Copy Elements from a Linked File

In this click saver I want to talk about something that a client recently brought up about working with linked Revit models. I work with quite a lot of multi- discipline firms these days so internally they will be sharing elements or families on a project.

The question that got brought up was “is there a faster way of stealing something from another Revit file?” especially when the elements need to move from one Revit model to another. Currently they were opening two sessions of Revit, selecting the elements that they needed, and then using Copy/Aligned to “(take your pick)” or just paste it and place it where they want.


In this case the interior studio was taking over some of the partition walls from the architecture studio and they needed to move those walls from the architecture model to the interiors model. So the cool trick is to use the “Tab” key to select the elements, if you need multiple, then use the CTRL key along with the “Tab” key.


Now go to the ribbon Modify tab and choose Copy to Clipboard. In this example we will use the drop-down for Paste and select Aligned to Same Place.


Now those items have been copied into your file and are in the same exact location. Now someone from the architecture studio can delete those elements since the interior studio now has them.


Cool little trick to remember when it comes to working with linked Revit models. Look forward to seeing you onsite at your firm or in class, Jarod

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A360 Collaboration for Revit

I have been testing this and so far it is working very good. My test model has been a 650mb file and so far it has been handling it very well. You can do a 30 day trial from Autodesk: LINK

Centralized access to project data for all team members

  • Overcome the barriers of corporate firewalls and physical location. Collaboration for Revit enables true centralized access to Revit models by team members in all disciplines from multiple firms or sites.
  • Replace costly and inefficient work-arounds for sharing models such as use of FTP sites, sharing software or email with attached PDFs. As a cloud service, Collaboration for Revit does not require complex and costly IT setup and maintenance.
  • Collaboration for Revit stores all project and design data in A360. A360 is part of Autodesk’s secure cloud environment. Visit the Autodesk Trust Center for more information about cloud security at Autodesk.

In-context communication

  • With Communicator for Revit, which comes with the Collaboration service, project team members from all disciplines can communicate directly with each other, in real-time within the project models.
  • Communicator helps free teams from traditional, limited communication tools that lack context and timeliness, such as relying on email and phone to communicate with the entire project team. With a contextual awareness of who is working on what models at any given time, Communicator makes a conversation with another team member just a click away.
  • Communicator provides an integrated activity feed that allows the project team to better understand model changes from other team members, making it easier for team members to locate collaborators and communicate directly.
  • Communicator provides notifications of new chat messages, connection requests, and sync status for workshared models.

Autodesk A360 Team integration for better team collaboration

  • Collaboration for Revit is tightly integrated with Autodesk A360, providing Revit design and engineering teams a centralized cloud-based platform in which to work together more efficiently on projects, make more effective decisions and deliver superior results.
  • Data from projects hosted in Collaboration for Revit surfaces in A360, making models easily viewable and searchable with no exports, translations, or uploads required. This experience only requires a web browser, iOS, or Android mobile device; connecting the whole team almost anytime, anywhere, on nearly any device.
  • External team member and project contributors who do not use or have access to Revit software can view, search, and socially interact on models, discuss challenges and successes, and stay current with project activities. Since A360 works with nearly all project data formats, collaboration can be more effectively centralized in one platform.
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Educational Plot Stamp Removal Issues

When you plot an AutoCAD drawing that was created in—or that contains drawing data that was created in—an Educational (Student and Faculty) version of AutoCAD or an AutoCAD-based program, the following plot stamp or watermark appears in the final output:

For Educational Use Only

This can also occur when your drawing uses blocks or other components of drawings that have been created or modified in an Educational version, including layers, blocks, layouts, etc.

Prior to AutoCAD 2014 Service Pack 1, Autodesk sold educational versions of software on the premise that the software would be used for educational purposes only. The addition of this watermark was designed to discourage the commercial use of an educational version. Removal of the educational plot stamp from AutoCAD-based drawings was not supported.

The plot stamp can be introduced to a non-educational drawing in several ways:
A drawing is opened in an Educational product release earlier than version 2015. When you open drawings using an Educational version, the software provides up to two warnings that the plot stamp will be applied.

A drawing that was created or edited using an Educational program is opened in a commercial version of the product. The target drawing can be affected by drawing components that are incorporated using layers, xrefs, blocks, and layouts. The commercial drawing inherits the plot stamp.

AutoCAD 2015 has the ability to remove the stamp altogether when it is saved. Once a file is saved in 2015, it can be sent to users on earlier versions and the stamp will no longer be a part of the file.

With AutoCAD 2014 Service Pack 1, DWG files from the 2014 version no longer show the educational plot stamp while plotting, and no longer display a warning message as they are opened. However, the stamp is still attached to the file even though it is not showing. The danger is that someone with 2014 SP1 could open a file and work on it without realizing it has the educational stamp on it. If they then send that to someone without SP1, or on an earlier version, that user will see the warning and the stamp. At this time, using 2014 with SP1 will still propagate the stamp to other drawings, as in the past.

DWG Trueview can also be used to remove the stamp. From within the program, select the DWG Convert tool. Select the files that need the stamp stripped, and convert them to the current format. This will create a ZIP file with the new versions of the DWG’s. DWG Trueview can be downloaded here.

If you are using an earlier product version, it’s good practice to avoid the Educational plot stamp problem altogether.

Stop accepting education stamped drawings. Tell outside companies that are providing drawings from Educational product versions prior to 2015 that you cannot accept the drawing.

Review the applicable Autodesk software license agreement accompanying each licensed product and identify cases in which educational or student versions of Autodesk products may be being used in a manner inconsistent with the terms of the governing license agreements. This will help you avoid the inclusion of educational plot stamps in files being used for professional, commercial or for-profit purposes.

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