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    Artejon - Purger, Rooms To Spaces, Schedule Utilities, View Filter Manager

    If you are interested in purchasing any of the apps, please send an e-mail at andrzejjez@poczta.fm.

    Purger (delete UNUSED and selected line patterns & line styles, find and delete CAD)


    Description

    The application purges a project and a family from unused line patterns and line styles, it can find, list and save a report about all CAD files in a Revit file.

    If you use CAD files in a Revit file then you may have noticed that these files can bring a lot of extra line styles and line patterns that you might want to delete. You could try to do it one by one but there maybe hundreds of those, especially if you exploded CAD. The app makes it easy to delete selected line patterns, line styles and CAD files in bulk.

    At some point you may delete a CAD file but line patterns and line styles are still in a file and you can not tell which elements are in use by other CAD files remaining in a project. Application can identify unused elements that can be deleted without harming graphics of views. This is valid both for line patterns and line styles created as the Revit native elements and the ones coming with CAD files inserted into a Revit file.

    Deleting unused line styles and line patterns positively affects the performance of a Revit file and makes navigating through much shorter lists of line patterns or line styles, not cluttered by unused elements, a much more comfortable task on a daily basis.

    Another feature is ability to find, list and delete all CAD files in a project or in a family. This task may become a real challenge, especially on a large project with many views in which CAD could potentially reside. With this app you can easily achieve this goal without wasting your time on opening each view and looking for a CAD file.

    Features:
    • Find unused line patterns, line styles and delete them in bulk in a project and in a family
    • Find linked and imported CAD files in a project and in a family and show their related data, such as: id, level, view, type of CAD (import or link, placed in all views or in one view only), associated line patterns created in a project
    • Delete selected CAD files in bulk.
    • Save a report about CAD files in a project
    • Select id of CAD in a list and copy to clipboard for further use in Revit UI, e.g. to select an element of interest.


    Other features:
    • Check All / Check None / Collapse All / Expand All buttons.
    • Count of items / checked items
    • Dialog is resizable.


    Known limitations:
    The following elements are not supported:
    - Line Patterns and Line Styles applied with Linework tool (a view specific graphic override)
    - Line Patterns in Analytical Model Objects (Revit 2015-2016).

    The application is available for all versions of Revit 2015 and later.

    Rooms To Spaces

    Description

    When working with many linked architectural models it becomes a real challenge to create and keep synchronized all the spaces with rooms from linked models.
    This app makes this process fast and easy.

    The application creates the following elements in a host project, by all rooms in linked Revit models:
    - spaces
    - levels for spaces
    - views for created levels.
    Spaces are created at one go for all rooms as opposite to a Revit command tha requires opening each view for a level when placing spaces.
    The following parameters of spaces will match parameters of rooms:
    - Level
    - Location
    - Upper Limit
    - Limit Offset
    - Base Offset
    - Name
    - Number
    Names of levels created by room's levels from linked models start with a prefix so they are easily recognizable among all the levels in a host project.
    When a linked model changes then the app can update existing spaces to make their parameters match rooms' parameters.

    The application is available for all versions of Revit 2015 and later.

    Schedule Utilities

    Description

    The application fills the gaps in Revit's functionality regarding schedules and frees you from manual process of retyping the constantly changing calculated values or combined parameters' values from schedules to their corresponding elements, saving you a lot of time. The following functions are available:

    • calculated values and combined parameters from schedules can be put into tags in views to display data from schedules right next to model elements that these calculated values refer to
    • reuse view filter rules in schedules so it is no longer necessary to retype rules in schedules once they have been defined for view filters. Instead, they can be copied to schedule filters under Filters tab.


    The application is available for all versions of Revit 2015 and later.



    View Filter Manager


    Pracownia Architektoniczna Artejon is pleased to announce that the new version 1.1 of View Filter Manager for Revit 2015-2017 is already available at Autodesk App Store at https://apps.autodesk.com/RVT/en/Det...ng=en&os=Win64.

    Whenever you want to reuse / copy view filter overrides between views or view templates in Autodesk« Revit«, this application will do it in seconds, saving hours of tedious manual work.

    Below is a list of new features and enhancements in this version:

    New features (v. 1.1):

    - Purge unused filters.
    - Delete filters: in a Project, in All Views and View Templates.
    - Delete views and view templates.
    - Transfer selected filters and view templates between multiple projects.
    - "Empty rules" - shows and saves a list of filters in a project that haven't got any rules applied to them together with names of Views and View Templates that these filters are applied to.
    - Export filters' data (filter name, categories, views and view templates) to a file that can be opened in Excel
    - New controls for reordering and placement of filters in destination views/view templates:
    > "Reorder, Append at end"
    > "Keep position of Common Filters"
    > "Start at position" <numeric value>
    > "Prefer Mix Over Stacked"
    > "Stacked"
    - New "Overrides" checkbox now controls if any of checked overrides are copied.

    Enhancements (v. 1.1):

    - New, more legible layout with separate panels. Tweaks to labels to make descriptions more informative.
    - List of filters in a project shows additional information about their categories, views and view templates that these filters are applied to. Views and view templates are categorized by View/VT Type.
    Previously only names of filters were displayed.
    Filters applied to any of views or view templates are marked with a green background.
    - List of filters in a project is now a default list displayed in UI. Additionally, yellow frame is displayed around a list when project parameters are shown for easier recognition of actual mode.
    - #4 LIst of Views/View Templates is updated after copying filters.
    - Controls are contextual
    - Added radio buttons in panel "2. Select Source Filters in a View/VT to copy" for easy switching between sorting options.
    - Lists of View Types: item "Other" is removed, separate items added instead:
    > Structural Plan
    > Drafting View
    > Legends
    > Sheets.
    - Enhanced messages on user error.



    Description

    This application makes it easier and faster to change the filters in an entire project.
    The order of the filters in a view is very important. With this application you don't have to manually move filters up or down in every view. You can easily reorganize filters in every view/view template in the entire project using any of available options to sort them in the way you need to keep your view filters consistently organized throughout the project.
    To make use of filters/project parameters you have to assign them to categories. If a filter seems to not work, then with this application you can easily check which categories the filters/project parameters are not assigned to and find out if there are any discrepancies. The report will be saved to a file.
    You can also find filters without any rules applied to them (option "Empty rules"). Such filters are not filtering elements but they can override all elements of a given category they are assigned to, the effect is similar to setting overrides of categories in VG dialog. Having filters with empty rules may take place when project parameters used in filters' rules have been deleted or rules have not been defined yet. This option allows to quickly identify such cases and the report will be saved to a file.

    Features:

    • Copy:
      - filters only, without overrides
      - filters and their overrides
      - overrides only
    • Transfer selected filters and view templates between multiple projects.
    • Purge unused filters.
    • Delete filters: delete in a Project, delete in All Views and View Templates.
    • Copy view filter overrides between filters within the same view/view template.
    • Limit the number of views displayed in a list by view type (plan, section, elevation, etc.).
    • Choose which override(s) will be copied.
    • Choose if view filters that are not present in destination view should be copied or not, this option prevents adding new filters to a view if you are only interested in copying overrides of existing filters. You do not have to know if a given filter exists in a destination view or not.
    • Automatically preserve position of filters after they are copied. This feature that saves a lot of time and eliminates user errors.
    • Automatically reposition copied view filters in views/view templates (multiple options available, including alphabetizing filters)
    • Temporarily reposition view filters before they are copied (Move Up, Move Down, Save/Import). The feature is helpful when filters in a destination view should be positioned differently than in a source view and you don't want to alter the actual position of filters in a source view's Visibility/Graphics, even temporarily.
    • Save a list of view filters in a particular order for further use (see: Import).
    • Import a list of view filters to copy (e.g. if you want to copy overrides of the same set of filters in a particular order over and over).
    • Find categories that view filters and/or project parameters are not assigned to, the report will be saved to a file.
    • Easily review filters, their categories, views and view templates these filters are assigned to in one window.
    • Export filters' data to a file that can be opened in Excel.
    • Delete views and view templates.



    Other features (for user's convenience):

    • Check All / Check None / Collapse All / Expand All buttons.
    • Checked items in a list of filters/project parameters are remembered within a session when switching between filters and project parameters.
    • Count of items / checked items for views/view templates/view filters/project parameters is displayed.
    • To give you a visual feedback what sorting method is currently used in a list of view filters, the yellow frame is displayed around a list when alphabetical (default) or custom sorting is used. Additionally, text is Italic. When you decide to use sorting by Visibility/Graphics Filters tab of a view/view template, this frame is not displayed.
    • Dialog is resizable.
    • Count of views in a project, separate for each view type.
    • Filters applied to any of views or view templates are marked with a green background.
      The application is available for all versions of Revit 2015 and later.






    View Filter Manager ML

    View Filter Manager ML extends the capabilities of View Filter Manager and is equipped with additional features designed to deal with not only filters or view templates but also with other Revit elements in bulk, like fill patterns and line patterns.
    Fill patterns and line patterns can be renamed in bulk (adding, removing prefix).

    It makes process of managing project standards more fluent thanks to modeless dialogs which means it is possible to interact with Revit interface while dialogs of the app are displayed. This is a handy solution while making changes in Revit UI dialogs, especially Visibility/Graphics of a view, Filters or View Templates. These dialogs can be positioned side by side with dialogs of the app to have access to all data.
    Enhanced user interface saves screen estate to better accommodate to many dialogs displayed at a time.

    Toolset for transferring filters and view templates to multiple projects at a time has new options that control the whole process so transferred elements can be easily pushed to projects, saving time necessary to align standards between project files regardless how many times updates to template elements are done.
    One can decide what happens to both existing and transferred elements thanks to options:
    - New Only
    - Copy
    - Replace
    - Overwrite.
    It is possible to decide if filters and view templates of the same names should keep their names or be renamed in a destination project.

    The application is available for all versions of Revit 2015 and later.
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    View Filter Manager 2017 is already available at Autodesk App Store.

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    Soooo, i saw this post on my phone a few days ago, and i just downloaded the app to check it out.

    Its awesome.

    The UI is a little un-intuitive, and can be VERY confusing if you dont know what it wants you to select in each "zone..." But once you have it working, its going to save a TON of time. I have migrated Filters AND Overrides back and forth between views AND View Templates now.

    Freaking best 15 bucks ive spent on software this year.
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    Artejon,

    In the description you have:
    • Save a list of view filters for further use (see: Import).
    • Import a list of view filters to copy (e.g if you want to copy overrides of the same set of filters over and over).
    Once you create a list, (i'm assuming something like an xml file) can you edit that list to add additional filters outside of Revit?

    I'm looking to create a filter for each view type I have. I'm thinking I could export one filter that is set up, then iterate that one over and over, populating with the different view types. Then import that file back in. Does your plugin support something like that?

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    Twiceroadsfool,

    Thank you very much for you kind review. I am glad that my app meets your needs.
    Any words of criticism are welcome too :-)

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    TRWhitehead,

    Thank you for your interest.

    Yes, you can easily edit a list, it is saved to a txt file.

    Currently no overrides are exported, only names of filters, but you don't have to export a list, edit it and import back to reuse filters and their overrides in other views/view templates in that project.
    You certainly have your master template project with view templates with filters and their overrides. That file (or any other usual project) is still a place where you define and store filters and their overrides.
    Once you set up filters and overrides you can freely copy both of them or each of them separately to other views/view templates. You can also copy overrides between filters within the same view.

    Exporting a list is useful in cases where there are many filters you want to deal with, e.g. 50 filters in a view and you want to copy overrides of 25 of them. You don't have to check these 25 filters one by one each time, you just can import a list and these filters will be checked and sorted by list if they already exist in that view.

    Please let me know if that workflow is good for you.
    I am interested to know if and why you would like to export/import overrides nevertheless?

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    Loving the app still, but one thing: The checkbox to "Keep order from a list when copying* doesnt work. Its dropping my new Filters to the end, even though i have them in a particular order when i initiate the command.

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    New filters are appended at the end of a list of filters in a destination view. The option "Keep order.." sorts new filters in a destination view in a way they are displayed in a list of source view filters on the left. Please also note that sorting of filters in a destination view displayed in a list on the right is alphabetic while in a list of source filters on the left it may be alphabetic, by VG or custom.

    Would you like this option to work in a different way?

    I will update a description of this option to make things more clear.

    Thank you.

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    Oh, I see. I switched it to VG sorting and told it to copy the filter and maintain the order of the list. I was hoping it was going to put the new filter in the same spot in each view template. Oh well, I'll have to go VT to VT and correct them.

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    If you already have filters in a destination VT, then after you copy the new ones, go to that o VT, sort them as required, run the app again, select that VT, choose ALL filters (old and new) and copy them to all other VTs with 'Keep order" checked.
    If you have filters in common and other filters specific to some of VTs then you can select VT that has the most of them (or even all of them) as a source view (master VT with all filters sorted in a desired order) and populate order of filters to other VTs, then delete the ones that should not be applied to specifivc VTs. In some scenarios it could be a faster and error free way then reordering filters manually.
    If you haven'got a master VT with all filters and overrides for that purpose then it is easy to collect them and use it to reorganize order in every VT.
    I hope it helps.

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