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Revit 2014 Model Performance Technical Note – and More

Autodesk has updated the model performance technical note – it’s got tons of information on how to get the most out of your Revit installation – from hardware recommendations, including Revit Server, to modeling “best practices” and worksharing suggestions. You can get your copy here.

And as a bonus, there is also a technical document on running Revit on a Mac.

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Missing Revit Family Templates – and Other Stuff?

We’ve been getting a lot of calls since people started installing Revit 2015 about missing content – no “stock” families, error messages about the Family Template Path being invalid, no family templates installed, no project templates installed, etc. This is apparently a fairly common problem with the installation of Revit – it was a problem for a few people with Revit 2014, but it seems to be much more prevalent with Revit 2015, and is addressed in great detail an Autodesk Knowledge Base article.

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Pay Attention to the Check Engine light…

When your car starts making that strange noise or that check engine light comes on, we’ve mostly learned (sometimes the hard way), the longer we wait until we address it the more expensive it can become.

The same thing can happen with your Revit Projects if you don’t pay attention to warning signs.

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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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