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Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 9:01:59 PM | Model Linking Multitasking



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Taken from my [sparsely populated as of yet] blog:


Ever found yourself working on a model with models linked in and you need to make some modifications to the linked model?  You go to open the linked model and you get that annoying message that tells you the model is open already and will be unloaded from the other model if you continue.  This is the point at which new revit users mumble under their breath “This wouldn’t be a problem if we were using AutoCAD.”


Fear not, here’s a simple little tip that should ease the burden of making quick changes to linked models.  Ready?  You sure you won’t be mad when you see the simplicity of this little tip?  OK, here goes:

Open another instance of revit, load the revit model that you want to make the change to… wait… waaait… and there you go!  You now have both models open at the same time without unloading one model from the other in order to work on it.  Now to update changes, you simply need to save the model, then reload it in the other model through the Manage Links tool.


Happy Reviteering!




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Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 3:54:24 PM | Model Linking Multitasking




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That's all well and good rkitect, but what happens when you have server based liscenses that don't allow you to have more than 1 copy open without dragging another liscense from the server? I believe when Autodesk came to get our ideas last we addressed this and said they would see what we could do to fix it. But none-the-less, it gets irritating. Good tip for the standalone machines.

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Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 7:11:00 PM | Model Linking Multitasking




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I found I can open a local copies of both files and I can work on them on the same time.  I then can save to central and reload in the other one.  If I am using two files I always enable workset and have the local copies on my desktop.  But even if not you should always enable workset I think.

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