Wow. A Whole Year. And Patterns

A year since I’ve written anything.  Nuts.  I’m not one for resolutions… so I’ll just leave it at that.

I was struggling trying to make some fill patterns manually today.  Have you ever tried to do those by hand?  Yeah, I think Rainman worked up the syntax for those files.  So, making them by hand is obnoxious.

Quick Google search found a piece of software that I could buy for around $180 to make the pat files.  Come on!  There has to be something free!

Then I came across this post.  The post is old, and it forces you to use ACAD, but it gets the job done very nicely.  I had to remember how to draw a line, but once I did I made some pattern files to pull into good old Revit.  And it was MUCH faster than doing it by hand.

Ideally, I would think that the geniuses at Autodesk Labs would make some online HTML5 application that lets you draw and save a pat file right in your browser, but that’s me dreaming again.

Hey!  I’ve dipped my to into C# and done some coding for Revit!  I’ll try to share that fun soon!


8 thoughts on “Wow. A Whole Year. And Patterns

  1. Dante says:

    Yea the patterns are horrable.
    More than a year ago i already posted a request in sub center for scaling of the patterns with a parameter within revit. but it stillw as not in 2012, in i doubt it be in 2013.

    The autocad Pat file maker works ok, but sgain, you cant set a scale in revit, unles you import if again for each scale you want.
    bah, wich they would fix that…

  2. jkunkel says:

    Exactly! And, let’s be honest, I’m not the most organized person in the world. I have a hard time tracking down that .pat file that I imported a year ago.

  3. jkunkel says:

    How did my searching fail so hard that it never found this? Was my computer drunk when I went looking around the Internet?! Great stuff here thanks.

  4. Melissa says:

    I had a similar problem. A while ago the interiors people wanted to create some ridiculous floor patterns so I searched and searched and found nothing (ok, nothing in my price range, which is, of course, free)

    Then a few months ago someone else asked about it when I had some random spare time, so I went back to AUGI and magically stumbled upon the right string of words to find some old thread about Hatch 22.

    I too have no idea how I missed it the first time I went looking…

    P.S. I stumbled upon your blog while Googling versions of ‘Revit humor’ to find a funny picture to end my monthly office-wide Revit email and then spent today reading through all your old posts.

    I could have written many of them, from the rants right down to the dislike of Crocs (but I have a Revit whip instead) Very entertaining and enlightening and I hope you find some more time to keep writing.

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