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    Shared Parameters - Non-Schedule and Tag

    Is there any good reason to use shared parameters for information you are not planning to schedule or tag? The one thing I can think of it is easy to create a dynamo script to throw shared parameters in based on equipment type. This could save people time when setting up families. I made a comprehensive spread sheet with all the shared parameters so I can add them to the script easily. Another reason I can think of is future proofing just incase the company standard changes and information becomes scheduled. Finally I think it can make filtering easier if the shared parameter is in the family itself rather than being purely a project parameter that is added to the category.

    Anybody have thoughts on this?

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    Why would you not like to schedule or tag something?
    Of course if one wants to make a project like in autocad they can do it without ever schedulling or tagging anything in Revit(or without using shared parameters) ...situation where one might just want to switch back to Autocad. Honestly though I have never seen that. The whole purpose of this feature is to be able to help simplify your life, and not manually count all the windows of a 100000000000 square meter building every time you make a change.

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    I created a series of similar families & figured I'd just use Family parameters instead of Shared.
    Then I realized that those parameter values don't stick when swapping out one family for another.

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    Sorry, that is not what I ment to get across. I ment more like:

    Tagging
    A and B

    Scheduling
    A, B, C, D, E, F

    Is there any good reasons to have parameters G-T be shared parameters?

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    As I said, if you are using the same name for a parameter in multiple files, and you want to be able to swap out those families, you'll need to use Shared parameters.
    If a parameter is only used in one family, and never in a different family, then, a Family Parameter is fine.

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    @CRapai,
    Shared Parameters also create "Interoperability" as Dave is alluding to. So use Shared Parameters for 3 main things; Tagging, Scheduling, a necessity for "Interoperability".

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    Thanks, I think that I'm going to go with if it can be a shared parameter make it one, and if not, consider if it will be used enough to make a new shared parameter.

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    Also, if you fiddle with the shared parameter file (and change the parameters visibility value to "0") you can hide the shared parameter in the project (i.e. hide calculation parameters so its easier to find the user amendable parameters, and unclutter the properties)
    Last edited by Alex Page; February 27th, 2019 at 06:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Page View Post
    Also, if you fiddle with the shared parameter file (and change the parameters visibility value to "0") you can hide the shared parameter in the project (i.e. hide calculation parameters so its easier to find the user amendable parameters, and unclutter the properties)
    Could you please elaborate a bit on this?
    If I fiddle with the .txt file and change that value to 0 then Revit tells me that the shared parameter file is corrupt and cannot be used.

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    It shouldnt, sure you didnt do anything else? You have to be very careful if editing the file...

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