June 06, 2011

Revit Tip - Unwanted Linework Revisited

Thanks to a comment posted by Andrew to my Revit Tip - Masking Regions post, I am a step further along on my Revit journey. He correctly pointed out that the Linework tool would be a better choice for getting rid of the unwanted line.

On the Modify ribbon tab, on the View panel, click on the Linework tool, shown below in Revit Architecture 2011.(As always, click on any reduced-size image to see the image full size. Use the Back button on your browser to return here.)

On the Modify|Linework ribbon tab, on the Line Style Panel, set the Line Style to <Invisible lines> in the Line Style drop down list.Now you can select the unwanted linework in the View in which you do not want to see it, and make it invisible with a single click. That is far more efficient than using a Masking Region to hide a single line.

If you change your mind later, you can restore the linework you made invisible by using the same Linework tool and setting the Line Style to <By Category> (or any other visible Line Style, if you do not want to use its default appearance).

June 01, 2011

Update 2 for ACA 2011 Now Available

You can download Update 2 for AutoCAD® Architecture 2011 here.

According to the Readme, this Update is NOT cumulative; you will need to install Update 1 first, if you have not already done so. Be certain to read through the entire Readme before installing the update. According to the Readme, the following ACA items have been addressed in Update 2:

Annotation Scaling
  • If two drawing units are different, the annotative blocks of the previous drawing version might be inserted with incorrect scale.

Detail Components
  • Some detail components might not be added in the UK profile after installing Update 1.

  • When you insert doors or windows evenly between the grid line or between walls, the elevation of the inserted doors or windows may result to a zero value.

Drawing Management
  • Clearing the XML file in the current project may cause AutoCAD Architecture to crash.

  • Renaming or renumbering the sheet in the Project Navigator may cause AutoCAD Architecture to crash.

General UI
  • Accessing some tools from the Tool palettes may cause AutoCAD Architecture to crash.

Multi-View Blocks
  • Exporting Multi-View Blocks to AutoCAD may result in incorrect sizes.

  • In 3D shaded visual styles, a Multi-View Block created from circle with specified thickness might be drawn double.

  • When the OpenLight plug-in is installed, the changes in the display configurations may not be maintained.

Structural Members
  • When the start offset of a structural member is larger than its logical length, may cause AutoCAD Architecture to crash.

  • Changing the view cube from parallel to perspective from the shortcut menu after selecting a wall may cause AutoCAD Architecture to crash.

  • Clicking the Add Vertex button for some walls while editing in-place may cause AutoCAD Architecture to crash.

  • Converting a 3D solid object created by extruding profile along a certain path to wall may cause irregular geometry.

  • If the walls are with separate wall components which have bottom elevation offset, these walls may not display correctly in plan view.

See my previous article, for the Updates addressed by Update 1.