Archive for December, 2010

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Purge Unused – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

December 31, 2010

The Good: How the Purge Unused Works in Revit 
The Bad: What can go wrong, fortunately this was a training session.
The Ugly: What happens after the Boss finds out you did the My Bad above.

This operation will allow you to perform a surgical strike to remove unwanted Revit items that don’t utilize the typically operations for removing like dimension string types.

I would highly recommend leaving this operation to the Revit Manager.

Fair Warning
Carl

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Revit Dimensions Explained

December 31, 2010

No need to reinvent the Revit Dimension here, get the full explanation.

Strung Out
Carl

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Bad AutoCAD habits can Kill your Revit Project!!

December 31, 2010

You know that nasty habit of using an old or existing (in play) project as a basis for a new project.  The inevitable open the file and then Save-As.  If you do anything when you get back to the office, stop doing this.  That’s why we use templates!!   Here’s a Horror Story you don’t want to live through or be the cause of.

Holding Back the Urge to Strangle Someone!
Carl

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Noteblocks

December 30, 2010

Noteblocks are one way Revit lets you create tag dependent notes that will appear in a schedule on your sheet.  They can be used for construction notes or finish notes and unlike Keynotes are not tied to the Keynote table that Keynote Manager lets you access.

I ran across this nice webcast that gives a quick overview of how to set up the Noteblock tag as well as the  Noteblock schedule.

Unfortunately the Generic Annotation tag, which is used for this process, does not self generate the leader line like a keynote does.  Consequently you have to go through a few more click operations to get the leader in place. 

Enjoy
Carl

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Keynote Manager

December 28, 2010

One of our remote SARUG members Steve Faust, who I believe is in Yuma, created this sweet little manager application for keynotes in Revit.  If you’ve ever tried to edit the text file that drives the keynote list you’ll understand what a God Send this application is.

To download the application (for free) go to
http://revolutiondesign.biz/BIM/Software.htm

If you are interested in how Keynotes work and how to manipulate them in your project then I recommend viewing the following blog on Keynotes.

Enjoy
Carl

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PROJECT PHOTOFLY: 3D models from photos.

December 28, 2010

AU2010 Premier:
“Capturing the reality as-built for various purposes (renovation, energy analysis, add-on design, etc.) is now becoming possible using your standard digital camera thanks to advanced computer vision technologies developed by Autodesk, called Camera Factory, and now made available through Project Photofly

Project Photofly is a technology preview of automatically converting photographs shot around an object or a scene into “Photo Scenes” using the power of cloud computing.

The Photo Scene Editor executable will operate until August 1, 2011.”


Dec 14, 2010: Future Project Photofly Features Mesh Instead of Point Cloud Data

Enjoy
Carl

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41,000 Free Revit Details – OMG

December 16, 2010

Much Thanks to Jim Fields who put Mark Siever of ARCxl in contact with SARUG.

Mark’s company provides a central clearing house for manufacturer specific product details for use in your Revit projects.  These details are free to registered Architects and architectural firms in the U.S. and Canada only.  These details are free due to the sponsorship of the product manufacturers and with URL links embedded in the detail components it’s a simple process to connect to the product manufacturer for additional info.

For more info see:
http://www.arcxl.com/tutorials/video?id=ARC_Demo1
http://www.arcxl.com/tutorials/video?id=ARC_Demo2

Enjoy
Carl

“We love the mention but would only like to clarify that the details are not manufacturer specific. They are intentionally non-specific, generic, and common details for everyday use. The URL links go to our directory of many manufacturers of that component type. The sponsor link is subject to change but may give the impression of a proprietary arrangement.” 
Mark Siever / Arcxl