Revit 2013 is not officially supported on Windows 8 – though maybe you have been able to get it to install and run correctly? Have you tried updating Revit to the latest version? Did you have to disable Hardware Acceleration? Share your experience in the comments…
I copied some Planting / RPC from one project (in a Design Option) to another project (in the Main Model). This is what I got:
Somehow the Planting instances appeared as a Type of an existing Profile family???
I closed the project and re-opened with Audit. This did not fix the issue. Create Similar is greyed out when selecting the RPC, and Create Instance is greyed out for that Type in the Project Browser (not surprising, given that it is on a subnode of Profiles).
This is one of the weirdest things I have ever seen in Revit, and I have seen quite a few…
I can copy and paste the elements with no issue.
And guess what, it even shows up as an option in the Sweep / Select profile list:
Not surprisingly, when I try to use this as the Sweep Profile, Revit ‘Can’t Create Sweep’.
I deleted the Type and the copy / pasted again but using Edit Design Option rather than unticking Exclude Options – I had the same result.
Apparently, Revit can put your Entourage families into one of the Types of Profile family!
Next try, copied the Type from Project Browser of source RVT:
Here’s a taste: 3. Need a slope annotation on your ramp in a plan view? It can’t be done without this trick! Why won’t it work? Okay, I’ll check with the Revit developers… but in the meantime, do this: a. Open a 3D top-down view (click on the Top of the view cube) showing the ramp. b. Use the Spot Slope tool to place a slope arrow on the ramp in the 3D view. c. Select the spot slope annotation. Click Ctr-x (cut to clipboard). d. Open the plan view. In Modify tab, click Paste drop-down and choose > Aligned to Current View. e. The parametric slope arrow now exists on the ramp in the plan view!
Nice post over at revitstructureblog. A couple of highlights: When working with Radial grids you will typically find a couple of problems. The first issue you will find is that the grids will not show on new levels. This is because the grids need to be elevated to cut through the levels and a grid is not shown unless a view is perpendicular to the grid as shown in the image below.
… A new feature of Revit 2013 is the ability to create a continuous grid line with the same reference called a multi-segment grid. The grid is simply drawn with a series of lines and arcs and then when the sketch is finished the grid is created. It is worth noting that the grid cannot be controlled with a Scope Box (Covered Below).
I received an interesting email from fellow Revit professional, Kale Munster – see below: Mate, Something that you might like to add to your blog. I have done a pretty severe stress test on the sketch edit mode overnight with approximately 5000 edits and it was stable (Revit Structure). One unfortunate thing that is back to happening is that the contextual “finish sketch” buttons decide to disappear again. This is as a result of double clicking on a family. Once the family opens and you return to the main file, they disappear. Easiest work around I have found is in the blog post below: http://do-u-revit.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/missing-panels-in-contextual-modify-tab.html Kale Munster www.rmaeng.com.au
The workaround from Do-U-Revit that Kale links to should help in the short term. Here’s a quote: “The second method makes the panels reappear so you can continue editing the sketch or finish/discard; here’s how you do it:
Start a new family, pick any one;
Load it into your project;
Once you get the error that it cannot be placed in this mode, hit Ctrl+z to undo.
For some reason the panels come back. Obviously, do not switch back to the open families or you’ll lose them again!” Alternatively, you could use my method, which is to apply a Keyboard shortcut to all of the ‘Finish’ commands. See link and image below: Disappearing ‘Finish Sketch’ or ‘Finish Mass’ Ribbon Elements
Doug Bowers posted a very informative how-to recently about Autodesk Material Libraries. He shows you how to create a material library, add materials to it, and then share it with other users.
A couple of points I found particularly interesting:
Depending on the security permissions on the library file or folder containing the file, users may be able to add additional materials to the company standard or only be able to utilize materials contained in the library.
Materials placed in the company folder are no longer linked to the original material and may be modified, resulting in a different definition of the material in the company library than the material in the folder from which it was originally copied.
Railings: When you create a railing in an Autodesk Revit 2013 project, new railing types are available that include top rail and handrail properties. When you upgrade a project, if the new rail (top rail and handrail) properties do not display in the railing Type Property dialog, duplicate the existing railing type, and the new rail properties will be available in the duplicated type.