Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Revit Platform - Shortcut Keys

While spending a few days in Baltimore, MD after a short trip to Roanoke, VA last week with a great group of Autodesk product users I got posed a question in a follow-up to the AutoCAD platform Shortcut key post on ways to do something similar using the Revit platform.

The use of the keyboard shortcuts in most computers these days make can help to make you a bit quicker. For those who work with Revit you can customize these menu shortcut keys (keyboard accelerators) as the default ones you see are stored in a standard .txt file called KeyboardShortcuts.txt which can be easily edited.

You will find the KeyboardShortcuts.txt in the following location: C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Building (version)\Program\. Note: If you have installed Revit to another location you will find the file in the location you installed this to.

To modify this you need a standard .txt editor (Notepad is fine). Once open you will notice that each line begins with either a semi-colon (;) or starts with a quote ("). The ones that start with the semi-colon have not been customized, the entries without the semi-colon are customized items.

To add your own custom short keys for commands you can remove the semi-colon and enter a key combination between the parenthesis.

Ex. the move command uses the key combination "MC". To modify this to use another key combination you can use the following: "MO" menu:"Edit-Move". Save your file then restart your Revit session. Unfortunately there is no command similar to the REINIT in AutoCAD to keep from having to close your Revit session.

One other item you will notice once you restart is that not only does your new keyboard shortcut work but if you look in the pulldown menu's you will also see the new shortcut key combination listed next to each command you modified.

Happy Revit'ing...

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

ADT 2006 Service Pack 1

For those running ADT 2006 a service pack was released yesterday which is available for download here or by going through the communication center (look for the lighting bolt icon that says Maintenance Update Available).

From the readme here are some of the primary items this service pack addresses:

Curtain Walls
A fatal error no longer occurs when you are editing a curtain wall while in a shaded view of a drawing started from the AEC Model (Metric DACH)ctb.dwt template.

Tread edges are now displayed for stair styles configured to only include a slab stringer.
Drawings that contain certain configurations of ramps with landings will now open successfully.

Ceiling Grids
An internal error no longer occurs when you exit an Architectural Desktop session in which a ceiling grid that uses a space object as its boundary has been grip edited.

The location information for space objects will now persist within the Properties Palette if the Audit command is used after an action (such as invoking the VBAIDE command) has caused the AcVBA.arx module to load.

The Calculation modifiers option for area objects is still displayed in the Properties Palette after the first area is tagged in a drawing.

AEC Dimensions
Location of opening height text within an AEC Dimension is now properly retained after the AEC Dimension is mirrored.
The edit in place functionality now allows you to individually edit the position dimension text within AEC Dimensions that are configured to dimension the wall width via components.

AEC Polygons
An internal error no longer occurs when you open files that contain AEC Polygon styles in which hatch patterns have been enabled.
Plot preview and plotted results are now the same where break marks are used to mask objects. See Additional Known Issues for related issue.

Materials that do not include texture maps (such as Doors & Windows.Glazing.Glass.Clear) now display correctly when i-dropped into a drawing from Content Browser.

Project Navigator
Elevations stored in View drawings will now regenerate appropriately after changes are made to levels within the project.

Project Browser
A fatal error no longer occurs when accessing properties of a network-shared project in Project Browser while a network connection is unavailable.

Tool Palettes
A fatal error no longer occurs when you exit an Architectural Desktop session in which a tool has been created by dragging and dropping content from Style Manager to a project tool palette.
Tool properties edits will now persist within the current Architectural Desktop session if the Audit command is used after an action (such as invoking the VBAIDE command) has caused the AcVBA.arx module to load.
Modifications to the following properties of a window tool are now retained: Measure to, Head height, and Sill height.
A fatal error no longer occurs if you are simultaneously editing multiple AEC style-based tools and attempting to edit the tool images.

Content Browser
Moving multiple command tools to a palette with Content Browser no longer results in duplication of command tool properties, such as name and description.

Detail Component Manager
When you add new components in Detail Component Manager, the Block drawing location field now displays the path to and name of the drawing file that was selected as the block library.
Italian masonry anchor details now scale properly when inserted into drawings using meters as the drawing units.
A fatal error no longer occurs when you insert dovetail corrugated anchor details into drawings using meters as the drawing units.

Layer Manager
Creating new layers through use of the New Layer from Standard command in Layer Manager no longer results in the unexpected selection of the last layer filter. Now the currently selected layer filter remains selected.

Style Manager
A fatal error no longer occurs when you use mnemonics while editing door or window styles in Style Manager.
When exiting Style Manager you are now prompted to save changes to drawings if new structural member styles were created through use of the Create Style command.

Display Manager
A fatal error no longer occurs when you select display representations associated with Curtain Walls, Curtain Wall Units, or Door/Window Assemblies in Display Manager.
Clicking Apply in Display Manager no longer results in the unexpected selection of the parent drawing file. Now the currently selected configuration, set, or representation by object remains selected.
The appropriate icon for configurations is now displayed after the Override View Direction option is enabled in Display Manager.
ARX_ERROR: eNullObjectId and ERROR: Could not instantiate AecDict! errors are no longer displayed at the command line when Display Manager is launched after you start multiple new drawings without templates.

Export to AutoCAD
The appropriate display of wall cleanups for intersecting walls that reside in separate xrefs are now retained in files generated by the Export to AutoCAD command.
Hatch patterns associated with sloping slabs or structural members are now flattened after use of the Export to AutoCAD command.
The Export to AutoCAD command now produces files with the appropriate display of xrefs with display configuration overrides.

Design Center
A fatal error no longer occurs when you drag content from Design Center to drawing file.

ArchDBVariables can now be created to allow access to the AEC object settings in the Options dialog.
Fixes have been incorporated to deal with the autodelete feature of managed wrappers as well as NULL point checkers.

A lengthy startup delay no longer occurs while the AEC Recipe Base is loading.
Cannot find resource string number 25207 in resource AecResUi40 error is no longer displayed when you are editing Architectural Desktop styles.
A fatal error no longer occurs when you attempt to enable the Separate Hatch option in the Hatch and Gradient dialog for a hatch pattern that has been modified using the Subtract AEC Modify Tool.
The Property Lookup Table is now displayed during the creation or modification of lookup actions in the Block Editor.
Both Schedule Tags and Callouts using Right-Reading text will now have the text in a vertical orientation when placing at a 90 or 270 degree orientation.
A fatal error no longer occurs when you exit an Architectural Desktop session in which the properties of a tool associated with a linked catalog were modified.

Happy ADT'ing...

Sunday, September 11, 2005

ACAD Platform - Shortcut keys

Hello gang and greetings from Bonita Springs, FL. This is a short trip and beautiful area, driving from the airport earlier with Charlie I got to see my first flamingo in the wild. =)

This post is for those new to using cad or the vertical products based on the AutoCAD platform. One of the best things you can do to speed up your work is to learn/understand how the command aliases (aka shortcut keys) work and how you can add/edit your own. This will allow you to modify the key combination used to invoke a command or external program.

The command aliases are stored in a file called "acad.pgp". For those using ADT the default path is found in the following location: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Autodesk\ADT 2006\enu\Support

If you are unsure of which acad.pgp file your cad session is using you can always type the following:

(findfile "acad.pgp")

Once typed this will return a path to where the command aliases are stored. Of course this only returns the path, if you wish to open the file try the following:

(startapp "notepad" (findfile "acad.pgp"))

Once you make a change you will need to either use the "reinit" command to reinitialize the pgp file or close your cad session and reopen.

Guru Note
The AutoCAD platform uses the first "acad.pgp" file it finds from the Options>>Support File Search Path to load into memory.

happy cadding...

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