Thursday, February 26, 2009

Game Engine for Architects

Autodesk® Project Newport - real-time 3D story building technology for architectural visualization and presentation. With game-engine technology and breakthrough ease-of-use, Project Newport enables architects to show their design in context, rapidly explore design options, and create vivid and immersive 3D presentations. Newport brings architectural designs to life by expressing design intent at every stage of a project.
This may be of interest...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ORUG Summit-March 4th

ORUG Summit - Wednesday March 4th 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Please join us for our first ORUG Summit. We will have three topic discussion tables:
CAD Manager Issues, Project Manager Issues, and Miscellaneous Topics.

Date: Wednesday March 4, 2009Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Location: Alice Fazooli's, 294 Adelaide St W, Toronto ON, M5V 1P6. Click here for map.
For those taking the TTC, it is conveniently located near both Osgoode and St. Andrew stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.
Guest: Charles Simco is a Toronto Litigation lawyer at Shibley Righton LLP who will be available to offer his opinion at the Legal Contract issues discussion table.
Introductions, Welcome and News

Jay Polding will update us about Revit 2010 and what's been going on for the past four months. If you would like to become an ORUG member or attend this meeting as a guest, please contact Jay Polding at There is no charge to attend.
Topic Discussion Tables

CAD Manager Issues

Office Standards and Templates

Project Manager Issues
Integrated Project Delivery
Legal Contract Issues
Miscellaneous Topics
Revit 2010
Tips and Tricks
There will be 1 moderator at each table and 2 note takers.
Notes will be posted to the ORUG Blog at
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Adding Decimal Places to a Tag

How do you add more decimal places to a tag? For instance, the Property Line tag has two decimal places by default but you may want three. The answer to this also applies to changing a tag from Metric to Imperial units or other formatting issues.

Open Family which you would like to edit. (M_Property Line Tag.rfa)

Click on the Label. (Distance)

Click Edit Label from Options Bar

Click (highlight) on the Parameter which you want to change.
Then click the 'Edit Parameters Units Format' button. (Hand pointing with number sign)

Once it's changed you can save and reload the family.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Revit 2010 Build Checker

Looks like this might be useful...

The Beside The Cursor Revit Build Checker has been updated to support Revit 2010 products when they are available. No need to launch Revit and search for the build number...just launch my script to get a report on installed versions of Revit from Release 9.1 through 2010.
Also works with 64 bit Windows XP and Vista.
Also works with Revit MEP and Revit Structures.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Revit 2010 First Impressions

Autodesk continues to focus on the Revit platform, and they've been busy! Here's what the big picture looks like for this release...

User Interface
This needed attention and was given. Looks like the Type Selector has been enhanced to show preview images. The 'ribbon' in AutoCAD 2009 has been frustrating at times. From the images that I've seen the Revit ribbon is well organized.

Native 64bit support
This enhancement cannot be understated. It's not flashy but it can make a huge difference in the size of model that you work on. Users won't have to 'break up' models into links as much anymore. Now we can finally move beyond 4gb of RAM!

Freeform Modelling
It's funny because you wouldn't think that the masses of designers need this, but many do. When you're designing in 3D it's amazing the array of shapes needed. Even if you're making a 'classic' (rectangle) building there are custom column capitals, window lintels, furniture, lighting and other things that require non-rectangular shapes. I'm looking forward to getting into this feature.

There will be more but that is just a sampling. There are other sites like which go into greater depth and even have videos.

Looking forward to April...