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Wed, May 9, 2007 at 1:24:24 PM | Families Category Question!

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Good morning everyone,

 Can someone in here please tell me if it possible to add a custom family category?  We are a small medical equipment planner, so we would like to create a new family category that will be listed as "Medical Equipment" in the Project Browser.

 If this is not possible, is there a work around for this?  What's the best practice for categorizing the family types?

 Thanks in advance!

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Wed, May 9, 2007 at 2:52:32 PM | Families Category Question!

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You cannot add 'master' categories to Revit, they are hard coded in by the Revit development team.

You best bet would be to create a sub-category under Specialty Equipement called Medical Equipment.  If you start a family with the Specialty Equipment template, then go to Settings>Object Styles  There you can add your own sub-category or multiple sub-categories.

My advice though is plan ahead very carefully.  Are you the only user of the content that you are creating?  Is the content going to be used by Revit MEP?  If so then you need to be sure to create it compatible with MEP whcih means faced based families with proper connection points.  What are you doing about shared parameters?  These are very important when creating content as they infulence how things are scheduled, but more importantly how things get ODBC'd out of Revit.  If you ever want to be able to interface with external programs with the API all of this needs to be planned.

 


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Wed, May 9, 2007 at 5:31:06 PM | Families Category Question!

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Thanks Tom,

That’s what I thought, but I think the subcategory might be just what we’re looking for.

As for planning, that’s exactly what we are doing right now.  We are in the process of moving from AutoCAD and ADT to revit, so basically what I’m trying to do right now is figuring out a standard way to organize our families by category.  But one of the dilemma that I’m facing right now is; converting existing 3d-autocad files to Revit family, I’ve been trying numerous way of doing it, but so far none of them met my expectation yet in term of file size and performance.

So thanks again for the fast reply,

 


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Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 9:30:18 PM | Families Category Question!

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so i created a sub-category to the Plumbing Fixture Family called "Bathroom Accessories" how do i get it to show up in the schedule.

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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 1:52:56 AM | Families Category Question!

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dprado: the only way to do this is to try and filter the "Plumbing Fixtures" schedule to pick up only your "Bathroom Accessories" components.  Now, this can't be filtered by the sub-category, only by a parameter.  If you can't find a hard coded/system parameter in the "Plumbing Fixtures" family that is suitable for this i'd suggest adding a Shared Parameter.

 

It would be great to have more control over the master categories.  Especially when dealing with hospitals, airports and other common but specialised buildings.


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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 12:37:20 PM | Families Category Question!

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How do i do this?

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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 1:39:38 PM | Families Category Question!

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Just set up an identity parameter in the bathroom accessory family and then use this to filter in the schedule.  Cheack out the threads here on shared parameters and also go through your help menu.  Then if you have more specific questions, we may be able to heelp.

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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 1:44:59 PM | Families Category Question!

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my problem is that i don't see a bathroom accessories family i had to place a sub catergory called "bathroom accessories" under the Plumbing family. can i make a new family?

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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 1:48:11 PM | Families Category Question!

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Can i also add that i'm new to Revit and i have no clue what identity parameter is or how to do it?

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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 1:51:52 PM | Families Category Question!

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That's why you go to your help menu first.... you need some fundametal knowledge first.

 

Get a manual too!


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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 2:02:21 PM | Families Category Question!

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Yes this is y i come here there is nothing in the help that tells me about creataing a Subcategory and how to schedule it - if you can't help that's fine - thank you ! 


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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 2:48:16 PM | Families Category Question!

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In the  H E L P  ...  Creating Subcategories for the Family

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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 4:01:37 PM | Families Category Question!

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yes but that does help when u can connect that to the SCHEDULES.

so again that help menu doesn't have any of the information that i need for the schedules that i'm trying to do, i just worked around my problem thank you again for the help.


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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 5:32:42 PM | Families Category Question!

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Obviously you don't take direction very well.  The Help menu will work IF YOU USE IT!

 

Please don't come here and expect instant knowledge.  The people that answer questions here are very giving but we expect the user to put in some effort and appreciate the directions we try to give.


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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 5:54:12 PM | WWHub

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Quoting WWHub from 2008-09-17 12:32:42

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Obviously you don't take direction very well.  The Help menu will work IF YOU USE IT!

 

Please don't come here and expect instant knowledge.  The people that answer questions here are very giving but we expect the user to put in some effort and appreciate the directions we try to give.

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