The Event Know as Central States Revit Workshop or CSRW. Has a new name and a new reach. Starting off with three events this year BIM Workshops is a new event with the same local feel. Bringing National Speakers like Brian Mackey, Desiree Mackey, Paul Aubin, Steve Stafford, Steven Shell, Phil Read and Andy Jizba to a local events. Join us by submitting a session on the Call for Speakers page to share you knowledge and change the world.
A product review by Michael Anonuevo
By this time, most of you must have come across or heard about Revizto. It is a revolutionary 3D collaboration program developed by Vizerra, a software company based in Moscow, Russia. Using the technology used in video games, it turns Revit models into interactive, navigable 3D environment.
I’ve never heard of Revizto until I got their promotional email late last year. After a quick search, I found out that there has been a buzzword on Revizto for quite some time now from popular Revit websites. Later on, I chanced upon a blog posted by my esteemed colleague, Jeff Pinheiro (therevitkid.com fame), where he posted an article entitled “Ultimate Guide to Revizto”. Not to be left behind, I downloaded the free trial, read the Help files, and then tried Revizto. The first word that came out of my mouth as I was navigating a sample project from my iPad Air was “awesome”!
This article expounds on Jeff Pinheiro’s Ultimate Guide and digs into a few details on how to use some of the software’s great features. Although Revizto was designed for Revit and Sketchup, the focus of this article is how Revit users can use Revizto to their advantage.
Hi everybody! You may be wondering when I will release the 2014 version of Creating Custom Revit Architecture Families. Unfortunately, I’ve had some personal setbacks which forced me to skip this version.
Early this year (2013), my youngest brother unexpectedly passed away. This was followed by the passing away of my oldest brother one month later. Coincidently, two of my close relatives also passed away. I needed some time to absorb these tragic incidents and that is why I stayed away from writing. The good news is I was offered a job as a Revit contractor in April, which I accepted. That helped tremendously in my grieving period as it made me extremely busy.
I am now fine and started writing blogs again. As soon as the Holiday season is over, I will definitely start writing the 2015 version of my eBook and will keep you posted. Thank you for your patience.
On behalf of Carol Stieffermann, a LinkedIn connection and executive director of Professional Search, I would like to post this Revit job opportunity announcement:
2-3 Openings for Revit Commercial Drafters
- must have Revit drafting experience on large hospitality/commercial projects
- Interior drafting is a plus
- Salary: $17 to $30 an hour (senior level)
- Start date: January 6, 2014
If you are interested, please contact Carol at:
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A product review by Michael Anonuevo
As the New Year is fast approaching, I want to add this final 2013 product review for Revit users. You may have seen or receive a notification from revitkid.com regarding a new website called BIM. After Dark. (www.bimafterdark.com).
Apparently, it is a separate website created by the owner of revitkid.com where users can purchase how-to videos pertaining to Revit presentation techniques. BIM. After Dark. (B.A.D.) is the brainchild of Mr. Jeff Pinheiro, the Revit guru who owns and runs revitkid.com. Like most of you who had followed and subscribed to revitkid.com, I got an email notification with a preview of a B.A.D. video. On December 10 last week, B.A.D. went live. Having viewed and learned a lot of tips and tricks from revitkid.com, I visited the site during the launch date and ended up purchasing one of the 3 video packages on sale. This article is a review of that video purchase.
If you’re attending Autodesk University 2013 (December 3 – 5), then don’t forget to visit BIM9 and Knowledge Trax at booths 2222 and 2322. We are hosting a special two-day mini giveaway event, and here’s your chance to get the details first!
BIMplement T-shirt Giveaway: Get a shirt. Wear the shirt. Win prizes. It’s that simple!
· Tuesday (Day 1): First 500 attendees to take a Knowledge Trax sample assessment will receive a complimentary T-shirt!
· Wednesday (Day 2): Wear the T-shirt to our booths between 7:00PM and 8:00PM and you’re eligible to win some special prizes!
So, mark your calendars, set your watch, and visit us at booths 2222 and 2322 for your chance to win!
A product review by Michael Anonuevo
It’s been three weeks now since the SpaceMouse Wireless was released on October 1, 2013. The SpaceMouse Wireless is 3Dconnexion’s latest product. It is the world’s first wireless 3D mouse that provides users with 3Dconnexion’s superior and proven 3D navigation technology _without the restriction of the cord!
Being part of a select group of 3Dconnexion beta testers, I was sent a demo model a few days before the new 3D mouse was announced. To come up with this review, I temporarily replaced my SpacePilot Pro with the SpaceMouse Wireless and used it in an actual Revit project. For those who have not tried a 3D device, please check out the links to several articles I’ve written on all of 3Dconnexion’s products at the end of this article. For experienced users, here’s a close look at this wonderful new 3D mouse.
The World’s First Wireless 3D Mouse
_A Product Announcement by Michael Anonuevo
October 1, 2013: 3Dconnexion announced today its latest product _the SpaceMouse Wireless!
Aside from its navigation benefits, the obvious advantage of the SpaceMouse Wireless is that there is no cord to deal with, thus making our desktop less cluttered. It is the ultimate in portability as it can also be used with a laptop for those on the go. 3Dconnexion positions this product above the SpaceNavigator and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks.
Having written product reviews of all 3Dconnexion’s products, I am one of the few fortunate ones to get hold of this device a few days ago, allowing me to write this announcement. Although I am already impressed by its capabilities, I will be testing the SpaceMouse Wireless furthermore this week and will publish a comprehensive review next week. For now, check out its features.
Note: For those who have not discovered the benefits of a 3D device yet, please check out the links to reviews I’ve written on all of 3Dconnexion’s product line at the end of this article. They include YouTube videos on how each model is used in Revit and other applications.
A Product Review by Michael Anonuevo
In the Revit family modeling eBook I’m currently writing, the chapter on Computer Configuration includes a discussion on desktop and laptop workstations. While I have enough material pertaining to desktop workstation configurations, I barely have any relevant information on modern mobile workstations. I do have a laptop –an Intel Core 2 Duo-based laptop with a 16″ screen, which I use as a third computer backup. But by today’s laptop processor standards, it hardly qualifies as a mobile workstation (translation: obsolete!). Sure it runs Revit, but all functions are painfully slow.
With the gaining popularity of the new and more powerful Intel® Core™ i7 and Intel®Xeon® processors for the laptop, I needed information about them for inclusion in my eBook. I also wanted to write a review for the benefit of Revit users. Having previously dealt with BOXX computers in a review I had written on their XTREME 4920 workstation (http://www.clubrevit.com/2012/10/17/boxx-revit-workstation/), I reached out to their Director of Business Development, Shoaib Mohammad, who graciously sent me a laptop for review.
This article is about the GOBOXX G1840, a laptop classified by BOXX Technologies, Inc. as a mid-range mobile workstation. This model is part of their G1800 WS series. The laptop sent to me was a demo model used by Pixar in one of their trade shows. Knowing this, I expected this model to perform as a true mobile workstation, capable of running Revit and other graphics programs.
So does this model qualify as a desktop replacement? It’s a resounding YES, so please read on for more details.
With a new release of Revit every year, it makes it increasingly difficult not upgrade an active Revit project. What makes it even more difficult is the uncertainty when Revit upgrades your project. Are all my objects there? Is everything in the right place? In this post and video we are going to go thought the steps to upgrade your Revit project from 2013 to 2014. Then we will use Bluebeam’s Revu to help us find any items that may have changed or gone missing after the upgrade process.
Here are the steps I use in the video:
Step 1 Backup
You should always create a backup of your or your companies work when ever you make a change that will impact the entire project, this would be one of those times. Here are some ways that you can backup your project:
- Copy to local workstation
- Copy to USB drive
- Rely on your I.T. department to have a backup.
- Use a service like CrashPlan or Dropbox to copy your project files off site.
- You only need to archive/backup the .RVT files and its links.
Step 2 Check your Project
You should always check each central file before the upgrade process. It is always a good idea to know what errors are in the file before you begin the upgrade process.
- Open each .RVT file and check for errors.
- Document what files are linked to where.
- Use Bluebeam to create a PDF of each sheet and view in your project.
Step 3 Copy the Project to a new folder
You may or may not want to have a new folder for you project, but I find that its a good idea to do so. you don’t need to make an entirely new project folder just a new folder to store your central files.
- Create a new folder.
- Copy the RVT central files to that folder.
- Rename the central files if necessary to have the version number in the name.
Step 4: Upgrade Project
- You will want to start with the files with the least amount of links.
- Here is the order for my example project:
- Use Bluebeam to Create a PDF of each sheet and view in your project.
Step 5 Check your work with Bluebeam
Now for the fun part; we will use Bluebeam Revu to compare both PDF files created in the earlier steps.
- Use Bluebeam Revu to compare the 2013 and the 2014 project files.
- When you select the 2013 PDF you will see all the changes in the Markup List.
- Double click the markup to see both the 2013 and 2014 versions.
- Using Bluebeam Revu you can quickly find all the differences.
If you want more information regarding Bluebeam please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org