Monday, April 19, 2010

Revit Keyboard ShortCuts 2011 - Missing Isolate Element returns!

You'll be happy to know that the shortcut for Isolate Element has returned in 2011. This shortcut was present in 2010 until the Subscription Service Pack (#3) was installed.

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Friday, April 02, 2010

Navisworks 2011 is here!


I just got the notification that Navisworks 2011 is available.

Autodesk NavisWorks Manage 2011 EGJCR Commercial Product Upgrade Windows From Previous Version(s) is now available for download!

Donwloading now!

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Revit 2011 Build Checker Application #4 Released


I've updated the Revit Build checker for the 2011 products. Looks like I get to wait until April 8th to try it out, so if anyone would like to test and report back, I would welcome it. Here is a new build updated for Revit 2011 products.

Download a copy here: RevitBuildChecker-4.zip

Note: I'll probably revisit this app in the near future, with the following improvements in mind.

Network Version: - Check across all pc's or select pc's on a domain.
Logging Feature: - Write to a csv file for review.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Revit 2009 UI revisited - for those with tough firewalls

I was working with a client today who was struggling with the move from Revit Architecture 2009 to 2010. With the imminent release of Revit 2011, I recommended that they download the zip file Gregory Arkin had made available at Revit3d.com. This way they could happily avoid the 2010 Ribbon and learn the Ribbon when they moved to the improved 2011 version.

Since I knew them to have a restrictive firewall, I renamed the zip file to a text file and emailed it on over. In response, I received a warning email regarding viruses based on a zero tolerance email sniffer attached to their firewall. Since I knew all the file renameing was going to be a problem, I came up with the following solution.

revitribbon_textified.txt

This text file can be downloaded, renamed as a zip file and then extracted to the correct location ("c:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010\Program"). Once the files have been extracted to this folder do the following:

1. Rename the file "_Rename_and_Run_Me.txt" to Rename.bat
2. Double click on Rename.bat to automatically rename all the files to their original names.
3. Now follow the original instructions regarding copying the shortcuts to your desktop.

Thanks Gregory for the files, hopes this helps someone else.

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Monday, March 01, 2010

Detecting 32bit or 64bit OS in VBscript

As part of the process of updating some machines to 64bit this week, I realized that I'll have to adjust existing code to automate updates and service packs on the affected machines. I wrote previously about a similar function in lisp here.

Here is the VBScript version:

On Error Resume Next

Dim WshShell
Dim OsType

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

OsType = WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment\PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE")

If OsType = "x86" then
wscript.echo "Windows 32bit system detected"
elseif OsType = "AMD64" then
wscript.echo "Windows 64bit system detected"
end if

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Screencaster Video Twitter tool - Screenr.com

I thought I'd share this tool with you. I have found it very useful for doing a quick screen capture and then tweeting the video link directly inside twitter.



The tool is web based, it records high def video and audio. When it is done, you'll get a preview and the ability to tweet it directly, download the mp4 file, post it to Youtube, copy paste the embed link and or copy the url and send it via email using your own client. It is easy to use and free! What can be better than that!

How to create video using Screenr
video

Watch the video above to learn how easy it is use. I recorded myself recording a screenr video using Camtasia so you could see the entire process. I will, of course, continue to utilize camtasia for the videos I wish to edit, but when I need a quick video to post for someone, expect to see a screenr.com version. Want to see the output from screenr? Click the hyperlink below.

How to Video Created using Screenr



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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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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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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, January 08, 2008

Stagger your STCs, use High Speed LAN, Face Based Families and more

Fifo - (First in First Out) -Here is an example of what the user sees when attempting to work with others connected to the central file who beat them to the punch.




It is the primary reason for the following recommendations:


  1. High Speed LAN Required - 100mbs is just not enough...standardize on 1GB LAN...Anyone working with black fiber?

  2. Stagger STC for Teams - Ensure that Save to Centrals are done on set intervals at different times for each team member.

  3. Provide Dedicated Server for BIM/Revit Projects

  4. When using multiple disciplines in a single model, ensure that hosted families are used only where necessary...otherwise Face based is the choice du jour.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Layer Set by Pick Lisp

Looking for a quick way to set a layer active? Why not pick an object that already exists on that layer! The following lisp code does just that!

(defun c:ls ()

(while (not e) (setq e (entsel))) ;get layer of item picked

(setq lyr (cdr (assoc 8 (entget (car e)))))

(command "-LAYER" "set" lyr "") (setq e nil)

)


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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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Friday, November 02, 2007

Identify Revit Builds Painlessly

I thought you might be able to use a tool to identify what Revit build is sitting on your pc. If so, continue reading...


  1. Are you a CAD/BIM manager responsible for installing and updating Revit on multiple computers?

  2. How about a quick way to check all the Revit Build Numbers on each computer without actually launching Revit?

Sounds good right? Download the zip file containing a short vbscript routine and run it on each machine that has Revit installed. It will display a web page with all the build information for each Revit product installed. It will look more or less like the image shown below.


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Want to capture info from multiple computers?



  1. Search the code for the following string: "c:\BTC\revitbuild.log"

  2. Replace it with a path to file somewhere on your network.

  3. Make sure to create the file in the appropriate folder

  4. Every machine that runs the script will now append it's info to the log file.

Lather, rinse, repeat....

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Mindmapping to Create Handouts

I have to admit, I've gotten away from my use of MindManager over the last few months. I got busy and forgot how this tool really helps to streamline development. After seeing fellow AUGI board member, Steve Stafford, use it to generate his AU handouts during our recent board meeting I realized that I was wasting time not taking advantage of this tool.

Yesterday, I realized that I had to set aside some time to develop a handout for a training class today. I knew that I was going to use MindManager to get the job done. I started by quickly organizing my thoughts in brainstorm mode and then completed the initial skeleton of the document as shown in the following image.



Taking the initial nodes, I utilized the notes pages for each topic to layout the meat of the handout including images, bullets, and text. Being able to quickly drag nodes to new branches and reorganize on the fly really sped up the process.



After completing the MindMap, I used the built in Saveas to document feature, pointed my new map at an existing Word template and quickly published a nine page handout to Word. I'll use this tool for every handout I create from now on.

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