Thumbnail Images for Entourage families, and Archvision Dashboard now updated with new Preview mode

Have you ever tried getting thumbnail images to show up for Entourage families? After reading a few tweets on this recently… I’ll admit, using a Journal “script” to open family, switch to Elevation View, enable Realistic mode and save the thumbnail is not too shabby (by Aaron Maller):

While the above method is definitely cool, it still relies on you having a good RPC Entourage library in the first place. So, are you looking for a plug-and-play software solution to manage all of your Entourage and RPC content? And do you want to be able to preview the RPC, and then use it in Revit or Photoshop?

Then you may want to check out the latest update released for Archvision Dashboard. I’ve posted recently about how easy the RPC creation is now – it is literally drag and drop, and pretty much automatic, meaning that your potential for generating custom RPCs is virtually unlimited. Now with the preview mode and Photoshop drag-and-drop integration, Archvision Dashboard is starting to feel like one of those things that just “makes sense” if you are doing any kind of rendering and presentation work in Revit (and / or Photoshop).

Here’s a video of the new Viewport feature:

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The next time you fire up your ArchVision Dashboard you should see a prompt to update to the latest version (v 2.1) which includes the new Viewport viewing mode.
Viewport for Dashboard not only lets you preview and spin around any 3D or 3D+ RPC but you can also drag & drop directly into applications like Photoshop! Just hit the Render button and drag the thumbnail into Photoshop. Viewport for Dashboard improves the workflow for using RPCs in Photoshop and does away with the need for the Photoshop Viewport plug-in.

This new version of Dashboard also include a new Filters feature which works hand-in-hand with Channels letting you drill down to the right content in just a few clicks.

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Previewing RPCs and using them in Photoshop just got easier! We’ve added a new viewing mode within Dashboard called Viewport. Not only can you preview and spin around any 3D or 3D+ RPC but you can also drag & drop directly from Viewport into applications like Photoshop! Just hit the Render button and drag the thumbnail into Photoshop.
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Archvision Dashboard

In case you missed it:

Drag and Drop updated build of ArchVision Dashboard available that just came out as a ‘pull’ update. This includes the admin license panel tools and also has Drag & Drop enabled for Revit 2013 and later / 3ds Max / AutoCad. We expect to deploy a new RPC creation feature at the end of April, where you will be able to take any 2D image with an alpha channel, drag it into our creation tool, assign a name and height and have an RPC available to use immediately in any supported application.

You may also be interested in my previous posts about Archvision:

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Aaron Maller
9 years ago

Just to clarify something: We have the Archvision Dashboard. Thats not the issue. We dont consider it a satisfactory method for deploying RPC. Maybe for downloading it initially, yes. Thats what we used. But the way it names the content is horrible, it downloads the RFA's to a NUMBER of folders on your machine (and on the network, if specified), and thats a lot of real estate and a lot of terribly named files. Without our standard office parameters. So the previews we were making were to put them in the Kiwicodes Family Browser, AFTER using AVDB to download them… Read more »

Luke Johnson
9 years ago
Reply to  Aaron Maller

Thanks for the clarification mate. It was maybe a bit cheeky to put these two separate things (Entourage thumbnails and Archvision Dashboard) in the same blog title…
Quick question: do you network path the actual .rpc files? Or deploy them via script to every workstation?

Aaron Maller
9 years ago

Network path to the actual .rpc files. The .rpc library we have is 12.3 GB of stuff. Admittedly, thats not THAT much space, but i cant justify having it on the hard drives. Since out Material JPG's are on the network as well (Additional render appearance paths) if someone is trying to render at home we have issues anyway, unless their machine has configured Offline Files, which we do with the libraries when people have to work off site. Then its local, but still pathed to the network. 🙂 We also have a weird issue on a lot of our… Read more »

Luke Johnson
9 years ago
Reply to  Aaron Maller

Great explanation, thanks. I have experienced that same issue with AVDB. I think installing updated Dashboard version and updated Revit plugins fixed it, but my config was completely local (no networked resources), so your issue may be different. Also, I find 2014 and 2015 versions more reliable with AVDB than Revit 2013.

Family name filters are awesome – especially when in complex nested projects, they do work great for visibility when used with View Templates (if your team doesn't go renaming the families 🙂

Carl Veillette
9 years ago

Is there any way I can get the script in this video?

Luke Johnson
9 years ago
Reply to  Carl Veillette

You could try asking Aaron Maller for it? 🙂