Archive for October, 2011

RevitCity chat… INSIDE OF REVIT!

Um.. again.. kinda. This one is much less user friendly because of the authentication protocol that has to happen on RevitCity.com’s side. However, it IS possible! Here’s how!

  1. If you haven’t already, go read this post and read the first 4 steps to create the module (or the whole post if you want a chat connection to RevitTotD.com’s chat also!)
  2. In Revit, go to the Manage Ribbon > Macro Panel > Manage Macros
  3. Click Application tab at the top. This ensures you have the Macro anytime you open Revit.
  4. Select the Chat Module and then choose Create > Macro on the right.
  5. Name this something like the following, and be sure you have “Macro In:” set to the module you just created.
  6. Clicking OK will launch the VSTA interface.
  7. Add a Window Form. (Project > Windows Form)
  8. Name it frmRevitCityChat, click Add.
  9. From the Toolbox on the left, add a Toolbox > All Windows Forms > Web Browser. (If the toolbox isn’t showing, click View > Toolbox) Do this by simply dragging the Web Browser into the form you just made. You know it has added if you see a scroll bar in your form now and a white background instead of a grey background.
  10. Double click the Title bar that says “frmRevitTotDChat” and the code view will open. Make you code look like this:

    Public Class frmRevitTotDChat
    Private Sub frmRevitTotDChat_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
    WebBrowser1.Navigate("http://revitcity.com/login.php")
    End Sub
    End Class

  11. Go to the ThisApplication.vb tab and find the line that start with “Public Sub RevitTotDChat()” and make it look like this:

    Public Sub RevitChat()
    Dim myFrm As New frmRevitChat
    myFrm.Show()
    End Sub

  12. Run the Macro, Hit Stop, Close VSTA.
  13. Double click your new macro. You’ll need to expand the size of the window, until you see the Username and Password forms. Fill that in (you will need to register first if you are not a RevitCity.com user already) and click Login.
  14. Close that window and open the Macro Manager again. Select the macro we just made and click Edit.
  15. In the Project Explorer on the right, double click “frmRevitCityChat.vb
  16. Double click the Title Bar that says “frmRevitCityChat” and edit the URL to read like this instead of what is there:

    Public Class frmRevitTotDChat
    Private Sub frmRevitTotDChat_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
    WebBrowser1.Navigate("http://revitcity.com/chat/index.php")
    End Sub
    End Class

  17. Run the Macro, Hit Stop, Close VSTA.
  18. Double click the macro again. This time you’ll see the Chat form. You will need to resize the window to see the whole thing. See you there!

Now, there are a couple of issues with this. Any command key (ie: shift, tab, delete, etc) that you have set up as a Shortcut Key will not work in the text input but instead will try to start the revit command it is tied to. This includes Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V for copy pasting, but you can still use right click copy/paste method. Also, it appears as though Private Messages will not work properly using this (which some veteran users may find comforting). Enjoy!

RevitTotD Chat.. INSIDE OF REVIT!

Well, kinda. It uses a webInterface which is basically a .net wrapper for Internet Explorer. This bit of code was made by joseguia over at RevitForum.org and I am eternally thankful for it! Here’s a quick tutorial on how to set it up. The advantage of this is that it is actually a Revit window, so it is one step closer to actually working instead of having Internet Explorer open (although technically you still have IE open by running this macro).

  1. In Revit, go to the Manage Ribbon > Macro Panel > Manage Macros
  2. Click Application tab at the top. This ensures you have the Macro anytime you open Revit.
  3. On the right of the Macro Manager, under Create, click Module.
  4. Name this new module appropriately, I named it RevitChat, and choose VB.NET for the language. Give it a good description like a responsible programmer.
  5. You could just edit this and call it a day, but I’ll have another tutorial later this week for another chat room that you can do the same thing with! So instead, select the Module you just created and then choose Create > Macro on the right. This time you are creating one little program for our Module.
  6. Name this something like the following, and be sure you have “Macro In:” set to the module you just created.
  7. Clicking OK will launch the VSTA interface. DON’T PANIC! It gets easier from here.
  8. Add a Window Form. (Project > Windows Form)
  9. Name it frmRevitTotDChat, click Add.
  10. From the Toolbox on the left, add a Toolbox > All Windows Forms > Web Browser. (If the toolbox isn’t showing, click View > Toolbox) Do this by simply dragging the Web Browser into the form you just made. You know it has added if you see a scroll bar in your form now and a white background instead of a grey background.
  11. Double click the Title bar that says “frmRevitTotDChat” and the code view will open. Make you code look like this:Public Class frmRevitTotDChat

    Private Sub frmRevitTotDChat_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
    WebBrowser1.Navigate("http://gibsonhh.info:9090/?nick=YOURNICKHERE&channels=Revit")
    End Sub
    End Class

  12. Go to the ThisApplication.vb tab and find the line that start with “Public Sub RevitTotDChat()” and make it look like this:

    Public Sub RevitChat()
    Dim myFrm As New frmRevitChat
    myFrm.Show()
    End Sub


  13. Run the Macro, Hit Stop, Close VSTA.
  14. Double click your new macro. See you in chat!

Now, there are a couple of issues with this. Any command key (ie: shift, tab, delete, etc) that you have set up as a Shortcut Key will not work in the text input but instead will try to start the revit command it is tied to. This includes Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V for copy pasting, but you can still use right click copy/paste method. Enjoy!

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