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Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 4:02:29 AM | Shared Coordinates



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I'm trying to set up two linked files, using shared coordinates. However, once I've attempted to Acquire Coordinates, every Save I perform gives me the following message:

Location Position ChangedYou have changed the position of a location in linkedfile.rvt. What do you want to do?

SaveSaves the new position back to the linked file.

Do not saveReturns to the previously saved position when the file is reloaded or reopened.

Disable shared positioningRetains the current position of the link and changes the Shared Location parameter to [Not Shared].

The problem is-"Save" attempts to modify the linked file. I was acquiring coordinates from that file. What changes there? Help file states that the linked file is not modified in this scenario. Second flaw in this is that the linked file is a workshared file, and "Save" can't write to it at all if others have modified since I started trying to establish shared coordinates.

"Do not save", doesn't save the positioning. But it doesn't get rid of the dialog on every save either. I am still prompted to choose what I want to do...

"Disable shared positioning" does what it describes, and changes the parameter to "Not Shared"- But the dialog still appears on every save, even after that. And then I don't have shared positioning, which is what I was trying to get.

I am not moving the linked file. I can open the file, save, choose disable shared positioning, save again, choose disable shared positioning again but no commands in between.

How is this supposed to work?

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Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 7:04:58 AM | Shared Coordinates


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This is how its supposed to work:

If I have a site file with correct world coordinates or locale coordinates such as Australian Map Grid as well as the appropriate Relative Height Datum etc.

You then link in your building files into this site file.  Setting them as shared updates the shared coordinates system in the building files based on their position in the site file.  So if you rotate, change height or move, it will update the positioning in the building file.  As such if I place a spot coordinate or spot elevation or level in the building file (set to shared coordinates) it would report the same coordinate information if placed within the site file.

If you had multiple instances of the same building in the site file then you couldn't have a shared location.

Does this clarify?




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Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 8:54:56 AM | Shared Coordinates



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thanks Dr. Spot

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Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 4:06:14 AM | Shared Coordinates




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If you still need help with shared coordinates check out this link:


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