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    Revit 2012

    I am currently working on upgrading our office to 2012 and a few of the template files are giving me the attached error.

    I have checked my graphics card and it is Revit 2012 Recommended and I have installed the recommended driver for it as well.

    Another thing I find odd is that when I go to open a file in Revit, it does not show all of the same files (rvt, rfa, etc) that show if I were to open the same file through Windows Explorer.

    This error, and not being able to open all the files is making it rather difficult to upgrade, anyone have any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gdoherty0102 View Post
    I am currently working on upgrading our office to 2012 and a few of the template files are giving me the attached error.

    I have checked my graphics card and it is Revit 2012 Recommended and I have installed the recommended driver for it as well.

    Another thing I find odd is that when I go to open a file in Revit, it does not show all of the same files (rvt, rfa, etc) that show if I were to open the same file through Windows Explorer.

    This error, and not being able to open all the files is making it rather difficult to upgrade, anyone have any ideas?
    As for the error warning: I'm not an expert, but what the experts here would normally tell you: try up-/downgrading your driver. It's a tedious process but will normally do the trick.

    As for the reason you won't see all file types: that's because Revit makes the assumption that by using the Open button, you want to open a project and not a family (rfa) or template file (rte). You are aware that there is a batch upgrade tool are you?

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    Hi Grant

    If you use the Open - Revit File (opens all types of revit files) from the Big R button, do you now see all of the files available?

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    So I figured this one out and its my stupidity. It is still odd that I got the error, but the reason for the error, not being able to open the files from Windows Explorer, and not seeing those files when trying to open through Revit is because they were all .rft files. I completly forgot that you had to change the rft files to rfa files to open them in Revit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdoherty0102 View Post
    .... you had to change the rft files to rfa files to open them in Revit.
    Hold on there. If you are change the files extensions of your .rft files, you're not using them correctly.
    You should see the rfts when you go to New...Family. An .rft is intended as a template fro a family. They are basically empty, and would have no use once renamed. If you are renaming the rfts and then editing them to make families, that's a - shall we say - unusual workflow.

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    I understand that, but to upgrade my 2011 rft to a 2012 I change it to an RFA, upgrade it, save, then change it back to an rft.

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    Whoa...thats an awful lot of work. Did you try the "upgrade.bat" file which does this automatically - without changing any file names?

    Also have a look at http://revitforum.org/showthread.php...m-2011-to-2012 discussion on similar topic

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    The upgrade.bat file does not work on rft format either, because all the bat file does is open the file, save and close and since you can't open rft files in Revit, it can not do those.

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