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Thu, May 5, 2011 at 5:47:09 PM | Locking Revit Families




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I am creating a Revit library of our company standards and I want to be able to lock the families so nobody can modify them without getting a warning first or without having to unlock the family first.

Is there a way to lock Revit families? or even better, Is there a way to make the family not accessible?



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Thu, May 5, 2011 at 5:54:10 PM | Locking Revit Families



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The answer in no and no....

Teach your staff NOT TO do certain things. 

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Thu, May 5, 2011 at 6:17:03 PM | Locking Revit Families



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Like WWHub said, there is really no way to lock/keep people from modifying the families.

What I have done in the past is that I make the family content as a read only at the server level, so they won't be able to save it back to the master file in the server. However, they can still modify the family outside the server location (i.e. local drive or project folder)


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Thu, May 5, 2011 at 6:22:10 PM | Locking Revit Families



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yes and no.  My company has found some technology which apparently allows you to "lock" the family, makes it not editable...  Don't know the name of the software, not privy to that info yet.

Alternatives:  In a project, you can check out worksets, I like to chang my user name to LOCKED and then check out worksets, you can check out the worksets for families, make them editable, and then when you save to central, DO NOT RELINQUISH.  Now only someone with the username of LOCKED will be able to make changes to the family in that particular project.

Another option, doesn't prevent modifying,  but protects your property, place a tag before every family name, type, parameter, etc.  For example, AEC_  but have it related to your company, like your abbreviated name.  Doing this, will make anyone who wants to use your family frustrated, because it will be VERY difficult to remove the abbreviation, and it would almost have been faster to have started from scratch...

I've done like pchan suggests also, last company, and soon at this one, we will have a BIM group, only members of this group could write/modify to our library folders.  I then provided an "Inbox" next to the library so that anyone could drop off families they wanted to possibly add to the library.

Edited on: Thu, May 5, 2011 at 1:24:40 PM


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Thu, May 5, 2011 at 6:30:33 PM | Locking Revit Families



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You could add text in the ref. plan.  That'd get the message across.  by default it won't show up in plan in your project.  But I agree that you should teach some good practices to your coworkers... to NOT go in and modify a family to suit one's situation in a single project. 


Otherwise you'll end up with a lot of weird broken families.  Either suggest they learn to make parametric families, duplicated and modify families of their own, or build more in-place families. 


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