Friday, February 25, 2011

Quickly choose and match materials in Revit

If you have lots of materials in a project, it can become a chore to actually 'choose' them in the Material dialog box.

Here is a quicker way:

Scroll down for step by step version...

  1. In the Element or Type Properties box, select the Name of the material you want.
  2. Use Ctrl+C to copy the text.
  3. Go to the other Element or Type Properties box.
  4. In the appropriate material parameter location, select existing text with your cursor and then use Ctrl+V to paste the text.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Twitter Search for Revit related tweets

Have ever wondered what is happening in the TwitterSphere in relation to our beloved Revit?

Just check out this link to see the latest updates of tweets containing Revit...

Warnings, Warnings & More Warnings (Autodesk Explorer)

This is a little plug for a new blog called Autodesk Explorer. Its still in its infancy, but if you are anything like me, you will want to add this to your extensive Revit blog reading list. There was a good tip on finding warning related objects in 3D wireframe mode:
Autodesk Explorer: Warnings, Warnings & More Warnings

If you would like to see a list of blogs I follow (with current posts), head over to:
Revit Professionals (aka Revit Blog Directory)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Revit Tip - Change the Color of RPC Trees (The Revit Kid)

The Revit!: Revit Tip - Change the Color of RPC Trees

A li'l bit of Revit history...Part 4 (Revit 5 Features)

I found an interesting little PDF while using today.

It basically describes the features and benefits of Revit version 5.  Here is the link.

Here are a few gems:

Automatic sheet/drawing references
Ensures that no section, elevation, or callout ever references the wrong drawing or sheet.

Sketch-based hosts
Built-in-place items (wall, floor, roof, and so forth) are defined by simple 2D sketching, delivering flexible but geometrically complex 3D items in the building that can be iteratively changed by altering the sketch. 

And my favourite:
Align, split, trim, offset tools
These editing tools are like their CAD equivalents, but better. As you use these tools, they imply constraints between the things you pick so the model knows how to update as your design changes, saving effort and rework.

like their CAD equivalents, but better - what a way to sell it!

And some of the New Features in version 5:

“True North” views
View can be switched between Project North and True North orientation, saving time by eliminating the need to rotate text and symbols.

Temporary hide/show/isolate
Something getting in your way while editing? Now you can isolate your selection or temporarily hide it, reducing editing headaches.

It looks like Revit version 5 was released around December 2002.

Access Folders Fast (Folder Menu)

I recently received a comment on one of my previous posts about the program Folder Menu.  I had actually been meaning to post about it - it currently seems to be the best 64-bit replacement for Folder Guide.  It is relatively simple to use, and seems to work in all dialog boxes.

You can download Folder Menu from the Sourceforge page here.

Basically, middle button on the mouse brings up the menu, left-click to 'navigate' folders within the menu, right-click to actually Explore a folder.  If you want to always just Explore using left-click, change the Use browse mode when capslock is off option on the 'Menu' tab of the Options.

Give it a go and feel free to post your comments.

(image from Sourceforge page)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Revit Master PopQuiz 1 - What does this icon mean?

(scroll down for the answer)

Another clue:

It means that a Revit link is set to 'Attachment', and not to 'Overlay'.

Did you get it right?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

See Only Resize-Friendly Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) In Google Images | Lifehacker Australia

You can now filter Google Image Search to just show you SVG files. Here is an example search:
"Nintendo" SVG files

See Only Resize-Friendly Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) In Google Images | Lifehacker Australia

So what is so good about SVG? From the wiki page:

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a family of specifications of an XML-based file format for describing two-dimensional vector graphics, both static and dynamic (i.e. interactive or animated).
The SVG specification is an open standard that has been under development by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since 1999.
SVG images and their behaviors are defined in XML text files. This means that they can be searched, indexed, scripted and, if required, compressed. Since they are XML files, SVG images can be created and edited with any text editor, but drawing programs are also available that support SVG file formats.

Download Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

IE9 Videos

Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate page

Download links for Internet Explorer 9 - Microsoft Windows

Monday, February 14, 2011

Free Partition Manager

Are you looking for a Free Partition Manager program (for Home use?)

Check out the link below:

|MG| EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition 7.0.1 Download

Friday, February 11, 2011

Windows 7 SP1 Download

Various sources have posted about the 'leaked' Windows 7 SP1 links.  Recent news items also show that Microsoft has released SP1 to manufacturers (known as 'RTM').

links removed

Windows 7 SP1 Final RTM (7601.17514.101119-1850) Leaked Download � My Digital Life

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 Is RTM (MSDN/TechNet Downloads Mid Feb) � My Digital Life

Free Hash / MD5 Checker for Windows Shell

After installing, just right-click on any file and select 'Create Checksum File...', then open the .md5 file that was created.

HashCheck Shell Extension

What is Hash or MD5 checking?
A cryptographic hash function is a deterministic procedure that takes an arbitrary block of data and returns a fixed-size bit string, the (cryptographic) hash value, such that an accidental or intentional change to the data will change the hash value. The data to be encoded is often called the "message", and the hash value is sometimes called the message digest or simply digest.

Basically, when you download something important off the Net, it lets you know that the file has not been corrupted or modified in some nasty way...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

What drives a successful BIM project...?

There was time spent changing a design that didn't need to happen, all because of an unwillingness to accept that something might be different than what we know.

And in BIM, everything is. You have to be willing to get outside the box - do things differently - ask questions - be humble, but be learn, to change your ways. It doesn't matter if you're a newly graduated intern or a 40 year engineer. The day you stop learning is the day you need to retire, so don't be afraid to challenge yourself.

From The MEP CAD Engineer: What drives a successful BIM project...?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A li'l bit of Revit history...Part 3

I received a comment that referred me to this AUGI Forum page.

And here are some interesting comments from that page:

Revit Founder

Charles River Software was incorporated by Leonid 10/31/97.

I joined on 2/2/98.

First round of venture capital was in 1998.

First lines of code were written in 1998.

First office (not counting Leonid's living room) was in Wellesley, MA, upstairs from Dominoes Pizza. It used to smell quite toasty in the afternoons.

Regarding Reflex, we did do an evaluation to determine if we should base Revit on Reflex and the conclusion was no. None of Revit was based on Reflex (though they both were intended to solve the problem of making a practical 3D architectural modeler). By the way, contrary to what someone said earlier in this thread, Reflex does not have a parametric change engine (one of the reasons we rejected it as a starting point for Revit).

A li'l bit of Revit history...Part 2

My previous post prompted me to look for the actual 'Upfront Ezine' is the link!

A interesting picture from this page:

A li'l bit of Revit history...Part 1

This is from an AUGI archive - its worth a read.  I have bolded some of the points I thought were cool:

2004-11-17, 09:27 AM
Ralph Grabowski, writing in Upfront Ezine stated "The CAD social event of the month was the Revit launch, which took place April 5, 2000 in Cambridge MA USA." and then went on to describe the event as follows....Revit Launch: Four o'clock and time for the Revit event at the Aurthur M Sackler lecture hall. There are 125 invited attendees, but very few media. From what I and others could see, there is no one from CADalyst, Cadence, or Penton Publishing. Revit ceo Dale Lemont hosts the two-hour event, calling this "an important moment in the history of CAD." The parametric architectural software will be sold by monthly subscription. In stark contrast to SolidWorks, Revit will have no resellers -- everything by the Web. Nobody says it for sure, but I finally decide that Revit is short for "revise it."

Update (April 2002): Almost exactly two years after the launch, Revit sold itself to Autodesk for US$133 million. Although the company had managed to create a huge "mindshare" acceptance, Revit sales were described by Autodesk CEO Carol Bartz as "small pilot user base," what she would expect from a "start-up."

Dale refreshingly admits much is missing from Revit, and that the following functions will be added over the next 24 months: massing studies, stacking, canted walls, sloping structures, turn on more AccuRender functions, multi-user enhancements, estimation at all stages, product catalogs, schedules, architectural detailing, Web collaboration, ASP capabilities, landscape, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical.

The product will be available in early May; delivery has slipped by two weeks. A new release is promised every 90 days in first year -- "Tough on us book authors," I note wryly to the Revit employee sitting near me.
In the background, ceo David Lemont. In the foreground, founder Leonid Raiz (at left) and Irwin Jungreis.

Revit Dinner: The product launch is followed by dinner in the courtyard of the Fogg Art Museum, located across the street. The museum features a small but broad collection of art: religious, African, modern, and classical. My wife would have enjoyed viewing the paintings by van Gough, Monet, and Renoir.

Each of our nametags have a color. I find out that -- ironically enough -- green indicates you had ordered beef, while red indicates vegetarian; my color was yellow, for salmon.

On one side of me sits a representative from Atlas Ventures, who asked me what I thought of Revit and the launch. How do you answer a man who has sunk millions of dollars into this?

On the other side of sits Brad Holtz (of 'CAD Rating Guide' fame) and next to him, Geoffrey Langdon (of architectural CAD shootout fame). The thought underlying this whole event is "SolidWorks or Numera?" Would Revit rocket into orbit, or burn out at the launch pad? We reminisce over CAD ventures that have burned through their money over the years. Brad declared himself the winner in remembering the worst CAD launch ever: TriumphCAD spent all its money on ads -- no product ever shipped.

Brad Holtz and Geoffrey Langdon.

We muse over Revit's business model. "How long does Revit have before investors would want their money back?" The problem with a monthly subscription model is that money trickles in more slowly. Take 60 Revit employees earning an average of US$100,000/yr each. Assume Revit nets $100/mo per subscription. That means they need 5,000 subscriptions just to break even. "The question is," summarizes Brad, "How long will it take to ramp up to 5,000 subscriptions?" As I write this, I also wonder about "subscription churn" where gains from new subscribers are offset by losses from unsubscribers.

Just as we complete our analysis, an earnest young Revit employee comes by our table to introduce himself. "I'm in charge of developing the business model in conjunction with Harvard Business School," he explains. The three of us roar with laughter: "Funny you should mention that...". We give him our analysis -- at no charge.

Dinner in the Fogg Art Museum's courtyard.

link to AUGI Forum thread here

Families Guide

Release 2011: The Families Guide was not updated for Revit 2011. Please use the 2010 edition of the Families Guide.

Autodesk - Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support - Families Guide

Do you get the feeling that perhaps, if Autodesk put it off long enough, they won't have to update some of this documentation?

With the official Wiki now in operation, and a plethora of blogs, where will Autodesk draw the line with regards to Help documentation?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Batch print HTML files in folder

If you want to print all the .htm or .html files in a folder, you could use the function in Internet Explorer that allows you to 'Print All Linked Documents':

To use this, you need to have a HTML document that links to all of the .htm or .html files in the folder.  To automatically generate such a document, you could use this script (you will need to copy the text to a .cmd file, and change the 'target' to the folder you want to make a list.htm for):
 (click here for txt version)

This script was taken from the Google Cache of Experts Exchange:

Batch print HTML files : batch, print, html, files

Consider this - using the above tips, you could convert a folder of HTML files to PDFs using the automatic function in PDFCreator...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Use View Templates to Adjust Import Visibility / Graphics

You have two views, and you want a DWG Import or Link to be displayed the same in both views.  What is the quickest way to accomplish this?

  1. Copy DWG from first view.
  2. Paste Aligned into second view.
  3. On second view, right-click in Project Browser.
  4. Apply View Template - then 'Show Views'
  5. Select the first view.
  6. Uncheck everything except the item related to 'Import' visibility.
  7. OK!

Here is a quick video:

Google Hit Hider by Domain (Filter / Block Sites) for Greasemonkey

Do you get annoyed by results from certain domains clogging up your Google Search?

Just use Firefox, install Greasemonkey, and then install the script below:

Google Hit Hider by Domain (Filter / Block Sites) for Greasemonkey

Now, when you search using Google, you can 'block' certain domains from the results!