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Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 8:00:48 AM | Help: Copying families from one drawing to another




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I am creating a standard template file from which to load every time my company wishes to start a new project file.  In doing so I am wanting to copy every family from the default Commercial template as well as the default Construction template into a copy of the default Residential template.

Is there an easy and quick way to do this?  Currently I am opening every family in one drawing (by way of right-clicking>edit command) and loading each individual family into my Standard default template.  This is quickly becoming very tedius and lengthy.  Not to mention I haven't even STARTED my second file I wish to copy families from.

 Can anyone help out with this?

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Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 10:48:38 AM | Help: Copying families from one drawing to another




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Hello there, What I would do if I were you, is to start out with one of the default templates open, say the default Commercial template, and do a save as and make sure it is a .rte file, not rvt.  This will be your template file.  This way, you have all the families from the commercial template in yours. What your really doing is just taking the commercial template and renaming it to be your own.             Now, to get the other families you want from the residential template, do a file open and open up the residential template right in the same window as your template file.  What you can do now is toggle between the residential and yours.  When in the residential you can highlight a family and ctrl c (Copy), then go back to your file and ctrl v(paste).  This will bring that family into your template.  This will not work if you have two seperate sessions of revit open.  you need to be doing it in one window.  When you get all of the families you want out of the residential file, make sure you save your template file again and you should be good to go. 


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Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 3:27:22 PM | Help: Copying families from one drawing to another




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Wow, that was so simple I don't know why I didn't think to try that myself.  Thanks jbaysinger.

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