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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What Revit Wants: Exposing the Revit Database (very cool) [Revit API]

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What Revit Wants: Exposing the Revit Database (very cool)
http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com/2009/07/exposing-revit-database-very-cool.html

Ooh La La! Does Revit really want you to see what goes on under the hood? Well, if it can help you understand Revit better, then I would suggest that it does (because it will help you know how to 'treat Revit right'). So, how do you do it?

There are two main ways:
  1. Using the RvtMgdDbg API add-on
    This is the most comprehensive method, in that it allows you to 'Snoop' virtually all parts of the Revit database.

  2. Using the RDBLink Tool from Autodesk Labs
    This method actually allows you to modify and then update Revit model element properties.

Both of these methods expose the Revit database, which allows you see how things really go together. The Revit database is really what makes everything else possible: from environmental analysis to the basic parametric nature of elements. It's exciting stuff!

I will do individual posts on how to setup and use both these methods in the near future.

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