Friday, March 27, 2015

Lightweight Web Platform for interactive 3D presentations

Give it a try
 

More info at:
Platform for interactive 3D presentations

Interesting that they are an Autodesk Authorized Developer:

Bring Value to BIM with Build SA

The intro session is coming up soon...click here to find out more and Register.

What is Build SA?
"a series of seminars run throughout 2015 with a focus on bridging the gap between what BIM promises and how it is actually delivered on projects in South Australia. BuildSA will give industry leading and proven workflow solutions for anyone interested in getting the most out of BIM..."


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wondering Why Your Worksets Button is Grayed out in Revit 2015 Update 7 with C4R v4?

This is 'on purpose', and it represents a new workflow. See below from Autodesk:
 ... the new intended workflow: For file-based collaboration, as well as for Revit Server based collaboration, you would click the Collaborate button and select the LAN/WAN option.  This will create the default worksets and enable worksharing, after which you would save the model as a new central to the location of your choice (typically a local file share or a Revit Server host.)

So, the correct way to enable worksharing on non-workshared models is to click the Collaborate button, then to choose "Collaborate within your network", as per the image below. Then Save the Central as previously. Finally, in a usual work environment you would immediately close the Central, and create a new Local before starting production work.


Download Free Whitepaper extract: "BIM Adoption by Product Manufacturers"

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Unifi v1.5.3 has been released

I've been waiting for this one for a while...
Admin Automation Features, Batch Delete, & More



This release added several Administrator related functions for managing hundreds of users with ease. A new warnings section has been added to assist Admins with identifying users without access to libraries. New batch delete feature added to enhance library management duties.

You can read the full release notes here:
https://www.discoverunifi.com/release-notes.html#version-153


via email...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

IFC for Revit 2015 updated to v15.3.0.1 - links to download and What's New

via email:
IFC for Revit 2015 (v15.3.0.1):
http://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/RVT/en/Detail/Index?id=appstore.exchange.autodesk.com%3aifc2015_windows32and64%3aen

IFC Exporter for Revit 2014 (v3.13):
http://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/RVT/en/Detail/Index?id=appstore.exchange.autodesk.com%3aifcexporterforrevit2014%3aen

IFC Export Alternate UI for Revit 2014 (v2.13.0.1):
http://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/RVT/en/Detail/Index?id=appstore.exchange.autodesk.com%3arevitifcexportalternateui2014%3aen






What’s new for IFC for Revit 2015 v15.3.0.1:

New Export Functionality:

- Allow IfcLongName to override the "LongName" attribute for levels.
- Rooms can now be exported from 3D views even when exporting only elements visible in view.  If the option is chosen to export rooms, then all rooms inside or bordering the bounding box of the section box will be exported.  If the section box isn't active, all rooms will be exported.
- Work in progress: users can now opt to export files according to the IFC4 Reference View MVD.  This will result in IFC4 files that use IfcTriangulatedFaceSet instead of IfcFacetedBRep, resulting in significantly smaller IFC files.  There are still some cases where IfcFacetedBReps show up in these files, and there are some cases where the tessellation isn't optimized for the reference view; this will be improved in upcoming releases.

Export Bug Fixes:

- Fix export of files with a project north value different than true north that would cause a slight shift in elevation.
- Fix export of some IfcCurveBoundedPlanes with more outer loops than inner loops.
- Fix the location of some assemblies on export.
- Fix the base quantities export for walls and columns when they are split by level.
- Improve splitting of walls in some cases when they are split by level on export.
- Improved the export of some entities with extruded surface geometry with clippings and openings where some clippings and openings were not being exported.
- Properly scale the volume of columns when base quantities are exported for non-imperial projects.
- Update the French resources file that prevented IFC export from working on computers with a French OS.

New Import Functionality:

- Add ElevationWithFlooring and InteriorOrExteriorSpace/PredefinedType for IfcSpaces.
- Add IfcContainedInHost parameter for doors and windows to contain the name of the hosting wall.
- Add IfcElevation parameter for Levels.
- Add IfcElementAssembly parameter for elements inside assemblies.
- Add IfcSystem parameter for elements inside systems.
- Add material thickness to the IfcMaterial parameter for elements who have an associated IfcMaterialLayerSetUsage.
- Better handing of nameless grid lines.
- Heal some curves with short curve segments, small gaps between segments, and vertices that are too close and better log file error reporting of the above problems.
- IFC4: Import IfcTriangulatedFaceSets, generally created for the IFC4 Reference View MVD.
- Import Box (i.e., the bounding box) representation for elements that have it, but only if they have no Body representation or it contains no visible geometry.
- Import IfcAssemblies.
- Import Construction Type and Operation Type for IfcDoorStyles.
- Import IfcPorts.
- Import IfcSystems.
- Import IfcZones.

Import Bug Fixes:

- Accept "Profile" as an alternate name for "FootPrint" when reading in entity representations.
- Force some entities to have a default name if Revit requires them to, even if there is no name in the IFC file.
- Improve processing of faceted BReps with gaps and short edges.
- Improve processing of walls and slabs whose geometry is defined by IfcMaterialLayerSetUsage.
- Properly scale IfcCompositeCurveSegment trim parameter for non-imperial files.
- Use gray, not black, as the default material color for materials with no color assigned.

What’s new for IFC Exporter for Revit 2014 v3.13:

New Export Functionality:

- Allow IfcLongName to override the "LongName" attribute for levels.
- Rooms can now be exported from 3D views even when exporting only elements visible in view.  If the option is chosen to export rooms, then all rooms inside or bordering the bounding box of the section box will be exported.  If the section box isn't active, all rooms will be exported.
- Work in progress: users can now opt to export files according to the IFC4 Reference View MVD.  This will result in IFC4 files that use IfcTriangulatedFaceSet instead of IfcFacetedBRep, resulting in significantly smaller IFC files.  There are still some cases where IfcFacetedBReps show up in these files, and there are some cases where the tessellation isn't optimized for the reference view; this will be improved in upcoming releases.

Export Bug Fixes:

- Fix export of files with a project north value different than true north that would cause a slight shift in elevation.
- Fix export of some IfcCurveBoundedPlanes with more outer loops than inner loops.
- Fix the location of some assemblies on export.
- Fix the base quantities export for walls and columns when they are split by level.
- Improve splitting of walls in some cases when they are split by level on export.
- Improved the export of some entities with extruded surface geometry with clippings and openings where some clippings and openings were not being exported.
- Properly scale the volume of columns when base quantities are exported for non-imperial projects.


What’s new for IFC Export Alternate UI for Revit 2014 v2.13.0.1:

New Export Functionality:

- Rooms can now be exported from 3D views even when exporting only elements visible in view.  If the option is chosen to export rooms, then all rooms inside or bordering the bounding box of the section box will be exported.  If the section box isn't active, all rooms will be exported.
- Work in progress: users can now opt to export files according to the IFC4 Reference View MVD.  This will result in IFC4 files that use IfcTriangulatedFaceSet instead of IfcFacetedBRep, resulting in significantly smaller IFC files.  There are still some cases where IfcFacetedBReps show up in these files, and there are some cases where the tessellation isn't optimized for the reference view; this will be improved in upcoming releases.

Export Bug Fixes:

- Update the French resources file that prevented IFC export from working on computers with a French OS.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Changing the Workset of Pipe Insulation in Revit

Insulation in Revit can be incredibly difficult to work with. It can be difficult to select the insulation individually, but you can select them by using a specific schedule (ie. Pipe Insulation Schedule) and then using the Highlight in Model ribbon button. However, once selected, you still can't change the Workset (it is grayed out). And it seems that the Workset is set by whatever Workset was current when the Pipe Insulation was created (this issue seems to affect upgraded models, but it may occur in other situations). Some people have 'solved' this by going through and removing and then remaking all of the Insulation! But that is not What Revit Wants, not by a long way...

So, you might think "we can Group them and then change the Workset". Also not possible - you can't group Pipe Insulation without selecting its host Pipe. But guess what? When you select a host pipe and Group it, it will automatically add the insulation to the group too...

See where we are heading? If we want to change all Pipes and Pipe Insulations to one specific Workset, let's do it this way:
  1. Make a Pipe Schedule
  2. Select all Pipes with Highlight in Model
  3. Group them (takes a while on 10000+ items). Now we have a massive group, let's...
  4. Change the Workset of the Group
  5. Finally, Ungroup the massive group. Done!
    (Note: you will observe that the members of the group include Pipe Insulation, even though you didn't explicitly add them)



 

Warning: be wary of the impact of grouping and ungrouping items in your particular project model. In most cases, it shouldn't hurt too many things, but it would be advisable to test this process on a smaller set of your sample data first.

Slightly related tip - You can use Multicategory Schedules to Select Objects on Certain Categories
Let's make a Multicategory Schedule, and then filter it to show only Pipes and Pipe Insulation (using some 'greater than' and 'does not equal' filters). Then, Select them all with Highlight in Model.



 


Monday, March 16, 2015

A360 Collaboration for Revit Version 4 Direct Download Links

Also known as Autodesk Revit Collaboration Add-On 2015 English-US Locked 64-Bit Service Pack 4. This goes hand-in-hand with Revit 2015 Update 7.

Direct link:
http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/RVT/v4/A360_Collab_v4_for_Revit_2015_EN_Win_64bit_dlm.sfx.exe

Known issues:
http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/RVT/v4/KnownIssues_A360Collaboration_v4_Revit_2015.pdf


Installation and Known issues text copied here:
Installation
Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit version 2015.4 can be applied to Autodesk Revit 2015 as a new installation, or as an update to Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit versions 2015.1, 2015.1.1, 2015.2, or 2015.3.


Note that this is a mandatory update; previous versions may cease to function at a future date.

Before installing Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit you will need to update Autodesk Revit with Update Release 7. Note that the installer for UR7 is specific to the variant of Autodesk Revit 2015 that you have, for example, Autodesk Revit 2015 vs. Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 (available only to subscription customers) or Autodesk Revit Architecture vs. Autodesk Revit MEP.  Please be sure to install the correct update for your installed version of Autodesk Revit.  Once you have installed Update Release 7 you are ready to install Autodesk 360 Collaboration for Revit.

New Installation
1.    Close all instances of Autodesk Revit 2015.
2.    Launch the installer, select the option to Install, accept the License and Services Agreement, and click the Install button.  This will complete the installation.
3.    At this point, your Autodesk Revit has been updated and is ready for use. You will need the appropriate entitlements to access the new functionality. (Please refer to the About A360 Entitlements section of the Autodesk Revit 2015 help for more information, link.)

Updating Existing Installation
1.    Close all instances of Autodesk Revit 2015.
2.    Launch the installer, select the option to Install, accept the License and Services Agreement, and click the Install button.  You will be informed that there is a previous version of Collaboration installed; be sure to confirm and allow the installer to remove the old version.  This will complete the installation.

 What’s new in this release?
1.    Performance improvements when Revit is downloading data from the Collaboration service.2.    Users now have the ability to control the model views that are published to the A360 project. The default behavior, to publish the default 3D view and all sheets, remains unchanged.To change which views are published, click the Views for A360 button in the Manage Models panel of the Collaborate tab. Make the appropriate selections in the resulting dialog and then Sync with Central.
Subsequent publishing operations will make these views available to A360. For more information, refer to the “Select Views to Publish on A360” topic in the Revit 2015 help.

3.    The A360 project page can now distinguish between models that have been published via the Collaboration service and RVT files that have been directly uploaded via the web page. Models that have been published have been changed as follows:o    Special icon badging
o    Dedicated file type identification (“Cloud Revit…,” rather than “Revit Files”)
o    File actions that should not have been possible have been removed from the user interfaceNote that these changes will only manifest for models that have been published using Collaboration 2015.4; those published with previous versions of Collaboration will continue to be indistinguishable from RVT files that were directly uploaded via the project web page.

Known Issues
Issues related to install

1.    Collaboration users who have updated Revit with UR7 but have failed to install the 2015.4 Collaboration update will experience an error on startup, stating Revit "Could not load file or assembly 'Autodesk.RevitServer.Versioning.Client, Version=1.3.0.0..."  To resolve this, be sure to install the Collaboration update after installing the Revit update.
2.    If the Modified date for the revit.exe.config file (located in the Revit program folder, e.g., c:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 2015\) is newer than the Created date, the patch installer will fail to update it and Revit may not launch correctly.  It is extremely unlikely that this will occur as the file is not intended to be edited, but if it does please contact Autodesk for guidance on how to repair and properly update the installation.
3.    The A360 icon may appear in the wrong position of the file navigation when Revit and the Collaboration Add On are first installed.  This condition will self-heal.
4.    In rare cases, the ribbon will fail to update after all components are installed. If buttons or groups of buttons seem to be missing and do not match what is expected according to Revit’s help documentation, please reset the ribbon state by deleting %roamingappdata%\Autodesk\Revit\[flavor of Revit 2015]\UIState.dat. This is a one-time correction and will not be required thereafter.

Issues related to A360 projects and the A360 web interface
1.    When a project is renamed, it may be necessary to perform a SWC (and, for links, a Reload... from the Manage Links dialog) in order for paths to update and resolve correctly.  Refer to the help documentation for more information.
2.    Project names should NOT include slashes or backslashes, or Revit may behave erratically.
3.    Projects that have been deactivated in A360 may still be visible from certain parts of Revit.
4.    A360's filter by 'Me' function may display items from other users.
5.    Preview images for models that have been published to A360 may fail to update automatically, requiring a manual refresh.
6.    The A360 model viewer may incorrectly report that there are no views found, if only a single view is published.
7.    Notifications of newly published versions of a model may not be displayed in the Activity Stream.
8.    The commenting feature in the A360 model viewer is not supported for 2D sheet views.

Issues related to model or project access
1.    During a network outage it may not be possible to work in a model, even if worksharing operations are avoided. For best results, save the model locally and wait until connectivity is restored.  Note that the save process may take more time than usual, but it will complete successfully.
2.    If a user is added to a project as a contributor, they must click the project link in their invitation email before the project can be accessed through Revit.
3.    If a user is added to a closed project as a member, a project moderator will still need to approve their membership even though they have been explicitly invited to join the project.Issues related to initiating collaboration (saving a model to A360)1.    Initiate collaboration may fail and cause Revit to hang if the model's current view is a 3D perspective view.  To avoid this condition, be sure to switch to another view before initiating collaboration.
2.    If a user does not have a valid Collaboration entitlement and they attempt to initiate collaboration, Revit will report "You cannot use the option "Collaborate Using A360" because you do not have access to any A360 projects."  This is potentially confusing because the message does not indicate the true root cause of the failure (i.e., the lack of an appropriate entitlement.)
3.    If initiate collaboration fails, entries may be created in Revit's Most Recently Used file list and the zero document screen, even though the model was not actually saved to A360.

Issues related to the Communicator panel
1.    The Communicator panel will lose the context of the current project if the user attempts to save a loaded family to the local disk.  The context will be reacquired when the user switches views or closes and reopens the model.  Similarly, editing a family may cause the panel to falsely claim that the user have been removed from the active project. When the family editor session ends, the status will be refreshed and updated to the correct state.
2.    The Communicator button will still be active even when the panel is open, but it won’t actually do anything.
3.    User profile updates on A360 may fail to reflect in the Communicator panel.
4.    The Communicate panel may fail to sign in if the user signs out from Revit, closes the Communicate panel, and then signs back again.
5.    Sending image content in a chat session may fail, requiring a retry.

Issues related to publishing models or selecting views to be published to A360
1.    Publishing a model that has been renamed will generate a new RVT by that name in A360. When this occurs, the user will see published RVTs with the old name as well as the new name.
2.    Publishing a model to A360 may fail for large RVT files.
3.    Column sort by name does not function correctly in the Views for A360 dialog.
4.    The initial state of the Views for A360 dialog shows no views selected to be published, however, the default behavior (to publish the default 3D view and all sheets) still remains.
5.    Using the Views for A360 dialog may cause an update and redraw of current active view in Revit.
6.    Section views may not be published to A360 unless at least one 3D view is published too.

Issues related to models that have been rolled back or deleted
1.    Revit may incorrectly claim that a user is not a member of a project if they attempt to open a model that was previously deleted.
2.    The vertical scrollbars in the Manage A360 Models dialog may deactivate after a model has been deleted.  To restore them, close the dialog and reopen it.


Also helpful:
How to Get Started with Your A360 Collaboration for Revit Subscription | Revit Products | Autodesk Knowledge Network

Some details on the different project types:
Project types
If you are using the free version of A360, your project is Secret by default, requiring you to invite people by email addresses; the project type cannot be changed. If you are using the paid version, A360 Team, you can choose between three project types, Open, Closed, or Secret; the project type can be changed. You can see the project type on both the project card and on the project Profile page.
 

Open : A360 Team only. Use for projects where the intent is to share information broadly to everyone. All Open project information is searchable and accessible to all members of the organization. Anyone in the organization can join and leave an Open project at any time. People outside the organization are not allowed to be invited to Open projects.
 

Closed : A360 Team only. Use for projects that require some privacy. Anyone in the organization can see the Closed project name in search results, as well as the Closed project Profile and People pages. All items in the Closed project shared with the entire hub (Hub All) are also visible. Only members of the Closed project can search for and access the project page, activities, and content. The Closed project's moderator must approve membership requests. An organization's hub settings determine if people outside the organization can be invited to join Closed projects.
 

Secret : Use for personal projects or projects that require extra privacy. Secret projects are hidden from people who weren't invited to the project. Only existing project members of a Secret project can search for and access the project page, activities, and content. Team Administrators can't view content inside Secret projects. Membership to a Secret project is by invitation only. If you are using the paid version, A360 Team, the hub settings determine if people outside the organization can be invited to join Secret projects.


From http://help.autodesk.com/view/ADSK360/ENU/?guid=GUID-C6DC09BF-1680-4EE6-853A-563AC4B5E953

Revit 2015 Update 7 Direct Download Links

Direct download link for Revit 2015 R2 versions:
http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/RVT/UR7/Autodesk_Revit_2015-x64_Update7_forR2.exe

Readme (live):
http://download.autodesk.com/SWDLDDLM/Updates/RVT/UR7/Autodesk_Revit_2015_Release_2_UR7_Readme.htm




Quote:

"After Update Release 7 is applied successfully, the build number specified on the Help > About dialog will be 20150303_0715. For reference, you should save this readme to your hard drive or print a copy.

Issues Resolved by this Update Release
This subscription only update release addresses issues reported to Autodesk against Autodesk Revit 2015 R2. In addition, Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 7 contains the fixes within Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 1, 2, 3, Multi-Category Schedules Hotfix for Update Release 3, Revit 2015 R2 for Subscription customers, Revit 2015 Update Release 5 for R2 and Revit 2015 Update Release 6 for R2. Consult the enhancements documentation for all areas improved by this update."

Note: additional deployment links will follow as an update to this post when they are available.

Enhancements list (not yet live):
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2015RVT_RTM/UR7/Enhancements_List_RVT_2015_UR7_forR2.pdf

Download for non R2
http://updatesdl.autodesk.com/updates/files/autodesk_revit_2015-x64_update7.exe

Architecture Readme
http://updatesdl.autodesk.com/updates/files/autodesk_revit_architecture_2015_release_2_ur7_readme.ht...

MEP
http://updatesdl.autodesk.com/updates/files/autodesk_revit_mep_2015_release_2_ur7_readme.htm

Structure
http://updatesdl.autodesk.com/updates/files/autodesk_revit_structure_2015_release_2_ur7_readme.htm

An update to the dates:
http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2015/03/alert-upcoming-downtime-for-update-to-a360-collaboration-for-revit-2015.html


My previous post:
What Revit Wants: Revit 2015 Update 7, and planned A360 downtime for Collaboration for Revit

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Revit Families for your next Space Station design

Alan Moylan has posted a Star Trek Enterprise 1701 Revit family for you to download. I, for one, am glad to see a Trek vehicle added to the current interstellar Revit line-up, mostly from that 'other' franchise, including the Walker by Dave Light and something else that wasn't a moon.

Download here

View it in 3D here

Source page

(Note: I have been working on a 1701D (TNG) for a while, but have just never got around to finishing it...)

via
@BIMgeek
USS Enterprise @AutodeskRevit family's all finished. Be careful, it's full size! Download here:http://t.co/4Iz2YZVGn6 http://t.co/zeCUWNEtZQ

https://twitter.com/BIMgeek/status/573120141808025601

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dealing with Arrays in Revit Families when the Value could be 1 (single instance array)

Revit doesn't like to deal with an array that has 1 instanced element or component (although there is one exception). The array will break. So, the way to handle it is to have a separate single instance of a component for that scenario, and then the actual Array for whenever you need two or more instances.

To accomplish this, you need
  • some formulas to hide or show the required elements, and 
  • another formula to maintain the array at 2 or more. 
It looks something like this:

That particular example also caters for some other 'switches' that may turn off the array (notice the if-or formula.)

Common Issues with Autodesk Site Designer and how to fix them

If you are having problems, try manually loading families like this:
"Hi Russ.
I believe the issue is that you first need to load the Site Designer families (from C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Site Designer for Revit 2015\Library\) into the project before you try creating roads/walks/etc., and then convert your toposurface into a Base Toposurface (via the Set Base Toposurface  button).  After that, I was able to create roads, walks, retaining walls, etc.
Hope that helps.
Ross Kirby"
via
Revit 2015 R2 - Site Designer - Autodesk Community

or it might be visibility related:
"got it working.  I have mass unticked by default in visibility view graphics.  all works after turning on mass.
Russ Green"
(from the same thread)





I previously posted about Site Designer here.

You can also download an interesting review by Aaron Maller here (link from RFO).

You should be able to find your manual here:
"C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\AutodeskSiteDesignerForRevit2015.bundle\Contents\Site Designer for Revit 2015 Reference Manual.pdf"

Monday, March 9, 2015

Say Goodbye to Subscription Center, Hello to your Autodesk Account

On March 13, 2015 Subscription Center will be retired and all
customers will be directed to Autodesk Account where they will be able
to manage all of their products, services, and Subscription benefits in
one place. Watch this webcast to learn how you can:


  • Download entitled products and trials – including product updates and enhancements
  • Access help and support – get Subscription Help, Up & Ready, phone and other support
  • Manage access and permissions – view licenses and grant access to software and benefits
  • Track usage – of licenses, benefits and consumption to save costs and predict budgeting
  • Purchase or renew licenses – based on requirements and usage
  • Update your profile – quickly view and update information so your profile is always current

Webcast here

via
Autodesk Account: Learn More | Synergis Engineering Design Solutions

My previous post:
Have you checked your Autodesk - Account page?
 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Recording a Scene Animation to convert to a Viewpoint Animation in Navisworks

You probably know that you can import a Viewpoint animation into a Scene animation in Navisworks, like this:
  1. Animation Ribbon - Animator
  2. Add Scene
  3. Right click on the Scene, Add Camera, From Current Viewpoint Animation

Ok, that's fine. But what if you do some work on the Scene Animation, add keyframes, adjust pacing, and then you want to convert it back into a Viewpoint Animation? Here's how you do it:
  1. Open Animator and get a Scene animation ready to press "Play"
  2. Animation Ribbon - Click the Record button 
  3. Click the Scene name, and the Play button will activate in Animator
  4. Press Play in Animator, and wait for your animation to complete
  5. Press Stop in the Ribbon
  6. Press the Record button again to toggle it "off". Navisworks will now save the Animation into your Saved Viewpoints
  7. Delete any unnecessary Cuts etc

With this tip, you can now convert to and from a Scene and Viewpoint animations as needed. Viewpoint animations are a bit easier to put together, but it might be easier to adjust the pacing in the Animator. Obviously, the Animator has more power and control if you intend to actually animate objects in your scene.

On a related note...
I've come across a bit of a bug in Navisworks 2015 with Viewpoint animations and huge models (like 2gb huge). If you have a Home view with Hide/Required and Materials set, and all your Animation views have those options unticked, then you should be able to flick to your animation without losing your colours, right? Well, in some cases it seems to work, but in others it seems to reset the appearance whenever I switch to the animation, meaning I lose colour overrides.

I tried working around the color issue like this:
  1. Open project
  2. Make a new folder
  3. In the folder make a new animation
  4. Drag all of the views from previous animation to the new one
  5. Collapse the Animation
  6. Switch to a view with Hide/Required and Color applied (ie. Home view)
  7. Click on the new animation name (OK, doesn't seem to reset colours)
  8. Expand and click a view (sometimes works, maybe, but can also fail)
Another workaround is to switch to your coloured Home view, save a 2013 version NWD and work in Navisworks 2013. Sometimes the downgrade bakes the colours into the elements, meaning you don't lose them when you switch to and from the Viewpoint Animation.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Revit 2015 Update 7, and planned A360 downtime for Collaboration for Revit

The Revit Clinic has revealed some key dates for upcoming Revit releases, and the associated effect on the Collaboration for Revit platform. Highlighted in red below, it appears that the release of Update 7 (UR7) for Revit 2015 is imminent, and that Collaboration for Revit 2016 will be released on April 17. Could this mean we will see Revit 2016 available on that date also?

"The planned downtimes are as follows:
2015 Update Release 7 & C4R 2015.4 – March 6
...
C4R 2015.5 and C4R 2016.0 – April 17
"
 
Full post:
http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2015/03/roadmap-for-planned-downtime-for-collaboration-for-revit.html

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Free COBie Export to Cloud Database allowing Online Editing

"EcoDomus is offering a free version of its EcoDomus PM online software application called EcoDomus COBie Basic, which will help qualified design and construction teams simplify the COBie deliverable process. To qualify for using COBie Basic please submit the form on the right.
The EcoDomus COBie Basic software functionality enables:
• Data export from Autodesk Revit to a secure online database (more BIM authoring apps support is on the way)
• Online data entry and editing for all COBie entities (“worksheets”)
• Uploading and attaching documents to BIM objects
• Import and export of COBie Excel files"



Check it out at:
http://www.ecodomus.com/index.php/cobie-basic/

Heads-up:
https://draftsman.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/cobie-basic/

Monday, March 2, 2015

Script to Disable All Revit Addins

Warning: some have had unexpected results, use with care.
Update: one reader discovered that  C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 2015\AddIns is yet another path that Revit uses. The script below has not been modified to act on that path, but if you have problems after running the tool, perhaps moving the items out of this folder to a backup folder will help. This user had the following errors in the Journal:
"managed exception occurred" and "An item with the same key has already been added" and ExceptionCode=0xe0434352


... If you are experiencing a problem with Revit starting up, it could be due to a problem with one or more of your addins. As you probably know, Revit looks in a couple of key directories for *.addin files, and then it loads your addins based on what it finds. Also, in current versions of Revit it also looks in an ApplicationPlugins folder at the .bundle folders.

I created a Powershell script that looks in each of these three folders (for Revit 2015) and then renames the addin files and bundle folders, meaning that you can then open Revit 2015 in "addin-free mode". The script requires that you are loading addins from the default AppData and ProgramData folders.

Important note: there are two scripts that are intended to work as a toggle, and for troubleshooting purposes only. After you run the Enable script, do not run it again. Make sure you run the Disable script next.

Here is the intended workflow:
  1. Download and unzip the ps1 files
  2. Ensure all Autodesk products are closed
  3. Run the 1_DisableRevitAddons.ps1 script to disable all Revit 2015 addins
  4. Start Revit
  5. If it starts, you know that some addin is causing your problem
  6. Close Revit
  7. Run the 2_EnableRevitAddons.ps1 script to restore the addin and bundle folder names
You can download both Powershell scripts here

Here is a quick Screencast showing it in action:


And some sample code for the disable script:
 cd $env:ALLUSERSPROFILE\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2015  
 Dir | Rename-Item –NewName { $_.name –replace “.addin“,”.addin.disabled” }  
 cd $env:ALLUSERSPROFILE\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins  
 Dir | Rename-Item –NewName { $_.name –replace “.bundle“,”.bundle.disabled” }  
 cd $env:APPDATA\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2015  
 Dir | Rename-Item –NewName { $_.name –replace “.addin“,”.addin.disabled” }  

After running the Disable script, you will end up with something like this:



Important: This is an extreme troubleshooting measure, and should be used with great care. Use at your own risk!

Here are some of the warnings / errors from the Powershell output. Some of these are due to the fact that I had Navisworks open and it could not rename those *.bundle folders. Various Autodesk products share the ApplicationPlugins folder, so it may have some unintended consequences on other products. Having said that, it seemed to work ok on my system.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Apply Visual Styles to Entourage content in any View in Revit? Now you can! Apply Here for Special Beta Opportunity...

When it comes to Revit visualization during early design phases, in the past you had to pick from one of these options to add Entourage to your presentation:
  1. Use some placeholder geometric family, 
  2. Use RPC and re-Render the view everytime you want an output, or 
  3. Export or Render a view as an image file and then open it in Photoshop to add extra Entourage.

    But now, there is another way...
This new way allows you to leverage your current RPC library and modify the visual style or "look" of the Entourage families. In turn, this makes the use of your current RPC content much more flexible, and more applicable to the constantly changing, day-to-day design iterations (and visualizations) that Architects and Designers are required to produce.

In other words, we can take something that looks a bit like this:

And make it into something a bit more like this (Stylized Textures mode):

Archvision are the guys behind RPC technology - that's the tech that allows you to add photorealistic people, trees and entourage to your Revit renderings. Recently, they released a new addin for Revit called Entourage Workshop (I previously posted about this back in November 2014). It is built to work with content downloaded using Archvision Dashboard, which is a paid offering that can manage, search, download, create and load photo realistic families into your Revit model.

I recently had a web meeting with Archvision CEO Randall Stevens, and we agreed to make you all aware of a special opportunity related to Entourage Workshop. Basically, Archvision is willing to give you access to their very powerful Dashboard, along with Beta access to the Entourage Workshop. All you need to do is go to this page, scroll down to Don't have an ArchVision Software License? and enter your email address. The guys over at ArchVision will then issue you a temporary license of Dashboard to use while you try out Entourage Workshop.

Now here is something to keep in mind... the more you use the Dashboard and beta Entourage Workshop features, the more likely it is that you will be able to retain your 'free' access for a longer period. If you don't use your license, you may lose it :-)

How to apply styles to your Entourage in Revit:
  1. Install Archvision Dashboard and Entourage Workshop
  2. Open a project
  3. Place some RPC using Archvision Dashboard
  4. Start the Entourage Workshop addin from the Archvision ribbon
  5. Click the Styles button at top and add a new style
  6. After you add style, click in the Name area at the top of the color sliders and give it a descriptive name, then click Apply
  7. Click on the RPCs button at top and apply that style to selected Entourage families in your current project
  8. Switch to a Revit view and change to an appropriate display mode (Shaded, Consistent Colors, Realistic etc)
Short list of tips, tricks and features:
  • you can now have non-rendered but still "stylistic" presentation views using RPC Entourage (Shaded Mode, Consistent Colors etc)
  • it won't work without a Archvision Dashboard license
  • "Gamma" slider gives a level of brightness control directly over Entourage RPC that was not available before
  • Geometry tick boxes - you can easily turn off base and one side view of the 'placeholder' representation
  • In the UI you need Apply after making the Style, then apply to items after pressing the RPCs button
  • Silhouette textures will face the Camera. This is when you take a rendered photo representation and override it with Transparency, effectively 'ghosting' it
  • If you want to create Style definitions and pass your Styles.xml file to someone else you can do that too.  The Styles.xml file should reside in your local profile AppData\Roaming\ArchVision\Entourage Workshop directory.  The easy way to get there is to type %appdata% in your Windows Explorer and it will jump to the roaming directory where you can then browse to ArchVision and then Entourage Workshop.
  • If you do use a silhouette style, you can trial various Line colours for the Entourage by Overriding the Projection lines by category or element
  • If the Photorealistic Textures radio button is used, then only Transparency and Gamma modifiers will apply
  • Some current limitations:
    - the 'placeholder' geometry does not automatically face the camera (although the rendered representation does, and you can still manually rotate the family to get it facing the direction you like
    - only works on Entourage that is RPC based (not geometric)
    - does not work with Autodesk Cloud Rendering (yet)
    - currently it only modifies Entourage Category representations
Here is a matrix that describes how the various Revit display modes are affected by the Render Mode options in the Style definition:


Here is a demo video:


And here is a step-by-step from Archvision to use as a guide to get you started:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Addin-free method to set 3D View Section Box to Match Scope Box

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:
  1. In a 3D view, select the Scope Box and the Section Box
  2. Sunglasses (ie. Temporary Hide/Isolate) - Isolate Element
  3. Turn the Section Box off
  4. 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 :-)


Tip via:
http://sixtysecondrevit.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/how-to-orient-3d-views-to-scope-boxes.html

Revit Addin Giveaway! dp Stuff Utilities and Randomizer updated for Revit 2015

dp Stuff have updated their very cool Revit addins to work with Revit 2015, and happily I have three prizes to giveaway:
  1. Free Revit Utils 2015 and Randomizer 2015 pack
  2. Half-price Revit Utils 2015 and Randomizer 2015 pack
  3. 25% off Revit Utils 2015 and Randomizer 2015 pack
To enter the competition, scroll down to the Comments on this post and write your response to this question (don't worry if your entry doesn't appear straight away, it will :-) ...
Name one challenge you have faced while using Revit.
How did you overcome it?

The deadline for this competition is Tuesday 10 March 2015. After this date, I will review the comments and then give the prizes to the entries that I think are the most original, thought-provoking, outside-of-the-box and interesting :-) Results will be announced in a comment on 11 March, and I will reply to the winners individually.

I have posted about Dima Chiriacov's dp Stuff addins several times over the years, including this random tree generator post and this one about his Workset Explorer (which is now included in the "Revit Utils" pack).

Here are the links to the updated 2015 dp Stuff addins:
Revit Utils 2015
Randomizer 2015


Dima's post:
Revit 2015 Addins Update - Revit Utils 2015 - dp Stuff

It is very easy to buy from the site, just
  • Add to Cart, 
  • Checkout,
  • Apply any discount codes
  • Fill out your details
  • Accept the terms
  • Proceed to download