Thursday, October 20, 2011

Don't be Double Clicker!

Should be no surprise, when software is installed a file association is created that links its special file extension with Windows. This allows you/me to double click on a file to open it with the correct application.

Revit versions don't distinguish themselves with a special executable file for Windows to recognize them as different, they are all just "Revit.exe". This means that Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP are the "same" when Windows sees a .rvt file (or .rfa, .rte and .rft).

Having more than one version of Revit (RAC,RST and RME) and/or having more than one release 2010, 2011 or 2012 for example is a recipe for problems. When you install just Revit Architecture, no problem. If you install a newer version Windows thinks the newer version is the "one". Double click on a 2011 file now and you'll likely be opening it with 2012 instead. If you install RAC first and then RST Windows will think every project is a RST file. It all boils down to wasting your time waiting for a file to open with the wrong version of software and having to do it over again.

Simple, don't be a "double clicker"!


Adam said...

this 1 has always tells me it's very good point but I found that if you open the application that you wanted to open with and then double click the file it will open in the active application. So in this case if youre a double double clicker then your okay!

DaveP said...

One other danger of double-clicking is that you won't get a Local Copy of a WorkShared file. You will open the Central File itself if you "just" double-click on it.
I agree with you, Steve, that people shouldn't double-click at all, but especially not on a Central File.
Now, if the Local File process was all behind the scenes, maybe...

DrewJarvis said...

And you are just asking for trouble if you start double clicking on Central files

John Schippers said...

Also, by opening the application first, you get additional options such as Audit, Detach from Central and the ability to Specify Worksets. said...

We need an intermediate app to intercept the revit extensions- then offer radio selections for opening it.

( ) Autodesk Revit 2010
( ) Autodesk Revit 2011
(*) Autodesk Revit 2012

[*] Make a local copy based on rules and open that for central files. said...

We need an intermeidate app thet registers iteself to open Revit extensions then offer radio buttons for installed versions:
( ) Autodesk Revit 2010
( ) Autodesk Revit 2011
(*) Autodesk Revit 2012

[X] Localize central files.