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    Painful Control Arrows

    This is old one, but maybe for the some of the neubies it may help.
    Some of the OOTB families (I will use the standard 3D toilet for example) are made using one "direction arrow" built into the family. When this component is placed you get the choice to "flip it" with the direction arrow (Space Bar does the same, just flips it). If you want to rotate it 90° you have to use the rotate command (painful).
    If you add the second "direction arrow" you get to flip in either direction (Space Bar still ony works in one direction) to rotate 90° you still have to use the rotate command.
    If you edit the family and delete all of the "direction arrows", load the family, then just use the Spaced Bar to rotate at 90° incriments.
    For those who use the OOTB families a lot of components are built this way, try deleting the arrows and you will find quite a few of these families a lot more user friendly by rotating with just the "Space Bar". The standard 3d toilet is a classic example.
    Last edited by mark b; December 19, 2011, 04:55 PM.
    Mark Balsom

    If it ain't broke, fix it till it is.

    Nice! :thumbsup:
    Martijn de Riet
    Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
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    Planta1 Revit Online Consulting


      You can even align to a wall or a line: when inserting your component, hover your mouse over a line or wall, hit spacebar, and voilà!
      Have you tried to do it with a curtain wall?

      Antoine Petitdemange
      AXE Architecture - Lyon - France -


        This will also work if the line/ wall is curved. The object will trace the curve as you move your cursor over it.
        Jason Coe, Architect
        Beardsley Architects + Engineers
        Auburn, New York


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