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) Nasty!
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?
I recently received a comment on one of my previous posts about the program Folder Menu. I had actually been meaning to post about it – it currently seems to be the best 64-bit replacement for Folder Guide. It is relatively simple to use, and seems to work in all dialog boxes.
Basically, middle button on the mouse brings up the menu, left-click to ‘navigate’ folders within the menu, right-click to actually Explore a folder. If you want to always just Explore using left-click, change the Use browse mode when capslock is off option on the ‘Menu’ tab of the Options.
A sure-fire way to become more productive when using Revit is to utilise the Project Browser effectively. It can allow you to quickly find and navigate your project, instead of laboriously searching for views or families.
In Revit 2011, you can use the persistent Properties Palette to quickly sort the Project Browser views.
Click on top-level of Browser (Views…)
Click on Properties Palette and choose option.
This method also works when sorting Sheets in the Project Browser.
The above post assumes that you know how to create new sort groups for the Project Browser. If you don’t, have a look at this page.
Sometimes you will want to produce a large set of PDFs where each drawing sheet is in its own PDF file. You also want the PDFs to be automatically named and created. There are a number of ways to accomplish this – here is the simple way that I use.
Download and install PDFCreator ( if you don’t have it already)
Go to Printer – Options, and then ‘load’ the settings from the ini file you downloaded (use the little folder at the top of the window to load settings), then hit ‘Save’ at the bottom of the window.
Now, when you print from Revit, be sure to choose the options to ‘Create separate files…’
When you click ‘Print’ in Revit, each sheet will be sent individually to PDFCreator. PDFCreator will then use the View or Sheet name (as per the REDMON_DOCNAME_FILE setting) to Autosave the PDFs to a specified folder – the above ini file uses C:TEMP_PLOT by default.
You can tweak these settings to your own individual taste – you may want to change the Autosave folder, for example. Revit wants you to work efficiently, and it wants you to maximise the value of the data inherent to the BIM model. In this case, we leverage the View/Sheet name to automatically name the PDF files. But what if you want to modify the filenames – perhaps adding a prefix or suffix to all PDF filenames? Well, you will just have to subscribe and wait for the next post…
Have you ever wanted to ‘re-issue’ or revise a large group of sheets such that they all receive the same, updated revision in the Revision Schedule?
Lets say you have 100 sheets and these form the ‘Approval’ set of documents – how do you go about amending and reissuing them?
For significant revisions, it is our company policy that all revised sheets have the same entry in the Revision Schedule. Therefore, we use the following method (it takes a little setting up the first time, but it is worth it):
On the first sheet you would like to re-issue, create a small section of Revision Cloud that is associated with the appropriate revision in from the Sheet Issues/Revision dialog box.
Select this small section of Revision Cloud and Group it into a detail group. Call this group whatever you like – something like ‘Approval Revision Set 1’
Select the Detail Group and Ctrl-C (copy to Clipboard)
(At this point we usually Hide the Revisions from the sheet by Tab-selecting the Revision Cloud and Hide Category in View, as we don’t really use Revision Clouds in the traditional sense)
Go to the next sheet in the set and Paste-Aligned
Repeat this for each sheet you would like in the ‘Revision Set’ (you will notice that as you do this, a new entry appears in the Revision Schedule – as you would expect)
Now, you can quickly re-issue that entire set. How?Just edit the ‘Approval Revision Set 1’ Detail Group that you created, and:
Add a new piece of Revision Cloud that is associated to the appropriate entry in the Revision Schedule. All your sheets have now been issued with the new entry, and the Revision Schedule on each sheet shows the new entry!
You can do some tricky things with ‘nesting’ these Detail Groups to give you more flexibility or add new sheets to sets.