Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Text Cursor Icon and Start Point in 2010

Here’s something small that may be overlooked by a few people…the cursor that is now used in Revit 2010 for entering text.  Now you could be saying to yourself, why in the heck is he writing about the cursor being different from 2009 to 2010 when entering text…well, I didn’t think anything of it until today.

I was placing some notes in a sample file and I was placing a leader along with the text.  Well, this is where things started to seem a little weird.  Just so we’re all on the same page, here’s what the cursors look like for each version…

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I know, big deal right.  Or, finally, the text cursor looks like a text editor cursor!  Well, the difference really comes in when you are using a leader before you place the text.  It took me a second to realize what was going on, but it’s definitely different in 2010 than in 2009.  Here’s what I mean…

imageIn 2009, this is what the cursor looked like when placing a leader before entering text…





imageOk, now here’s what the new cursor looks like when placing a leader before entering text…





As you can see, the new cursor is using a new point of reference for starting the leader and the text.  Otherwise, everything else is the same as it was in 2009.  Nothing major or mind blowing, but something to keep in mind when using the Text tool in 2010.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sweeps using Pick Path Option Issue Update for 2010

Back in June 2008, I posted about an issue that came to light regarding the surface pattern not displaying in a Sweep when using the Pick Path option.  Happy to report that another bug that was in 2009 has been fixed!  (if you don’t know what the other bug was, check out this post.)

If you are upgrading a project from 2009 and you have some sweeps that used the pick option, they will not be updated automatically.  You’ll simply have to edit the family (in-place or component family) and either finish the in-place family or reload the component family and it will show the surface pattern from the material.  You really don’t have to do anything to the family…just open it up and reload/finish it.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Edit Witness Line Issue Update for 2010

Back in October 2008, I posted about an issue about dimensions and the text moving around when trying to edit the witness lines.  Well, I’m happy to report that after a little bit of testing in Revit Architecture 2010, this problem appears to be fixed!

Also, in the same post I reported that if you have added text (above, below, prefix or suffix) to a dimension within a dimension string and edit the witness lines, the text would disappear.  Again, I’m happy to report that this bug has also been fixed! 

One little thing…If you edit the witness line to change the dimension with text added to it though, the added text will disappear.  Which kind of makes sense, since you are basically “remaking” the dimension within the string and it would be almost impossible for Revit to figure out which “new” dimension it should apply the text to.

And who says all they did was change the interface and put in new conceptual tools… ;-)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Vote Now for AU 2009 Classes and…

Last year, for the first time, the AU (Autodesk University) Community was used to help select the best 600-plus sessions for AU 2008, and their doing it again this year for AU 2009!

If you are thinking about possibly attending AU 2009, please take a few minutes to vote for those sessions that you absolutely want (or are thinking about) to see. Your votes will help select the best sessions, but also give the selection committee some insight into the most popular sessions and help them schedule those sessions at the best times and locations.

Now that you have the juices flowing about AU 2009, I have a little shameless plug/self promotion to throw out there. ;-)  I’ve submitted a class for the first time this year and I’m hoping that YOU will help me get in the AU door!!  Here’s the session I submitted and hope to teach this year…

On Top of Roofs in Revit Architecture

In this session, we’ll take a look at how to utilize the different ways to create a roof. Before finishing off a roof though, we’ll dive into all the different parameters that make up a roof type and how they affect the end result. This class will also take a look at how to create dormer roofs, whether the dormer is setback or flush with the fascia of the roof. It doesn’t matter if you do residential or commercial projects, this class will give you the tools to create any number of roof shapes. 

How to Vote

To vote for sessions, go to the Autodesk University Session Selection page and log in using your AU Online username and password. If you do not have an AU Online account, it only takes only a few seconds to register as an AU Online member .

The voting deadline is Friday, May 8 at midnight PDT.

A very big THANK YOU in advance for all that vote for my submission!!