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    How to intentionally corrupt a family?

    Folks,

    This question will definitely sounds strange to you but for some experimental reason, I need to know whether it is possible to intentionally making a family file corrupted or not? I know I can open *.rfa file with Notepad, for instance, and add some junk to the file and save it and that's not a valid file for Revit anymore but I want to apply the 'damage' on an in-house family which is already loaded into my project. Does that make sense?!

    I want to hand over a revit project to someone and my revit project has hell lot of families in it. Is it possible to make a certain family in this project 'dodgy' so that it prevents Revit to open the entire project on anyone else's machine because it has a corrupted family in it?

    I am TRYING to find a solution to cut off illegitimate hands from my project.... (any other idea is greatly appreciated)


    Cheers

    #2
    Sounds like a terrible idea. You might end up corrupting your own project. :crazy:
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      #3
      Can you explain that "I am TRYING to find a solution to cut off illegitimate hands from my project"?

      Did you look into IFC?

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        #4
        Originally posted by Alfredo Medina View Post
        Sounds like a terrible idea. You might end up corrupting your own project. :crazy:
        I know but I am desperately looking for protecting my project file. What do you suggest instead? :banghead:

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          #5
          Originally posted by DanielHurtubise View Post
          Can you explain that "I am TRYING to find a solution to cut off illegitimate hands from my project"?

          Did you look into IFC?
          I am coming from AutoCAD world and relatively new in Revit. Can you please explain what do you mean by IFC?

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            #6
            .ifc, a short google away, is another file format - that you can export .rvt to, giving recipients "all" the geometry and data without all the glorious .rvt/.rfa parametric quality.

            But you're not doing yourself any favours thinking you or your work is in any way so special as to warrant a ticking timebomb in it for others to find out at their expense.

            What you're suggesting is tantamount to secreting viruses into .zips into seasonal greeting emails - i.e. just not cool - and I'd call you up on industrial sabotage if I caught wind you were anywhere near anything I'm working on.

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              #7
              If you are worried about people other than the ones that are supposed to getting your revit file for coordination. There are larger issues than the revit file such as working with a biz. that is not ethical.

              BTW Snowywestern is right if part of your product that is be delivered is a revit file thats what is expected not a .ifc or some other format. I know if i was expecting a revit file for coordination and got something other than that i would not be to happy about it

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                #8
                Zip the revit file up and protect it with a password. Or don't hand over the project. Or purge out the families.

                Once someone opens the project, they can export ALL the families into a library.

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                  #9
                  This whole thread sounds terrible. I wouldnt be trying to mess with any of this.
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                    #10
                    I understand and respect to the hassle behind all above replies. But I just want to have 'something' as an obstacle for others - regardless of their level of expertise in Revit. Even a simplistic one. We all agree there is no 100% protection on Revit files because they are not meant to have so (for the sake of sharing in community) but I am trying my best to, at least, make a headache for someone who is willing to joy a free ride.

                    Tnx for all of replies so far.

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