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Architect\'s Desktop 2013-12-03 15:00:17
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We ran into an issue at the office today, and I wanted to document the solution for my own future reference. Our firm has architects and engineers in-house, and each discipline typically works in separate models that are then linked into each other. This particular project was being done in the 2012 versions of Revit MEP, Revit Structure and Revit Architecture. …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-11-30 10:05:00
If you have ever externally referenced several files into one host file, and had Schedule Tags placed within the externally referenced files that displayed property values that were from or based on Location properties, you may have found that in the host file, the Schedule Tags did not display the expected values. One common example would be the use of a …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-11-27 12:55:14
Paul Aubin has a helpful tip on the use of Guide Grids in Revit. Read the post and watch the detailed explanatory video in his blog post.
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-11-15 15:22:57
This is just a quick vent post on my increasing frustration with the Help that is currently available in AutoCAD® Architecture. I appreciate that moving the online Help "online" (internet-based) allows them to update the content, and that the vehicle for doing so would not necessarily be the same as it was back in the 2010 release, when the "online Help" …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-10-19 09:00:00
In December of 2009, I contributed an article to AU Tech Talk, about adding tools for AEC Content to the ribbon in AutoCAD® Architecture. That article no longer appears to be available on the Autodesk website, so I am reposting it here:
The out-of-the-box AutoCAD Architecture ribbon tabs include a number of tools that allow you to add AEC content such as …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-09-30 13:40:11
In this previous post, I provided the code for getting the AecArchBaseApplication object. This object provides access to a number of values that I previously obtained through DXF access to the dictionaries (which is no longer exposed). Assuming that you have saved the AecArchBaseApplication object to a variable called archBaseApp, the following code examples show how to obtain the noted objects …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-08-23 09:24:57
As you can see in the image above, my Command Line Suggestion list currently has FILLET as the top-ranked response after typing "F" at the Command: prompt. But it did not start out that way, and, to my annoyance, I found that the AutoComplete feature was frequently trumping my "F" command alias for FILLET. More often than not, it was executing …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-08-15 12:46:00
A few months back I had my first experience with creating an Autodesk® Revit® family driven by a type catalog. I am finally getting around to documenting some of what I learned, so I do not have to learn it again, next time. For the record, the observations below were made while using Revit Architecture 2012; I have not yet worked …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-07-22 16:57:00
Here are a couple of new things that I became aware of today. I thought I would post links here in case others have not heard of these yet.
FAQ for Autodesk® Software Rental
You have to be on subscription to take advantage of the following Autodesk® Exchange application:
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-07-15 15:29:00
When trying to make use of the AutoCAD® ActiveX® access to the object model through the AutoLISP® "VL" commands, the vlax-dump-object function will likely become one of your best friends. The Help sections on the object model are certainly useful, but as you test bits of code to verify that they work, I have found the vlax-dump-object function invaluable in helping …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-07-04 11:44:00
Since the 2010 releases, the AEC data stored in "dictionaries" has not been accessible through AutoLISP® entities/entity data, as it had been previously, through statements such as:
(cdr (assoc 350 (member '(3 . "AEC_VARS") (entget (namedobjdict)))))
I recently had the time and opportunity to investigate the use of the Visual LISP® functions to access the drawing data to access the data previously available …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-06-04 09:45:43
Autodesk® has released Service Pack 2 for AutoCAD® Architecture 2013. As always, be certain to read the entire README before installing Service Pack 2. In the list below, "SP1" indicates an item fixed in Service Pack 1 (and included in Service Pack 2) and "SP2" indicates an item fixed in Service Pack 2.
The following ACA defects have been addressed:
SP1: Crash …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-06-03 07:25:00
There have been a few reports of misbehaving Multi-View Blocks [MVB] in the AutoCAD® Architecture Discussion Group recently. Specifically, the issue was that when Imperial-unit content was inserted into a Metric-unit drawing, the 3D or model view block came in incorrectly, with parts scrambled. I looked into one specific instance of this, the "Side-Side" refrigerator content, which inserts a MVB called …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-04-24 17:42:00
If you have an instance parameter in a family (shared or family parameter type) and, after starting the "add process" by either using a ribbon tool or by dragging a type from the Project Browser, you then change the value of that instance parameter BEFORE placing the instance, you will find that the value you entered becomes the new default value …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-04-23 19:19:11
Here is a guide to the new product logos for the 2014 releases of Autodesk products. I am not 100% certain that I got all of them, and, unfortunately, a few were only available in smaller-sized images. All names are registered trademarks of Autodesk. As always, click on the image to see a larger version.
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-04-21 06:30:00
In addition to the features discussed in the previous four posts, there are several additional additions/improvements to look for in AutoCAD® Architecture 2014.
3D Orbit Performance
The full regeneration that takes place after ending the use of the 3DORBIT command in previous releases of ACA (and AMEP) has been eliminated, allowing you to continue to work on your model without interruption. This does …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-04-14 10:09:24
Four of the more popular tools that had been available to German, Austrian and Swiss subscribers have been made available to all AutoCAD® Architecture users. The Roombook ribbon tab from ACA 2013 has been renamed Vision Tools, and you will find these new tools there.
Display By Layer
The Display Order panel features one tool, Display By Layer, which runs the AecLayerOrder command.
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-04-09 15:15:35
Your requests have been heard. Prior to the 2011 release, when placing Doors and Windows, you had a choice between Unconstrained and Offset/Center, where the latter would center the Door or Window on a Wall segment if you click near the midpoint of that Wall segment or would offset the opening a user-set distance from the end of the Wall segment …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-04-08 07:53:00
AutoCAD® Architecture 2014 expands upon the new AutoCAD 2014 feature that allows you to type in a few characters of a content item's name to initiate an "add" command for that content type, using that specific content. In ACA, this means you can add an instance of an object of a specific style or definition, just by typing in a few …
Architect\'s Desktop 2013-03-27 01:34:00
AutoCAD® Architecture 2014 has a new feature that allows you to enable the automatic attachment of Property Set Definitions [PSDs] to objects. This setting is on a by-drawing basis, so you can have this turned on in some drawings and off in others.
To turn on this feature, open the Options dialog and go to the AEC Object Settings tab. In the …