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RPC Content (People, Vehicles & Plants) – Trouble Shooting

December 10, 2011

Archvision (http://www.archvision.com/) provides a variety of content for populating your renderings with people, vehicles and plants. A typical installation on a single machine usually doesn’t present a problem but if you are working in a large office with your Revit files on a main server you are going to have to address some pathing issues.

The problem arises when you are working on a project and you load the RPC content from the server. Archvision uses a series of files to direct Revit on how to render the content placed within the Revit project. These files are (or should be) located within a folder called “ArchVision Content Manager” under the local path of C:Program Files/ArchVision folder. These commands direct the Content Manager to look for the RPC image files at the following local path:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\Materials2011\assetlibrary_base.fbm\RPCs

So if your image files are stored on the server and the Content Manager is looking on the local machine for the image files, which are not there, the RPC’s will not render. The big clue that there is a disconnect is your RPC’s will look like cubes rather than the wire mesh of vehicles or paper cutout profiles of people or plants.

The cube below is a Mini-Cooper (or should I say a Mini-Cuber) before the image file path is re-established.

The easy fix is to copy the desired image files from the server onto the local machine to the asset library address referenced above.

For some reason Revit Arch 2011 doesn’t immediately see these image files so you may (will) need to close and restart Revit to see the new image files. It may be that Revit populates the ArchVision image content to Revit at startup rather than going directly to the file source each time you are re-pathing the image. Whatever the reason this is the only way I’ve been able to see the new image content.

Also the RPC’s may not automatically update with the proper image files when you restart the project. So if you have to re-path the image files because they won’t render or they still look like cubes just select the failing RPC note the name of the RPC in the Properties dialog. Select ‘Edit Type’ then ‘Rendered Appearance’ button. An ArchVision dialog window should open showing you all the local image content available for your RPC’s. Select the image of the same name as your RPC to re-path. You should see the outline of the cube change to match the image when you back out of the edit dialog.

I’ve been told by ArchVision that the Content Manager can be located on the server to circumvent this issue. Just one more thing on my list of a 1000 that I need to do. Hmm this is probably 957.

Happy Rendering
Carl

4-26-2012 Updates:

Resolving Network License Issues in Revit 2012
http://blog.archvision.com/2011/10/18/resolving-network-render-issues-in-revit-2012-with-rpc-content/

Revit 2013 RPC Content Disappears with Realistic Mode Setting: 
I’ve had this issue with my 2008 Toshiba laptop and it appears to be a Video card compatibility problem.  If you enter the Options button under the Purple ‘R’ (upper left corner of Revit interface) and proceed to the “Graphics” area you’ll notice (if your graphics card is suspect) an “Unknown Video Card” caution.  If you uncheck the “hardware acceleration” under “graphics mode” then close and reopen your project you’ll notice that your RPC content will no longer disappear under the “realistic” view mode but at the same time it will not render.  So it appears the video card may be at odds with the realtime RPC render aspect of the “realistic” view inherent in this Revit enhancement. At least with my NVIDIA Quadro NVS 150M video card.

You can check for recommended and certified hardware compatibility at:
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syscert?siteID=123112&id=18844534

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