Friday, July 31, 2009

REVIT Masonry Door Family

I had a request for a Masonry door family with typical 2" x 4" metal tube frame.
Surprisingly REVIT does not have this type of door.
The door for example is 30" x 84" but the M.O. needs to be 34" x 86" when dimensioned.
I basically edited the out of the box Single Flush door to look and behave as shown above.
Here is the family file Masonry Door Family

REVIT Architecture 2010 Scheduling Door Swings

Below is a video tutorial on how to schedule the door 'swing' in a door schedule. This is not fool proof but a very usable workaround as the software does not provide a means to do so.
First we have to make a 'shared parameter' called 'swing'.

Then we add that shared parameter to the door family.

Load the family into a project.

Then we have to 'manually' apply the swing LH or RH to he door instances.

Create a schedule from the View tab of the ribbon.

Select the 'door' category.

Add in the new 'swing' parameter.

Bob's your uncle !
t would be nice if when you use the 'flip' control of the door it automatically applies the swing but it does NOT, so due dilligence is required on behalf of the user to check that all doors actually have the correct 'swing' applied.

Update: I have since been informed that my RH, LH designations are incorrect in the video. So I suggest you use your own expertise for the RH, RHR, LH and LHR designations.

CADclips REVIT Videos Here

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

REVIT and US Bill HR 2454

My friends at the CADD Centers of Florida (above) have brought to my attention some extremely interesting information. Being up here in the great white north I was completely unaware of this bill and the impact of it's implimentation across the land.
What this means is all new US buildings are going to have to meet specific energy efficiency requirements. This is where the REVIT suite of products are going to come shining through.
The field is developing so the sooner you learn REVIT and the BIM (building information modeling) it brings to the table the better off you are going to be ! (after we get over this wee ribbon problem that is)
Lines, polylines, ACA walls and the dredded 'Project Navigator' are not going to make the cut.
For more trusted information on REVIT and BIM you can contact Greg at the CADD Centers Of Florida at 1-800-222-4889 ext 127 or email
Here is Greg's blog post HR 2454

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Autodesk uses egg timer approach to releasing software

I am no software developer but programming is done when it's done right? Not when the egg timer goes off.
Could you imagine trying to run a business and setting a 'drop dead date' where your product went out the door whether it was usable or not and then actually followed through with shipping a non usable product?? You'd be out of business or you would change the release date.
I have said it 100 times and I will continue to repeat myself. Autodesk is simply not capable of meeting their own predetermined 12 month subscription / release schedule with either a) stable software or b) something worth upgrading for.
12 months is just not enough time and they have proven it themselves.
Further more the 12 month release schedule is designed 101% for share holders (4 quarters right) and not in the best interest of their revenue generating ‘customers’.
CAD managers definitely do NOT want to have to implement new CAD software every 12 months. A 24 month cycle would be MUCH better. This is precisely how ‘AutoCAD’ has ended up with customers spread across 5 different releases. Autodesk simply cannot keep up to their own 12 month cycle.
So people tell me, 'Well Daryl don't install your subscription paid software then. Just shelf it and it's still cheaper than having to pay extra for out of date upgrades when it finally is ready".
And my answer is always the same 'Yes of course and that's because they set the prices dummy'.
I have made a decent living using, selling and teaching Autodesk products for which I am very thankful but sometimes I just don't understand them.

REVIT 2010 Update 1 Released

Well I really hope this doesn't turn out to be a flash back of AutoCAD R13 (the desaster release).
Remember to read the readme.txt file before doing anything.
It appears they have improved stability when printing to PDF which under certain conditions was actually 'excluding' certain objects in the PDF output. YIKES !