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
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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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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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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Revit Tip - Clearing overlapping walls and room separation lines.

Keep your model performing optimally by eliminating conditions that result in overlapping room separation lines and walls. As an aid to assist you in finding these conditions, create a view template with these conditions:
  • A graphic override for room separation lines where lines are red and heavy
  • Model graphics style: set to wireframe.

Now whenever you need to clean up these conditions, you can apply the view template (see example image below) temporarily and you'll be able to see graphically where the "coincident" conditions exist.

Room Seperation Example

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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

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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, June 03, 2009

Revit Workflow in 3 Easy Steps - Think 3



Think 3. The workflow is clockwise within the Revit editor, no matter what flavor you are using.

ONE (1) - You begin by selecting your tool from the design bar on the far left of Revit's screen. Various palettes are available containing context sensitive tools for use.



TWO (2) - Once you've selected your tool, move your eyes and your mouse to the top of the Revit screen and select/modify the options available in the options bar. You can drill down using the element properties button if necessary, but most of the general properties are available within the options bar itself as shown below.



THREE (3) - Third and final step is to place the element within the design window using the options selected in the previous step.



Note: Some elements like slabs and roofs, require you to complete your sketch within the drawing window and then complete the sketch by picking on the design bar. This is another reason why the workflow resembles a circle drawn clockwise.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

AUGI Member Exclusive Download - AutoCAD 2010 Tips-n-Tricks Booklet by Lynn Allen










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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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Friday, August 24, 2007

Revit MEP Piping Elbows with Insulation Fix


Are you adding pipes to your BIM model using REVIT MEP? If you run into a problem getting your insulation to appear correctly, try reconnecting your pipes at the offending fitting by first breaking the connection to the fitting and then reconnecting it using the grips provided.

Example:













The RCP pipe shown above has a 5" Insulation on the elbow to match the pipe it is connected to simulating the 5" thick wall of the concrete pipe. Problem is, the fitting doesn't display correctly even though the system is connected...And the setting is saved in the element properties as shown below.









The Fix...Break and reconnect it using grips.



This will reset the insulation to 0". A quick trip into the element properties, resolves the problem by adding the 5" setting again!





Note: "Delete and undo did not work!"

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Puhleeze! Set your Active Workset

All of you Reviteers working in a workset enabled project, please do your team mates a favor and set your active workset as the first activity upon opening your local file. The easiest way is to select it from the Worksets Toolbar. Don't have it visible, then activate it and use it following the steps below. If you have it visible as shown in the graphic below then just use it! You may not save the planet, but you might save your sanity.




1.) Activate the Worksets Toolbar. - Right click in the grey area next to a toolbar icon and choose "Worksets" as shown in the graphic below.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Who spilled mollasses in my Revit File?

Ever get working in Revit and the world seems to come to a sticky stop where your mouse stops responding and then Revit starts to flicker as if your mouse was spastically hovering over elements? Even when you quit moving your mouse? Don't worry, there is no ghost in the machine and chances are you can continue to work if you simply look at the bottom of the Revit window and change your Model Graphics Style to wireframe. You can find that toggle by looking between the Detail Level icon and the Shadows icon.

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