It’s alive in The Lab! On November 20th, Autodesk Labs released the LEED Daylight Analysis add-in for Revit 2014 (Service Pack 2 required). It’s available for free for the time being, but I suspect you’ll need subscription at the very least at some point, or more likely since it’s utilizing the cloud rendering service you’ll burn Cloud Units to use it. It generates a color-coded image in your current Revit view, as well as a Room Schedule with the LEED Daylighting data generated for each room in your project.
Again, it’s free for now. Go to the “Beyond Construction” blog to read about it and download it…
Have you ever tried to get a brick material to map correctly to an arched lintel, or something similar? This seemingly impossible task is explained in the Revit Kid’s blog - it can be done!
Every now and then you run across something in a software application that just makes you wonder what kind of drugs the product designer involved was doing at the time it was developed. For example, who was the guy at Microsoft who decided it was a GOOD idea to turn off file extensions by default? And more importantly is he or she still employed?
Or did they maybe go to work for someone else? Could it be? I’m beginning to wonder…
Full disclosure here before I begin. Paul Aubin is a very good friend of mine. He and I have collaborated on several projects over the years and we’ve also co-authored a book together.
That said, I have to report that he has outdone himself with his latest effort – of the same title as this post.
What’s even better is that he’s done it while addressing a need that has been festering in the Revit world for a long, long time. Do you want to REALLY learn how to create custom families the right way? Read on…
Have you ever linked in a Revit model from another team and BAM… nothing. Just when you were about to get a look at their progress on the model you don’t see anything at all. You use Zoom > Extents to make sure it isn’t located off in space somewhere. You check Manage Links to make sure the link shows as loaded. Looking at other views doesn’t help either. It’s like the linked model is invisible. Well, it probably is. Sort of…
I’ve heard people talking about Glue and how they’re disappointed that it doesn’t do clash detection in the same manner as Navisworks Manage. It doesn’t have the robust reporting and clash management/tracking capabilities that Navisworks Manage has. I think this stems from the misconception they have that Glue is supposed to be sort of a “Navisworks Light” for mobile applications.
It’s not. Not even close – and it’s not intended to be. So… just what IS it for?
If you’re going to Autodesk University this year (December 3-5, The Venetian Resort and Casino, Las Vegas), come and check it out:
Making Fulls Use of the Power of Lookup Tables (Wednesday 12/4 – 1:00 PM-2:00 PM)
This class shows users how Autodesk® Revit® MEP building design software uses lookup tables to automatically size pipe, conduit, and cable tray fittings properly. We look at how lookup tables are formatted and how the Revit family references the lookup table. Users will better understand the role of lookup tables in Revit and be able to use lookup tables when creating and editing families.
And if you just want to party, Enceptia is holding a customer appreciation reception on Monday night. When you register for Autodesk University, make sure you indicate that you received an invitation from Enceptia and you’ll be given an invitation to the reception. (If you’ve already registered, you can edit your profile information and update it with the Enceptia invitation)
See you there!
If you’re going to Autodesk University this year (December 3-5, The Venetian Resort and Casino, Las Vegas), I’m teaching 5 classes – come and check it out:
Have you ever wondered why the Detail Level is set to Coarse for 1/4″=1′-0″ plans but Medium for 3/8″=1′-0″ plans? It can get really annoying to have multiple views come up with the undesired Detail Level by default. But guess what? You can tell Revit what view scales should default to which detail level! Want to find out how? Read on..
How do I make those special symbols in Revit??? Revit uses the character map feature of Windows, so it will vary slightly depending on the font you’re using in Revit. Continue reading