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    Revit opens a new instance of family each time you edit the family from the project

    When you click on "edit family" in a project, Revit opens the family in the family editor. If you leave the family editor open and you head back into the project, Revit will always bring you back to that same family editor if you wish to edit the same family. Nowadays (probably since R2016) each time I edit the same family, Revit opens a new family editor of the same. So if family 1 is open and I click "edit family" in the project, Revit opens a new instance of family 1. This means you will have multiple families (depending on the amount of times you edit the family) of the same family 1. This could be a nightmare because each time Revit opens a new family and you edit it the other families are not updated. If you're not careful you can accidentally override an a updated family with an older version. Is this is bug?

    #2
    I just tried and i cannot replicate that behavior.

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      #3
      Not doing that here either.
      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
        Always CLOSE OUT of a family after an edit because if you forget that it is open and click on another to edit, you will end up with separate edits.
        Bettisworth North

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          #5
          Did you check the family filename in Revit? It's funny that Windows doesn't accept characters like \ / ? : * " > < | in its filenames but Revit actually accepts some of them like / for instance. That said, If in Revit someone right click and rename a family called Sliding Door to be Sliding/Door, Revit will accept it but when you try to edit that family from within Revit and now Windows sees it as an actual file, it will open a family called simply "Door.rfa" (basically it removes anything before the / ). And if you go back to Revit and try editing that Sliding/Door family again, it will open a second instance of the family "Door.rfa" and continue doing that.

          This actually happens a lot when working in imperial where people rename their families while in Revit to be "Whatever 1/8", "Whatever 1/4", etc...

          I hope this helps.
          Last edited by Andre Carvalho; May 24, 2016, 04:24 PM.
          Andre Carvalho

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            #6
            check out the screen recording

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              #7
              Does the same behavior persist if you temporarily disable all add-ins? Just to make sure an add-in isn't causing some unintended behavior.

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                #8
                I noticed you are using a KS to do the Edit Family command: Does it persist if you use the Edit Family button on the ribbon? I wonder if your KS is accidentally on "Open Family" instead of "Edit Family" or something?
                Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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