Thursday, June 11, 2009

Streamlining Local File Creation – update (x64) v4

Hi all, please accept my apologies for not posting much lately. I’m currently on an “expedition” in Eastern Europe and spend most of my free time blogging about that instead of Revit! I’m sure you’re smart enough to find it if you want to know more ;) I’ll hopefully be able to return to the usual weekly schedule in July/August.

Anyway, I’ve completed the update of the Local File Creation script a month ago and forgot to post about it here. So this will be an easy post for me! With the new functionality built into Revit 2010, there’s less need for such a script. However we still intend to keep on using it as we have other functionality built-in which doesn’t exist in the Autodesk solution. So this is tailored specifically to our needs.

In the future I will be making changes to this script to include a GUI option and have the application make desktop shortcuts automatically. The application will also be centralized (either on a network or local drive…your choice). This means that you won’t need to keep placing a copy of the exe file in each project folder like you do now. This will make updating the app much easier. But that will be released later and most of the functionality will be very similar to the current version. These are the main updates:

  1. Compatible with 2010 (32 & 64 bit) and works all the way to 2009 (32 & 64 bit) and 2008.
  2. Adjusted some of the logic so now when creating a Detached copy, the Central is not copied to the C drive. You can also create a detached copy of a project while a local file for the same project is still running. This wasn't possible before.
  3. The script ends properly and the splashscreen should not persist after it finishes. Please see the Known Issues section in the Readme.txt file for one case where you might still notice this problem.

Note that for both 32 and 64 bit versions, the installation folder is assumed to be C:\Program Files\ and that you’ll have a 32 bit version of Revit on a 32 bit OS and vice versa for 64 bit. As always, you can download the zip containing the documentation, AHK script, the compiled executable and icon from this AUGI thread (first post with version history). Enjoy!



Unknown said...

I wish you are Lori all the best and hope you can fullfil you dream! :-)

Dave Baldacchino said...

Thanks David :) Hopefully the countdown is about to begin!

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