Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Free Keynote Manager from Emc2

This will be old news for some of you, but if you head over to http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?t=97765&highlight=EDIT+KEYNOTE&page=4 you will find a link to http://www.emc2architects.com/revit_tools.html where you can download a very handy Revit Keynote Manager for free!

Keynotes are a powerful tool that Revit wants you to use. They are often overlooked and under-utilised. If you want to increase your productivity and add more intelligence to your model while annotating, have a serious look at Keynotes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

To quickly see the Keyboard Shortcut associated with a command...

hover over the item on the Ribbon, and the tooltip will show you the assigned Keyboard Shortcut in brackets.

Use Viewcube with selection - Power tool REPOST

Nikhil Nayak shows how you can make good use of the Viewcube to visualize a single element from various perspectives.

Use Viewcube with selection - Power tool

Revit 2010 subs advantage – selection sets REPOST

David Light shows in his post (and associated video) how you can now change commands while maintaining the same selection set of elements with the new Subscription Advantage Pack.

Revit 2010 subs advantage – selection sets

Monday, October 26, 2009

How to use the new Keyboard Shortcuts Dialog and Tips

UPDATE: Check out my Supertip post at http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com/2010/04/supertip-3-keyboard-shortcuts.html

The Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 has generally been received quite well. I am a little annoyed that I recently spent quite some time creating some parametric truss families, and now they give us the Structural tools! In reality though, it is a welcome and helpful update.

The new Keyboard Shortcuts dialog is great - it allows for easy viewing and updating of shortcuts. However, it does not allow you to 'sort' the priority of shortcuts that begin with the same letter. Here are a few tips on using the new dialog:

  • To open the dialog, go to the View tab, User Interface button, Keyboard Shorcuts...
  • To import your old shorcuts, click on Import, change the 'Files of type' drop down list to *.txt files, browse to your 'Program' folder and select the 'KeyboardShortcuts.txt' file. You can choose to overwrite or merge your shortcuts.
  • To ensure that a given shortcut works with a single key configuration (ie. Move triggered by M-Space, remove all other shortcuts beginning with 'M' and reassign them.
  • TIP - You can use the 'number' keys and assign shortcuts to these! If you are a gamer, it will be quite natural for you to select the number keys to trigger various weapons, powers or actions. Now, you can set Move to 1, Copy to 2, Rotate to 3 and so forth. These are your powers now!
  • TIP - By clicking the 'shortcuts' column heading in this dialog, it will sort the commands by their related shortcuts. This is a quick and easy way to see if there are any duplicates.

Enjoy the new Keyboard Shorcuts dialog and feel free to post any tips or comments you may have.

PS - Here are some relevant AUGI forum links for your perusal:

Help w/ new keyboard shortcuts?

Subscription Advantage Pack for Revit

Friday, October 23, 2009

I'm downloading the Subscription Release Pack...

...and I'm excited!

I have a feeling that this release is going to be VERY helpful.

Just login to Subscription Centre to download it.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Exclusive to Autodesk Subscription Customers: 60 AutoCAD Tips in 60 minutes

Reposted from an email I received today from Autodesk. Direct link to registration page here.

"Join Autodesk's technical support experts for our latest live webcast exclusively for Autodesk Subscription customers. With so much going on in our everyday drawing life we have a tendency to get in an AutoCAD rut. This webcast will show you a variety of tips that to help improve your productivity, including:

  • Parametric Design
  • Dynamic Blocks
  • PDF Underlay
  • Plot Settings
  • File Migration
  • UI Enhancements
  • Measurement Tools
  • File Save and Recovery
  • Layer Management
Don't miss this exclusive seminar. Register now to get all the information you need to be successful with Autodesk AutoCAD"

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Read it...think about it

Some drawings inspire the imagination

Some drawings are inspired by the imagination


Some drawings are devoid of inspiration and imagination




What kind of drawings do you create with Revit?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Revit Family Style Guide - Reposted from Revit OpEd

Steve Stafford has posted about a highly detailed guide related to family creation.

"The purpose of the Revit Model Style Guide is to define Autodesk guidelines and standards for model creation in Revit® Architecture, Revit® MEP, and Revit® Structure."

Have a look at the post over at Revit OpEd.

Steve also provides a link to the download.

Friday, October 2, 2009

AU 2009 Podcast Series Starts Today - repost

"The easiest way to tune in is to subscribe to this podcast series. "

Reposted from http://au.typepad.com/au/2009/09/au-2009-podcast-series-starts-today.html

FIXED - NAS problem with Revit Central File access (oplocks) FIX

We use a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo as our fileserver. Recently we started to experience some annoying and disturbing error messages, such as:
  • Access to {path}\{CentralFileName}-backup\eperms.dat was denied
  • Encountered a hardware I/O error while accessing {path}\{CentralFileName}-backup\requests.dat
  • An unknown error occurred while accessing {path}\{CentralFileName}.rvt
This resulted in some loss of work and lots of annoyance.
I discussed the issue with our local reseller and they basically recommended I stop using the NAS and use a different share. But I didn't want to do that! However, it did seem likely that the problem was with the NAS. I played around with some settings in the NAS setup...and I think I found the answer. It was to do with 'oplocks'. I needed to disable the oplocks for the share, and the problem went away! How do you do it?
  1. In the Netgear ReadyNAS Duo 'Frontview' administration page, go to the 'Shares' page.
  2. Go to the 'Share Options' for the share you are using to store Revit Central Files.
  3. Scroll down the bottom to 'Opportunistic Locking' and disable the 'Enable oplocks for this share' tick box.
What are 'oplocks'? According to the utility:
Opportunistic locking (oplocks) can enhance CIFS performance by allowing files residing on this ReadyNAS to be cached locally on the Windows client, eliminating network latency when files are repeatedly accessed.
This definition indicates that oplocks could certainly have caused this issue. Since disabling the option, we have experienced none of the aforementioned errors.
Have you experienced this problem? If so, I hope my solution helped you.
Also, it looks like I haven't been the only one with an issue like this:
http://forums.novell.com/novell-product-support-forums/open-enterprise-server/oes-platform-independent/oes-client-windows/371285-revit-2009-64-bit-opportunistic-file-locking.html
http://www.mail-archive.com/samba@lists.samba.org/msg86717.html
http://forums.novell.com/novell-product-support-forums/open-enterprise-server/oes-netware/oes-nw-install-upgrade/369243-cifs-xp-pro-x64.html
http://community.riverbed.com/rvrb/board/message?board.id=24&thread.id=30
"Specific applications known to exhibit this behavior include Solidworks and AutoDesk Revit, as demonstrated by your experience."

EDIT Associated issue may result in error such as:
This issue was with a user not being able to write to a particular file that Revit uses to maintain the state of the central file.
\\path\deltas.datpath

\deltas.dat>

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tips for Linking AutoCAD details

Many Revit users will encourage you to convert your AutoCAD details into Revit details.

However, perhaps this isn't a valid option for you (due to time constraints). You can find some good information on how to successfully link the AutoCAD details into Revit (some links below). In addition to these, I have found the following to be successful:
  1. In the Revit project, set up lineweights for you detail scale levels (1:5, 1:10 or similar) to equate to the lineweights you would use in AutoCAD.
  2. Setup your 'Import Line Weights' (Ribbon - Insert tab, Import panel, little 'arrow' for settings). Basically, this maps your AutoCAD colours to Revit lineweights.
  3. In the AutoCAD detail, use Multileaders if possible. In our case, this wasn't an option (as Multileaders simply didn't give enough graphic control for one of our architects). If you can't use Multileaders, explode all MTEXT to DTEXT (this fixes problems with the MTEXT not wrapping correctly in Revit. If you need to come back and edit the text in AutoCAD, then use the Express Tool to convert the DTEXT back into MTEXT before editing. Convert all QLEADERS and LEADERS to MLEADERS with blank text boxes. The arrows didn't work for us using LEADERS, but MLEADERS showed up fine in Revit. I did this manually - I set up a MLEADER style that didn't have a landing or text, and then traced over the LEADER objects. I then deleted the original leader objects. So I was left with DTEXT and blank MLEADERS - this displays perfectly in Revit.
  4. Set up your detail DWG files such that there is ONE detail per DWG.
  5. Link into AutoCAD drafting views using 'black and white' for colours (the Import Line Weights takes care of the lineweight settings).
  6. In each drafting view, if you need greyscale or colour layers to be linked from AutoCAD, use the Revit Visibility/Graphics to override those layers to the original colour. (You could also do this in reverse - link layers with original colour, and override black layers to black...)

These were just a few things that made this process work for me. I encourage you to check out these links:

http://forums.augi.com/showpost.php?p=829155&postcount=6

Maximum number of linked files?

Using AutoCAD details Best Practices