Hey Luke.
Here a small tool i made to clean op the journal files that revit leaves behind on the computer.
It seems it doesn not clean these files out of itselve, and can take up a lot of space on the computer pretty fast.
If anyone sees room for improvements they can use the contact button to mail them top me, so i can put it in a next version.
As gmail/hotmail wont let me sent a zip with an exe in it (install file) i uploaded it to my site, and can be downloaded here:

Attached in this mail is a screenshot

Kind regards
Dante van Wettum
The Nederlands

Dante van Wettum from The Netherlands has posted a brilliant little Journal File cleanup script at this link.  What I like about it is that the paths are all automatically set – all you need to do is change the USERNAME and Revit_Map to suit your installation.

To quote:
put in the parameter USERNAME (so you replace the d.van.wettum) with the correct name for your path, and change the part “Autodesk Revit Structure 2012” depending on your revit version (Structure/MEP/Architecture)
Example file can be downloaded Here


Save the code as a .bat file. If you run it, it will clean your journal folder.

Once the file is saved as .bat, it can be set to auto-run, either at startup or as a Windows Task.  Personally, I would prefer to manually run this.  There are things in the journal folder that can help you rescue from a bad no save / crash scenario.

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EDIT:  There is an error in the path below, please use the download link above only…it is correct.

Citrix readiness has resulted in a few file locations being changed in Revit 2012 products.

Journal file locations
For 2012 products:

  • Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%Local SettingsApplication DataAutodeskRevitJournals
  • Windows Vista or Windows 7: %LOCALAPPDATA%AutodeskRevitJournals

Who moved my Cheese (Files) ? – Important File location changes for Revit 2012 – The Revit Clinic
This post from The Revit Clinic includes a link to a VBScript utility that ‘gathers’ your journal files together…and it also includes the following info about the revit.ini  and UIState.dat locations in Revit 2012.

Revit.ini location
“The active revit.ini file is no longer located in the Program files directory. A number of files have been relocated to a new UserDataCache subfolder in the Program directory (C:Program FilesAutodeskRevit Architecture 2012ProgramUserDataCache). These files are “template” files and are copied into the user data “roaming” folder on the first launch of Revit, per user. From then on, these files will be loaded from and saved to the user data “roaming” folder. Revit.ini can be customized and pushed to users by an Administrator by editing or replacing the copy in the UserDataCache folder prior to the users launching Revit for the first time.”

C:UsersusernameAppDataRoamingAutodeskRevitAutodesk Revit Architecture 2012

Thanks to The Revit Clinic for this information.

blog.bimkicks.com | REVIT Journal File Locations CHANGED in 2012
This post focuses on the Journal file location differences.

Autodesk – Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support – Location of journal files
Autodesk’s explanation of the Journal file locations in 2012.

Jose Guia has also responded to the challenge. Here is a direct link to the program he created:

EDIT: Jose’s blog seems to be down, here is a link that works

He has done a nice job – his program is a little bit more advanced than Rod Howarth’s version. He includes a few more statistics, and the folders are already setup for RAC.  It also links into the Revit Forum thread.

This is a scary stat from my analysis:
Total times you used the ESCAPE KEY          : 8520  (387 presses on average per session)

Here is his blog post:
blog.bimkicks.com | Revit Journal Analysis and Parsing Program (Rank Keyboard Shortcut Use)

Here is the Revit Forum post.  You can put your results here.
Revit Journal Analysis and Parsing Program (Keyboard Shortcut Use)

Give it a go.

Rod Howarth has done a great job in responding to the challenge I presented a fortnight ago.  He has created a simple yet effective program that analyzes your journal files and tells you the Top 20 commands that you are triggering WITH Keyboard Shortcuts, and the Top 20 commands you are triggering WITHOUT Keyboard Shortcuts.

Most of us realize that the fastest way to trigger a command is by using the keyboard.  Yes, the Ribbon is lovely in its own way, but once you know what command you want, why would you want to spend 3 or 4 clicks getting there, when a simple press or two on the keyboard will do the same thing?

Here is a link to the Journal File Analyzer post by Rod.

Here is a direct link to the Journal File Analyzer program.

I will post later about the paths to use if you don’t know them already.

Also, don’t include “” marks in the path entries.