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Quality of life update for family editing

Quality of life update for family editing

The family editor needs a quality of life update;

  • Add a search and replace function so that you don't have to manually change every parameter.
  • Add a way to select multiple parameters at once so you can delete multiple at once. 
  • Change the way text parameters can be used in other parameters:
    •  Add a way to add two text parameters toghether with an '&' or a '+'. This can be only done with an external programm or a lookup table, but this is limited (we have a lookup table that was 11 milion lines long, we can't use this).
    • Add a way so that text parameters can be converted into length parameters; with a new command if need be like: convert(). A workaround is possible with lookuptables. But are, again, limited with the amount of lines we can use.
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MichaelWolff
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@warre.vanlandeghem4MRB8 How is working with a lookup table with a million lines working out? Does it matter how many letters each of the lines has? Is it working as intended or is there a significant slow down in processes?

Check this earlier idea: https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/revit-ideas/concatenation-of-parameters-within-families/idi-p/6339606

 

 

Hi @MichaelWolff, we just scrapped the lookup table. In our company we found someone who had been learning to code and he's currently working on a program that fills in the parameters. We also just can't not fill this in. This is our order code and is used to order these parts. 

When we tried using the family with the lookup table, the family was incredibly slow. It took 10-15 seconds to place it down. I don't know if it matters how many letters each cell has. Problably not. I think it's the searching in the lookup table that takes the longest. If the family can find what it needs in the first few lines, it's probably instant. But if what it needs is at the bottom it would take forever. We haven't tested this and already deleted that monstrosity of a lookup table.

 

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