Microsoft has released a beta version of recovery tool that can help the users to start their infected PC when all other anti-virus solutions fail…

Download Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta version (1.0.856.0):

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta (32 bit): mssstool32.exe
Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta (64 bit): mssstool64.exe


Download Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper for Offline Scan and Start Unbootable PC

I recently observed this issue when a presenter in a Lab class could not select a work plane accurately.  He would hover over the correct plane, but when ‘clicking’ the mouse, a different plane would be selected.  Revit 2012 was being used on a laptop, with an external projector plugged in for the presentation.

I have a feeling that this issue is similar to one I have posted about previously, at this link.  Over at Do U Revit, a comprehensive set of comments may prove useful if you are trying to solve this problem.

Some potential fixes (from the abovementioned comments) may be to:

  • swap monitors from left to right in the Windows display properties
  • make the monitor that is running Revit the primary monitor

Of course, if all else fails:

  • run Revit in a single-display configuration if possible to avoid the issue

I have a few other ideas that I have not really tried for 2012, including:

  • make a new Windows user AFTER connecting the extra monitor or projector, then log in as this user and attempt to use Revit.
  • fully reset the UI and Revit registry data AFTER connecting the extra monitor, and then run Revit (risky).

The other important lesson is this – if you are going to be doing a presentation or tutoring session, TEST your proposed configuration prior to the session.  Five minutes of testing can save a lot of embarrassment!

“whether you create 2D lines or 3D models, you are a drafter. We draw lines to create documents, models, exhibits, and plans for others to use in creating physical forms. Whether we are discussing buildings, bridges, cars, T-shirts, or video-game machines, before it becomes tangible and reproducible, someone draws it. That someone is us.”

The above quote is just part of a insightful little article by Curt Moreno, published in/on Cadalyst.

The following paragraph, in particular, is something all drafters should think about.  Are we losing the ‘art’ of drafting?  Do we forget that drafting is a trade, a craft, a form of expression?  Do we realise that our quality of work can indeed be a point of difference between us and the next ‘CAD guy’?  These principles and thoughts apply no matter software we are using.

“As drafters, our craft should be not only a source of community and pride but also a source of value. By maintaining our connection to our common craft, we can tap into our community and heritage to buoy our morale and professional standing. As a group, we must maintain our value. If we don’t — that is, if we continue to become progressively more specialized in how we describe our work — we’ll be contributing to the devaluation of our profession rather than adding value to it. Such value is realized not only in pay scales but also in the respect allotted to any profession by another.”

I Am Drafter! | Cadalyst: (by Curt Moreno)


Watch this page – pretty soon, the Australian and New Zealand Revit Standards (ANZRS) will be available for download…

The ANZRS document pack is not yet available for download. It will be made available within 2 weeks subsequent to its launch at the 2011 Australasian Revit Technology Conference, 26-28 May at Jupiters Gold Coast. Please come to the launch and/or revisit this page after that time.

Download the Pack! | anzrs:

It is smaller than Autodesk University and has a much more intimate feel, but it is every bit as informative… The RTC committee pays attention to many small details which give the conference a very personal feel.

…in just four short weeks I get to participate again; this time in RTC USA! If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider coming out to Huntington Beach, CA this June for an information packed three days with many of the industry’s best known Revit experts.

From Paul’s blog –
RTC Austrailia | Paul F. Aubin: