“as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there’s a whole lot more coming. As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.”

Steve Ballmer: Microsoft Developer Forum:

So it looks as though Windows 8 may be available as soon as 2012.

However, Microsoft then released the following statement:
“It appears there was a misstatement. We are eagerly awaiting the next generation of Windows 7 hardware that will be available in the coming fiscal year.  To date, we have yet to formally announce any timing or naming for the next version of Windows.”

What’s the truth?

“You can force Revit to always open in a maximized window by using the following steps:

  1. Locate the Windows shortcut Icon you use to launch Revit.
  2. Right-click on the Icon, and choose Properties
  3. In the Shortcut Tab in Properties, change the Run: dropdown menu from Normal Window to Maximized.
  4. Click OK to exit the dialog”

Setting Revit to Open in a Maximized Window – WikiHelp:

Would you like to know:
how to export and import stand-alone licenses; how to remove the License Transfer Utility from installations and deployments; and answers to commonly asked questions.
An text-based overview of the License Transfer Utility, including step-by-step instructions on how to export and import a stand-alone license, can be found in the Autodesk Licensing Guide and in the online help under the heading,
‘Transfer Your Stand-Alone License’.”

For a visual demonstration of how to use the Online License Transfer feature including how to remove the License Transfer Utility from installations and deployments, and answers to commonly asked questions, please refer to the following video:

Autodesk – Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support – How to transfer stand-alone licenses in Autodesk products (video):

A little secret about sorting your recent documents on the Revit ‘R’ menu.

There is a drop down list that doesn’t really ‘jump out’ at you.  It is just below the ‘Recent Documents’ header:

The ‘Access Date’ option is quite useful, producing a view similar to that shown below:

There is also an option for ‘Size’ – this could quickly show you which of your current projects has the largest file size.

If you are part of the Revit® Customer Council and you undertook the “annual survey on your Satisfaction with the Revit® Architecture product from Autodesk”, then you probably have received the results via email by now.

The email explicitly states that I cannot “share, distribute, or blog about any of the information contained in the attached report.”

So…I won’t.

However, if you want access to this information in the future, you may want to Join the Revit Customer Council at:

Direct link to Join page

My previous post:
What Revit Wants: 2011 Revit Architecture Customer Satisfaction (or not)

Is what you might say if you were finding it hard to ride in this pedal powered bus.  Yep, it is a “Fourteen-rider, pedal-powered vehicle”.

What has this got to do with BIM?  At least four things: its innovative, environmentally conscious, an interesting piece of design, and its put together by an engineering firm.

Unlike BIM, this device has one distinct individual in control of the wheel…

Learn more at:
CAZTEK Engineering :: CityCycle:

“Free of charge you can try IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit Lite which includes four popular utilities:

Room Renumber, Change Case, Space Update and GridSelect.”

Register / download link

Room Renumber Easily renumber existing rooms into an order defined by selection. Insert rooms into an existing series with the subsequent room numbers “shifted” to make space for the inserted one.

Change Case Instantly match your organization’s or client’s standards on naming with UPPER CASE, Title Case, or lower case. This tool scans your model and automatically fixes “case issues” to whatever standard you specify.

Space Update Seamlessly transfers room names and numbers from the linked Revit Architecture model to the Revit MEP model. Eliminate tedious manual input of room names and numbers in different places.

GridSelect Select Revit elements based on the grid they are on. Select walls, columns, beams and more. Choose the current level or all levels and select collinear or touching beams.

For more info, head over to http://imaginit.com/software-solutions/building-architecture/imaginit-utilities-for-revit

Interoperability, parametric formulas, film and stage and conceptual massing – needless to say, I am extremely excited about my Friday Schedule choices!  A summary of the items is shown below:

Designing in Revit Using Parametric Formulas

with Tim Waldock
A demonstration on the mind boggling task of using Parametric Formulas in families AND ensuring it works! Amongst other topics, this session will look at space planning & iterative facade design (without relying on API), as well as more simple regulation compliance. It will include practical use of several new Revit 2012 features, including the changes to parameters, formulas & adaptive components.
Preview of RTC2011 presentation by Tim Waldock at:
This example is shows using adaptive components (new Revit 2012 feature) and the “Reactor Pattern” principle to examine facade design.
Key Learning Objectives

  1. Pushing the boundaries of Revit as a design tool
  2. Learning about complex formulas in Revit
  3. Applying complex formulas as parametrics in Revit families
Revit for Film & Stage

with  Phil Read
This needs no introduction!

Software Interoperability on Multi Disciplinary Projects – A Structural Perspective

with  Christopher Pynn
Finding the right solution to a problem is something that Arup as a firm has prided itself on for many years. This is no different when it comes to software interoperability between Revit and other platforms. As a firm believer that choosing the right tool for the job is key to delivering a successful project this presentation will give you an overview on how Arup applies varying techniques to sharing data across multiple platforms and multiple disciplines.

Beyond Buildings: Masterplanning with Revit Architecture

with Michelle Leonard 
This class will look beyond the singular building and look at how to use Revit to design Masterplans, It will cover how to get the most out of your modelling, to generate quick schemes that can be manipulated easily, and how this information is best presented to clients.
Key Learning Objectives

  1. Understand opportunities of using Revit to complete masterplanning projects
  2. Understand techniques for managing multiple buildings within one file
  3. Learn how to make use of smart geometry, define an area and let equations do the work for you.
Case Study – Multi Disciplinary SuperClinic Project 

with Ceilidh Higgins 
This presentation will demonstrate some of the specific tasks for which Revit was used including: use of the building model for sunshading analysis, heating and cooling loads, design checking schedules with conditional formatiting used to size and balance air terminals and flex ducts, use of area schedules for checking actual versus briefed areas, scheduling of fixtures, furniture and finishes.
The presentation will also discuss project setup and standards, challenges and benefits of working within an integrated model plus a look into moving the model into a 4D environment.
Key Learning Objectives

  1. Overview of different uses of revit across a complete project including architecturre/interiors, engineering and ESD
  2. Tips and tricks for working in a multi disciplinary model
  3. Understanding of modelling for 4D

Revit’s Top Model – Conceptual Massing World 

with Stephen Taskin  
Welcome to the fashionable world of Conceptual Massing and how the tools in Revit provide the environment to create the complex geometry that is impossible to create using more traditional methods
Key Learning Objectives

  1. Develop complex designs with conceptual massing tools
  2. Understand the principles of pattern based panels and adaptive components
  3. Understand the principles of reporting parameters in the massing environment
  4. Analysis and creation of complex forms and structures

RTC AUS 2011 – you can still register here 

RTC USA is also coming up fast! It will run from Thursday – Saturday, 23 – 25 June 2011. If you want to keep up with latest trends and best practices associated with Revit, you should seriously consider attending. 

Go to this page to learn more and to register for RTC USA 2011

Don’t be left behind…