We recently decided that we needed a way to manage our Revit families.
My first thought: Excel.
My second thought: How am I going to list all of those families & their parameters in Excel?
I e-mailed a few people at Autodesk. They sent me a copy of their content in spreadsheet form. Perfect. I opened it. Imagine 1109 rows that look like this:
Not quite what I was looking for, but thanks Autodesk!
I waited a few more days and started logging families in Excel, figuring that I needed to get started. ("If I log 20 families a day, I'll be done in 60 days...")
Today, I got an e-mail from Ken Stowe, of Autodesk. Subject line: have you seen this?
"This" was a link to a post in Matt Rumbelow's blog. Matt's post is about Content Highway (beta), or "itunes for Revit family files" (as he calls it). Content Highway is amazing - exactly what I needed! Within the (free..for now) program, you sort your object library (or a portion of your object library) by Revit category, CSI, Unformat, Supplier or Folder. You can modify parameters. You can view a thumbnail of the objects while viewing a matrix of all of the objects.
I am still playing around with it, making sure that it is going to work for us. But I'm pretty sure that it is. It has to be. I need it.
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