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    Question(s), how does Dynamo actually work? I mean, do you have to create an object/linework/etc. in each Revit project? Is the 'code' saved somewhere & if so, where? If it is saved, does it get inserted like a family? Can you place your code in a template to be used over & over?
    What do YOU use Dynamo for (some explanatory examples would be excellent)?

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    I have used Dynamo to upgrade Revit families from 2017 to 2018. You set the directory and hit start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hangman View Post
    Question(s), how does Dynamo actually work?
    There's an addon in Revit which runs inside a normal DotNet environment (like nearly all other addons do). This creates the Dynamo environment which loads a text file (XML) which describes the tiles you've placed and the connections between them. This environment runs through those tiles' actions and then performs it on the current Revit session.

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    I mean, do you have to create an object/linework/etc. in each Revit project?
    Nope, Dynamo can create the obj/line/etc. for you, or it can modify existing stuff.

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    Is the 'code' saved somewhere & if so, where?
    It is saved as a text file (a XML file listing the tiles you've placed in the dynamo editor and the connections between them).

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    If it is saved, does it get inserted like a family?
    No it doesn't form part of the RVT / RFA file. It's a separate DYN or DYF file - see previous point.

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    Can you place your code in a template to be used over & over?
    Definitely! Because it's in separate files you can copy these anywhere. Open then save-as something else as well as rename them. You can also copy-paste tiles between DYN (Dynamo scripts) and DYF (custom dynamo tile definitions).

    In addition you can package DYF files as a set of stuff to import into Dynamo so others can use it. There's even an online share so you can publish it on the Dynamo sharing site so others across the world can make use of the same. There's already 1000s such published there by various people who were kind enough to share their work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hangman View Post
    What do YOU use Dynamo for (some explanatory examples would be excellent)?
    Quite a diverse set of reasons. My very first use was to find duplicate parking bays on ramps. Another was to model a sloping curving balustrade made of steel slats. Many a time I use it to model curtain walls with randomized patterns. Then also I've used it to set panel marks over many large curtain walls so they schedule in some sort of consistent manner (i.e. from left to right / top to bottom - instead of just random after some changes). Same sort of thing about renumbering doors / windows after adding new stuff into a building.

    Those are just the types of things I've personally done - the things I can remember off the top of my head. Others could also chip in. Or you could search through other posts in this forum seeing what others are asking for or sharing. Also look at the DynamoBim site - they've got lots of samples of things people have used Dynamo for.
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