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Scheduling Shared Family Parameters Through a Link in Revit

Scheduling Shared Family Parameters Through a Link in Revit

This screencast outlines the procedure necessary to schedule a shared parameter through a link using Revit. Note a family in the linked project that has the shared parameter you are hoping to schedule. Close the linked file. Open the host project and link file. Find a view, press Tab as you hover over one of the families…

Shared vs. Project Parameter Usage in Revit

Shared vs. Project Parameter Usage in Revit

Shared and Project Parameters are an important concept in Revit which can cause confusion to new users. Technically, Revit contains Built-in, Family, Shared and Project Parameters. Built-in parameters are those which can be scheduled out of the box. Family parameters are not scheduled, but may help drive parametric changes within a family and are also visible…

Best Practices in Revit Family Creation – Resources

Best Practices in Revit Family Creation – Resources

At my last webinar: “Revit Family Best Practices,” I had the opportunity to constructively critique (roast?) the families and modeling practices employed in the out of the box architectural Revit sample project. There are few resources I demonstrated which I would like to elaborate and share links for: Case apps, now open source after their…

Dirty Little Workaround Alert: Auto-Numbering Parking Tags

Dirty Little Workaround Alert: Auto-Numbering Parking Tags

As we all know, numbering a large number of parking spots can be very time consuming. But hey, hey, doesn’t Revit allow for auto-numbering of parking tags in a similar way as it auto-numbers other things like doors with Tag All? The short answer is, no. Auto-numbering is hard-coded into the program and is not…

Stumped by Nested Family Schedules?

Stumped by Nested Family Schedules?

Ever had one of your nested families, for example a chair, not appear on a schedule? Say for example, you have a handful of different types of desks that all use the same type of chair. You generate your schedule and, voila, all your nested chairs appear perfectly except for one type of chair. There…

Revit families – Thinking outside the parametric box

Revit families – Thinking outside the parametric box

Most of us can create a simple box that we can flex with dimensional parameters to control size. In my latest webinar – Revit Families – Thinking outside the parametric box – I looked at three aspects of family functionality that go beyond the basics covered by most introductory Revit training. Nested families, the Family…

Now you see it, now you don’t (or, what condition my condition is in)

We all know you can control visibility in families using a conditional parameter. Let’s say you need two types of curtain panel. One includes a shading device (the ‘yes’ condition) the other, does not include a shading device (the ‘no’ condition). To manage this you simply create a yes/no parameter, call it Shading Device and…

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