If we check the element VG, we can see that this addin basically runs through and applies a By Element override to each element in the view:
Note: a nice added bonus to the above functionality is that if you open Color Splasher and click “Clear Set”, every Element visibility override in the current view will be removed. Might be handy for QA and model management?
They have also provided a Element GUID tool. It works like the Select by ID tool in Revit, but instead of using the Element ID, it works on the GUID parameter inherent in all Revit elements:
I posted about Randomizer a while back. I have since seen it used to randomize the colour of panels. One way to do this is to use a integer or numeric Shared Parameter and View Filters (ie. randomize from 1 to 5, have your View Filter apply Red to 1, Yellow to 2 etc). However, could this principle be applied to change the actual Material too?
Philip Chan provides one answer: In the component family environment, Revit won’t allow you to formulate the material parameter. All you can do is to set the material as a parameter; in the formula field, you won’t be able to input formula like you can for other type of parameter (e.g. Length). I recall a trick from Alfredo Medina that you can parametrize a material with conditional statement using nested family. So, I ended up rigging up a curtain panel family with a setup that looks like this:
I previously posted about how to get the average RGB colour of a sample and put it into Revit. Revit Learning Club Blog today shows a nice, simple way to obtain the RGB values of any color on your screen (under the mouse cursor):
In Revit, we often have to input RGB values for various color properties, such as shaded view colors for a particular material, or if you want a specific Paint color for a rendered material. To do this, you can use Paint.NET and the Color Picker tool – the resultant properties include the RGB values you need.
However, you may obtain a sample image of a material, but the color is irregular. For example, you scan in a paint sample and there is a color variation in the scanned image. Or perhaps you simply want to take a detailed pattern sample image and find out the average color of a particular part of that image.
If you have just installed a fresh version of Revit, you may have noticed that you have lost your Custom Colors. There are 16 ‘slots’ available for Custom Colors in the Revit Color Palette.
To transfer the colors from one installation to another, just copy the [Colors] subsection from the Revit.ini file from the old installation location to the new one. For example, if you previously had Revit installed on drive Y: in Vista, and you now have a new installation on drive C: with a new OS, do this:
Open Revit.ini from “Y:Program FilesAutodeskRevit Architecture 2011ProgramRevit.ini“
Open Revit.ini from “C:Program FilesAutodeskRevit Architecture 2011ProgramRevit.ini”
Copy the [Colors] section from the older / original Revit.ini to the new, fresh Revit.ini
Save and close the file.
Here is some other information about the [Colors] section – The first three entries in the [Colors] section defines the user interface colors from the Options dialog, Graphics tab:
A default installation will look something like this under [Colors]: HiliteColor=16741179 PreHiliteColor=8729206 ErrorColor=33023 CustomColor1=e2e2e2 CustomColor2=0000ff CustomColor3=00ffff CustomColor4=00ff00 CustomColor5=ffff00 CustomColor6=ff0000 CustomColor7=ff00ff CustomColor8=ffffff CustomColor9=ffffff CustomColor10=ffffff CustomColor11=ffffff CustomColor12=ffffff CustomColor13=ffffff CustomColor14=ffffff CustomColor15=ffffff CustomColor16=ffffff