A couple that I forgot to mention:
- AnVir Task Manager Free – includes some very handy ‘shortcuts’ that it adds to Windows dialog boxes
- Notepad++ – Notepad replacement
Also, I recommend that you check out http://blog.giveawayoftheday.com/
As I go about my day-t0-day, I come across some very good free programs (some of which I have posted about before – see links at bottom).
Most recently, I have come across the following free utilities:
Hope you find these helpful!
Update: check out this page for the 64-bit Xvid codec
I encountered a problem today related to walkthrough creation in Revit 2010 64 bit with Vista 64 bit. I was exporting a large walkthrough to uncompressed AVI format, and the file size would reach 4.00 GB (4,294,967,296 bytes), and then corruption of the AVI would result. It appears that a 4 GB limit was being imposed at some point in the walkthrough creation process.
Therefore, I tried to use an encoding format. When using Revit 32 bit, I recall that I had a number of options in the Video Compression ‘codec’ dialog when exporting a walkthrough. However, in Revit 64 bit, I only had a couple of basic options (Microsoft Video 1, Intel IYUV Codec, Full Frames (uncompressed)).
After some searching, and trialling a few different ideas, I found that I could access some decent codecs in this box after installing Shark007’s 64 bit components (link below).
In addition to the above, it is recommended that you install Shark007’s 32 bit Codec Pack (link below):
Vista Codec Package 5.5.3 Final
After installing both of the above and restarting Revit (you may also need to restart Windows), I was intermittently able to access an additional filter in the dialog called ‘ffdshow’ – clicking ‘Configure’ opened up a whole range of encoding formats for use!However, there appear to be a few problems:
Given the above limitations, my solution at this point is:
After spending quite a few hours trying to make this work in a satisfactory and simple manner, I decided to contact our reseller and lodge a support call. I will let you know if I learn anything helpful.During this investigation, I tried a few things without success. They may be of interest to you (see links below).
Thanks to Steve Stafford for these awesome tips.
Just came across this search engine for PDF, DOC and PPT files. It is called http://www.osun.org/
For example, lets say you wanted to see what PDF files are available that include the words ‘ revit families’. Have a look at the results by following the link below:
This could be a very useful site for quickly searching for quality data. If Google can’t find what you are after, give this site a go.
I’ll be the first to admit that the subject of this post was intended to stimulate your interest – but in my defense I did include question marks!
Have a look at this link, and see if you can make sense of it:
I had to format and re-install Vista on a laptop over the holiday break. Given that it was an OEM version, and the original disks were not available, I was faced with a bit of a conundrum. How will I restore the activation data without having to contact Microsoft?
Perhaps you have faced a similar problem. Often, OEM installation media is packed with software you don’t need, and it only serves to slow down your PC right from the get-go. However, you can install Vista using standard installation media, and then ‘backup and restore’ the Vista activation data. This way, you are starting with a truly ‘clean’ system. Of course, you will then need to download and install all the necessary drivers for your system.
Before starting the process, I backed up the activation data using the software at the link below. After obtaining some installation media, I installed Vista without providing any product keys (you should be able to do this with any retail Vista media). Then, I restored the activation data. It worked perfectly.
You can download the activation backup and restore utility at http://directedge.us/content/abr-activation-backup-and-restore
You can find a pretty good guide to re-installing a clean system at http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=120228
Check out the following page to revisit the report. You can download interviews in mp3 format to listen to at your leisure.
In essence: “One of AIA’s 2009 Integrated Practice Discussion Group’s (IPDiG) projects involves revisiting the “Report on Integrated Practice” released during the 2006 AIA National Convention in Los Angeles…”
Thanks to Eddy Krygiel at ArchTech.
RevitTV.com are offering a free ‘Paint’ plugin for Revit 2010.
The features are: