I recently stumbled across the fix for an issue that has annoyed me for ages.
The problem we had was that Revit would always crash when tearing off any ribbon panel. This issue affected two of our high end Vista 64 bit Workstations. I had tried many things to fix the issue, all to no avail. So, are you ready for the solution?
Both of these workstations were running a pre-release version of Service Pack 2 for Vista. The Windows desktop had the following text imprinted on it – Build 6002 – Evaluation Version. I determined that this note referred to a Release Candidate of Service Pack 2, and not to the actual licensing of Vista itself. The fix is as follows:
Uninstall Service Pack 2. (Go to Control Panel – Programs and Features. Then click ‘View Installed Updates’. The update is labeled as Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB948465). Once this was uninstalled, I could now tear off the ribbon panels successfully, with no crashes.
To put Service Pack 2 on, you can use a couple of methods. After removing SP2, I allowed Windows Update to install updates. However, this did not reinstate SP2 onto my system.
I then downloaded the Service Pack 2 package for 64 bit, and installed it. Finally, I was back at SP2, and my ribbon panels would still tear off without any crashing!
Please note that this process will probably take a couple of hours. However, I am very happy that I can now tear off the Workplane ribbon panel – it is very handy to have that panel always visible.I guess I better contact Autodesk now and notify them of the fix…this Service Request has been open since 23 June 2009!
After reading The Revit Clinic post about Plan Regions Wall Cleanups, I was reminded of a similar problem I had with Plan Regions and Wall Hatching. I had a problem where the hatching would disappear from a particular wall. I had figured out that it was related to the Plan Regions, because if I deleted the Regions, the hatching would show.
The fix posted by Ryan Duell today actually fixed my problem as well. After I set each Plan Region’s Cut Plane to match the host view Cut Plane – the hatching showed correctly! Before and after images are below.
Adjusted Plan Region Cut Plane to match host view Cut Plane:
Occasionally you may find that the Finish Sketch and Cancel Sketch buttons disappear from the Ribbon.
The easiest way to get out of this situation is to map a Keyboard Shortcut for these commands. You can do this at any point (even after they have disappeared from the Ribbon). Simply open the ‘Keyboard Shortcuts’ dialog, and type ‘Finish Sketch’ in the box.
Then just map a suitable shortcut, like ‘FS’, to the command. As soon as you press OK, you can now use this shortcut to get out of the editing mode.
Published date: 2009-Aug-21 ID: DL13778933 Applies to: Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010 Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2010 Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2010 revit_2010_wallmodification_hotfix_x32.zip (zip – 7584Kb) revit_2010_wallmodification_hotfix_x64.zip (zip – 10224Kb) revit_2010_hotfix_wall_modifcations_readme.htm (htm – 58Kb) This hotfix addresses issues related to deleting or modifying walls, a crash may occur. Make sure to download the correct patch for your operating system (32 or 64 bit). The Readme contains the latest information regarding the installation and use of this update. It is strongly recommended that you read the entire document before you apply the update to your product. For your reference, you should save the Readme to your hard drive or print a copy.