Friday, July 24, 2009

Revit 2010 Update 1 Crash issue and workaround

PROBLEM:

When you try to modify certain elements in your project, Revit gives the message "Display Error -An error has occurred while drawing the contents of this window. This window shall be closed." or "An unrecoverable error has occurred. The program will now be terminated."

You notice that the problem walls crash when the detail level is set to Fine or Medium. It doesn't crash when set to Coarse.


RESOLUTION:

There has been a change request logged on this issue and I have added this case to the change request.

The only workaround I have found for this issue at this point is the one you found to change the Detail Level to Coarse.
This issue should be addressed in a future update.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Navigating the Navisworks Navigator in AutoCAD 2010

Entering NWNAVIGATOR at the command line gives the dreaded "Unknown Command" message. This should display a Navisworks viewer inside AutoCAD (or vertical) after you install the Navisworks plug-in.

Here are two reasons the Navigator may not be displayed.

  1. AutoCAD 2010 does not ship with the VBA utility which is needed by the Navigator to function. To download and install the VBA utility review my prior post: http://avatechsupport.blogspot.com/2009/04/why-isnt-my-vba-installed-with-autdesk.html
  2. The plug-in that installs the Navigator is not supported on a 64-bit system and just won't install/run. Autodesk is aware of this issue.

If you need any help on this or any other issue call the Avatech National Support Center at 800-808-7645. Remember our contract holders come first and first time callers after that. If you’d like to purchase a support contract we can help with that too!.

AutoCAD 2010 Steals a Navisworks 2010 License

When you use NWDOUT of AutoCAD 2010, and your Navisworks 2010 is a network version, then you will consume both your AutoCAD license and a NavisWorks license until the command is finished. It then will release the NavisWorks license. So, if you have 1 network license of NavisWorks and someone is running the program the person trying to use NWDOUT will receive an error.

Autodesk is aware of this issue and it designed/programmed it to work in this fashion, to workaround this issue use the NWCOUT command as it does not consume a NavisWorks license.

This can also apply to other Autodesk products that have the Navisworks plug-in installed.

If you need any help on this or any other issue call the Avatech National Support Center at 800-808-7645. Remember our contract holders come first and first time callers after that. If you’d like to purchase a support contract we can help with that too.

Flex License Manager is stingy with Revit 2010 licenses.

Revit is unable to reclaim a license that has been taken away by the TIMEOUTALL variable in the Options file.

Situation:
You run Revit 2010 and get a network license. Leave your desk and come back after the TIMEOUTALL period reclaims your Revit license back to the Flex License Manager. At this point you cannot just move the mouse and get another license.

This is a known issue that is being worked on and Autodesk recommends that you remove the TIMEOUTALL variable from the Options file.

As a workaround:
Use the TIMEOUT variable to time out all your features except Revit. This can be a large undertaking depending on how many features you need to time out. If you have a license file that contains the PACKAGE feature there will be 4 lines of code needed just for that license alone.

If you need any help on this or any other issue call the Avatech National Support Center at 800-808-7645. Remember our contract holders come first and first time callers after that. If you’d like to purchase a support contract we can help with that too.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Doing the 2010 Revit Reset

By - Chuck Jolin, Senior Consultant

For many of us that are trying to get as much as we can out of the limited customization of the new Revit 2010 User Interface, our efforts are rewarded with an unrecoverable change (oops) or even a corrupted UI.

Harlan Brumm from Autodesk has detailed the manual reset procedure in his blog The Revit clinic at: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/revit_platform/page/2/ .

For those of us less inclined to muddle under the hood he has even provided handy VBscripts to automate the process. Links to the product specific scripts can be found at the following locations:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 Update 1

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010 — English

IMPORTANT

This download is the latest update for Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010 software as a standalone product and as part of AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Suite 2010 and AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Visualization Suite 2010 software.

It is available to users who have purchased a valid license for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010, AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2010 or AutoCAD Revit Architecture Visualization Suite 2010, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

For a list of improvements, please download the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010 Update Enhancement List from:

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=12828862

Additionally:

Updates are available for all 3 Revits:

Revit Architecture 2010 Update Release 1

Revit Structure 2010 Update Release 1

Revit MEP 2010 Update Release 1

Update Enhancement lists that are available for each product from these links. These lists tell you the things fixed or updated in this Service Pack.

Update Enhancements for Revit Architecture 2010 Update Release 1

Update Enhancements for Revit Structure 2010 Update Release 1

Update Enhancements for Revit MEP 2010 Update Release 1

Thursday, July 2, 2009

We're Watching the Fireworks... update.

Avatech offices will be closing early on July 2 (noon Central time). We want the best seats to watch the fireworks.