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February 5, 2013

Bulk Family Parameter Editing Improvements

Filed under: Families, Parameters — Harry Mattison @ 11:14 am

Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm and feedback on my recent posts about exporting family parameters to Excel and modifying the parameter data.

I’ve added the Shared Parameter GUIDs, the ability to modify parameters stored as text, integer, and double values, and UI for specifying folders and files. Are there other changes that would be valuable to make before I publish the tool?

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  1. I am looking forward to this…!!!

    Comment by Martin Taurer — February 5, 2013 @ 11:18 am

  2. Harry How you doing? Remember the 3d view range API ? There is a small problem with it and wanted to know your thoughts in how to fix it Thx Marcello

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    Comment by M S — February 5, 2013 @ 11:18 am

  3. One more thing for a potential future edition – I find myself quite frequently in situations where I need to bulk-edit families to add a parameter that then gets calculated from existing parameter values in the family… potentially that could be an interesting extension….

    Comment by Martin Taurer — February 5, 2013 @ 11:22 am

  4. Reblogged this on livingroomcraftz and commented:
    Great tool…

    Comment by taurerm — February 5, 2013 @ 11:23 am

  5. Looks like a good way to coordinate many families and their parameters without much hassle!

    One thing I noticed is that the columns in Excel do not seem to align from one family to the next. For instance, the cost title and description title may fall under the same column.

    Presuming that this is related to the number of parameters in one family vs. the next, is it possible to add blank spaces in the columns where the parameters do not exist? That way, it would be easier to view straight down the line rather than jumping left and right depending on the family.

    Comment by Ryan Moore (@RmooreID) — February 5, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    • Hi Ryan,

      You are right that the column issue is due to different families having different parameters. Right now I sort them alphabetically but if one family has parameters A, B, C and another family has parameters A, C, D then they will align like this.

      A B C
      A C D

      I will think about adding empty columns as you suggest.


      Comment by harrymattison — February 5, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

      • Thanks for your good work Harry, is it available for download? I can’t wait to try it!

        Comment by Ryan Moore (@RmooreID) — February 22, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

        • Hi Ryan,

          Thanks for asking. I will try to get it published in the next few days.

          Regards, Harry

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          Comment by harrymattison — February 22, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

          • Hi Harry,
            Have you posted the macro or code? I would love to try this out.


            Comment by — March 8, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

  6. Hi Harry,
    Do you have a version of Bulk Family Parameter Editing that works with Revit 2014?
    Looks like it is a very helpful plugin.

    Comment by Deepak Rai — August 6, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    • Hi Deepak,

      I don’t have a 2014 installer built for it, but you can try copying its files to the AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2014 folder.

      Comment by harrymattison — August 7, 2013 @ 5:54 am

      • Thanks Harry.
        That worked !

        The output is good with all the parameters listed, but I am getting values that don’t show the same as they show in Revit. e.g.

        I have a parameter called Total Height:
        In Revit the value is 2369mm
        The output has this: 7.77230971128609

        What’s happening here?


        Comment by Deepak Rai — August 9, 2013 @ 2:09 am

        • Revit stores all lengths in feet, and 2369mm = 7.77 feet. Doing the proper unit conversion for this app is on the wish list.

          Comment by harrymattison — August 9, 2013 @ 5:44 am

          • Yep. That is it.

            Last question: The output limits families to just a few. What do I need to do to make it work without this limit?

            Comment by Deepak Rai — August 9, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

          • Buy a license

            Comment by harrymattison — August 9, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

          • Very true, mate, but I could not find the link for it on your website.

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            Comment by Deepak Rai — August 9, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

          • Sorry, I guess the layout of that needs to be improved

            “Use free for a limited number of families during each export, or purchase a license for $9.99″

            Comment by harrymattison — August 9, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

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