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April 16, 2015
Join Trelligence as we co-present with Greg Olsen, HDR at the AIA TAP Symposium in Charlotte, NC

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February 20, 2015
Trelligence Affinity featured in "AEC Technology Updates: Design and Analysis Applications" by Lachmi Khemlani, Ph.D. for AECbytes

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December 2-4, 2014
Visit Trelligence at booth 186 at the AU 2014 Expo in Las Vegas

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December 2, 2014
Trelligence launches Affinity Release 9.0 at Autodesk University 2014 - Booth 186

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September 18, 2014
New Video: Integrating SketchUp and Revit with Trelligence Affinity
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May 14-16, 2014
Visit Trelligence at booth 8 during the COAA LIFTOFF Spring Owners Leadership Conference.
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April 14, 2014
Visit Trelligence at Table 104 during the IFMA BIM Conference in Washington DC.
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March 27, 2014
Trelligence Affinity is now compliant with Revit 2015

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March 18, 2014
AIA TAP webinar - "Ensuring Owner Requirements" - Guy Messick, AIA of Interior Architects presents Affinity Project Review. Earn 1 AIA LU (now on-demand)
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February 26, 2014
Trelligence Affinity Newsletter - Our first newsletter of the year is now available. Click to open PDF
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February 21, 2014
Webinar presented by Advanced Solutions: What's in Your Toolbox? Site Planning & Conceptual Design is now available on-demand
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January 28, 2014
Webinar: Flexible Staffing Management with Trelligence Affinity.
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- Daniel Hughes, Revit-BIM Playbook

 

Best Practices: Affinity + Revit

This 'Best Practices' resource will assist you with using Affinity + Revit seamlessly by avoiding common mistakes and learning how to use new features to optimize your workflow. Use the links below to browse through the topics.

Remember, you can always call or email us if you have any questions about Affinity - support is included in your subscription! Or, schedule a consulting session with one of our Affinity experts.

For other Tips & Updates, click here.


- [New!] Automatically place ALL Rooms
  within a Department into the Revit Design

- Did You Know? Integration Occurs between
  the Affinity Design & Revit

- Avoid & Repair File Renaming Issues

- Physically Rearrange Rooms in Revit
  (do not rename)

- Connect a Revit Project to a Team
   Repository

- Make changes to synced Affinity
   Rooms in Revit (not in Affinity)

- Schedule Regular Deployment of
  Affinity Software Updates

 


 

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New Update

Automatically place ALL Rooms within a Department into the Revit Design

Now, you can choose to automatically place all of the rooms in a Department onto the Revit Level from the Affinity Program Panel. This option eliminates the need to drag & drop each space to the Revit Level individually, saving Designers even more time.

  1. In the 'Other' tab, de-select the sync settings 'Group Dropped Rooms'

  2. Select a department in the Program section of the Affinity Panel in Revit.

  3. Right-click -> select Place on Plan

  4. The rooms are automatically added to the Level. You can proceed with your design.

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Did You Know? Integration occurs between the Affinity Design & Revit

The integration between Revit and Affinity actually occurs between the Affinity Design model and the Revit model. The Affinity Program (e.g. project and room requirements and adjacencies) is not affected by the syncing process.

However, you can purposely push the Program data back and forth between Affinity properties and Revit parameters manually, by adjusting the sync settings.

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Avoid & Repair File Renaming Issues

In order for Affinity + Revit integration to work properly, the files must be able to identify each other. Do NOT rename your Affinity File once it is synced; renaming will break the connection between the Affinity and Revit files.

Best Practice: Archive Project Files
Most people run into this issue when they are trying to save backup files. Instead of renaming the connected file, it is best to setup an 'Archive' folder to store multiple versions of the project file with a timestamp in the name (e.g. filename_11-01-2014).

Best Practice: Repair Renamed / Moved Files
If you accidentally move or rename a file after it is linked to Revit, you can repair it. Simply click on the 'Connect' icon in the Add-Ins menu and Revit will prompt you to find the appropriate file - follow the instructions.

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Physically Rearrange Rooms in Revit (do not rename)

Each synced room contains underlying data (e.g. department, item type, ID #) that tie back to that specific program item in Affinity. While a normal practice in Revit is to simply rename rooms to rearrange them, that does not work with Affinity. Instead, you will need to physically move the rooms to ensure the connected data & properties move with it.

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Connect a Revit Project to a Team Repository

  1. Select 'Team' from the File Connection dialog in Revit
  2. Select the project in the Team Projects dialog and press 'Checkout'
  3. Once the checkout completes, it will ask you if you want to open the file. Answer Yes.
  4. If other people on the team open the project, it will checkout a local copy for them automatically.

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Make changes to Synced Affinity Rooms in Revit (not in Affinity)

Once you sync the Affinity and Revit models, all changes to the synced rooms must be done in Revit. You can continue to add new rooms in Affinity if desired, or you can add them directly in Revit via the Program section of the Affinity Panel.

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Schedule Regular Deployment of Affinity Software Updates

We issue minor 'dot updates' (e.g. Affinity 8.1.73) of Affinity on a regular basis to ensure the software always includes current features and fixes. These updates are provided on the Customer Portal (for free) for you to download. While you do not need to download every update, it is best to ensure you are using a relatively current version of Affinity.

The updates do not automatically download to your computer, so we recommend that your IT department schedule regular downloads - once or twice a month - from the Customer Portal and deploy the updates to all users.

Note: The dot updates include minor fixes and some new features. If you experience any issues while working in Affinity, download the current version of Affinity from the Customer Portal as a first-step, as it is likely that we have already repaired them.

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