sake! Rather than delete the wall and draw a new one with the "Radius" option toggled on, try this:

  1. Right-Click one of your walls and choose "Create Similar" to launch the Wall tool using the correct family.

  2. Click your Sketch Options pull down and pick "Fillet Arc" and then immediately pick your two walls.

  3. Now graphically stretch the arc into size.

You could toggle on the Radius option, but why not draw and then modify? It's all about iteration after all!

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

AutoCAD Architectural Schedule Formula Tip

Problem: Schedule Formula (simple area addition) does not display as intended.

Solution: Check your format for the underlying property set variables.


As you can see from the image above, the combined area of two properties is not displaying as intended. What can I do to get a simple sum that displays in square feet? Here is the executive summary.

1.) Verify that your Schedule Cell format is set to Area.
2.) Now check each variable in the formula and scroll to the right setting their format to "standard" instead of area as shown in the following image.

That's it! Your Problem is solved!


Continue reading below for the step by step version.

Step by Step:
Step 1: Select your schedule table, right click your mouse and choose "Edit Schedule Table Style..." from the pop up menu.

Step Two: When the Style Editor dialog box appears, navigate to the offending column and select it by left clicking with your mouse. Now move your mouse to the "Modify..." button at the bottom of the dialog box and left click it with your mouse. Now find the sample values list area indicated by #3 in the image below and left click and hold your mouse button down while sliding your mouse to the right. When you can see the format column you can let go of the mouse and continue to the next step.

Step Three: Double check that your chosen data format is "Area" for the Column Properties as shown in #1 in the image below. Next move your mouse back to the sample values list and change the format value for your variables to "standard" from "Area" as shown in the image below next to #2 and #3 in the image.

Step Four: Left Click the "OK" button and verify that your schedule updates to display as shown below. You did it! Congratulations!


Hope that helps!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Revit Implementation Boot Camp at AU 2008

An all day session on Revit Implementation done Boot Camp Style will be held at AU 2008. Information is not yet available on AU website, but I understand it is coming. This could be really good for those ready to make the plunge....stay tuned for more info as it breaks!

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

VSTA for Revit Architecture Install - (Think VBA's replacement!)

I installed the recently received Autodesk Revit Architecture 2009 application on my laptop the other day. In browsing the DVD, I noticed a folder titled VSTA. If you want to install the Visual Studio for Applications for use with Revit, pick the bottom installer option for tools and utilities as shown below.

I didn't see any mention of this in the documentation, readme, or the installer for the basic product. I did see reference and tutorials in the SDK install, but one has to know to look for these. I found a cryptic mention of this in the New Features Workshop. If you look in the Revit Architecture Help file, you'll find mention of "Creating Macros with Revit VSTA"...grab Gregory Arkin's pdf version using the link below.

Install Steps:

  1. Install the Revit Product First
  2. Go back to first page of installer and then install the VSTA tools.
The install is much improved in this release...much faster too!

Now lets see how it runs.....

Note: The product install forces an install of Design Review 2009. This may impact those of you running the BIM Smart Library by Reed Construction Data. If you create a deployment, you can potentially modify the installation.

Links: Looks like other sites have more info on this.
Check out

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Creating New Build Deployments - Tips

When a new build is available for Revit, you'll probably want to get it installed as quick as possible, but who wants to wait for all the content to be installed? During your client deployment creation select "skip content creation" and create your deployment. Aha...that seemed easy enough but unfortunately, this may result in your new build not finding the various libraries that you intend your users to utilize.

Here is a tip for you: You can predefine all the correct file locations by editing an ini file.

Navigate to your new deployment, find the "Revit Building" folder inside the "Revit Setup" folder within the "Admin Image" folder. There you will find a file named Revit.ini. This file gets copied to your hard drive's program folder when the deployment is run, so make your standard changes to this file prior to pushing your installs.

You can predefine the file locations by adding them to this ini file. Find the strings between [Directories] and [Design Pane] and edit them to point at your company standard folders.


AccuRenderRoot=\\BIM\apps\Data\Office Library\RAC
Library\RAC 2008\Content\Imperial
Templates\default.rteFamilyTemplatePath=\\BIM\apps\Data\Office Library\RAC
2008\Content\Imperial TemplatesDataLibraryLocations=Imperial
Library=\\BIM\apps\Data\Office Library\RAC 2008\Content\Imperial Library, Metric
Library=\\BIM\apps\Data\Office Library\RAC 2008\Content\Metric Library, Imperial
Detail Library=\\Bim\apps\Data\Office Library\RAC 2008\Content\Imperial
Library\Detail Components, Metric Detail Library=\\BIM\apps\Data\Office
Library\RAC 2008\Content\Metric Library\Detail Components, Training
Files=\\Bim\apps\Data\Office Library\RAC 2008\Content\Training, Haskell
Standards=\\Bim\apps\Data\Office Library\Haskell
Library\Haskell Standards\Shared Parameters\Issue_Date.txt

This will keep all your users accessing a consistent set of standard files.

Note: The installer doesn't appear to overwrite an existing Revit.ini file in that same location, so be sure to uninstall the previous build or rename this file prior to running the new deployment.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Under the Radar indeed...isn't this SP4?

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that the "January incident" is fixed, but giving this latest build the identity of SP3 leaves the original SP3 build of 20071109_2345 lost to history. I celebrated that build because of the things it fixed and because it was the first time that I didn't have to wait for the MEP release to be posted. If you saw my blog on November 19th, you'll remember the party that was thrown!

Nevertheless, the "Failed to open document" error is no more with the latest release, so create your deployments and announce them to your users. Now get back to work!

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The January Fix for REVIT Products is In...under the radar!

Looks like the fix for problems associated with the Jan 2008 bug are now available. Had problems recently opening older files? Trouble editing schedules or groups?...Install the latest build 20080101_2345 to fix these problems and more! It is definitely time to upgrade and install the latest Revit Builds! Learn about and download the latest builds using the links below.

Click on the Web Update Enhancement List links below to read about the changes and fixes provided in the latest builds.

Want to download the latest English builds directly? Get it/them at Autodesk by clicking on these links:

Don't forget to read up on the content changes. I'll include this important reminder until the next full release.

Thank You Autodesk for understanding the need to release all the disciplines tools at the same time!...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Revit Uses Relative Links on Network

Did you know that by default Revit uses relative links when importing other files? While this may or may not be news to you, it does require you to think when moving or copying files to new destinations on your network.

Lesson: Don't assume that Revit will remember the full path and filename of linked files.

Sidenote: This opens up possibilities for remapping drive letters, using dos subst commands etc.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

New SP3 Revit Builds Available - All co-released! (20071109_2345)

It has happened. All three releases on the same build at the same time! It is definitely time to upgrade and install! Learn about and download the latest builds using the links below.

Click on the Web Update Enhancement List links below to read about the changes and fixes provided in the latest builds.

Want to download the latest English builds directly?
Get it/them at Autodesk by clicking on these links:

Be sure to read up on the content changes. I guess the renaming wasn't complete when they released the last build. Hopefully this will be the last.

It is a party now that all disciplines are on the same build....

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Updated for 2008: Routine to Copy Layer Keys Between Layer Key Styles

Need to migrate your layer keys in AutoCAD Architecture 2008? I updated the routine to work in 2008. Get it here.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

New Survey for ADT Customer Council Members

Have you responded to the survey request from the Architectural Desktop Customer Council? There is a new one available. Login and provide some feedback to the developers won't you?

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