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Wed, Nov 15, 2006 at 3:29:49 PM | Shared Parameters

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I'm being pushed to find ways of making REVIT truely interoperable.  That means data can come in as well as out.  I was hoping that shared parameters was a possible way of doing this but I'm just starting to work with them.  I thought the shared parameter text file would work in a similar manner to my key note text file.... that is that I could manipulate the text file externally of REVIT and would work as a lookup file.

In my test, I'm trying to import into my door family hardware items like model numbers that may come out of a text file written from a spread sheet.  After I set up a shared parameter file and opened it, I see that there is a warning not to edit this file manually.  This file seems only to be a setup file for the parameter name - type - group ...etc but not an indexed lookup file.  ... darn

Is there anybody else pushing REVIT this way? ....do you have any suggestions?

 


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Wed, Nov 15, 2006 at 4:12:31 PM | Shared Parameters

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For getting data into families try exploring the use of "type catalogs".  Type Catalogs are text files that drive family parameters.  The Revit help file does a decent job of explaining them.  The secret is that the family name and the .txt file name need to be the same except for the extension and both the .rfa and .txt file need to reside in the same sub-directory.  Revit will mange the rest for you upon loading a family.

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Wed, Nov 15, 2006 at 7:37:52 PM | Shared Parameters

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Tom, For the last couple of hours I've been working with these but can't seem to make the link work.  I created the text file ok and the family and even though the various types show when I load the family, none of the data transfers from the text file.

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Wed, Nov 15, 2006 at 8:10:51 PM | Shared Parameters

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Make sure the parameter (field) exits in the family for the data to go to and that you defined the parameter (field) type defined corectly in hte .txt file header.

Post both files if you can't get it to work.

 


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