Friday, April 04, 2014

Get PLT files from Revit

It's a crazy world sometimes. Like when you create a wonderful Revit model and your client wants PLT files as the deliverable. Here is how to do it.

  1. In the Print dialog, check the box for Print to File. You need to select a printer that doesn't already print to file by the way.
  2. Click the Browse button to indicate where the file should be saved.

3. Change the Files of Type to Plot Files.

That was a lot easier than I thought.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Looking for AUGIWorld Revit MEP Authors

I am looking for Revit MEP authors who would like to contribute to AUGIWorld Magazine. I know I have readers that have something to share, so pitch me your ideas and let's see if you have what it takes to get your mug in the pages of AUGIWorld. 

Articles should cover a Revit MEP topic, be around 2000 words, and be something, well something you would like to read.

If you are up to the challenge, please email me at

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Change the Number of Lines in Room Tags

This comes from Club Revit's Linked In page. A user asked how to change the number of lines in a room tag and Kerry Ward had an interesting take on things. She provided this trick...

"Name the room (single line text) then select the room (not the tag). Go to properties and under Identity Date / Name place your cursor in location where you want the text to split into 2nd line. Then hold down ctrl key and press enter, then apply. The room tag is then split into 2 lines."

I added quite a few breaks in the example image below to demonstrate how far you can take it. You can see that it comes with the side effect of reflecting in schedules. On the MEP side of things it may not matter at all. 

If you are curious, changes the room names in linked files will propagate into the space tags that call the room names.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

IMAGINiT Answers from Joe Eichenseer

Tradition has it that the fine folks at IMAGINiT answer 3 questions of the CAD Shack before the conference is over. This year Joe Eichenseer does the honors. Always a pleasure, and always informative. Thanks Joe!


Thursday, November 07, 2013

Autodesk Inventor Running in FireFox on a Mac

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Revit in a Browser

Things have been shaking up quite a bit over at Autodesk. It is very exciting to live in a time when so much is going on, yet it can also be overwhelming. 

Just as we got over the idea of Renting Autodesk products, they slipped in this new product called Remote.
Remote allows subscription customers and rental customers the ability to remote into their PCs from offsite locations and access thier Autodesk software back in the office. You know what that means? Yea, we never have to stop working now! Good times, yes good times.

Anyway, yesterday I am informed that Autodesk is kicking it up a notch again.

In conjunction with Amazon Web Services and OTOY, we can now run Inventor, Revit, Maya, and 3ds Max, from a web browser. To be clear this means the computing power comes from the web and you run Revit through a browser via Autodesk Remote. I have not tested this yet, but the promise seems to be, no more slow PC. Maybe just a slow connection. With near limitless cloud power users can access their software anywhere, anytime they can access the web.

This is crazy significant. It's like seeing the first music CDs knowing that your album collection will become a museum piece. 

Make no mistake things are fundamentally changing here, not just the delivery method. It's a pretty good bet that prices structures, plans, and subscriptions will have to adjust for things like "pay as you go" Revit or AutoCAD. I am thinking it will be more like cell phone billing than anything. If you require cloud processing you can pay separate like some people pay for unlimited data.

Honestly, the ability to access what ever software you need from the web, just puts another nail in the coffin of the traditional PC. If I can do it all from a tablet..... I probably will.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Search the Project Browser

With the enormous amount of MEP families needed to complete projects, it can be hard to find to the family you want when you need it.

Did you know you can right click on just about anything in the Project Browser and ask for the Search tool?

Then just type in some key word(s) and let Revit find it for you.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Steven Shell's New Blog Rocks

I had the pleasure to meet Steven Shell in person for the first time at the Central States Revit Workshop. He is a dynamic architect, performer, and instructor. Dog gone it, he is fascinating to watch and listen to. 

All that being said, please check out his new blog BIM: Integrating Art & Technology.

Just 4 days ago, he coined "BIM - Business Improvement Model". Check out more of his insightful thoughts and impressive designs right away, and then please eat a donut.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Central States Revit Workshop is Back

This is a shameless plug since my heart is so close to this event, but here it is anyway.

I am excited for the 2013 Central States Revit Workshop next month. I don't think I can describe the event better than to just show you the schedule of speakers and topics. Click on the images for a larger view.

Thursday kicks off in high gear.

Friday closes strong.

Also on Friday the BIM for owners mini-conference!

Register today and get a free one of these to stick in your friends/enemies faces.