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    Lightbulb Re: Type Catalog-Where do I start??

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_Stafford
    You only need one "type" in your family, the catalog supplies the variety.


    Haven't tried this yet myself, but IF it can be done, I assume the OTHER data type would be used and you supply a 1 for yes and 0 for no.
    Steve,

    what would the column header be? Just the name of the parameter I have used in my family, right?

    That appears to be the answer based on this post: http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?t=3370

    I was a little unclear on the syntax but reading it twice it makes sense: "Change_Me" is the example of the parameter name... pretty simple.. I'll call mine "Colonial Muntin visibility", "Prairie Muntiin visibility", "Exterior Wide Trim Visibility" and "Exterior crown trim visibility" for example... to control my stuff.
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    Default Re: Type Catalog-Where do I start??

    Quote Originally Posted by adegnan
    what would the column header be? Just the name of the parameter I have used in my family, right?
    Yes...that's right...

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    Default Re: Type Catalog-Where do I start??

    OK, I got the yes/no figured out. Here is the family example again with the file. That is the easy part I guess now that I have it figured out. Upcoming will be a lot of data entry.

    Now before I do that I want to start working with the conditional mullions. I need to do some fixed-window families (the Andersen P-series picture windows) and I want to do just one family for all sizes from P3030 (a 3x3 pattern) to P6050 (a 6x5) and P5060 (a 5x6).

    So now I need to disect the conditional mullion families and figure this out...
    create a type catalog....
    and then go back and fix my 2 dozen casement families to make this work out!!!

    Maybe I'll create an Andersn casement family with conditional mullions then only need 4 families total-- single, double, triple, and quadruple!!!!

    Oh, this is going to take some time!!!
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    Default Re: Type Catalog-Where do I start??

    To clarify Guy's instructions...

    1) I need to modify the catalog_files.txt file to direct this to my source spreadsheet file and the destination director for type catalog that I want to create, right?

    2) Each line represents a new excel spreadsheet?

    3) For all my Andersen windows, for example, I can create one spreadsheet with multiple sheets in it, one sheet for each family. It will build multiple type catalogs from one excel file, one type catalog for each sheet in the file, right?
    yes,yes and yes.

    You can import existing type catalogues into spreadsheets by opening the text file in excel or rename the TC to .csv and then open from excel.Copy paste won't work.

    You can save a speadsheet as a .csv which will give you a comma delimted file but the biggest? advantage of excel2TC is in it's handling of text fields. There are a number of gotcha's with text fields in catalogues that excel2TC will automatically resolve so you don't have to worry about it.

    Good to see it's being used.

    HTH,

    Guy

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    Default Re: Type Catalog-Where do I start??

    Guy,

    Is there a way to take a family that doesn't use a type catalog, but that has lots of family types within the family, and extract the data out of it?

    Abe

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    Is there a way to take a family that doesn't use a type catalog, but that has lots of family types within the family, and extract the data out of it?
    Abe,

    The only way to do this is create a schedule that lists all types of the chosen family and export the schedule to a text file. Or use ODBC and export to a spreadsheet. A schedule is probably easier.

    Guy

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    Default Re: Type Catalog-Where do I start??

    Oh!!..I picture a button on the Family Types dialog now...it says... "Export to Catalog"

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    Default Re: Type Catalog-Where do I start??

    Adding to the export to catalog button, how about a little API that allows us to extract field names and properties from a family file?

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    Default Re: Type Catalog-Where do I start??

    I downloaded the Revit2TC file. How do I start the processor?
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Type Catalog-Where do I start??

    If you prefer not to use Excel, you may want to try this CSV Editor..

    http://home.hccnet.nl/s.j.francke/csved/csvedsetup.exe
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