We have all used various autoSectionBox addins to adjust 3D View section boxes quickly. But if you want to quickly match a Section Box to a Scope Box without using an addin, try this:
In a 3D view, select the Scope Box and the Section Box
Sunglasses (ie. Temporary Hide/Isolate) – Isolate Element
Turn the Section Box off
Turn the Section Box back on
It will basically try to match whatever it sees in the view – in this case, the visible Scope Box. There is one pretty big catch, though… it doesn’t really work well if the Scope Box is not aligned to Project North. In this case, go back and use one of those addins 🙂
Arguably the most useful free add-in for Revit, there are some great new features – the one that particularly grabbed my eye was the automatic alignment and rotation of section boxes to certain elements:
Works with elements in linked files (Revit 2014 only).
Works with grid lines and level lines.
Picking a single wall, beam, duct, or pipewill produce a section box aligned with it.
Picking an elevation marker that has a single view associated with it will create a section box from that view.
Allow picking of assemblies.
Fixed issue where routine would not work if the model contained multiple assemblies with identical view names.
Thousands of users are now investigating their models at “the speed of conversation”. Thank you all for making this app one of the highest ranked, most downloaded, and most commented apps on the Autodesk Revit Exchange store!
And yes, it automatically rotates the Section Box!! Essentially, this produces a box that is “aligned” to the Wall. Conversely, the Coins version currently only produces aligned section boxes when you produce a section box around a scope box or around a section line.
This is arguably my favourite free add-in for Revit. Check out the new features: • Support for Revit 2014 • New “Toggle Section Box” command • Ability to arrange the section box view side-by-side with the selected view • Support for creating section boxes from view outlines, section lines, and scope boxes • New “Quick Auto-Section” command • Worry-free selections – automatic filtering of 2d and datum elements
Click here for a video showing the top 5 uses, including the new features.
Ok, its not a view addin, but – set a keyboard shortcut to Isolate Element, and another one to Zoom Extents. When you want to find and zoom to a selected element, just type the two shortcuts one after the other … Isolate Element then Zoom Extents.
If you want to use SharpDevelop: “yourdrive:Program FilesAutodeskRevit 2013ProgramSDAbinSharpDevelop.exe”
Just drag and drop the solution file into the SharpDevelop window.
Running the command, I get a couple of different errors. One is: Revit encountered a Autodesk.Revit.Exceptions.ArgumentException: Box is empty Parameter name: box at Autodesk. Revit.DB.View3D.set_SectionBox(BoundingBoxXYZ section Box) at SetSectionBox.Command.Execute(ExternaiCommandData commandData, String& message, ElementSet elements) at apiManagedExecuteCommand(AString* assemblyName, AString* className, AString* vendorDescription, MFCApp* pMFCApp, DBView* pDBView, AString* message, Set< Elementldstd::less tnallc< Elementld> > • ids, Map tnallc > * data, AString* exceptionName, AString* exceptionMessage)
You have a project with heaps of Warnings / Errors, but you are struggling to find the associated elements. Here is a quick way:
The first problem is that not all of us can remember 6 random digits easily, but we also can’t copy the element ID direct from the Warnings box (yet). So… I use Notepad++ (you could easily use Firefox or IE – all of these programs all you to Reload the source error report HTML file when you re-export it).
Export your Error Report to some neutral location like C:TEMP
Open the Error Report in Notepad++ / Firefox / IE (you could also use this method if you prefer)
Now you can simply copy the element ID to the Clipboard (Ctrl+C)
Go to a 3D view in which the element will be visible (use the 33 reasons if you need to)
Use Select by ID (tear it off the Ribbon if you like by holding Ctrl)