It’s no secret that Revit MEP is not “all there” yet, but the folks at Autodesk are really making great progress (and we appreciate it!). We are still waiting for the hardware to catch up to Revit’s voracious needs and hopefully when the Core i7’s are mainstream, we’ll be there. In the mean time we are always looking for ways to make our Revit lives a little easier. To that end, I created a little tool in VB.NET – Revit Local File Creator – that keeps track of your local files and will automatically rename them and create local files in a local folder of your choice. It basically turns what was once daily chore of navigating, right clicking, copy and pasting, renaming, and opening into an operation of only a few clicks. There is a pretty good help file included with the install that walks you through how it works. The file is available for download HERE (our local Autodesk User Group website).
In a nutshell, you have to configure a few parameters first. These include the local folder where you want local files to go, whether you want your name and/or date appended to the file, and if you want text replaced in the central file name (ie. “central” to become “local”). The dialog box below comes up the first time you run the program and you must at least choose a local folder.
- You also have the option to elect to use your windows username (which is typically your Revit username) or your initials.
- For the date you can choose a long date (MM-DD-YYYY), short date (MM-DD), or the weekday (Monday).
Some folks expressed they would like to keep local files in separate subfolders in their local file directory. Not my preference, but not a bad idea so the program includes some advanced folder settings.
If you click the Advanced button, you will see the option to select a sample central file location. Once selected, you can see the folders in the selected path are parsed to a list below. The item you select in the list will identify the level the program will look at on a real central file in order to create the subfolder.
In the example, the first directory under the root (H:) represents a project number. I want to use the project number to define my local subfolders, so I select that from the list. Now regardless of the project I am copying the central file from – the program look at the path where my selected central file is located and select the first folder past the root (in this case 09456) and use that to name the local folder. Get it?
You also have the options to add a prefix and/or suffix to the local subfolder name. (You can clear these settings by clicking the Simple button…)
Once you get past the settings (which you can always go back and change from the Edit menu), the Main Screen will appear (first image above).
As you can see, I have selected a sample central file (using the Browse button) and you get a Local File Name Preview that should incorporate all of the settings you configured. If it all looks good, you can click the button to Create Local File and in a few seconds you will be asked if you want to open it. Done!
From that point on, the central file location you selected will be in this list so you just open the Local File Creator, select the local file from the drop down list and click Create Local File.
There are other options and features available as well such as:
- Pruning the central file list
- Disabling the prompt to open the local file once created
- Disabling the logo link (that big banner across the bottom is a link to the company website)
- Plus adding the option to choose which version of Revit to use when opening a local file (especially handy when you have projects still using the last version of Revit, or if you are beta testing the newer version).
So please feel free to download and install the program, check out the help file, and while I don’t have time to “support” the program, I am always interested to hear your ideas and especially if you run across any bugs. Enjoy!