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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Showing hidden lines of in-place Families.

Showing hidden lines of in-place Families.

Quite often In-place Families families don't show their hidden lines and the show and remove hidden line tools are disabled when the graphics style is set to hidden line.

Strange but true.

If you switch the view discipline from Structural to Architectural then these tools are enabled.

Apply the hidden lines by first clicking the object you want to see through, then the object you want to see under.

Remember to switch your view back to Structural afterwards.

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Parameter Binding Performance

Parameter Binding Performance

Here is a short but important question that has come up repeatedly concerning the performance of parameter bindings.

Question: There is a big problem in the early versions of Revit 2009 with the performance of the Document ParameterBindings property, for example in the last line of the following code:

Application app = commandData.Application; Document doc = app.ActiveDocument; BindingMap bindingMap = doc.ParameterBindings; 

The last statement takes a huge amount of time to execute, in the order of minutes. Are there any known solutions for this?

Answer: Good news: this performance delay was analysed and reported by Saikat Bhattacharya and fixed in the Revit 2009 Web Update 3. The issue is mentioned in the associated PDF file containing the list of enhancements:

API Enhancements

  • Parameter binding performance has been improved.
  • The JoinType method has been implemented for the LocationCurve of structural members.
  • Mullion LocationCurves are now accessible through the API.
  • External programs may now suppress VSTA startup warning messages.
  • The built-in parameter MATERIAL_PARAM_TRANSPARENCY now returns the correct set value.

So all you need to do is install the updated version of Revit 2009 and the problem disappears. Many thanks to Saikat for pointing this out.

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Back to Basics: Mark and Type Mark

Back to Basics: Mark and Type Mark

Language...with Revit's parameter naming the follow is true:

Door Number = "Mark" (not the person but the signature, ID or identifying "mark")
Window "type" = "Type Mark"

Out of the box, Revit's tags are assigned to these as described above. A door number is unique for each door so its tag is using a label assigned to the "Mark" parameter. Windows, for the most part, are defined according to a "type", a common letter or number designation for each window of a given "type" or configuration, therefore a window's tag is assigned to the "Type Mark" parameter.

"Mark" is located in the Element properties dialog while "Type Mark" is located in the Type Properties dialog. Most of Revit elements have both. Some Mark values are automatically supplied based on the "last" value entered and many are not. Type Mark values are not supplied with the assumption that each project will have its own needs and will be defined accordingly.

If you don't approve of the out of the box setting, you can create your own tag so that you can properly identify an element according to your needs.

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Revit 2010 Enhancements

Revit 2010 Enhancements

There are a few enhancements I want to cover in Revit 2010 which may get lost in the shuffle behind the user interface and conceptual mass tools.

Gradient Backgrounds

In 3D views, there is a new option under "View Properties", "Graphic Display Options", "Background", for "Gradient Background".  Checking this box will allow you to specify a "Sky Color", "Horizon Color" and "Ground Color".


This is useful to add some additional depth to shaded 3D views:


Halftone / Underlay Control

You now have specific control for the level of halftone for objects or linked files.  Under the "Manage" tab, "Settings" pull-down, choose "Halftone/Underlay".


The default is 50% brightness which can now be adjusted as needed.  This value will be utilized when objects or linked files utilize the "Halftone" checkbox throughout the project.

In the same menu you will find the "Underlay" variables for "Weight" and "Pattern".  "Weight" specifies the line weight for underlays where "Pattern" specifics the line pattern for underlays.  These settings will become active when an underlay is utilized in a view.

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The Ribbon Process in Four Minutes

The Ribbon Process in Four Minutes

Designing and implementing this overhaul of the user interface required a considerable amount of research, data analysis, interaction design, and visual design. I put together a four minute video that was presented to the senior Autodesk executive staff last month. It briefly describes some of the design methods that we used while integrating the ribbon into the three Revit products. This video highlights a few themes that will persist through our blogging on the topic:

  • Using data to make design decisions
  • Developing prototypes and iteratively testing them with customers
  • Leveraging design patterns to create flexible and extensible designs

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Revit Architecture 2009 UPDATE

Revit Architecture 2009—English


This download is the most recent build for Revit® Architecture 2009 software as a standalone product and as part of AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture® Suite 2009.

It is available to users who have validly purchased a license to Revit Architecture 2009 or AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2009, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

For a list of improvements, please download the Revit Architecture 2009 Web Update Enhancement List:

Web Update Enhancement List (pdf)
Note: Build Number can be found in the Web Update Enhancement List

Web Update #3 Service Pack – November 2008

Important Note:
Web Update #3 is not a full install; rather it is using Service Pack technology similar to AutoCAD® based products. Prior to installing the Web Update #3 Service pack, please verify that you have already installed a previous build of Revit Architecture 2009. The full install of Revit Architecture 2009 (32-bit) Web Update #1 is available below. The full install of Revit Architecture 2009 (64-bit) can be downloaded from the Subscription Center.

Before You Download

Please read before downloading and installing:
Service Pack Readme (pdf).

Get Started

Read all instructions above then click the appropriate link to download.

Revit Architecture 2009 Web Update #3 Service Pack (32-bit) (exe - 128 MB)

Revit Architecture 2009 Web Update #3 Service Pack (64-bit) (exe - 54 Mb)


  • The service pack contains changes from all previous Web Updates.
  • The service pack can be applied to both the standalone and Suite versions of Revit Architecture 2009.

  • Web Update #1 Full Install – June 2008

    Before You Download

    Before downloading and installing:

    • Read this first (pdf).
    • Locate the name of the software you wish to download.

    Get Started

    Read all instructions above then click one of the following links to download.


    • It is highly recommended that you reinstall the content when installing the Web Update due to changes in the rendering library and other pieces of content.
    • Downloads are applicable only to licenses under subscription, worldwide.
    • Files saved in new releases of this product are not compatible with previous releases. However, files saved in the same release are compatible across different build numbers.
    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6 is required.
    • For problems downloading or installing Revit Architecture 2009 and for general information or questions, contact Autodesk Revit Support (Autodesk® Subscription login required).

    Monday, April 06, 2009

    Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010 Rocks!!!!

    Top 10 Reasons to Choose Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010 software

    Conceptual Design Environment

    New and innovative Autodesk Revit Architecture conceptual design features provide
    easy-to-use tools for free-form modeling and parametric design, and the ability to
    perform early design analyses. Sketch freely, create 3D forms quickly, and manipulate
    forms interactively. Prepare your models for fabrication and construction with built-in
    tools for conception and clarification of complex forms. Autodesk Revit Architecture
    automatically builds a parametric framework around your most complex forms as you
    continue to design, offering you greater levels of creative control, accuracy, and
    flexibility. Take your design from concept model all the way through construction
    documents, all within one intuitive environment.

    Building Maker

    The Building Maker feature in Autodesk Revit Architecture helps you transform your
    conceptual forms into fully functional designs. Select and add faces to design walls,
    roofs, floors, and curtain systems. Extract important building information, including
    gross area per floor. Bring conceptual massing concepts from applications such as
    AutoCAD® software and Autodesk® Maya® software, as well as AutoDesSys form•Z®,
    McNeel Rhinoceros®, Google™ SketchUp®, or other ACIS®- or NURBS-based
    applications into Autodesk Revit Architecture as mass objects and begin schematic

    Bidirectional Associativity

    A change anywhere is a change everywhere. In Autodesk Revit Architecture, model
    information is stored in a single, coordinated database. Revisions and alterations to
    information are automatically updated throughout the model, minimizing conflicting
    versions and significantly reducing unpleasant surprises.

    Parametric Components

    Parametric components, also known as families, are the basis for all building
    components designed in Autodesk Revit Architecture. These components offer an
    open, graphical system for design thinking and form making, while providing the
    opportunity to adjust and express design intent at detailed levels. Use parametric
    components for the most elaborate assemblies, such as cabinetry and equipment, as
    well as for the most elementary building parts, such as walls and columns. Best of all,
    no programming language or coding is necessary or required.


    Schedules provide another view of the comprehensive Autodesk Revit Architecture
    model. Changes to a schedule view are automatically reflected in all other views.
    Functionality includes associative split-schedule sections and selectable design
    elements via schedule views, formulas, and filtering.


    The extensive detail library and detailing tools provided within Autodesk Revit
    Architecture enable extensive presorting, easing alignment with the CSI format. Detail
    libraries can be created, shared, and tailored to accommodate your office standards.

    Material Takeoff

    Calculate detailed material quantities with the Material Takeoff feature. Ideal for use on
    sustainable design projects and for precise verification of material quantities in cost
    estimates, this feature significantly smoothes the material quantity tracking process.
    As projects evolve, the Autodesk Revit Architecture parametric change engine helps
    ensure material takeoffs are always up to date.

    Intuitive User Interface

    The new release of Autodesk Revit Architecture features a streamlined user interface.
    Find your favorite tools and commands faster, locate lesser-used tools more efficiently,
    and discover relevant new features more easily. The result is less time searching
    through menus and toolbars, and more time getting your work done.

    Sustainable Design

    Autodesk Revit Architecture supports sustainable design processes from the earliest
    stages. Export building information to green building extensible markup language
    (gbXML). Perform energy analysis using Autodesk® Green Building Studio® webbased
    services, and study building performance employing Autodesk® Ecotect™
    software. Use Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design software to accurately evaluate indoor
    environmental quality in support of LEED® 8.1 certification.

    Design Visualization

    Create and capture fully photorealistic design ideas and contextual environments to
    experience your project, even before it is built. Integrated mental ray® rendering helps
    deliver high-quality output, faster render times, and a superior design presentation.