Today, Autodesk is pleased to announce official support for running Revit 2010 on a Mac through Boot Camp. In the past, many users used this option to run Revit on their Mac, but without official support from us. Now, you can come out from under that rock you were hiding under and bask in the warmth :).
Boot Camp allows the selected operating system to run in native mode. Unlike using virtualization in which you can switch between the two operating systems without restart. At this time, the virtual machine environment is not supported.
If your interested in more information including a FAQ doc, check out the updated system requirement product pages (link to the FAQ is at the bottom):
I find it pretty exciting that we are now offering support for running on this hardware. It might open up a whole new group of users (maybe some more college students?). I am interesting to see just how many people are going to be using our products on the platform. Let me know if you think this announcement is going to impact you or your next hardware purchase.
Besides just the Revit products, we are adding official support for AutoCAD (just AutoCAD, no vertical products like AutoCAD MEP or AutoCAD Civil 3D) , Autodesk Inventor , Autodesk 3ds Max , and Autodesk 3ds Max Design via Boot Camp.
Remember that this announcement is only for the 2010 products, 2009 or earlier products are not supported.
10 quick tips to utilize in the conceptual mass workspace. Here they are in no particular order:
1. Spacebar Toggle Coordinates
When selecting an object on a form, you can use the spacebar to toggle the coordinates between the object and the model orientation.
2. Reference Lines versus Lines
When forms created from lines are deleted, the original lines are deleted as well. When forms created from reference lines are deleted, the reference lines remain to easily recreate the form.
3. Background Color
Under “View Properties”, “Graphic Display Options” you can specify the gradient background on or off as well as adjusting the colors if needed.
4. Remove Divided Surface
After the divide surface tool is utilized, you can later remove the divided surface if needed simply by highlighting it and choosing the “Delete” tool.
5. Enable 3D Snapping
To easily snap between points in 3D, after selecting the line or reference line tool a “3D Snapping” setting will become active on the Options Bar.
6. Rehost a Reference Point
When a reference point is highlighted, a “Rehost Point” tool will appear on the ribbon. By selecting the tool, you can easily host the point to another location.
7. Create a Sphere
Draw the line for rotation, draw the arc as needed, then “Create Form”. Afterwards in the "Element Properties" of the sphere, you can adjust the “Start Angle” and “End Angle” between 0 and 360 degrees.
8. Create a Plane with Adjustable Height
Reference lines allow for creation of planes with “Positive” and “Negative” offsets in "Element Properties". Simply draw a reference line, “Create Form”, and open "Element Properties” to adjust offset value.
9. Mass Transparency
In the Conceptual Mass family or project, you can adjust the transparency of the mass objects. Edit Materials, and locate the “Default Form” material. You can slide the transparency as needed; the default is 0 % in the family environment but 70% in the project environment.
10. Parameters for Divided Surface
After dividing a surface, open the "Instance Properties" for the object. You can associate a parameter to the values if you would like to utilize formulas or create numerous family types with multiple values in “Types”.
We have been hearing a lot of reports that Revit 2010 is not very stable. Many users have been experiencing crashes in the product. Through some investigation of Customer Error Reports (CER), see a great post about CER here, we are seeing that many users are crashing due to out of date video graphic card drivers.
In Revit 2010, there were changes made behind the scenes regarding the display of graphics in the application, a good post of the subject can be found in a post on Inside the Factory called Tuning the Graphics Engine, these changes might cause your old graphics card driver not to work as well before and may be the cause of the instablilty you are seeing.
Please, make sure that you are using the latest version of the driver for your graphics card.
This will greatly help the stability of Revit, preventing crashes from occuring. Also, if you are crashing, make sure you submit those CER reports with your email address and then go ahead and contact Autodesk Support or your Reseller for help.
When you try to open a project in Revit Structure 2010, you may encounter the following error:
"Cannot find the resource string number xxxx in resource AecBase60" (where xxxx is a unique number)
This error is related to a DLL conflict between Revit Structure 2010 and AutoCAD 2009. There are two approaches you can take to be able to open your file:
The DLL file in question was updated in Service Pack 1 for Revit Structure 2010, which is available at the product website: Revit Structure 2010 Update 1. After installing the update you should no longer receive the error.
If you're not ready to install the update yet, you will be able to open your project by moving any DWGs that are linked to the file to a different location on your system. Revit will be unable to find them when attempting to load the project, which will relieve the conflict. Once the project is open, try reloading the DWGs one by one.
In the “Update Enhancement List” for Revit 2010 you may notice the “Application frame size is saved between sessions” note.
There is one additional item along with this for dual-display systems. Some users have requested that when Revit 2010 is dragged to a secondary display after launching the product it would remember that location.
After applying the update this is now the case. Revit will not only remember the application window size, but it will revert to the physical location if it was dragged to a second monitor as well. Previously it would launch within the primary display when the user first launched the application.
This Service pack includes a number of fixes to the new Ribbon UI as well as some customer requests (like changing the detail level icons so they are more clear). I encourage you to check out the service pack.
If you have multiple versions of Revit on your system and you open files by double-clicking on them in Windows Explorer, you may find that Revit doesn't launch the version you want it to. If you have trouble with this, please try the following:
This example will set .RVT files to open with Revit Structure 2010.
Go to the Control Panel > Folder Options.
In the Folder Options dialog, click the File Types tab.
Scroll down to the RVT file type. In the bottom pane, click the Advanced button (if you've already made changes, click Restore, then the Advanced button will appear).
In the Edit File Type dialog, click New.
Under Action, type Open with Revit Structure 2010.
In the Application used to perform action field, type "C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Structure 2010\Program\Revit.exe" "%1".
A friend of mine responsible for coming up with Revit Architecture tutorials asked me to announce some new tutorials that are available for everyone to download.
The User Assistance team for Revit Architecture has recently released the first of the Skill Builders for Revit Architecture 2010. The first skill builder is a tutorial covering the Conceptual Design Environment (new massing) in Revit 2010. The tutorial is a series of 6 short animations covering topics of making forms and applying parameters to them and creating panels which can be applied to your conceptual forms. The Conceptual Design Skill Builder can be downloaded from the flowing location, or accessed from inside of Revit Architecture via the InfoCenter.
The Skill Builders give the User Assistance team the opportunity to deliver updated content on a regular basis. The traditional tutorials shipped with Revit give users a great foundation to start using Revit as soon as possible while the Skill Builders will expand on that base of knowledge and explore more specific topics in depth.
The User Assistance team is always looking for user feedback so let us know what you think of our first Skill Builder and what topics you might like to see covered in future Skill Builders. So please comment with your feedback and thoughts about other tutorials you would like to see.
Note Blocks [or Annotation schedules] list all instances of annotations that you can add using the Symbol tool. For example you can create a new annotation family, add parameters, and then have these appear in a note block schedule.
I’ve included one example workflow for Note Blocks below in the video tutorial. In this example we can create a new symbol family with a “number” and “description” parameter. It could be utilized for a simple “general notes” list in a project where you want the numbers to be linked to a note schedule. Keep in mind they are very flexible and I’m sure others have come across other uses.