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    Revit OOTB Families

    Are people who are using the RFO Style Guide for naming conventions renaming all the OOTB families? (I hope those aren't bad words around here.) While we no longer use the OOTB doors or windows there are many others, such as structural families, that we do use. So is common practice to rename these families as well?

    And with all the family renaming... someone out there is bound to have a recommendation for some sort of renaming utility or software or something that would make this go a little bit faster, right?
    Mia Frietze
    LPA, Inc.

    #2
    I leave OOTB as they are, and only copy/rename them to our office convention when there's a need to modify them so it's never posed that big a task - but if you're doing it in one big hit, I can (at the very least) suggest you use the "find and replace" tool of notepad to edit the type catalogues...

    As for batch renaming the .rfa files themselves, I know of no clever, "Revit way" to do it - but there's probably a utility to do that kind of thing a short google away.

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      #3
      Bulk Rename Utility. Look it up, its amazing.

      Might have to be done locally, since IT wont let hack apps like that run on the network. I renamed the entire OOTB library (back in 09, we dont use it at all), in 45 minutes.

      EDIT: Its also free.
      Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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        #4
        I have used a simple naming program called lupas rename for many years. Search for it, also Free.

        (I'll still give 'Batch Rename' a try)

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          #5
          I don't rename the OOTB families. Or families from any other source for that matter. Only renames to my naming convention happen when I change/modify the family. And that would be always if I want to use them regularly, since the first thing I do is reapplying all parameters to match my Shared Parameters.
          Martijn de Riet
          Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
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          Planta1 Revit Online Consulting

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            #6
            Originally posted by mdradvies View Post
            I don't rename the OOTB families. Or families from any other source for that matter. Only renames to my naming convention happen when I change/modify the family. And that would be always if I want to use them regularly, since the first thing I do is reapplying all parameters to match my Shared Parameters.
            We do that as well. Only 'our families' get 'our names', so we can keep track of what has come from the outside.

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              #7
              Running with the renaming utilities... thanks for all the suggestions!

              I wish I could say we've gotten far enough along to have all our own shared parameters... but sadly no. One of these days we'll catch up! =) Until then, we still use a handful of OOTB families, especially structural members and detail components for structural members.

              If we do need to use an OOTB family in a project, and I've already gotten all our users used to the family names with Category prefix they're going to flip on me if they aren't named the same way. Creatures of habit. =)

              Thanks again!
              Mia Frietze
              LPA, Inc.

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                #8
                Irfanview, that swiss army knife of all graphic, can also do bulk rename of other files.
                very good stuff.
                Motorbike riding is one long bezier curve

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                  #9
                  Advanced Renamer is very powerful too.
                  Luke Johnson | Autodesk Expert Elite Member
                  Author of What Revit Wants

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