Monday, 17 September 2007

AUGI Revit Architecture Wish List

Here is a great opportunity to effect the future features of Revit. "If you have a wish list, submit it – the more, the better" - Steve Butler, Dallas

AUGI is pleased to introduce the new Revit Architecture Wish List! With the support of Autodesk, AUGI has developed a Wish List system for Revit Architecture that allows you to submit suggestions (wishes) for improvements to the product and then to vote for your 10 favorite wishes.

The Wish List system is simple to use. Just go to the Revit Architecture Wish List. We suggest reading through the How It Works section before you submit your wish. There, you will find valuable information including the approval process, notes about duplicate wishes, and information about what constitutes an "acceptable" wish. On the left tab, you will find the link to Submit a Wish. Submit your wish, and then watch your email. You will receive either an approval notice or an email from someone on the team with questions regarding your wish

Monday, 10 September 2007

Creating Elliptical Walls

"Does anyone have a better way to create true elliptical walls (without just approximating them with curves)? I have been creating elliptical masses, and then adding walls to the faces, but then we can’t really edit their shape without going back to edit the mass, and then remaking the walls." David Ivey.

Solutions provided by Lee Miller:
There are some Known limitations to using the Ellipse. Here are 4 ways to create Elliptical Walls. If you are using the wall by face tool, the wall object is set to “Related to Mass”, so the only way to change the geometry is to edit the mass and remake the walls.

Ed - Is there a better way?

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Use of SIM views (amended)

In order to reference the "HOK Best Practice Details" details (which are drafting views) on a plan/section/elevation view we need to create a callout and select the "Reference another view" check box.

Every view type has a type parameter called "Reference Label". The text value of the reference label is a parameter of the view but it's appearance is controlled by the call out type. There is no user override of this behavior.

Current HOK policy states: Reference labels such as "TYP" "OPP" "REV" are never allowed. SIM" might be OK but is not recommended.

In the future we may want to use "SIM" to have an explicit Revit meaning: To distinguish actual views of the model from drafting or duplicate views. This is one of those situations where the Revit behavior is based on a clear logic and traditional practice is sort of fuzzy. For now let's stick to policy but should we ever have the need for multiple reference labels such as "OPP" and "TYP" we can easily create a separate view type for each label.

Creating multiple view types are possible only for Elevation, Section, and Detail views. Only one type of Floor Plan view is allowed which means we can only have one text option--most likely this would be "SIM". Placing the text manually is also thought to be a valid substitute for the parameter.

Lee Miller adds: Can you verify if the Reference label is filled out? To do this select the elevation or section tag, and select the type properties. (14 Sept)