Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Insert Revit Families using a XYZ text file

It took some time to do this. Finally I succeeded in developing this extension.

This Revit extension reads a TXT file in which the coordinates are seperated with a semi-colons (so a ;) and inserts on these coordinate a selected Revit family.

1. Select the Revit Family (RFA file) that has to be inserted on these coordinates
2. Select the TXT file. This XYZ file has the following format (X;Y;Z), eg:
  • 50.8;60.2;1.25

  • 43.5;55.8;1.731
3. Press OK

This extension uses the Shared Coordinates and has been developed for Millimeters (mm). If you are interested, just send me an email or download it here.

Whatch out! You have to stop after the last coordinate in the TXT file. So, no extra empty lines after the last coordinate. This has not been solved yet.
PS This extension has been developed for Revit 2010!!!

Add-In Manager for Autodesk Revit 2010

Within the SDK of Revit you can find a very handy tool called the Add-In Manager. With this tool you can manage the Add-Ins easily without manually changing the Revit.ini file.

  1. Install the SDK (see C:\Autodesk\RST_201_English_Win_32bit\support\SDK or the CD)

  2. Close Revit

  3. Start the Setup (for path see the image above)

  4. Use the default settings

  5. After installation, start Revit and open a Project

  6. Go to Add-Ins Ribbon menu, press the External Tools and see that the Add-In Manager is installed properly