When setting upViewFilters in Revit, you can only select Filter parameters that are ‘common‘ among the Categories that you have ticked… If I haven’t lost you yet, here is a quick way to build aViewFilter that uses a custom parameter (like a Shared Parameter) and works across all possible Categories.
Firstly, add the Shared Parameter toall Categories using Manage – Project Parameters
Create a new Filter
Tick one of the top Categories in the list, and choose your desired Shared Parameter as afilter criteria
Now, start ticking the categoriestoapply this to one by one…
As you go down the list, Revit will occasionally give this prompt: “The selected set of categories requires that the filter criteria be reset“
When you see this message, click No, and then move on to ticking the next Category
In this way, you retain you Shared Parameter as aFilter Criteria for as many Categoriesas possible…
A while back, RevitCat got me thinking about the rules associate with family swapping in Revit. Here are a couple:
You can change the Category of a family (using Edit Family, Load into Project) with a particular name, and all instances of that family will also (obviously) change Category. Obviously, there are certain restrictions to this process (for instance, you can’t switch to Mass category or from Mass category without some kind of hack).
You can swap a family of a certain Category for a totally different family of the same Category using ‘Reload’ in the Project Browser, or ‘Select All Instances’ and then just changing the instances in the Type Selector.
Unless you can reverse engineer this bug, you will have to essentially follow RevitCat’s advice – to change just a single Type of a Family to a different Category, I would probably Edit the Family (from the Project Browser), save/rename it, load it, Select All Instances of the Type you want to switch, change it to the renamed version, and then use the method from the first bullet point above.
Another interesting point from his post: If you plan to change categories of a family, it will appear to wipe out the sub-categories – but actually they are still there, hidden away; they may show up in the project listed under the old category in Visibility Graphics.
From time to time, I export all of the families in a project and add it to our Library as a ‘snapshot’ of where our families were at during that project. However, Revit still does not export the families into folders by Category (there used to be an add-in that did this).
Happily, a new free tool from Kiwi Codes will take a folder and then sort all of the RFAs into folders by Category for you!
EDIT 2 – I have received confirmation from the Director of Kiwi Codes that the tool is “totally Free and not time locked …”
EDIT – While the website clearly states ‘This tool is free’ (see image above), I received the following by email: Thank you for your interest in Family Categorizer and downloading the 21 day trial. We hope that you see the benefits that Family Categorizer will bring to your business like others worldwide are reporting.
View Ranges (and TOLERANCES) Explained *REPOST*
Things like –
Walls shorter than 6 feet (approximately 1.83 meters) are not cut, even if they intersect the cut plane, and
There are a few categories for which an element located above the cut plane but partially below the top clip is shown in plan. These categories include windows, casework, and generic model. These objects are shown as viewed from above.
Awesome post to Wikihelp by Ping Jiang, Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Autodesk.
The short version: basically when the old stairs upgrade to Revit 2013 and mix with new stairs in the project, we just need to simply uncheck the visibility of ‘above’Riser Lines and Riser Lines, then the representation for them will be almost exactly the same [as pre-2013] in all the views.
Here is a little gift to all my readers. The link below allows you to download a 2012 version RVT project that contains In-place and Component versions of families that are of the Category ‘Stairs’ and ‘Railings’. Download link
Revit does not allow this to happen out-of-the-box, so you can be sure that this hack is not best practice, and it won’t be supported by Autodesk. Use at your own risk!
Having said that, if you know what you are doing, these families could be quite useful to you.