Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Path for "Load From Library"

Ever want to change the path for where Load From Library looks for content?

We'll - in the Options dialog box, there is no "apparent" path for this. It's somewhat disguised under the Libraries section.

By specifying a different path here, it will do two things:

  1. Update your Imperial Library Shortcut in the Open/Load dialog box.
  2. Update your Load From Library (under the File Pulldown)

Ditto in RAC 2009, but it's under Places...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Low Walls in Revit

This is an older tip, but we just ran into the issue again recently...

Unwritten Rule: Walls that are unconnected AND less than 6' in height will not display their interior layers (you'll get a display similar to coarse).

These two walls are the same family, just different heights...

Workaround #1:
Constrain the Top of the wall to the same level as the base constraint, but give the wall a Top Offset equal to the desired unconnected height. This is essentially the same thing as being unconnected, but in Revit's eyes is not...

Workaround #2:
Same as above, but constrain the top of the wall to the level above. Do some math to include an offset "down" from that level.

Workaround #3:
"Attach" the wall's top to something... In this example, a Reference Plane will do.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Force a Hard Return in Revit...

Have you ever wanted to force Revit to do a hard return (place text on the line below)?

This doesn't work in all situations, but by placing your cursor where you want the line to wrap and then hitting CRTL ENTER , Revit will enter a hard return. Here is an example of a view title where I wanted to divide the view title between two lines.

FYI - In this particular example, you can't do this on the "view's name", so you'll have to instead use the "Title on Sheet"...