Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Revit 2010 Crashing on Startup

I found another thread about Revit Crashing on Startup which can be found below.


Is Revit crashing on startup?

If so, you may want to look at this thread:
You could try two things:
UI State.dat may be corrupt- More information on this is here:
or here:
Short answer:
To reset the ribbon and Quick Access toolbar, rename or delete the UIState.dat file located in the following folders:

For Windows XP:
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit Structure 2010

For Windows Vista/ Windows 7:
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit Structure 2010

Or a CommCenter file may be corrupt: From the information here:

This can occur because of a conflict with a Communication Center file. Delete the following file, if present on the workstation at the following location:

Windows XP

Autodesk Revit Structure 2010
c:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit Structure 2010\ENU\Components\WebServices\WSCommCntrData.xml

Windows Vista \ Windows 7

Autodesk Revit Structure 2010
C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit Structure 2010\ENU\Components\WebServices\WSCommCntrData.xml

Monday, July 26, 2010

Revit Architecture 2011 Certification

Simplicity is great! The official Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 training guide and exam prep guide is now available in one book:

Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 [Paperback]
Eddy Krygiel (Author), Phil Read (Author), James Vandezande (Author)

Here's the Autodesk Exam Preparation Road map pdf.

The book is not yet available in Canada but I have mine on pre-order. Knowing the authors, I'm absolutely sure of their level of skill, detail and commitment. Here's their blog, it's a great read.

Update: Just got mine in the mail, looks good!

Point Known - Laser Measurements into Revit (Revit OPED)

Point the laser, draw a wall in Revit...

This seems like a great solution for building surveying, on-site measuring, as-built measuring or whatever you may call it. I saw this on Steve Stafford's blog http://revitoped.blogspot.com/.
Worth a watch:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Can't Get Network License Error 15.370.?

Just encountered this issue for a Maya install but it applies to Revit etc. Plus the error was just 15.370.00 not 15.370.36. The fix still worked.

You configured a machine to be a network license server and then installed an Autodesk product on the same machine. When you launch the product, it tries to check out a network license and fails.

On Windows, the FLEXnet Finder dialog displays and, when dismissed, is followed by a license error dialog displaying the error code [-15.570.36]. In the Mac OS, a license error dialog displays the same error code but it does not display a FLEXnet Finder dialog.

This happens on all operating systems where an IPv6 stack is installed.


The following steps should allow the client to find the server and check out a license file:


1. Get the IP address of the machine (by typing “ipconfig” command in a CMD window or by getting it from the LMTOOLS “System setting” tab).
2. Open the hosts file located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc.
3. Add the IP address and hostname to the hosts file, e.g., “111.222.333.444 machine_name”.
4. Save and close the hosts file.

Full Autodesk Doc:

Mound Shaped Curtain Wall

Because you've always wanted to do this...

I've combined some tools into one, two part, video, as requested:

Mound Shape using Conceptual Massing Tools
Applying a Surface Pattern to a Mass
Creating a 'Curtain Panel Pattern Based' family

Part 1

Part 2

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Revit 2010 and 2011 Not Getting License

All of the Autodesk 2010 and 2011 products have a propensity of corrupting the cascadeinfo.cas file. This file is directly related to the obtaining of a license from LMTools. We have found that when Revit can't find a license from the server you need to do the following:


The current workaround it to rename/remove the corrupt CascadeInfo.cas file following these steps.

Return any borrowed licenses
Check in any checked out licenses and exit all Autodesk products
Rename or delete the corrupt CascadeInfo.cas

The CascadeInfo.cas file can be found in the following locations:

Windows XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\Adlm

Windows Vista and Windows 7:



/Library/Application Support/Autodesk/Adlm/.config

Here's the full Autodesk technical document:

other links:


One word of caution. This may cause your corresponding AutoCAD product to crash on startup. We are looking into this and I will post when I get an answer for this.