07 Window Watcher Settings

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Welcome to this demonstration on Bonus Tools - Window Watcher Settings.

Window Watcher Settings allows you to add Revit Window names you would like to either block and/or report on the windows activation as part of a Company Standard. This tool is primarily used to block/report on 'In-place Families' and 'Importing of CAD files'" This Tool will also record warnings created by individual users is required.

Blocking a window does just that, it blocks it and replaces it with a warning message.

Reporting on a windows activation writes to a log file listing the project and users name who activated the window. It also warns the user the window activation is being recorded.

  1. To run the tool, navigate to the Bonus Tools Tab, click on the drop down below About and select Window Watcher Settings.
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  3. The Window Watcher Settings dialog box will appear.
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    Note: The dialog when opened will display all the Revit Windows that are being Reported on or Blocked, the report Directory and Write Warnings locations.

  5. To select a Directory to report window activations click on the button to the right of the path box.
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  7. Navigate to and select a directory.
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    Note if you do not select or enter a valid directory then Window Activations will not be recorded. Also note this directory must have write permissions for it to record correctly.

  9. To select a Directory to report Warnings click on the button to the right of the path box.
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  11. Navigate to and select a directory.
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    Note: If you do not select or enter a valid directory then Warnings will not be recorded. Also note this directory must have write permissions for it to record correctly.

  13. Enter windows to record or block. Two common windows are “Family Category and Parameters” and “Import CAD Formats”.
    1. Enter a Window Name.
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    3. Tick Report if you would like to record Window activations.
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    5. c. The below dialog will be displayed if the Revit Window is activated.
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    7. Tick Block if you would like to block a particular Window from being activated.
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    9. The below dialog will be displayed in the Revit windows place.
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  14. Once finished making changes to Window Watcher Settings, Click Ok.
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    Note: The changes will take effect next time you restart Revit.

  16. The Settings file can be found here:
    1. C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\BonusTools.bundle\Contents\yyyy
    2. If Standalone License.
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    4. C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\KCApps
    5. If Network License.
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  17. A Sample Warning file output:
    1. Files are outputted by date and user.
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    3. Files can be opened in excel to analyse.
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  18. A Sample Window Watcher file output:
    1. Files are outputted by date.
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    3. Files can be opened in excel to analyse.
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