I wanted to grab a list of files so I could check if I had reviewed the contents of some MEP training videos.  You can easily do this using a Windows Powershell script.

Code example:

get-childitem “T:MEP (Revit MEP)MEP VIDEOS” -recurse | select-object DirectoryName,Name | where { $_.DirectoryName -ne $NULL } | Export-CSV C:Filelist.csv

Read more:
How to list all files in a directory and subdirectories

Its interesting to note that Revit LT can actually modify elements that it cannot create.  What if you created a ‘library’ type Revit LT project, and then copied (or just moved / modified) these elements to give you some semblance of full Revit functionality?  Even if you started with an RVT file from full Revit that includes 10 copies of the underlined objects from the list below — then, open in LT and see how you go?  Just an idea…

When working in a project that was created using Revit, the Revit LT user can do the following:

  • Add elements that are supported by Revit LT.
  • Add instances of families that were loaded into the Revit project, even if the family categories are not generally supported by Revit LT.
  • Move elements that were created using Revit but that are not supported by Revit LT, such as (not a complete list):
    • Adaptive components
    • Assemblies and parts
    • Panel-based curtain elements
    • In-place elements
  • Move and modify the following elements created using Revit:
    • Masses
    • Stairs by sketch
    • Slanted columns

Read more:
Using Revit LT to Add and Modify Elements in Revit Projects – WikiHelp

My somewhat involved workaround for this in the past has been:

1 – Make a thick wall type (like 1m or more)

2 – Draw these walls very ‘tall’ (above and below building vertical extents) around your property lines, such that the wall starts at the Property Line and the thickness protrudes away from the Property Line

3 – Use View Templates with a Filter to override that wall type’s Cut Lines to dashed or dash-dot (whatever you want to see in Sections / Elevations)

4 – When cropping your Section / Elevation View, just crop it in the middle of the ‘thick wall type’ – thus only showing the edge that coincides with the Property Line

5 – Use a Design Option with a blank primary, and in a secondary option put these ‘boundary walls’ – so that they are invisible by default in all views (you could also use hidden Workset). Turn them on selectively using View Templates.

The advantage is that this method always works, even when Sections / Elevations are cut oblique to the Property Line.

Its a fairly old method, and I can’t recall exactly which forum I heard it on, probably AUGI…

An announcement was made recently on the “Revit Deployment & Management for Medium Sized Offices” Udemy course (see here for more info):

We seem to have just discovered an interesting “bug” in Deployments as they relate to Revit Server. The Rollout Tool offers at least a partial solution, but I would like to collaborate with an office or two who are using Revit Server, and prioritize any additions to the script. If you are using Revit Server, and can spare a little time to discuss the issue and how it might impact your specific configuration, and what the Rollouts can do to help, please email me directly (email hidden). I’ll schedule a GotoMeeting for some time that works for you and we can proceed from there.


Gordon Price

Because at any point, it can get turned off.

My problem – I use Google Reader, and I have a folder called Revit Feeds.  This folder has been shared, and then the resulting feed has been burnt with FeedBurner. 

This is the Revit feed:

This is the BIM feed:

I’m expecting all of this to turn off tomorrow, or soon after.  This is how I view and archive Revit news to PDF, using this method.  Now, what can I replace this with?

The answer?  Nothing.  Easy.  Yet.

I have tried numerous so called ‘replacements’ and nothing comes close.  I don’t want a flipboard or some artsy style, I just want to be able to fast scroll until I find some really fresh Revit information. Here are a few that I’ve tried:

  • Spundge
  • Curata
  • Feedly
  • The Old Reader
  •  SwarmIQ

These are the main things I want:

  • fast, clean reading
  • ability to create a curated list of blogs and generate a new RSS from that
  • ability to archive feeds (including all images) to local filesystem for easy indexing and searching

Now, I’m hoping one of you has the answer for me 🙂

In the meantime, I am going to use The Old Reader for pure reading.  For archiving…I’m not sure yet.

Here is some further reading:
Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives

The Old Reader

How to Transition From Google Reader to Feedly: Plus Other RSS Reader Alternatives | Social Media Today

Priorities: Keeping the site up, listening and adding new features. | Building Feedly

How to Transfer Your Google Reader Feeds to One of These Better RSS Apps for Mac, PC, Web, & Mobile « Internet 

Check it out at:
Vasari Beta 3 Download

New Features page
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Heads-up from Village BIM

  • Windows 8 support. Now, in addition to the other platforms that Vasariis supported on, Vasari is also supported on Windows 8.
  • Arc by point sketching. You can now select the Start-End-Radius Arc tool to sketch an arc by point curve in your massing project. See Drawing Overview.
  • UV grid alignment. You can use the Align tool to align the UV grid on a planar divided surface by using a straight edge of the surface as a reference, or an external reference. See Aligning UV Grids to a Reference.
  • Non-rectangular crop regions and callouts. Now you can change a rectangular crop region or callout view to a non-rectangular shape. See Editing a Crop Region. You can also create non-rectangular callout views.
  • Materials: Enhancements to the Material Browser dialog include the following. See Materials.
    • The Material Editor functionality has been integrated into the Material Browser dialog. To edit a material, select it in the Material Browser, and edit information in the tabs in the right pane, now referred to as the Material Editor panel.
    • You can now assign, sort, and organize materials by class.
    • When displaying a project material in the Material Browser, the hand icon  displays in the right pane of the Appearance, Physical, and Thermal tabs indicating how many materials in the current project share the same asset. If the hand displays a zero, the asset is not shared (used) by any other materials in the current project. The asset is only used by the currently selected material.
    • The ShowHide Library button has been added to the project material pane. This lets you collapse the library panel if you need to display more items in the project materials list. See About Material Libraries.
    • The Material Parameters dialog is now modeless, so you can view and change custom material parameters more quickly. Specifying Custom Parameters.
  • Schedules:The following enhancements improve the look and function of schedules:
  • Schedule formatting and layout: The following formatting tools are now available for schedules. See Modifying Schedules.
    • Grid view formatting: You can now apply column shading, borders, and font overrides. Insert and delete rows or swap parameters from the ribbon. Precision sizing of rows and columns is also available.
    • Format Units tool: You can now open the Format Units dialog from the ribbon.
    • Calculated Values tool: You can now open the Calculated Values dialog from the ribbon.
    • Clear Cell tool: You can select and clear the contents of multiple title cells from the ribbon.
    • Formatting visibility: Formatting now displays on sheets and is available to print from a sheet view.
    • Column indexes: You can now quickly select entire columns using the indexes at the top of each column.
    • Schedule title formatting: You can now insert rows to the title area and apply the new grid view enhancements. You can also merge cells. Additional formatting includes adding images, project parameters, and plain text.
    • Text types: You now specify title, header, and body text styles by selecting a system text type. See Formatting a Schedule.
  • Displace elements: Available in any 3D view, including perspective, this tool helps you create displaced views. The new Highlight Displacement Sets tool on the View Control Bar highlights the elements that have been displaced. SeeCreating a Displaced View.
  • Alternate dimension units: You can display alternate dimension units along with the primary units for all permanent and spot dimension types. This feature allows you to simultaneously display both imperial and metric values in drawings. To use alternate dimension units for a specific dimension type, such as Aligned, modify the type properties for the Aligned dimension type. See Defining Alternate Dimension Units.
  • Segmented elevation view: You can now split elevations into segments that are orthogonal to the view direction just as you can for sections. See Segmented Views.
  • Change sort order of multiple detail items: You can now select multiple detail items or imported raster images, and use the Send to Back, Send Backward, Bring to Front, or Bring Forward tools to move them all in one operation. See.
  • Print option for masking regions: A new print option allows you to determine whether the edges of masking regions and filled regions cover other lines. See Print Setup.
  • Double-click editing options: Double-clicking a parameter, such as a parameter value displayed in a room tag, now consistently allows you to edit the parameter. Also, new user interface options allow you to configure the double-click behavior to edit the following elements (see User Interface Options):
    • families
    • sketch-based elements
    • views and schedules on sheets (activate view)
    • groups
    • component stairs
  • Dockable windows: The following windows can be moved and resized, and either floated or docked:
    • Project Browser
    • Properties palette
    • Reconcile Hosting window
    They can also be grouped so that several windows (represented by tabs) occupy the same space on the screen. See Dockable Windows.
  • Selection enhancements: New options allow you to determine whether you can select link elements, underlay elements, pinned elements, and elements by face in a model. You can set the Drag Elements on Selection option so you can move an element without selecting it first. You may want to disable these options when having trouble selecting a particular element in the model, or to avoid inadvertently selecting or moving elements. See Controlling the Selection of Elements.
  • Data from lookup tables is now stored within the family, eliminating the need for external CSV files: Use the Manage Lookup Tables tool while editing a family to import, export, or delete lookup table data. See Managing Lookup Tables.
  • Temporary View Properties: You can now temporarily apply a view template from the View Control Bar. See Selecting a Temporary View Template.
  • Textures, line patterns, line weights, and text are now included in 3D DWF exports.
  • DWG/DXF export: The following layer standards for exporting DWG and DXF files have been updated to reflect the latest changes. See About Exporting to CAD Formats.
    • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
    • ISO standard 13567
    • Singapore standard 83
    • British standard 1192
  • Imported forms: When an imported instance containing 3D solid geometry is exploded in the Family Editor environment, the 3D solids are now preserved. Each 3D solid becomes a free form element, which can be used for cutting, joining, and other form operations. These free form elements can be edited by dragging the shape handles on planar faces. See Exploding Imported Geometry.
  • Optimized view navigation: A new feature on the Options dialog boosts performance by disabling some graphic effects when you are navigating a view. To learn more, see Optimized View Navigation.
  • Online Help: Vasari online Help is no longer hosted on the Autodesk WikiHelp platform. Now Vasari online Help is hosted on the new Autodesk Help platform which has a new look and feel.