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Friday, 15 June 2018

Revit 2019: Maximise Tiled Views

Revit 2019: Great improvements to the software has taken place in this release. However, there is one little thing that had me thinking harder than usual a few days ago. Tiling views in Revit 2019 works in the same way as the previous versions. Great for designing in 3D and seeing a representation thereof on plan, section, schedule, etc.

But how do you maximise a view once many views has been tiled? There is no option for that within the drawing area....

The solution is simple, but should have been made a bit simpler, to be honest; Especially for those of us who have been doing things the same way for years ;-)

Those pesky new icons in the View tab > Windows panel.... Tab Views & Tile Views
Have a good weekend, folks!

Monday, 21 May 2018

Preview Revit files in Windows Explorer???

For those in the media, entertainment and visualisation spaces, this might be old news. However, as I have not been working with .FBX files a lot, I found something which might be super useful to quickly check how the geometry of a project or families look like; in Windows Explorer!

For both Revit projects and families, simply export the .RVT or .RFA file to a .FBX file format. Enable the Preview Panel option in Windows explorer, and voila:

One can zoom into and orbit around the preview just like you do in the software; The exception is that you do not have to open the software to do it.

Have a good week, folks!

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Creating a Custom Enscape Skybox

I have looked into creating custom skybox files a while ago, but did not have much success. If memory serves me, the closest I got to creating something viable, was through the use of the Unity engine. That has changed for the best however: Enter iStreetView and Street View Download 360!

The process of creating a custom skybox is really easy. 

Step 1: Visit to install the Street View Download 360 program.

Step 2: Visit and search for your project's location. Copy the Panorama ID code on the right hand pane. 

Step 3: Open the Street View Download 360 App, choose a Save-As location, a Panorama name, and paste the ID copied in Step 2 into the required field. Download the Panorama file. 

Step 4: Through Enscape, add the downloaded Panorama image as a skybox file. Note that the panorama image must have an aspect ration of 2:1, 4:3, etc. 

The result could look similar to the image below:

Note however that one cannot move the skybox up or down. One can only rotate it on the X-axis. I believe this is due to the height the panorama was captured at, coupled with the skybox being inserted to the center of the project's geometry.

I'm still satisfied with the results!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Enscape: Stereo Panorama QR Code

Even by using Enscape on a daily basis, I seemed to have missed this extremely useful function; Released in the latest update, Version 2.1: Save Panorama as QR Code. 

QR Codes are not a new thing. The first QR Code reportedly created took place in 1994 by a Toyota subsidiary called Denso Wave. Fast forward to today and we can envision a myriad of new possibilities using 24-year old technology. One of these possibilities is to send a simple image to a client, a manager, a director, or even a contractor to immerse themselves in your design. 

Queue Enscape Version 2.1:

Once a Panorama has been created from Enscape, and uploaded to the cloud,

That Panorama can be saved as a PNG Image file. 

Try it yourself! Download a free QR Code reader for iOS or Android, open the app on your cellphone and aim for the picture below. Immerse yourself in a panoramic scene which could be part of your next design.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Design Sharing and Viewing Options

Technology is not for everyone. Similarly, technology might not form the core of a person's daily lives, thus they do not intuitively know how it works or what to do with it. 

Scenario: You need to share a design with a client who has little to no experience with our design technologies, nor does he/she care to learn how it works.

From the typical Autodesk spectrum we have 5 design sharing and viewing techologies:

1. Autodesk Viewer
2. DWG TrueView
3. Design Review
4. AutoCAD Mobile App
5. BIM 360 Team

I am pretty sure that Revit Recess readers have already tested, or are even using at least 2 of the above programs. I use the Autodesk Viewer, Design Review and BIM 360 Team on a near daily basis. 

Keeping in mind that we need to share files with non-technologically inclined clients, lets look at a quick comparison of the Autodesk Viewer to BIM 360 Team.

For simply viewing over 50 different file formats in the browser, Autodesk Viewer is the answer. From the professional's side, simply upload the required files to the Viewer, and share the link with the client.

From the client's side, simply open the sharing email and click on the link in the email content.

The result? Quick, easy, simple to understand and even simpler to use.