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    Groups vs Links

    If I was constructing a hotel with multiple similar rooms, is it best practice to use a group or a linked .rvt? Unless I am missing something a linked file cannot be opened as long as the host file is open. I would like to be able to just tab through muliple files similar to acad, if that is possible?
    Bettisworth North

    #2
    Definately Groups. Linked files for a has no benefit what soever and generates a bunch of problems...
    And no, it's not possible to have links open in the same Revit session. You could open multiple sessions of Revit but if you find the need to do so on a regular basis, you probably shouldn't have used linked files.
    Last edited by mdradvies; December 10, 2011, 08:15 PM.
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      #3
      Thank You for your advice,...I just found out an issue when viewing my elevation, and that is, the linked file of a single story linked module copied into the second story carries the first and second story levels with it. Groups it is!!
      Bettisworth North

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        #4
        None of the above is entirely true for Links.

        View templates will remove the levels from the linked instances, we do it all the time. And you can have the link a local of the link) opened in 2012, while the main model is opened. Just not the actual central, which you should never do anyway. You were able to have them both opened in 2010, and you can in 2012. It getting disabled in 2011 was a mistake by the Factory that has been resolved.

        Links and Groups have very different use cases. Ive got a long hand out on it at my blog.
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          #5
          I appreciate your input, and I will look further into this
          Bettisworth North

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            #6
            Originally posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
            None of the above is entirely true for Links.

            View templates will remove the levels from the linked instances, we do it all the time. And you can have the link a local of the link) opened in 2012, while the main model is opened. Just not the actual central, which you should never do anyway. You were able to have them both opened in 2010, and you can in 2012. It getting disabled in 2011 was a mistake by the Factory that has been resolved.

            Links and Groups have very different use cases. Ive got a long hand out on it at my blog.
            hi twiceroadsfool, may i know the site for your blog? im very interested. thanks.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
              None of the above is entirely true for Links.

              View templates will remove the levels from the linked instances, we do it all the time. And you can have the link a local of the link) opened in 2012, while the main model is opened. Just not the actual central, which you should never do anyway. You were able to have them both opened in 2010, and you can in 2012. It getting disabled in 2011 was a mistake by the Factory that has been resolved.

              Links and Groups have very different use cases. Ive got a long hand out on it at my blog.
              Are you saying that you are using links for room layouts? Seems really weird to me. Care to elaborate?
              I know I was a bit "cutting the corner" but I find it to be an easy rule-of-thumb to look at the amount of times needed to update the link. Basically: a linked file should in some way be a specific area or modelling task. If you use Links correctly you should be able to do your job without having to interfere with the rest of the model all too often (whether you are working in the Link or the main file). If not, you should look at the way the link is set up, or choose Groups.

              And I wasn't talking about workshared files, don't know about those out of the top of my head. I was talking about "regular" files / links. Unless I'm loosing it, you can't have the link and host file open in those cases without unloading the link.

              Originally posted by r7_human8y View Post
              hi twiceroadsfool, may i know the site for your blog? im very interested. thanks.
              Check the signature, it's a link to his blog.
              Martijn de Riet
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                #8
                Originally posted by mdradvies View Post
                Unless I'm loosing it, you can't have the link and host file open in those cases without unloading the link.
                That's what I thought when I read Aaron's post last night (not you losing it, but the functionality) so it went straight into my Monday-morning-reminders to test... It'd be awesome if it's true.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by snowyweston View Post
                  That's what I thought when I read Aaron's post last night (not you losing it, but the functionality) so it went straight into my Monday-morning-reminders to test... It'd be awesome if it's true.
                  I don't know how Aaron is accomplishing the opening of loaded links in the same Revit session. See this error this in RAC 2012 with both updates installed.
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                    #10
                    Dave, it is not in the same Revit session: open another one, change user name. done.

                    Aaron doesn't mention it is in a single session.
                    Last edited by jbenoit44; December 11, 2011, 05:15 PM.
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