Hey, I know we sometimes can’t agree on things like OpenBIM and Revit Vs ArchiCAD and Shared Parameter Standardisation…
But let’s all agree never to use Detail Lines as Grids, ever again, ok? (You know who you are…)
The second post in this series is focused on the Project Browser. The first post in the series described how to get your user interface and lab environment ready…
Please open Revit, and open the rac_advanced_sample_project.rvt
Please download and import the supplied KeyboardShortcuts.xml
Let’s learn about the Revit Project Browser…
If we use the Project Browser effectively, we will be better and faster at Revit.
Keyboard shortcut tip: try pressing Q for Move
Type Properties Exercise:
Notice the Preview for supported types!
Click Preview button next to a Shrub type to try it
Surprising how many families are supported with this preview feature…
Right-click on multiple Types to Delete them all at once:
Type Deletion Exercise:
Browser Organisation for Sheets:
You can Filter Sheets in the Project Browser by the “Print Set” – that is, by saved sheet selection.
Sheet Browser Exercise:
Right-click for multiple ‘new’ commands
New Schedule Exercise:
Right-click in the Project Browser:
Right-click Families node to Save All Families:
Right-click Revit Links for New Link and Manage Links:
Right-click a Sheet to Add a view:
Right-click sheet exercise:
You can Unload for yourself or everyone from the Project Browser:
Did you know that the Project Browser Families node provides access to more than just traditional component families?
For example, you can use the Project Browser to quickly select different types of Filled Regions:
System Family Management and RevitLookup Exercise:
In Part 3, we will have a closer look at Revit Keyboard Shortcuts.
I’m excited to share this release with you, because it has some amazing improvements. Here are my top 3 new features:
As you can see, the integration with Revit is getting tighter. This means Revizto is now even stronger for fully in-house review workflows, like model review and drawing markup within an Architectural firm. Of course, Revizto remains my favourite way to handle coordination for large multi-discipline teams, whether that be design coordination or services coordination tasks.
This image shows how you use the new Objects dialog to select ‘Links’ and then override the colours and visibility of each linked model:
What’s new in Revizto 4.4 release:
– Ability to color code links, categories and levels. New “Objects” dialog.
– Visibility control of linked models and individual objects.
– Phases support from Revit.
– Tag management system for the Issue Tracker.
– Clickable links on sheets.
– Console app for getting XLS reports from the Issue Tracker.
– Ability to attach new file formats to issues. The complete list of supported formats: pdf, txt, csv, xls, xlsx, doc, docx, jpg, png.
– Interface improvement. 3D tab: reconfigured toolbar.
– Brand new installer. Minor updates will come through as patches, containing only the differences and therefore being much less in size.
– Rhino support (direct plugin in Rhino).
Here is a direct link to the release build, or you can download from here:
Here is the release video, which goes over the new features:
While I’m at it, here are the resources from my BILT session on Revizto, which included a preview of 4.4:
This recent announcement revealed some new features coming to 3dsMax 2018.1, primarily a real-time VR engine in Max based on Stingray. This page has the steps to install it. Basically, you install update 2018.1, then install Max Interactive:
Here are some ‘facts at a glance’ coming from Autodesk:
What’s the news with 3ds Max 2018.1?
Autodesk 3ds Max 2018.1 now includes 3ds Max Interactive, a real-time engine based on Autodesk Stingray. This new 3D to VR workflow is designed to provide 3ds Max users with a new way to create interactive and virtual reality (VR) experiences. It is included with the 3ds Max 2018.1 update.
Who is 3ds Max Interactive designed for?
3ds Max Interactive is a real-time engine for design visualization specialists based on Autodesk Stingray. It can be used in a number of different contexts but its focus is on helping to simplify the process of turning animations, such as architectural visualizations, into stunning virtual reality experiences.
How does this relate to Autodesk Revit Live?
Autodesk is committed to creating VR solutions for the widest spectrum of users. Last year we rolled out Autodesk Revit Live, the powerful, easy-to-use cloud-based visualization service for architects that transforms Autodesk Revit models into VR experiences in one click. Autodesk Revit Live is designed for architects who require a solution to quickly explore, understand, and share Autodesk Revit designs on their desktop or in virtual reality. The new VR tools in 3ds Max 2018.1 we are announcing today are aimed at design visualization specialists working to produce high-end, photoreal experiences. With the new 3ds Max to VR workflow, we’re shoring-up data drudgery with capabilities like support for translating materials from the popular V-Ray renderer in 3ds Max to VR – freeing visualization artists to focus on the part they care most about: creating stunning imagery.
How much does 3ds Max Interactive cost?
3ds Max Interactive is available to all current 3ds Max subscribers – either as a standalone product, or as part of an Autodesk industry collection – at no additional cost. It cannot be purchased separately.
At the moment, Revit communicates using its internal zero point when importing or exporting IFC.
You can read this LinkedIn post where Joris Van Bossche describes his findings:
You can also read my previous posts:
Process Explorer is a free and very powerful task manager that let’s you really see what is going on with your system… One of those things every IT person should have in their toolkit. You can get it here:
Download Process Explorer (1.8 MB)
from this page
and here’s how to find out which process or program is locking a file or directory in Windows:
Go to Find > Find Handle or DLL. In the “Handle or DLL substring:” text box, type the path to the file (e.g. “C:\path\to\file.txt”) and click “Search”. All processes which have an open handle to that file should be listed.
Good Revit Content management does not come immediately or without forethought. Unifi are giving you another chance to review some best-practice content management principles at an upcoming webinar. It should be very interesting to hear about some of the productivity and functionality improvements that are becoming available to allow you to manage your BIM content more effectively.
Register at this link
Here are some of the things that will be discussed:
You can send in a suggestion at email@example.com
More about Unifi at this link
The form creation engine in Revit does not really know about flat vertical zero thickness surfaces. However, with DirectShape, we can make almost any type of mesh geometry. One interesting idea coming out of the RTC ANZ event this year was creating these flat surfaces to display grids in 3D. This lets us do things like dimension easily in Navisworks or Revizto. I wanted to use them to add some flat datum lines to a construction setout point family.
Here is the Dynamo Script that I used (Download Make Flat DirectShape From Line):
Playing around with the lines a bit, I built this geometry for use in the project:
This is one of the best workarounds I have seen for years in Revit! Did you know that you can rotate a Revit Floor Plan view in 3 dimensions?
Try it now:
This means you can have Rooms showing. Which means you can have a Room Color Scheme showing up in a ‘kind of’ 3D view in Revit. This is awesome!
It is also a nice way to see how View Range works. As you experiment with the View Range of this special Floor Plan, you will see more or less of the elements (a bit like a 3D section box).
Not sure of the limitations or problems yet, but I had to share 🙂
Thanks to pepar for sharing on slack, and cadconsulting for making the video.