Monday, June 17, 2024

Short Curved Walls and Non Core Layers

At Autodesk Revit forums I saw a post regarding disappearing curved walls. These walls were shorter than the current view range cut plane. When the Wall subcategory Non Core Layers is turned off only these curved short walls disappeared. Other walls of the same type that were straight remained visible. It looks like a bug to me.

In my testing, when the sub-category for Non Core Layers (Detail Level must be Medium or Fine) is turned off the wall will disappear when it's height is not at least 2 feet above the cut plane setting. For example, I can make a wall disappear if it's height is less than 6 feet when the cut plane (view range) is 4 feet. Enter anything 6 feet or higher and the wall reappears. This image is some full height walls and some walls that are 4 feet tall (lighter gray walls).

This is the setting I turned off in Visibility/Graphics.

This is the result, the curved 4 foot tall walls are gone.

I suppose, in their defense, they could argue that the reason it is possible to turn off non core layers is to be able to isolate, only show, the structural portion of walls. As such a curved wall that is not tall enough to reach the cut plane is not likely to also be a structural/bearing wall. At the very least it is unexpected to have a wall disappear only because it is too short and curved.

Cue Randy Newman, "Short walls got no reason..."

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Revit 2025 Some Keyboard Shortcuts Missing

Revit 2025 has been released and I installed it this morning. I replied to a question at Autodesk Revit's user forum regarding a missing keyboard shortcut to apply halftone to a selected element. I ordinarily would not consider overriding a single element to get a halftone appearance so the question caught my eye as least for me. I assumed the missing command was for the right click options to override elements in view.

I find that Revit 2024 (and 2023,22 & 20) have multiple keyboard shortcuts for overrides (see image comparing 2025 with 2024).

One difference between my installation of 2025 and the other versions is that pyRevit is not installed for 2025. I disabled pyRevit for 2024 and the shortcuts are still there. No "path" is displayed for them either, which is "weird".

Is it an oversight or did they change something under the hood that prevents allowing for hotkey access to the command? Perhaps they could see that the shortcut was rarely used so it was decided to abandon it?

Regardless, there is at least one Revit user in the Autodesk Forum's that misses it and noticed right away!

Edit 04/05/2024 - Trey at Autodesk replied that they'll work to get them back in as soon as they can.

Monday, March 04, 2024

Can't Delete Toposolid Points and Guardian

 A quick follow up post on my prior post about deleting toposolid points. Scott Brown isolated the issue his team was having to their use of a 3rd Party tool called Guardian. When they disabled it they could delete points as expected again. If your firm uses Guardian too then check in with them about an update to see if it has been resolved yet.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Revit 2024 - New Home Screen

With the recent updates to 2024 we now have an option for a new HOME screen, presenting more options for how to preview and find projects. So far it's working pretty well for me. I noticed today that some projects are "not found" while using it however. Those same projects turn up in the old Home while not showing up in a search in the new Home screen. At first I thought it was related to the number of characters in the project name or the use of special characters but so far that isn't the case.

Ah the quirky stuff...

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Ghost Tooltips Be Gone

This seems to be a recent phenomenon. I noticed it first in Navisworks and then occasionally in Revit or AutoCAD. What is that you ask? Well it's hard to describe. When I use a command and then move my cursor away from it to do something else a tooltip appears for that previous command. In some cases I didn't use the command, merely my cursor was hovering over it before doing something else. It's weird.

I've tried disabling tooltips entirely but there doesn't appear to be a way to do that in Navisworks, or if it is possible I've not stumbled on to it yet. Similar for Revit and AutoCAD.

A practical very recent example, I used Refresh and after it completed I moved my cursor to the far right side of the screen to activate the Properties panel and the tool tip for Refresh appeared. The only way the tip will disappear is to move my cursor back over the tool. However in the fifteen or so minutes since that happened no tips have appeared no matter what I do. It is so weird and annoying.

Strange stuff, maybe it's just my PC...