HyunWoo Kim has been posting some very interesting stuff over the last couple to his English-language blog, Enjoy Revit. The content of his blog is quite interesting to me – including adaptive component rigs, solving documentation problems, and dealing with family and content creation issues.
If you are editing a group, and want to make a Duplicate of something, simply scroll to the item in the Project Browser – right-click – Duplicate.
EDIT (added 5 Dec 2011):
In other words, this tip allows you to create a new Family Type in Edit Group mode. You may get annoyed when you aren’t allowed to make new Family Types when you are in Edit Group mode and Revit just keeps telling you: Can’t create duplicates in Edit Group mode.
Just use the Project Browser instead – scroll down to the family in question, right click on a Type and Duplicate. Revit will let you do this, even while in Edit Group mode.
When in Edit Mode for a given Detail Group, the Spot Dimension tools are grayed out.
However, if you place the Spot Dimension OUTSIDE the Detail Group, and then ‘Add’ it to the Group – Revit is quite happy. You can even place a Spot Coordinate in a Detail Group (in Plan View), copy the Group instance, and then drag the copied Group around with the Spot Coordinate continuously updating!
Here is a quick step-by-step:
Exit the editing mode for the Detail Group
Place the Spot Dimension (referencing an element inside the Detail Group)
Edit the Group
Use the ‘Add’ tool to add the Spot Dimension to the Detail Group
This works for Spot Coordinates in Plan View Detail Groups, and it works for Spot Elevations and Spot Slopes in Section / Elevation Detail Groups…
Many people know that you can add a carriage return (and thus create multi-line labels) in Revit by accessing a Properties entry box and hitting Ctrl+Enter:
Over at Revitez, another method was mentioned – namely, copy multiline text from Notepad into a Properties parameter box. This works well – and you can navigate between the lines in Revit using Up and Down arrow keys.
Finally, you can accomplish essentially the same thing by holding Alt + typing 0010 (then release Alt). This will also insert a well behaved carriage return into the parameter.
If you are trying to override a dimension in Revit with a different dimension, it can be a pain. Yes, you can mess with the ’rounding’ to try and get it right, or you can override with a decimal point, but what if you just want to show something that is totally different to the actual dimension without having a little dot floating around?
Open up the ‘Character Map’ (Start – Accessories – System Tools – Character Map).
Scroll down until you see a bunch of blank boxes
Copy one of the blank characters using the buttons at the bottom of the dialog.
Go to Revit.
Double click on the dimension you want to change.
Paste the white space character into the ‘Replace with text’ box.
Type the dimension you want in the ‘Above:’ part
Drag the dimension into the correct location.
Like I said, this isn’t really ‘Best Practice’. Use this workaround with care!