Archive for December, 2010

Why so sad?

I know, I haven’t posted in a while. Joanna and I are still trying to get settled in to our new place and I still don’t have my laptop back (story later!). In the mean time I thought I would post this conversation I just had over at This is the result of trying to explain to someone why it is that UIState.dat HAS to reside on his computer if Revit is up and running

# rkitect : ma3n
# rkitect : everytime you open revit
# rkitect : it says “Hey, UIState.dat. Are you there?”
# rkitect : if UIState.dat doesn’t respond revit says:
# rkitect : “Oh, ok.. well I don’t want you to muss this awesome party so I’m going to teleport a new you here.”
# rkitect : on the other hand if UIState.dat says “Yo Revit, I’m right here, what you want?”
# ** at 12:55 pm Whitcher left the room…
# rkitect : then Revit says “Hey buddy, can’t start the party without you!”
# rkitect : Either way.. if revit is running, then UIState.dat is a file on your computer
# rkitect : revit can’t run without it

…yeah… he still wasn’t convinced 🙁

And now, some more problem solving…

Anyone who thinks that Revit is just too slow really needs to stop griping and start using it more.  It’s kinda like complaining about a manual transmission that keeps dying while you are trying to drive it, on your first time out in a manual transmission car.  I love using Revit to come up with solutions fo design issues, even ones as simple as furniture layout in small spaces.

This model that I’m using for our new place is doing WONDERS for us because not only are we able to see what we do and don’t like in terms of furniture layout, but it’s helping us determine what we will need to sale in order to fit into our new house!

We’ve been able to use it to determine what doesn’t work

What does work

And what’s really close to working!

Of course, that’s not exactly what our furniture looks like, but the sizes are close!

Did I mention that all of this has taken me about 12 hours of time, including renderings AND measuring?…

Thanks Revit!

Revit TotD – 12.2.2010 | Ctrl your Ribbons!

So I really did have a real tip planned for today!  Really and truly I did!  Alas, this was foiled by the Apple store calling and informing me that the new display for my laptop was ready.  Don’t worry, all is ok with the laptop, I just like abusing my AppleCare plan as much as I can at the sign of every little problem (to date I think I’ve had about $1300 of work done on that laptop for the original cost of the plan… which was much less than $1300).  This time it was a slight flicker that may have even been me blinking during a screen refresh… but it looked like a flicker to me and I convinced the Genius that he saw it too >_>.

Anyhow, since not having my computer makes it increasingly difficult to post said “real tip” I have this newfound nugget of information instead!

It’s well known that you can click and drag your panels around within your various ribbons to organize how you see fit.  However, did you know that you can reorganize your actual Ribbon Tabs by holding down control while dragging them around?  Yeah, this was exciting to me at first too!  Then it became daunting.  Yet another excuse for me to go all OCD on my UI.

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I’ll have my machine back in time for another “real” tip before the end of the week.  Until then, TTFN!


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