Looking at a quick way to use IMAGINiT Clarity to make your team and their time more efficiently used with Autodesk Revit? How about starting with Task Automation and Data Sheets. Watch this short video to find out more:
I hear from many of our students & clients, that they are unable to cleanly cut & paste text from Microsoft Word into AutoCAD & Revit, or from AutoCAD & Revit back into Word. If you have ever tried to highlight text in Word, and then just PASTE it into AutoCAD or Revit, you have probably received some surprising results.
In AutoCAD, you will get non-editable raster text with a white background. In Revit, PASTE will do nothing, and it seems like the command does not work. The trick to getting vector text to PASTE correctly is to ACTIVATE A TEXT BOX before copying or pasting the text.
To Copy Text cleanly from Microsoft Word into AutoCAD or Revit:
Step One: Highlight the text in Word & COPY to Clipboard (CNTRL+C)
Step Two: In either AutoCAD or Revit begin the TEXT command
Step Three: Click out in the drawing area to begin the text box
Step Four: Paste the text into the text box (CNTRL+V)
To Copy Text cleanly from AutoCAD or Revit into Microsoft Word:
Step One: In AutoCAD or Revit, double click on the text box you want to copy from to activate it
Step Two: Highlight the text inside of the activated text box, and COPY to Clipboard (CNTRL+C)
I stumbled across this article / white paper / marketing piece today and it is an interesting read. It talks about the idea of "Big Data", how big of a problem it is, and some concepts that HP is looking at to try and help solve the problem of dealing with so much information.
If you tie this back into building design and construction, you can see a direct correlation - projects are producing more and more data (BIM), cloud computing is being used for project analysis due to the power that the cloud can bring to data-intensive calculations, and the use of document/data/project management systems is on the rise due to the volume of information we need to coordinate and manage.
There's no immediate, but the article provides some things to think about. Will we eventually see a workstation generated that is specifically manufactured for virtual design and construction - down to the features built into the processors, motherboard, and memory? How well will my kids be able to play Minecraft on that same computer? All worthwhile questions to ponder.
Brandon Anderson shares his first hand insights to update this blog post.
You can create custom property definitions for catalog part families using the Spec Editor, but these properties are not visible at the part size level within those families.
For example a part family for pipe may contain sizes from 1-12", but the Spec Editor interface will not display these custom properties in the sizes tab of the catalog editor.
** It is possible with the following workflow to populate unique property values to the part sizes at the catalog level.
When adding a custom property definition select "All Part Groups' for the add property to: option and you must fill in the default value field. Click the add button below the added properties column to include the property in all of the part families (groups) in the catalog. Click the OK button to apply the changes and then save the change to the catalog.
Here I have created a custom property "Custom1" with a default value of "Null" and a field size of 20.
Editing property definition fields after a property has been created does not save over the original rather it creates a duplicate. If changes to a current attribute is needed remove and recreate it.
Also keep in mind that removing and recreating a custom property removes any data you had populated under that definition.
Back in the Spec Editor tab we can then add part families to the specification that we are defining or add our custom property to an out of the box spec.
Double click the Long Description of the family name in the top half of the dialog and you will see the Edit Parts box pop up. Switch to the Edit Properties tab in the top left corner of the Edit Parts box to show the same Property Definition fields that we populated on the catalog side. Here we want to recreate the definition making sure that ALL name fields match what we put in before. Now if we switch over to the Parts List tab and scroll to the right we will see that the custom property "Custom1" has been added to each part size in the specification.
In the Catalog Editor tab we can import/export the catalog family and/or size data to an Excel file.
This is extremely helpful in populating information for the catalog part sizes once they have been created in the Spec Editor, but it also enables us to re-populate the default entries for the custom parameter "Custom1" for each size in the catalog.
Select the Full catalog data export option or the resulting Excel file will only contain a list of the defined families and not their individual sizes.
In the Excel file you will have to unprotect the sheet before you can make any changes.
It is important to remember that you cannot add columns (Parameters) or rows (Sizes) into the Excel file...this data will not import back into the catalog if you do.
Note: You can safely edit most of the field in the Excel file, but you should never edit the SIZERECORDID. You will also notice that you are not allowed the edit any of the Piping Component Properties that you see in the Catalog Editor.
When importing the modified data back into the catalog the Spec Editor it will identify and highlight those changes as seen here. This allows the user to accept or reject the changes individually or globally with the tool buttons located at the top left corner of the tabular list of properties and their values.
Once they have been accepted or rejected you can click OK to apply the changes and then save the catalog. If you Accept the changes but do not Apply the changes they will not be added to your catalog.
Note: If you Apply the changes means that the exported Excel file will always win. So if someone is making changes to your catalog in the Spec Editor application while someone is making changes in the exported Excel file it is possible to overwrite the exported changes if you are not managing this properly.
Back on the Spec Editor tab you can "Check for Catalog Updates".
Choose to update or discard the changes as required and then save the changes to the specification before closing the Spec Editor.
You will then need to add the custom property "Custom1" to the appropriate Plant 3D Class definition.
Right click on the project name to access its properties.
This parameter will cascade down through the tree to all sub-branches...so be sure to place the custom property at the highest level of the required class.
In a 3D drawing in the plant project you can now route pipe using the specification that you just created/updated.
The properties palette will show the part size values for "Custom1" under the section titled General.
How do you keep your Plant project healthy? Below are a few suggestions from Brandon Anderson to improve/maintain a healthy project.
Turn off Auto Save
Auto Save's job is pretty clear. It is a user defined time interval that automatically saves a drawing. The drawback is if you have your Auto Save interval set to 5, 10, 30 minutes it is going to save no matter what you are doing on that set time. When you are working in a project that is constantly writing to its database introducing an interference to this could be possibly hazardous. IMAGINiT recommends manually saving often to prevent a possible file corruption introduced by Auto Save.
How to turn off Auto Save: Type the command Options, go to Open and Save tab, and uncheck Automatic save box.
Don't use Drawing Recovery
Using drawing recovery when a project crashes is attractive when the popup comes up on your screen but IMAGINiT recommends closing the Drawing Recover dialogue box and recreating any information lost. Utilizing drawing recover inside of plant 3D has the possible tendency to create errors resulting in unusual part behavior like connection and routing.
I have been teaching AutoCAD update classes a lot lately. I think it is because of Autodesk's push towards Subscription licenses, that many companies have found themselves "current" for the first time in years. Now that you own the latest version of AutoCAD 2015, do you really know the great new tools that have been added in the last 5 years?
I have created a little quiz, for all those users who "know" AutoCAD, Enjoy!
Do you know there is an ALIGN command? It will rotate, move, & scale, all in one command!
Do you know how to convert single line text to multiline text? The command is TXT2MTXT.
Do you know that there are TWO different Spline commands? Do you know the difference between them? Spline Fit and Spline CV (Control Vertices)
Do you know that you can now use the command line to search for blocks in the project?
Do you know that TRIM & EXTEND are actually the same command?
For example, if you are TRIM-ing objects, hold down the SHIFT key to reverse the command, and EXTEND instead, and vice versa.
Do you know that you do not need to pick a cutting edge when using TRIM or EXTEND?
After starting either Trim or Extend, if you simply hit ENTER at the prompt to pick a cutting edge, ALL LINES become the cutting edge!
7. Do you send files to your consultants by dragging and dropping files into your email?
There is a better way! It is called Etransmit, and it will save down to earlier versions, purge the drawing, attach all xrefs and images, and create a transmittal package of files, AUTOMATICALLY!
Do you know that if you double click the mouse wheel, it ZOOM EXTENTS!
Do you know that the JOIN command is super powerful?
It has two tremendous uses. First, it will JOIN coincident lines that you may have split apart. Second, if you have multiple lines on top of each other, JOIN will clean them all up and merge them to become one line
10. Do you know that AutoCAD 2015 has a new TEXT ALIGN command?
It lines up individual pieces of Mtext. (Note: this does not work for Multileaders, as they have had their own MLEADERALIGN command for years)
Let us know how you did on our little quiz, and if we were able to stump you with any of our DO YOU KNOW questions.
Brandon Anderson has been exploring the Plant/Vault integration for 2015.
I have seen this on a few forums around the web and thought I would throw this up here to show a quick reference to those who are new to the Vault/Plant integration. To reference a drawing from another project that is stored in your Vault you must have the Vault plugin installed and be logged in. You can then attach an Xref from a Vault project either from the command VLTATTACH or through the External Reference Manager. A new option gets added the External Reference Manager with the plugin as you can see circled in red at top left corner of the attached picture.
You may have seen the recent IMAGINiT Clarity 2015 and Clarity Connect 2015 new release information that has been making its way around, but do you know two of the biggest forces behind the planning and development of IMAGINiT Clarity?
Meet Beau Turner, Director of Business Development, and Matt Mason, Director of Software Development. You may recognize them from other events like Autodesk University or the Revit Technology Conference, and we've used them to help put together a quick informational video about what this Clarity software is all about (below). Take a look and if this seems like it might be something that would be worthwhile to you, give is a shout and let us know how we can communicate with you best.
If you browse through this blog a little, you'll notice that there are some other informational posts in here about Clarity and SSL, and other tips and tricks on how to get around in the program.
In this tip Brandon Anderson describes the process of moving an existing Plant 3D project into Vault.
Check a Local or Network Project into Vault
You may have a local copy open and can't figure why the "check-in" is greyed out. The reason it is greyed out is because the Vault Plugin does see the project as Checked Out because the project is not in the Vault. One of the easiest ways to put your local or network project into Vault is by using the command PLANTPROJECTTOVAULT.
Click yes to close your drawings and to continue to next screen.
Specify your sever name and Database prefix and select Start. The same process as when you put a project in Vault when the project is created will start. Once finished the local project will still be opened. You will need to close that project and open it again but this time from Vault. If any files are not in the project folder (for example, a word document that is linked in the Related files folder, or a line definition table LDT referenced by an Iso style), the project does not convert. A log file is created that allows you to identify project files that are not in the project folder.
So we all know how to impersonate another user to relinquish a WorkSet that's checked out to their name, and if you’re not sure what I’m talking about here is a link to bring you up to speed.
So the question that comes to my mind is, what if you don't want anyone pulling this trick on you and relinquishing your WorkSets. For example if you're a BIM manager and don't want people fiddling around with a few WorkSets, but unfortunately all your Revit technicians know the username swap trick, what can you do?
In Revit, the username field accepts multiple fonts as input however it displays some as bullets, kind of like when you’re inputting your password on a web page. A good place to find these fonts is in MS Word. The font 'MT Extra' for example I've tested and it shows up as bullets another one is the font ‘AIGDT’. What this means is that no one can know what Font or Letters you used to create your username besides you. But it is important that you remember your input or else the only way to unlocked those workset is to paste the bullets back into MS Word and go through the fonts one by one until one of them can translate it back. It's random at best so I can't say for sureten which font will translate it back to text but it is never the font you used to create it.
1. First image takes you inside Revit where you would enter your username.
2. Second image is copying the username into MS Word and changing it to a different font in this example the font called AIGDT. (which is just associate symbols to letters).
3. Third image is copying the username (AIGDT font) back into Revit and as you can see Revit just shows it as bullets.
4. Forth image shows how WorkSets checked out to that user will appear to others.
5. To find out what the hidden username was, paste it back into MS Word and go through the list of fonts. Note: Make sure you relunch MS Word from the time you create the hidden username.