Thursday, August 30, 2007

Temporary Dimensions...

For those of you you missed in it in the AUGI Forums or even Steve Stafford's Revit OpEd, part of the new improvements in the recent build included adjusting the size of temporary dimension text through Revit.ini.

Scott Latch, the new Technical Product Manager for Revit Architecture, posted these step-by-step instructions on how to modify the Revit.ini file to adjust the size of the temporary dimensions, in the AUGI Revit Community Forums.

1. Open Revit.ini file in Notepad.
The file is typically located in C:\Program Files\Revit Architecture 2008\Program.

2. Add the following line to Revit.ini in [Graphics] section:
Where N is a number larger than 8 (default hardcoded value). Good starting point is twice the default size (i.e. 16-17).

3. Save Revit.ini.

4. Restart Revit. If the size of temporary dimensions is still small, repeat from step 1 with larger number.

Please note, the [Graphics] section may not exist. If this is the case add a line that contains [Graphics].

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Revit Architecture - Web Update SP2 available

Hot off the presses, so to speak...

This download is the most recent build for the Revit® Architecture 2008 and AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture® Suite 2008 software products.
It is available to registered users of Revit Architecture 2008, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.
For a list of improvements, please download the Revit® Architecture 2008 Web Update Enhancement List:
Note: Build Number can be found in the Web Update Enhancement List (as noted below)

Web Update Enhancement List
Revit Architecture 2008
Improvements made in the current Web Update SP2 build (20070810_1700):
• Improves stability after receiving a corrupt element warning when opening a project.
• Publish to DWF™ functions when Rooms are present and are clipped by the viewport.
• Improves stability when saving a Project with a linked DWG™ file that contains an image.
• Improves stability when applying a view template to a sheet view.
• In Windows Vista™ operating system, allows the ability to write to revit.ini, licpath.lic,
KeyboardShortcuts.txt, and the Journals folder.
• Line based families contained in a group are no longer flipped when the group is mirrored.
• Improves stability when importing group into Titleblock family.
• Allows the ability to export renderings to TIFF format.
• When temporary dimension text too small to read, user can adjust the size of the font through Revit.ini.
• Linked DWG added by another user will now show up in Manage Links after reload latest.
• “Relative” spot elevation updates automatically with the change in Level elevation.
• When exporting to DWG, overlapping lines that share a point are no longer missing in the resulting DWG file.

Friday, August 17, 2007

AU2007 Registration Opens for AUGI & Subscription Members

Great News, its that time of year again. Registration for the Autodesk Event of the Year - Autodesk University has just been opened for AUGI and Autodesk Subscription members alike...

Similarly, like last year AUGI has negotiated with Autodesk to offer the "AU 2007 3-For-1 Promotion"

If you are you attending AU 2007 you'll want to take advantage of this exclusive offer from Autodesk and AUGI. Register three (3) or more members from your local user group community and your chapter will receive one free pass to AU. This is a limited offer available to the first 100 registered groups who take advantage of it (limit of one free pass per local user group chapter). Don't delay. Act now.

"How do I take advantage of this offer?" Once your chapter members are registered for AU 2007 send their contact information (name, email address, phone number & local chapter name) in an email to: Please put "AU 3-For-1 Promo" in the subject line. The first 100 chapters to respond, and whose registrations are subsequently confirmed, will qualify for this offer.

Don't delay. Act now! Make sure you are one of the first 100 chapters to take advantage of this limited offer!

In addition to the 3-For-1 Promo, The Second Annual AUGI Leadership Conference will be held on Monday, November 26th in association with AU 2007 at the Venetian Hotel, Room Lido 3101.

Registration opens at 1:00 p.m. and the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. This powerful half-day conference is open to all registered AU attendees and will focus on the creation, building, and maintenance of local user group communities.

A general session and opening remarks will be followed by training sessions focused on topics that are vital to user groups, including: how to launch and grow a successful user group, strategic planning, and partnering with key organizations like Autodesk and the Autodesk Re-Seller community.

Following the training sessions, attendees will participate in breakout sessions focused on developing new ideas and approaches for user group marketing, hosting successful meetings, and creating win-win sponsor relationships. In these sessions, ideas and best practices will be shared and innovative techniques will emerge.

A reception and refreshments will follow. Close the event by networking with friends, old and new.

Group leaders and potential leaders - do not miss this; plan to attend the AUGI leadership Conference for a truly rewarding experience.

Seating is limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no fee to register.

To secure your spot, send an email to: Please put "AUGI Leadership Conference Reservation" in the subject line and be certain to include the following information in the body of your email: name, user group name, city, state, and phone number.

See you at Autodesk University 2007!