Archive for May, 2009

Revit TotD – 5.27.09: A little Linking never hurt no one.

I’m not sure if this has ever happened to anyone else, but it used to happen to me quite a bit.  I would receive a model from a consultant and would link it into my project and would need to start adding things just to see if they fit, how they worked with the rest of the design (etc, etc) only to find that you can’t do floor, ceiling, wall hosted families to linked models.  What!?  How am I supposed to work with this?!  Easy, let me show you.

  1. You start with your linked model.  This is the easy part.  Notice you can not host anything to walls, floors, ceilings, etc of a linked model… or can you?
  2. Once you have your model linked in, open (not load, open) the family you want to have hosted to a surface
  3. Start a new Family, using the “Generic Model face based.rft” template file
  4. Copy the geometry from the hosted family and paste it into the new template

  5. Modify the geometry how you need it to be  hosted in the project
    (*NOTE!:  Doing this will cause you to loose your constraints, so be sure you have the correct sizes already selected when you copy the geometry!)

  6. Load the new face based family into the project with the linked model.
  7. Place the hosted component as needed.

Tada!  Another simple yet useful tip from yours truly.  Hope you enjoyed!  Have a great day!



Revit TotD – 5.11.09: A little preview…

No really, that’s what I’m going to show you how to do!  You didn’t think I was going to like… show you a preview of your life or something did you?… I’m not quite that good, yet.   Anyhow, you know those little thumbnails that Revit generates of your project?  Ever pay any attention to them?  What if you could put pertinent information in the preview so that the person could browse a project folder by thumbnail and pick out a project based on the image instead of having to look at the filename?  Interested now?  This is a little something I picked up from Will Harris’ Rock Star Hour.  Let me show you what to do!

As demonstrated in this video, do the following to choose your preview image.

File Previews from the Recent Files dialogue

File Previews from the Recent Files dialogue

1)With your file open, goto File > Save As (even if you are saving to the same file name, you have to do Save As to reach these options).  When the dialogue comes up, select Options.

2)Here you will find a plethora of options to save with your project.  The ones that interest us are on the very bottom under “Preview”

3)Select the view you want to show as the thumbnail.  Select Force Update to ensure the thumbnail updates when you save the project.

That’s it!  Hope this is useful to someone out there!

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Thanks for coming back, sorry for the long break, but guess what… I’m baaaaack!!!¬† See you tomorrow!


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