Monday, April 27, 2009

Save to central not completed successfully

We have a shell and core project linked into a Fitout project. The shell  and core link is set to be room bounding and bounds many rooms in the fitout project. When we STC, temporarily something happens to the link and many rooms become "non enclosed" for a brief period of time (they even show up as "non enclosed" in the schedule.) All these happen while the STC is in progress. Then, Revit gives a warning that the STC was not completed because of some problems with reloading the changes. The warning also says that the error has been rectified and we can try STC again. When we retry the STC again, Revit completes it successfully.

We spent quite a lot of time and tried different options, but could not figure out the reason for this.

Autodesk subscription replies to say that: This is a known issue which can occur in Revit 2009. In Revit 2009 links can unload briefly when you're saving to central. This will cause the “Not Enclosed” error you are receiving, and can halt the Save to Central.

They advise not to choose “Move to Room” or delete rooms options.

STC the second time is the workaround.

The good news is that this seems to be resolved in RVT 2010!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Where is my command in RAC2010 update

I posted a blog about an incomplete ‘where is my command in RAC 2010?” tool we had created. We have completed the tool as far as we could. Now it works for Design Bar, Tool Bars and Menu commands.
You can use the “Where is my command in RAC 2010?” tool online here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Where is my command Revit 2010 Flash movie

Updated Post:
“Where is my command” is updated. You can use it online. Now it works for Design Bar, Tool Bars and Menu commands.
Original Post:

One of my friends and myself are working on a “Where is my command” interactive tool for Revit Architecture 2010 for Revit Architecture 2009 users. This tool is *similar* to Microsoft's Office 2007 ‘where is my command’ tool.
You can use the tool online here.
The tool is 1275 x 850 pixels and needs a high resolution monitor.
This tool is a work in progress. Currently this tool works for all Design Bar commands and Tool Bar commands. Menu commands are being added and should be up in a week.
Please add comments, bugs, thanks, etc <in the comments section. I hope this tool is useful to you.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Window and wall cleanup - Join

A very simple tip, (based on an online q)

Here was a window at the junction of two walls like:


The goal is to get a display was like:


  1. Go to the Wall Joins (image )tool in the tool bar.
  2. Select the wall joint.
  3. Keep pressing the Next button in the option bar until Revit shows something like:
  4. Click on Modify to exit the command

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Not compatible local file

What do we do when we get an error message that says, “The file you are attempting to save is NOT compatible with the Central File…”


This error is followed by:


Usually, one gets this error is the Central file was ‘saved over’ with another file. It does not sound plausible. But it happens!

The best course of action would be STOP working on the local file and create a new local file. Most probably, the one would lose the work since the last Save to Central.

Trying to copy from the old local and paste into the new local can work if the new edits are copy/paste friendly. Changes in schedules can be copied using scripts.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Updated scripts

I wrote about a script I had written to copy values from an excel (or open office) spreadsheet to a Revit Schedule. I have updated the script and the prep work needed to run the script have been minimized drastically. The script also allows you to select the cell in Excel / Revit to start copying / pasting. The updated script, the script code, and the readme file are here for Revit 2009 and here for Revit 2010.

I also wrote about another script that can copy values from one Revit schedule to another. This script has also been enhanced to need minimal prep work. The updated script to copy a revit schedule, the code, and the readme file are here for Revit 2009.

Please add a comment if you find any bugs or if you have any requests. Thanks.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Free Autodesk Revit Architecture software

I got an email from Autodesk saying:

“If you are one of the people that have been let go recently, you might be able to avail this free software offer from Autodesk. You can visit here to Sign up today and get more info!
Autodesk also offers Autodesk® Inventor® Professional, and AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software free.
You might be able to get free online training too at vBooks

Thanks Autodesk for this wonderful opportunity!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

duplicated dependent view loses some detail callout tags

When we duplicate a view as dependent, Revit does not show all the detail callout tags / detail section view tags in the dependent view. For eg. when the follwoing view


is duplicated as dependent, we lost the left (shorter)detail tag as shown below.


The culprit is the combination of annotation crop and reference view tags!
Even though the primary view has its annotation crop turned off,


Revit switches ‘on’ the annotation crop for the dependent duplicated view as shown below.


To bring back the lost detail tag, we just need to make the annotation crop a bit bigger. (Revit is a bit unforgiving here – even if the annotation crop is big enough to engulf the tag extent, Revit hides it. We need to make the anno crop bigger to make it show.)


The annotation crop only affects the tags that represent Reference Views. Other normal view tags are not affected because Revit does not consider them ‘strictly’ annotation objects! But Reference view tags are considered as annotation objects (Only duplicating with details brings the reference tags! Duplicating a view does not; In this case the reference tag is NOT hidden, it just is NOT there! )