Ooh La La! Does Revit really want you to see what goes on under the hood? Well, if it can help you understand Revit better, then I would suggest that it does (because it will help you know how to ‘treat Revit right’). So, how do you do it?
There are two main ways:
Using the RvtMgdDbg API add-on This is the most comprehensive method, in that it allows you to ‘Snoop’ virtually all parts of the Revit database.
Using the RDBLink Tool from Autodesk Labs This method actually allows you to modify and then update Revit model element properties.
Both of these methods expose the Revit database, which allows you see how things really go together. The Revit database is really what makes everything else possible: from environmental analysis to the basic parametric nature of elements. It’s exciting stuff!I will do individual posts on how to setup and use both these methods in the near future.
What’s the point of this? Well, it shows that ‘the system works’ and the word certainly gets out! It also shows who I subscribe to and how quick they were off the mark!Hopefully I have helped you connect to some of these great blogs.
I logged this error with Autodesk Support: “…Sometimes Revit 2010 x64 running on my Vista 64 bit machine will not load at all – the program stalls with ‘SecSplashWnd’ showing in the taskbar…”
And they replied with the following: “…There are similar issues logged with the support team.A damaged Microsoft .NET Framework can cause this error. Updating to the latest version of .NET won’t remove the damaged version from the system. Please make sure that you are installing the program when you are logged in as the local administrator of the machine, and that all the other programs are closed, including antivirus, firewall, etc. 1. Download and save the .NET Framework 3.5 installers from the following link:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6c095bba-6100-4ec9-9c54-6450b0212565&DisplayLang=en 2. Download and save the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 installer from the following link:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=AB99342F-5D1A-413D-8319-81DA479AB0D7&displaylang=enPLEASE NOTE: the next two steps will remove ALL instances of the .NET Framework from your system. If you are using any software encryption or logon technologies that require the .NET Framework to operate, they will not operate until you have installed another instance of the .NET Framework. 3. Download and run the .NET Framework cleanup utility from the following link. Select all versions and click Cleanup Now. http://astebner.sts.winisp.net/Tools/dotnetfx_cleanup_tool.zip 4. Install .NET Framework and the Service Pack that you previously downloaded. 5. Restart your system. 6. Once the system has restarted, repair Revit using Add or Remove Programs.Once you’ve updated the .NET Framework and repaired AutoCAD, try launching the application. I recommend that you uninstall and reinstall .Net in Windows safemode:http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=TS75218 Clean installation on Windows® XP…” (bold mine)
As you can see, .NET needs to be fixed to correct this error. I haven’t yet attempted this fix, as the problem goes away for me after a reboot – if it continues to be a problem, I will have a go at the steps described.
Let me know if this helped you.
NOTE: The .NET Cleanup Tool link doesn’t appear to work – go to this site to find it.
I had a persistent crash when ‘tearing an item off’ the Ribbon, so I logged a Support Request.
The following admission from the Autodesk Support Team representative is quite telling: “So far we have seen some issue with the ribbon performance. The ribbon performance issue has already been logged with the development team and they are trying to address this issue on the web update. “
Well I hope they ‘succeed’ and don’t just ‘try’! The reply from Support also included a number of steps to try and fix the issue – but I think I might just wait for the Web Update.
One interesting tip from the representative was: “Disable or Reduce Tooltip Assistance Set “Options”, “General”, “Tooltip Assistance” to “Minimal” or “None” to increase performance.”
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I am currently using Outlook 2007 to keep track of the all the RSS feeds I am interested in – this way I can easily email interesting information to other staff in the office.Revit wants, no, Revit NEEDS for you to keep it up to date! While your at it, feel free to add my RSS to your reader by the link on the right or by: http://feeds.feedburner.com/WhatRevitWants?format=xml