Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wall Cleanup

I don't typically like to re-post something from another's blog, but in case you don't read his blog, this tip is awesome and has been a thorn in our side for a while now. Credit goes to David Light

David titled it "My staggered wall is not cleaning up!!!! " The issue is when you have a condition where parallel walls don't cleanup properly because of their position or that that a short wall is created that won't clean properly - Something like this:

The key is in the order you click the blue grips... Click the horizontal wall's blue grip here:

Then click the other horizontal wall's grip here:

And you get this!

How cool is that!!! Too bad we have to do it manually, but at least it works. Autodesk - take note...

Now the question is, does this "stick" so next time I open the project, is the correct cleanup still there... We'll see..

Thanks David!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Worksharing Monitor - System Performance

OK - I have to tell you I really like the System performance tool of the new Worksharing Monitor.

I know you can do similar tasks using Windows Task Manager, but having it all in one location is very nice. We have run into issues of low memory, etc. resulting in crashing - this will assist staff in staying on top of those memory issues.

Also, being able to keep this window on top (transparent) and continue to monitor things is handy.

New Revit Tools!!

Check out the new tools offered by Autodesk!

  • Worksharing Monitor
  • Batch Print Utility

Both are available to Subscription members (we all should have subscription, right??) I won't get into specifics about each app here (at least not yet) because they seem pretty straight forward, but download and check them out!

Here's where you can find the download:

Log onto the Subscription site:

On the main page, navigate to the following:

Click on the above link, you'll be taken to where you can download...

Once installed, you'll find the tools under the Tools Pulldown, then External Tools or in the case of the Worksharing Monitor, from the Desktop icon created during installation.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Revit, RAM & Minimizing

A friend of mine (Scott Brisk of MasterGraphics) and I were discussing how RAM is utilized by Autodesk applications. As you work in your application, RAM is used and in many cases is not returned to the OS when it's no longer needed. The problem arises when you start to reach the 2 GIG limit for a Process in Windows or you simply start to run low on memory. Scott informed me that if you minimize the application, RAM is given back... He confirmed in AutoCAD MEP. I thought that was pretty hard to believe so I tested myself. I opened one of our larger projects using Revit Architecture, opened 3-4 views, watch the memory usage go up, then minimized. Below are the results:

Before minimize:

After minimize:

So when working in Revit and you get a message that you're running low on memory, try minimizing!

On a side note, I always knew that having multiple views open can affect performance, but I was pretty surprised at actually how much RAM is used.

One view open: 784,380 k
Two views open: 817,520 k
Three views open: 847,220 k
Four views open: 872,896 k

So... Closing views when not in use is also very important.

Thanks Scott for bringing this up! Here is Scott's blog in case you're interested in Revit MEP: