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March 24, 2010



In an effort to control (or at least recognize cases of) users modifying contents, we have toyed with the idea of a nonsensical default value. Then if a user creates a new type (since it is not in the type catalog) it will use that value and either not be able to make the type or at least give the user pause to think whether or not they should be doing that.

With over a hundred users of all different skill levels it can be hard to trouble shoot if they all modify content "willy-nilly."

You can see a blog post that shows something similar at http://whosafraidofthebigbadbim.blogspot.com/search?q=type+catalog


Erik, thank you for the feedback and providing the link to the related blog article. Great concept regarding the use of default values that would jump out to a user. I'm sure our readers will find this information very valuable. Thanks for visiting the Revit Clinic.

Jeff S.


I am having trouble envisioning a nonsensical default value. Would this be like 'John Doe' as a text value for manufacturer, instead of 'Generic Manufacturer'. I personally just put a "-" in as the default value, and let my type catalog (TC) do the rest. If a user needs a type not available from the TC, then I have them duplicate an existing type, rename & modify those parameters. I have 7-9 door families, each with 180+ different types (sizes, door panel, frame information, etc.), so chances are they don't need to do much in the way of type creation.

Good article, and I'll be referring people to this, when they start building families with TC's.

Top Grade Acai

very informational... educative as well, i read and felt like reading over and over again....good job!

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