All-in-One Door 1.8.4

This update fixes the following two issues:

Glazing bar material

We've fixed an issue where the set glazing bar material wouldn't be applied.

Rough distance

We've fixed an issue where the rough distance wouldn't be applied between side light/transom and wall.


Bi-Fold Door Collection 3.2

This update fixes an issue where the glass wouldn't show in certain scenarios depending on door height and positioning which was initially fixed in version 3, but was reintroduced in our previous update to version 3.1.


Bi-Fold Door Collection 3.1

This update fixes an issue where setting a custom frame height for the bottom / top panel frame would not apply to the panel frame but instead cause a gap between panel and door frame.


Bi-Fold Door Collection 3

Since the release of this new collection of bi-fold doors, we kept hearing from our customers about a few missing features, which we are happy to make available today, together with a series of other improvements and fixes.

Switch panel folding side

Previously, panels only folded outwards (exterior), which was very limiting. The only workaround was to flip the entire door, which was of course all but ideal when using the threshold and exterior ramp option. Now it's just one parameter to change the folding side.

Just one panel

The bi-fold door families allow for a flexible number of panels which was previously limited with min. 2 and max. 10 panels per side. With this update, we remove the min. limit. allowing single panel setups like the following example...

Detail levels

When we released the new bi-fold door collection we made some choices for the detail level graphics that causes issues for many of our customers, as they do lots of their work in coarse more, which didn't show enough details. That ultimately resulted in lots of support emails, asking how to show the panel frames. With this release we have changed the graphics for each detail level. Following the before and after for each detail level to demonstrate the changes.

Coarse - Before

Coarse - After

Medium - Before

Medium - After

Fine - Before

Fine - After

Symbol lines

When we initially released this new collection of bi-fold door families, we decided to not include symbol lines all together, as they needed more consideration in terms of localization and performance which we wouldn't want to rush.

Localization

One of the differences for symbol lines in various countries is the direction the symbol lines are shown in elevation. This difference in standards is supported via a new type parameter that allows you to set the symbol lines in elevation to your preferred standard.

Panel spacing

Previously there was just one single parameter setting all spacing around each panel as we thought that this would be sufficient. However we got feedback that it would be helpful to control spacing separately, which would not just help to get accurate panel sizes but also result in more accurate scheduling for glass area, etc.

Visibility/Graphics subcategories

With this version we add better support for subcategories to control view / detail level based visibility and graphics via the Revit Visibility/Graphics settings. The visibility of the new symbol lines is now also controlled via the Revit Visibility/Graphics settings rather than family parameters.

Schedule

Previously the family included the parameter Calculate Glass Area to enable the calculation for the schedule parameters Glass Area With Glazing Bar and Glass Area Without Glazing Bar. With this update, the parameter Calculate Glass Area has been removed and the calculation happens automatically depending on the selected panel type.

We've also fixed the calculation for Opening Area, Glass Area With Glazing Bar and Glass Area Without Glazing Bar which didn't take spacing into account.

Other Fixes & Improvements

Glazing bar positioning in frame panel

We've fixed an issue where the glazing bars would't be distributed correctly, resulting in non equal glass areas.
Images showing before (left) and after (right).

Glass visibility

We've fixed an issue where the glass wouldn't show in certain scenarios depending on door height and positioning.

Frame visibility in side elevation

We've fixed an issue where a frame geometry would show up displaced in elevations 90 degrees to the placed bi-fold door family.
Images showing before (left) and after (right).

Selection issue when clicking nearby but not directly on door

We've fixed an issue where the door would be selected when clicking outside the actual door area, being super annoying when selecting some other elements while being zoomed out.

Associated parameters for threshold

We've fixed an issue where the parameters Threshold Slope Offset and Threshold Slop Height would be not applied correctly. You can see the result of setting these parameters in the following before (left) and after (right) comparison.


All-in-One Escalator & Travelator 2.3

In previous versions, the escalator min. height (between floors) was 1500mm.

With this update we reduce the min. height down to 900mm in order to satisfy a project requirement for one of our customers.

This is also a free update to all our All-in-One Escalator & Travelator customers, just in case anyone has a similar (unusual) project requirement.


Are our families better than free ones?

I regularly receive enquiry emails, asking for specific functionality, visual representation, etc. before someone would make a decision to purchase our families. However, yesterday I received an email that somehow stood out to me as it reminded me why I started Revit-Content in the first place, and thought it might be helpful for others in a similar situation to share the question and my answer publicly on our blog.



Here the content of the email received...

Our small office is starting up on Revit; Autocad will still be used.

Could you explain why & how your families are better than the hundreds that are available for free?

Are your architects US-based and the libraries are catered to US product types and typical dimensions? This may not be a relevant question, but I am asking as a novice.



To better understand what we do and why, I want to start with a short story about my own journey...

I was growing up in the building industry biased to become an architect. I worked in all areas from technician to super vision and project management for more than 20 years, but was always more passionate about everything involving computers rather than architecture itself.

It started in college when my class was the first to use AutoCAD for their graduation and continued with the development of various AutoLISP programs to generate doors and windows for small to large scale AutoCAD projects in the years to come. I used AutoCAD from the early days in school, assisted our teacher(s) in CAD classes and taught my own classes after school to architects and engineers in adult education programs.

For the first 20 years I was working in an architectural practice with up to 30 staff, using AutoCAD with all those AutoLISP components that I developed early on.

That all changed when I moved to the UK in 2008, where I started all over again. This time I was on my own, which required me to rethink my strategy of getting work done, and as a result I switched from AutoCAD to Revit, which helped me to get more output with less resources.

Once I got the hang of Revit, I was however facing other challenges that slowed me down like constant search for families, inconsistent visual representation or the fact that I just couldn't find exactly what I needed.

I had to focus my limited time to getting work done rather than constantly searching and most of the time just ending up with some compromises.

That lead me to the creation of my own families which started out simple but grew over time into a selection of highly parametric and therefor versatile families which I could use no matter what project or requirements came up.

When reading through forums, tutorials, etc. I read lots of stories on how other Revit users would struggle with essentially the exactly same challenges, which lead me to Revit-Content, a website dedicated to professional & versatile Revit families backed with personal support.



... and now with some context, back to the actual answer to the received question...

Could you explain why & how your families are better than the hundreds that are available for free?

There are literally thousands of free and paid Revit families available across the internet and if our families are better for you depends very much on your requirements. They are definitely better for what we created them for, like being versatile, visually consistent, localizable, and well supported.

Modeling any project requires a number of different types of doors, windows, etc., and in my opinion you either create your own families or you need to have families at hand that are versatile enough to have your requirements covered with someone at the other end to help you out and improve the families to work better with your requirements.

It's a balance between simplicity like most families you find online that are doing one setup with some flexibility in size, requiring you to find different families for different setups, and complexity like most of our families that are more parametric and therefore covering more setups with one and the same family.

Our All-in-One families are definitely too complex in certain areas, which is great for certain use cases like surveyors that deal with existing buildings and a large number of our customers falls into that category.

However I understand that we can achieve a better balance between simplicity and complexity which is why we are working on our new Family Collections that keep the flexibility (with a more modular approach) and provide a much reduced complexity. All purchases since beginning of 2018 receive those new Family Collections for the same family category as free upgrade.
I covered that topic in this post including some case studies.

We put serious work into the creation and the support of our Revit families, but at the end of the day they might not be right for you which is absolutely ok, and we are always happy to fully refund a purchase if we can't offer a solution, and the families aren't helping you.

Are your architects US-based and the libraries are catered to US product types and typical dimensions? This may not be a relevant question, but I am asking as a novice.

We are based in the UK, however our most customers are based in the US followed by Australia, the UK and the rest of the world.

As our families are versatile and somehow generic in that sense, you can setup any local, country and manufacturer specific types and we provide a metric and imperial version for each family. We also provide various features to address localization of symbol lines, annotation or functionality based on the feedback we receive from our customers.



I hope that this answers are helpful to you and if you have any more questions on how we and our families can help you, contact me at michael@revit-content.com


All-in-One Escalator & Travelator 2.2

We have just released version 2.2, fixing an issue where the geometry would break when setting the angle to less than 2 degrees.

While we were at it, we also changed the minimum supported Revit/Revit LT version to 2015.

This is a free update for all customers who purchased the All-in-OneEscalator & Travelator as single family or as part of a bundle.


All-in-One Sash Window 5

Version 5 fixes an issue where the window would be selected when clicking around the window area (not just the actual window).

This is a free update for all customers who purchased the All-in-One Sash Window as single family or as part of a bundle.


All-in-One Sash Window 4

Today we release a vastly optimized and improved version of the All-in-One Sash Window.

What started out as a simple bug fix release, ended up to be a quite substantial update that took much longer to get ready than we hoped for.

Version 4 removes support for Revit 2014 and supports now all Revit & Revit LT versions from 2015, which leads me to the main topic of this release (besides important fixes)...

Ordered & Renamed Parameters

As all our All-in-One Families, this family has more parameters than standard families, which makes it much more useful (especially appreciated by surveyors and architects working with existing builds) but also adds some complexity.

With this version we have renamed almost all parameters and ordered them into logical groups, which massively simplifies the usage.

With the renaming of parameters it also made sense to move from the old PDF manual to our new online documentation, the new format that was first introduced with our new Family Collections.

While add it we have also added a separate parameter Rough Distance Top and removed various parameters to simplify adjusting Double/Single Glass Position, Niches and Sash Frame Spacing.

Important: Updating your existing setups to this version overwrites all parameter values. Please read the new documentation for more details.

Fixes

  • Issue where wall wouldn't be cut out by exterior sill
  • Issue causing constrain error when setting parameter Taper Reveal Interior Right
  • Issue with visibility of niche void
  • Issue with single glass position when top sash is set to arc
  • Issue with window plan visibility when parameter Frame Arc Filling Visibility enabled

Sliding Door Collection

Today we release the second member of our new Revit Family Collections, the all new Sliding Door.

The new Sliding Door Collection starts out with 4 dedicated sliding door families:

  • Patio Sliding Door single sided
  • Patio Sliding Door double sided
  • Pocket Sliding Door single sided
  • Pocket Sliding Door double sided

These new families are newly built from the ground up, following the new modular system that was introduced with the new Bi-Fold Door Collection last month.

Productivity for Revit Teams

We have taken extra care to make sure that all the parameters as well as functionalities are consistent with the ones introduced with the Bi-Fold Door Collection.

A consistent parameter naming as well as predictable and unified behavior is something that is at the core of the new family collections, allowing Revit Teams to be more productive than with any other Revit families, when working with our new collections.

Replacing the All-in-One Bi-Fold & Sliding Door Family

With the availability of this new Sliding Door Collection together with the Bi-Fold Door Collection released last month, we are now able to offer the full functionality of the All-in-One Bi-Fold & Sliding Door Family, keeping and improving the great parts, and removing complexity. The new dedicated families contained in the collection are much easier to use and offer a performance gain of more than 20x compared to the All-in-One Bi-Fold & Sliding Door Family (which is being removed from sale with the availability of the new Sliding Door Collection).

The new Bi-Fold & Sliding Door Collections are now also part of the All-in-One Professional Bundle and All-in-One Door & Window Bundle providing you with a massive saving of 33% instead of the 20% collection discount.

Introductory Pricing

As always, we do offer a massive introductory discount of 67% during the first 48h of availability, which is normally exclusive to our email subscribers, however for this release we are going to also share the coupon code with all our Twitter followers.

To buy and learn more go here.