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    Revit Office SetUp

    I am starting to set up Revit for my firm and am having issues with modifying may things. The one issue now is that I need to find out how or if I can reset the door and room tags back to 1. As I was building a master template I added walls, doors, rooms to see if the schedules worked out. Now that they do I deleted the walls, doors and rooms, but if I start a new project from this template, the room tag starts with 11.

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    Place a room, number it zero, deleted it. Same with doors, and walls. Welcome!

    EDIT: Also make sure you deleted the rooms from the schedules, since an unplaced room that was deleted is still there.

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    Brilliant! I read this and:
    1. Knew you would have an answer
    2. Thought it would involve some Revit trickery that required us to reprogram the data base from scratch using hot spoons and gum wrappers.

    Number a door 0. Who woulda thunk it?

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    Thanks

    Next issue is I hate that Revit is all Black and White. I have AutoCAD set up with colors for walls, door, lights, ect. What is a good way to get Revit to work the same? Since I link a color with a pen width in AutoCAD I have noticed Revit pens change with the scale factor. Does anyone have suggestions on changing line weights and pens in Revit and how does this follow into sections?

    Another issue...walls. I believe that since I created a 4-5/8" wall that the old way of nom is out the window. How are firms dealing with the weird dims from wall to wall. IE, if i take a space that is 10'-0" and divide into two, I get 4'-9 1/2" but Revit with the exact wall would be 4'-9 9/16". Yes I know use the EQ, but that is not the point as the issue remains for a string of rooms. I also don't like changing units to force the rounding.

    And are you rounding CMU wall lengths or taking off that last mortar joint. This may seem petty, but this is what i a faced with here at work and I would like to set this up ONCE....lol

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    great tip Aaron! now i have to update my template, looks like i only have to do once for each category instead of each family and type, right?
    Last edited by Ning Zhou; February 9th, 2012 at 09:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WineGuy View Post
    I have AutoCAD set up with colors for walls, door, lights, ect. What is a good way to get Revit to work the same? Since I link a color with a pen width in AutoCAD I have noticed Revit pens change with the scale factor. Does anyone have suggestions on changing line weights and pens in Revit and how does this follow into sections?
    That is the typical fatal revit start-up!
    Don't even try to replicate the workflow from CAD.
    Do a hard reset to your mind and get ready to start from scratch.
    Categories/color is perfectly doable, but makes no sense at all. You'll find much powerful tools to filter your elements.
    Just keep on browsing and searching in the forums. You'll find most answers here and at AUGI.

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    The issue with colors is to help with eye strain from the monitor. I find if I use the white background and black lines, that after a few hours my eyes hurt and get headaches. Over the years I have played with colors and the black background(AutoCAD) to help in this matter and it really does help. I just don't want to use the white and black again.

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    The dimensioning issue is not due to Revit, you have the same problem whether it's AutoCAD or hand drafting. Place your walls an even number apart if you want even dimensions. It normally doesn't matter if your spaces have a few fractions difference. If it does then your dimensions need to reflect that.

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    I hate to tell people how to set stuff up, but I agree with feio on this one. Scrap the color concept. I came from Autocad Architecture, and regular Autocad before that. A little over 15 years of colors and layers. Black background. I thought Revit looked weird and cheap when I first started using it a few years ago. After about a month, I absolutely love the white background and black views. Way easier on the eyes. Now, when I look at an old CAD drawing, I want to barf.

    Seriously, give the black and white a chance. I bet you'll love it.

    As for your walls, you can easily change them to be 3 1/2" studs rather than 3 5/8". It won't be technically correct, but I say it's fine. Others will argue, and it depends on your tolerances and what you are building. But, for me, it's always been fine.

    CMU (assuming you are talking about 16" length) I always end my walls (or openings) divisible by 16". A block is technically 7 5/8X 7 5/8X 15 5/8. So, if I figure a 3/8 joint, it's an even 16. All my openings and lengths either end in an even number, an even number +8", or an odd number +4". (i.e. 16', 20'-8", or 15'-4") They have to end that way to avoid cutting block, which has to happens some times (4'-4" RO door, for example). Other than that, it works every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WineGuy View Post
    The issue with colors is to help with eye strain from the monitor. I find if I use the white background and black lines, that after a few hours my eyes hurt and get headaches. Over the years I have played with colors and the black background(AutoCAD) to help in this matter and it really does help. I just don't want to use the white and black again.
    Have you tried simply inverting the background? R->Options->Graphics->Colors-> Check "Invert Background" Setting up colours for each category can be done but could cause issues when printing.

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