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Revit 2014 Update 3 Released

Update 3 for Revit 2014 has been released, including the Suite product. You can find the link appropriate for your flavor at the Revit Clinic.

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LEED Daylighting Analysis Extension for Revit has Graduated!

The LEED Daylighting Analysis Extension for Revit 2014 and 2015 has graduated from Autodesk Labs and is now available for download as a full-fledged extension for Revit. You can get it, along with a detailed description of its capabilities here. Be aware – you need an Autodesk 360 account to use it, and it does cost cloud credits to use. When you set up your analysis, you’ll be notified as to how many credits your analysis will cost before you submit it.

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Revit 2015 Service Pack 3 is Available

If you don’t already subscribe to The Revit Clinic, you should – there’s a ton of good troubleshooting info there, and they always post the links to the updates as soon as they’re available. In particular, Service pack 3 links for Revit 2015 (all flavors) are provided here:

Revit Update Release 3

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Your Annual Anti-Virus Warning

It’s Spring again, which means it’s the time of year when everyone gleefully installs all of their new Autodesk software. And this is the time of year when we see the most install-related tech support calls. One that you can avoid having to make has to do with what can result if you leave your anti-virus software enabled when installing Autodesk products.

I know… if you’ve not heard this before, you probably think I’m nuts. But trust me. DISABLE YOUR ANTI-VIRUS when installing Autodesk software. In most cases the install may actually appear to go just peachy. Until you start trying to run the applications. Then things just act… weird. There’s really no other way to describe it. Sometimes it’s obvious – the software just won’t run. More often it’s more insidious.

One that is particularly nasty to installation attempts this go-round is Trend Micro’s antivirus. I ran into this with a customer recently – when they disabled the anti-virus everything went just fine. And today I’m vindicated, as it appears on Autodesk’s “Up and Ready” blog.

So if you don’t want to believe me, or if you need ammo for your skeptical IT people, go here: Up and Ready

BIM 360 Field and Glue Integration

You may or may not have heard or read that Autodesk has added BIM 360 Glue integration to BIM 360 Field. What that actually means is that in order to integrate a new model into BIM 360 Field, you NEED to use Glue.

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Autodesk 2015 Products are Here

Most, if not all of the Autodesk 2015 products are now shipping and are available for download, with the Suites soon to follow.

As always, we strongly recommend that you, your CAD Manager, BIM Manager, or whoever handles this sort of thing download and install the new software on a non-production machine first to explore the new features, before rolling it out to your entire office. Don’t forget to disable your anti-virus software before installing, and when you download, do not use the “Install Now” option. Use the “Download Now” (Download Manager) option ideally, or failing that, use the “Browser Download” option.

Revit MEP Electrical Device Annotations – Right Side Up


A common source of frustration for MEP users of Revit are the electrical devices, light switches, etc. with embedded labels. The following image illustrates what I’m talking about:

Four of the eight duplex outlets shown above are GFCI outlets, and while they properly label themselves as such, the lable is rotated to the same angle as the outlet itself instead of being horizontal in all cases, which is the way most people would like to see it.

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The Case of the Disappearing Section Marks


We get this call all the time. A Revit user has a view that is showing some of their section marks but not all. Revealing hidden elements reveals no hidden section marks. Other views show the same mysteriously absent section marks, and of course, the section views exist in the Project Browser.

This is because of a frequently overlooked unique property of section views. When you create a section, the scale of the view in which you create the section initially sets the default scale beyond which the section mark will be hidden. In other words, if you create a section in a plan whose scale is, say 1/2″=1′-0″ you won’t see it in any views whose scale is 1/4″=1′-0″, 1/8″=1′-0″, etc.

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To fix it, either select the section mark in a view that you can see it in, or navigate to the section view itself and in the Properties palette change the “Hide at scales courser than” value to a smaller scale. I usually go with 1″=400′ myself – I can always hide a section mark “By Element” or “By Category” if I don’t want to see them in a view.

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Orthographic Mode in Navisworks? Gone?

Recently, while digging into a really cool 3rd Party add-on for Navisworks (iConstruct – I’ll be posting more on this amazing tool later), I discovered a rather disturbing feature/limitation/defect in Navisworks. After a bit of Googling I found it mentioned in several forum threads, so this may not be news to hard-core Navisworks users, however…

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Revit 2014 Worksharing Whitepaper

It only took 3 years, but I finally got around to updating (re-writing, actually), the Worksharing Whitepaper originally posted back in 2011. Up to date for Revit 2014 to include Worksharing Display modes, disabling worksets, central file maintenance as well as setting up a workshared project and worksharing workflow. Get it here.

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