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Fri, May 3, 2013 at 4:47:42 PM | Revit 2014 Project Upgrade Tip



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Since people are starting to launch their 2014 Revit software now I thought I would share a quick tip on project upgrades when working with large project central files. Since I work on files that are 300 mb and larger and sometimes when all are linked together they are gigabytes worth of data it takes even my fastest computers hours maybe even days to upgrade all my projects. The solution is simple.


First open Revit and go to the 'open' command, in this dialogue navagate the 'Look in:' to your central file location and highlight your central file (do not open it yet). Once it is highlighted you will notice a small drop down arrow to the right of the 'Open' button on the lower right of this dialogue. Click this drop down and it will give you a worksets list of options: All, Editable, Last Viewed and Specify. Check 'Specify' and click 'Open'. This will bring up your worksets dialoque 'Opening Worksets'. Here you just highlight all your worksets and click 'close' so they read NO under the Editable and Opened columns. Then hit OK  and make sure to detach and preserve your worksets.


This will greatly reduce the time it takes your machine to upgrade the central file. DONT FORGET TO ARCHIVE FIRST!!! just in case something goes wrong.

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Fri, May 3, 2013 at 5:29:36 PM | Revit 2014 Project Upgrade Tip



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That's good alabaster.  I also suggest that you mange links and unload your linked Revit models.  DON'T REMOVE THEM!

Upgrade those models separately or wait for the upgrade from your consultants.

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Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 2:05:04 PM | Revit 2014 Project Upgrade Tip



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You can also force this behavior from within the workset dialog of any project. This will force any user opening the file to specificy which worksets they are opening, and in my opinion make them more conscious of which worksets they are working on.


Good tip, alabaster!



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