Tuesday, December 16, 2008
One tool in particular is for Revit MEP, if you are interested in working with a beta as we finalize for release let me know.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Labels: Revit Utilities
The installer will check if you have a 32 bit or 64 bit machine as well as whether you have 32 or 64 bit Revit and install appropriately. Feedback is always appreciated in the forums section.
Note: If you are looking to share these with your entire staff and want an easy way to install these, here you go.
We are wrapping up work on a new application (BIMreview) and will be sharing more utilities so stay tuned and thanks for your continued use, feedback and development requests.
This post refers to the following utilities:
Door Mark Update
Room Phase Copy
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
To do so use the following steps:
1. Download all the Avatech Revit Utilities (the .executables) into a centralized folder that all your users can access
2. Edit the “Avatech Utilities – Client Silent Install.bat” file to provide your user accessible network path (replace the section that says YourServerNameHere with your correct path) and save (available to download here rename from .txt to .bat)
3. Add the routine to your users start-up batch routine (may need IT to help you with that) or have your users manually install by distributing the .bat file.
This will install the ARU's for 2008, 2009 or any combination thereof. In the event you already have these loaded it will update/overwrite the previous one to use the new build.
The silent installation option is available starting with the following build numbers:
Change Case: Version 1.0.3032.25223
Earth Connector: Version 1.1.3054.15402
Revit Content Browser: Version 1.1.3086.36336
Room Renumber: Version 1.1.3066.26735
Door Mark Update: Version 1.0.3062.25810
Monday, September 08, 2008
Over the last year I have been fortunate to be involved in a Revit Software Development project from the ground up. At this point we are entering a customer review period and have put together a few slides on the application to acquaint the reviewers with it. Along they way I got inspired by the presentations that Steve Jobs does. At the same time Matt mentioned a book that seemed right up that path: slide:ology.
So I bought slide:ologyand added Presentation Zen since I keep hearing more and more about this book. First off these two books have been the perfect compliment to each other. They are written in manageable chunks (so you can start/stop anytime) and have already had an impact on my material and how I think and approach new speaking engagements.
To give you an idea on one of the many great nuggets of material, and that I have printed out and over my desk, is the following from Garr Reynolds:
These three terms resonated with me and i think they are applicable in most of life. Take a moment to read these works if you do any kind of public speaking, presentations or marketing as your audience will be much appreciative and you will deliver a better overall presentation making this a win for everyone.
If you have an idea for other great books along a similar vein please let me know in the comments.
1. End of Summer Vacation
2. Start of School
For me it marks a third item, a return to writing. :)
Friday, June 20, 2008
Quick details (courtesy of IAI Tech International):
The IFC 2x edition 4 release is available now. The buildingSMART community is strongly encouraged to review the current alpha release and to provide feedback using the MSG issue resolution database. The deadline for comments is 20.08.2008.
The IFC 2x edition 4 release (IFC2x4), combines a number of feature increases with some major rework and improvements of the existing IFC specification. It has been developed as the next basis for IFC enabled interoperability of Building Information Models. It is also intended that the IFC2x4 release will be submitted to the International Standardization Organization (ISO) for approval as a full International Standard ISO16739.
The spec is available for download here: http://ifc.buildingsmart.com
Note: You will need to register for free to be able to download the file and provide feedback. It looks like new registrations are currently down and should be back up soon.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Still looking for the list of new and improved features. In the meantime you can always watch these clips featuring Maxwell tests here or a clip of another Maxwell....
For anyone interested, the title is loosely connected to the movie and tv show where the lead character is called Maxwell Smart. ;)
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
New features include:
* Version 1.1.3066
* Version 1.0.3032
Door Mark Update
* Version 1.0.3062
RevitCity.com Content Browser
* Version 1.1.3066
Earth Connector for Revit
* Version 1.1.3054
Shortly we will be unveiling another Revit application project that we think is different from anything else out there at moment.... :)
Cheers and more writing soon, in the meantime feel free to follow my micro-blog on twitter.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
VSTA is the acronym for Visual Studio Tools for Applications and is the replacement technology from Microsoft for VBA (Visual Basic for Applications). VSTA is a .NET development environment built into Revit (and other Autodesk applications) and can be used to create both VB.NET and C# based macros. While I called this a "light" programming environment that is not to say this is for beginners as you will need to have some programming skills to take advantage of this feature, maybe Matt can provide an example file that can be useful.
To get started you will need to add this to your installation by using the following steps:
1. Depending on how you installed Revit to begin with (direct download or from the disk) go back to the Installation Screen and choose Install Tools and Utilities (shown below):
2. Make sure to check the Revit VSTA for Architecture 2009 (or Structure/MEP depending on your particular program).
3. Installation will take a few minutes and give you a screen below as it installs the right components:
4. Once it is installed, the first time you start Revit up after that you will get the following notification for a short period of time indicating it is configuring your environment for first time use:
5. Now we are ready to start using, with a project open go to Tools>>Macros
6. Now you will need to make a choice; either run/edit a macro (Macros) or create a new one from scratch (Launch VSTA IDE). When you use the Macros option this is basically a manager for your macros providing two sub-options: Application Level or Document Level.
- Application level macros can be run on all opened Revit projects within the active Revit session (instance).
- Document level macros are stored within your .rvt file and can be loaded within the current active project.
It will be interesting to see how this gets used, if you have a great example let us know.
Happy Revit VSTA'ing...
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Joe passed this along earlier to me and it shows a proof of concept (free beta available) that allows you to take an IFC file and import the geometry and data (ex. Revit parameter information) into SketchUp. This plug-in (available here) was created by Secom and distributed by Cadalog, Inc.
Sounds interesting for the small niche of folks who need to go this direction (BIM to SKP) and I am in the process of downloading now to test with. More later...
There are two sample files you can download to work with from the site above:
- SmallerBuildingIFC2x3.ifc - 558kb file created with ArchiCAD 10.00 release 1 using IFC2x3 schema
- TOFU2.0_2x3_simplefied.ifc - 1.22mb created with ArchiCAD 11.00 release 1 using IFC2x3 schema
There seems to be overlapping geometry (not reversed faces) in many spots but the entire model comes in as groups (for the objects).
Friday, January 11, 2008
In browsing the web this morning I ran across video from CES showing just such a scenario courtesty of Gizmodo here. For those who may want to tinker with this device, for under $20 it can be yours here.
More details: http://area.autodesk.com/index.php/masterclass/event
Thursday, January 10, 2008
AB210-2P Sustainable Design Systems Based on Revit® Architecture
Presenter(s): Kenneth Hall
Air Date: 11/28/2007
Air Time: 1:00 PM PST
Length: 1 Hour 29 Minutes 5 Seconds
In addition to this I would also encourage you to read the "Building Performance Analysis Using Revit" (for working with IES) but also applicable to other analysis tools which is available here.
With so many great users, project types and expanded uses for Revit in the industry, we are compiling a list of items for a future post (credit given to submitters) of the items that need to be fixed, checked or adjusted at various stages.
Please send your entry/list to us via e-mail with the subject line: Revit Clean. In exchange we have two $100 gift certificates for two (2) randomly selected winners from the entries received. All submittals must be done by 6:00 EST on January 24, 2008. Winners will be notified on January 25, 2008.
Thats it, if we left something out or you need any clarification let us know. :)
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
The updates seem to be similar for each product line with a few minor additions for each product line. The snapshot below is taken from the web enhancement update list of fixes for Revit Architecture: Web Update SP3 build (20080101_2345):
- Improves stability when editing groups, saving views/groups to the library or creating a new project withtemplate set to “None”.
- Improves stability when upgrading or linking a project from Autodesk Revit Building 8.1/Revit Structure 2or older.
- Allows the ability to array face-based families placed on a vertical face.
- Allows the ability to maintain face-based instances on curved surfaces of a Revit link when the link isunloaded.
- Improves stability when selecting sections.
- Allows the ability to insert an electrical receptacle into a legend view.• Improves stability when accessing the Help menu in Revit Architecture on a computer with the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
- Improves stability when applying a view template to a sheet.
- Improve the performance of a view when it contains many objects with overridden graphics by element.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Some of these problems include:
- From Revit 9.1 - When trying to save Groups to .rvg file types
- 2008 - Editing of Groups
- 2008 - Opening legacy files in Revit Architecture 2008
- 2008 - Saving a view out of the project browser to an external file (also found schedules to be an issue)
- 2008 - Creating a project without a template.
How to fix:
Its a hack but its what we have right now; set your system date to be either before January 01, 2008 or after January 31, 2008.
Autodesk staff are aware of these issues and are working on a permanent fix for this.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
This is updated Daily and you can see what the latest news is on a particular date (starting from May 15 2007). So if you are looking to see what is being searched for the most this new years day check out : http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends?sa=X&date=2008-1-1
This was one of my first adds to the Chumby and now I know which celebrities are pregnant, divorcing, latest world headlines and more obscure breaking net related news. :)