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    Migrating Families?

    Anyone have a trick to migrate families en masse to a newer version of Revit?

    The best i can come up with now is to select all the families in Win Explorer and drag them all onto a session of revit to open/upgrade. Then ctrl-S and close the family. For each one. There must be a better way.

    - Jon

    #2
    There's a batch utility that will do it. It used to be on the Revit DVD they shipped, but now I don't know where it is or remember how I got it. It's specific to 2011.
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      #3
      Awesome! This will come in handy. I knew there had to be something.

      So now i want to know, how is someone supposed to know this exists?? I can't find it on the Subscription website, nor was it included with our installation files. (Our product is delivered via download, not DVD's). Guess i'll have to ask for a DVD when 2012 is released for fear of missing out on something.

      Thanks for the file. Much appreciated!

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        #4
        Originally posted by iru69 View Post
        There's a batch utility that will do it. It used to be on the Revit DVD they shipped, but now I don't know where it is or remember how I got it. It's specific to 2011.
        hmm, this code was written in 2003, has been updated a couple of times, and now says that it is for v2010. Have you tried it in 2011?
        I'm retired, if you don't like it, go around!

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          #5
          Originally posted by Dave Jones View Post
          hmm, this code was written in 2003, has been updated a couple of times, and now says that it is for v2010. Have you tried it in 2011?
          Hmm, you kind of got me there. I found it in my "Revit Utility" folder that I keep for these sorts of things. It was marked 2011 (I didn't just add that, but I may have when I first got it). I know I batch upgraded all our families for 2011.

          It's a very simple script that opens and saves. It's probably the same script that's been updated over the years... first in 2003, and then in 2010 with the introduction of the Ribbon, which probably broke the old script. It probably didn't need to be updated for 2011, so it's probably the same script as the 2010 "version".

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            #6
            Originally posted by iru69 View Post
            Hmm, you kind of got me there. I found it in my "Revit Utility" folder that I keep for these sorts of things. It was marked 2011 (I didn't just add that, but I may have when I first got it). I know I batch upgraded all our families for 2011.

            It's a very simple script that opens and saves. It's probably the same script that's been updated over the years... first in 2003, and then in 2010 with the introduction of the Ribbon, which probably broke the old script. It probably didn't need to be updated for 2011, so it's probably the same script as the 2010 "version".
            cool, thanks. I didn't want to save it if it didn't work in 2011. But now that I think about it I'll need it to work in 2012, not 2011. I'll try it out when the time comes. :thumbsup:
            I'm retired, if you don't like it, go around!

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              #7
              Originally posted by iru69 View Post
              Hmm, you kind of got me there. I found it in my "Revit Utility" folder that I keep for these sorts of things. It was marked 2011 (I didn't just add that, but I may have when I first got it). I know I batch upgraded all our families for 2011.

              It's a very simple script that opens and saves. It's probably the same script that's been updated over the years... first in 2003, and then in 2010 with the introduction of the Ribbon, which probably broke the old script. It probably didn't need to be updated for 2011, so it's probably the same script as the 2010 "version".
              It is. I used it as such to convert up to 2011.

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                #8
                Its actually on the C drive after you install Revit, i just dont remember which of the stupid directories they put it in. We have made a few variations of it that also do things like open a view, ZE, turn it to shaded with edges, etc, but theyre much harder to work with then... Since if the view is already on that setting, it will interactive-out.

                WORD TO THE WISE: DO NOT run it with the content on the network. It will rename every family with a bunch of jarbled letters and numbers after the names. Copy your content to a local drive, run it, then put it back.
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                  #9
                  Found it! Didn't find it on C, but rather up on the network where i store our installation files and deployment packages. So that corroborates your suggestion that the utility is shipped with the DVD, iru. Don't know why my search earlier couldn't find it.

                  And thanks for the heads up Aaron. You just saved me a lot of grief.

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                    #10
                    Glad you found it. No worries, but just to clarify, I said "it used to be shipped on the DVD". It must be included in the download as well, because we don't get the DVD either.
                    :beer:
                    Originally posted by kingjosiah View Post
                    So that corroborates your suggestion that the utility is shipped with the DVD, iru.

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