To start a workflow or save a workflow from within Revit go to the 3D view you would like to work with in Showcase.
From the Application Menu in the upper left corner of your Revit Interface click on "Suite Workflows"
You have three options for Showcase: Conceptual Model, Interactive Walkthrough or Realistic Presentation.
Make sure you are fully aware of everything that needs to be done with your Revit model before you push it out to Showcase or 3DS Max Design. The help menu is a great place to start and has a lot on this subject. You can start here in the Suite Workflows.
For more direct information on how to maximize your Revit to Showcase workflow click here.
Every year we receive numerous calls on how to remove the educational plot stamp. Some new, maybe even exciting, information for everyone!
I just read a couple updates from Autodesk in their knowledge base.
You can print/plot from AutoCAD 2014 with service pack 1 installed and it will not plot the Educational (Edu) plot stamp! You save it and send it to someone else that doesn't have sp1 or is on an earlier release and it will still plot the Edu Plot Stamp.
However, in 2015, once you save the drawing the Edu Plot Stamp is removed!
When plotting a drawing from AutoCAD that was created in—or that contains drawing data that was created in—an Educational (Student and Faculty) version of AutoCAD or an AutoCAD-based program, the following plot stamp or watermark appears in the final output:
For Educational Use Only
PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT
This can also occur when using blocks or other components of drawings that have been created or modified in an Educational version, including layers, blocks, layouts, etc.
Autodesk sells educational versions of software on the premise that the software will be used for educational purposes only. The addition of this watermark is as-designed to discourage the commercial use of an educational version.
Removal of the educational plot stamp from AutoCAD-based drawings is not supported.
Authorized use of educational and student versions of AutoCAD software does not permit using that software for professional, commercial, or for-profit purposes. The plot stamp is a measure that helps ensure educational and student version licenses are used only as authorized.
At some point during your drawings lifecycle, an educational or student version of AutoCAD was used to either create and/or edit your file(s), thus introducing the educational plot stamp. When opening drawings in an educational version, the software provides up to two warnings that the plot stamp will be applied.
We recommend reviewing the applicable Autodesk software license agreement accompanying each product that has been licensed and identify cases in which educational or student versions of Autodesk products may be being used in a manner inconsistent with the terms of the governing license agreements. This will help you avoid the inclusion of educational plot stamps in files being used for professional, commercial or for-profit purposes.
AutoCAD 2014 SP1 - With AutoCAD 2014 Service Pack 1 installed, DWG files will no longer show the educational plot stamp while plotting, nor will they give a warning message when opening them. However, the stamp is still attached to the file even though it is not showing. The danger is that someone with 2014 SP1 could open a file and work on it without realizing it has the educational stamp on it. If they then send that to someone without SP1, or on an earlier version, that user will see the warning and the stamp. At this time, using 2014 with SP1 will still propagate the stamp to other drawings, as in the past.
AutoCAD 2015 - This version has the ability to remove the stamp altogether if a Save is performed. Once a file is saved in 2015, it can be sent to users on earlier versions, and the stamp will no longer be a part of the file.
When you first start the roof command the option bar should show up with “Defines Slope” and you can check it or keep it unchecked and define after you draw.
If you don’t not check “Defines Slope” at the beginning of the roof command its ok. You can draw the roof and then select on the individual lines and click the check box from the Option bar to “Define Slope”.
Now you will see the triangle and you can click on it to change the slope or you can select on the line and change the slope in Properties.
What happens if you create your roof and you forgot to define your slopes? Simply click on the roof and from the ribbon click on “Edit Footprint” then you can select each line and from the Option bar you can check “Defines Slope” and modify the slope.
Now one more thing;
I have customers who do not want to use degrees for their slopes so here is how you can change this;
From your ribbon go to the Manage tab. Click on Project Units.
From within the Project Units dialog box click on the Format button for Slope. The Format dialog box will open and you can change how the slope units are shown. Click the OK button in both dialog boxes to get back to your drawing.
Now when I click on the roof line to edit it my slope units are changed.
In order to dimension in a 3D or isometric view within Revit you will need to set the work plane first.
To set the work plane rotate the view, click on the icon to lock the position and give the view a name.
Now set the work plane. From the Architecture, Structure or Systems tab > Work Plane panel > click on Set.
In the Work Plane dialog box click on the option to Pick a Plane. Select on a surface in the plane that you want the dimensions to be on.
If the dimension seems to be off it could be your scale or your dimension style needs to have the "Witness Line Gap to Element" reduced so its closer to the object.
You can get to this value by clicking on the dimension and from properties click on the Edit Type button. In the Type Properties dialog box look for the Parameter called Witness Line Gap to Element. Change the value to a lesser value or zero.
If you are dimensioning along a pipe run and want the dimension to appear with its dimensioning to the center of the pipe you will need to go into an elevation or section view and create a reference plane on the center of the pipe so that when you are in your ISO view you can set the work plane to your newly created reference plane.
If you have custom lisp routines and they need to be stored on a shared network drive then you will need to make sure the drive is added to the trusted paths in your Autodesk software.
By default the Autodesk folders that get installed and all their subfolders are trusted paths so when user try to use executable files that contain code on other drives AutoCAD will give a message similar to this one;
You need to type TRUSTEDPATHS at the command line and type the drive letter:\...
Make sure you have the backslash and the three dots so for this error message above I would enter Q:\... because this would encompass all of the Q drive. If you know your custom content is only in the Q drive and ACAD folder then you can use Q:\ACAD\...
(Do not forget the three dots at the end)
Go to your software help menu to read more about trusted paths.
"One workaround we have found, is to remove unwanted VAVs from the circuit before finishing the circuit. We understand that this may not be the preferred workflow, but we are actively working to fix this issue."
If you are looking to get use to the new interface but still want to utilize the toolbars do the following to bring them back to life;
Type CUI at the command line to bring up the Customization User Interface dialog box.
Click on the Default (current) workspace and you will see in the right panel "Workspace Contents" click on the "Customize Workspace" button.
You will see back in the left panel you will be able to add check marks to items. You can click the plus symbol to expand Toolbars to check only the toolbars you want or click the check box next to Toolbars to add all toolbars.
Click the OK button in the CUI dialog box and you will now have your toolbars.
For AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP you may not have any toolbars loaded. To load the toolbars you have to do the following:
Still within the Customize User Interface (CUI) click on the Transfer tab.
You will need to open the ACAD.CUIX by clicking on the folder icon in the right panel.
Navigate to the ACAD.CUIX by default it should be located in the C:\Users\user profile folder\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\software folder\enu\Support.
You will now see all the toolbars listed below on the right side panel. You can expand the Toolbars and select only the ones you want to bring over or you can select them all. You will then drag and drop them to the left panel under the Toolbars section.
Once you click the APPLY button you will see the Toolbars appear on the desktop. Click the OK button to get out of the CUI dialog box.