Monday, August 24, 2009

Revit interface …changing again!!!!

I have already voted in favour and accepted the 2010 Revit interface, which I have started to get used to.

…but then….I was reading the Inside the Factory blog to see that they seem to be obsessed with the game “Whac-A-Mole”.


They seem to want to make the interface more intuitive, but it seems that they do not understand that most users prefer familiarity with the UI. Please express your concerns on their survey (link here)

Autodesk has released an official track back to the old UI here, as well as

While I have been tempted to buy one of Phil Read’s T-shirts,


I would like to make a few changes to his design.

t shirt

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Updating a 2008 Render Appearance

This one is straight out of the help file, but handy nonetheless:


Updating a 2008 Render Appearance

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Use the following procedure to assign a new render appearance to a 2008 material whose render appearance was not upgraded automatically.

To update a render appearance for a material

  1. In Revit Architecture 2009, open a project.
  2. Click Settings menuMaterials.
  3. In the left pane of the Materials dialog, under Materials, enter not upgraded in the search field.

    The materials list displays the names of all materials whose Comments field contains the specified text.

  4. Select a material from the list.
  5. On the Render Appearance tab, click Replace.
  6. In the Render Appearance Library, select the desired render appearance for the material, and click OK.

    See Searching for a Render Appearance.

  7. If desired, modify properties for the render appearance.

    See Render Appearance Properties.

  8. Click Apply.
  9. Repeat Steps 4 through 8 for other materials whose render appearances were not upgraded.
  10. In the Materials dialog, click OK.
  11. Save changes to the project.

Found at: Revit Architecture 2010 User's Guide > What's New? > New in Revit 2009 > Rendering Enhancements > Migrating to Revit Architecture 2009 > Migrating Render Appearances for Materials >

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Revit Structural - Analysis

PROKON Structural Analysis and Design is a suite of over thirty structural analysis, design and detailing programs. The first PROKON programs were developed in 1989, and are now used worldwide in over eighty countries. The suite is modular in nature, but its true power lies in the tight integration between analysis, design and detailing programs.

You can download the Revit add on for Prokon, by downloading the Prodesk installer LINK

Friday, August 07, 2009

Revit blogging on Windows Live Writer & Copy / Link Monitor

I hope to be blogging a lot more now, as I have Windows Live Writer, which seems to be a LOT easier to edit & create new posts.

The Copy/Link monitor tutorial tailored for Revit Architecture can be downloaded at Inside the Factory blog or use this link.

Very handy tutorial.