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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Verify Dimension Accuracy in #Revit with #DynamoBIM

It’s not very often that I stumble upon things in Dynamo that make me nervous, but there are times.

Recently, a discussion popped up on the Dynamo forums regarding overriding dimensions. I think most people’s feelings surrounding this kind of workflow are generally, NO!!

 

Thankfully, not only can you wreak havoc with the Revit API, you can fix it too!

Enter the Dimension.IsOverridden node!

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With this workflow you can override the color of screwed with dimensions pretty easily.

dimensionIsOverridden

 

Have fun, and be safe!

-john

Saturday, March 12, 2016

What does Dynamo and good pizza have in common?

Just about everybody loves pizza and just about all Revit users love the idea surrounding Dynamo. The problem is, not everyone knows how to make a good pizza. A question came up recently over at archi-lab (https://twitter.com/arch_laboratory/status/708416967598854144). The user expressed a lot of frustration with the difficulty involved with learning Dynamo and getting support. There were also some remarks thrown out that "well it's cause Revit and Dynamo sucks and Rhino+Grasshopper can do it better." 

The thing is, anyone can make a good pizza if they are patient enough. It's the same thing with Dynamo and Revit, if you are patient enough you can make Revit+Dynamo do anything that any other software can do. 

Given the growing community and open source nature of Dynamo, I think this is the year we all look to teach others how to "make a good pizza". 

Initially I didn't include a comment regarding the consultancies being formed and all of that. Currently, there are a few that I know of and several training websites that are paid. The way to look at this is simply as another way to learn. Generally speaking, everyone involved in all of these paid versions of learning are super knowledgeable and great people. Especially the bad monkeys!

Just some thoughts. 
John

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

String.ToTitle FTW!

This question came up over at the Dynamo forums regarding converting strings to title case. (Why this doesn’t exist already, nobody knows Smile)
http://dynamobim.org/forums/topic/title-case-node/#post-40675
So I went ahead and worked out this little guy.
String.ToTitle

**Edit - Jake told me in the comments that FTW, is in fact For The Win! So yeah..
Enjoy.