I am trying to figure out how to create a non-rectangular corner window using the family editor. I started this discussion on alt.cad.revit where Scott Brown has provided some suggestions. Unfortunately I haven't really managed to get much to work. I think I am missing something in the basic operation of the program.
I started using the generic wall template in the family editor to place my window because the window template has a rectangular window and I need a window where the top is at an angle. I created reference planes in the shape of the window, but I cannot create a height dimension from either side because the dimension will not snap to the intersection of the angle reference plane and the vertical reference plane.How do I create this dimension, since in most discussions here it is advised to "dimension everything"?
I created a void in the shape of the window as this will " cut through any solid geometry" according to the manual. In the 3d view I cannot see anything being cut, just the tan outline of the void. Does the solid geometry refer to a wall when placed in a project or is solid geometry only a solid that you have created in the family editor?
I need to create a sloping window between the two angled windows ( It creates a kind of sloping skylight, if that makes any sense). How does one work in three dimensions, if it isn't possible to place a refence plane in the 3d view? I cannot even see the reference planes in the 3d view so I can't tell if I have placed it correctly in the 2d views. Is the solution to give every reference plane a name so it can be selected in 2d? Seems a bit elaborate.
I have built many models using 3d studio and Autocad solids so I am used to constructing things in 3d. I normally create using simple shapes and boolean operators. Are there boolean operators in Revit?
I have created a test family and saved it. Since I started out with the generic wall template, how does the program know whether I have created a door or a window? When I load my test family nothing happens. Whatever is the default window gets installed and my loaded family does not appear in the list. There is no error message.
I have a ton more questions, but perhaps they will answer themselves. I think the main problem with revit is "philosophical" rather than technical. It is a very unique program and I find it easy to use in the project mode, but the family editor leaves me scratching my head.
Thanks in advance for any assistance,