Revit Architecture: Using Additional RPC Content from ArchVision

RPC Plants & Trees in Revit Architecture

RPC Plants & Trees in Revit Architecture

Many users refer to our video tutorials for tips and tricks using RPC Content in Revit Architecture. Another great resource is Autodesk. Autodesk provides a great series of Revit Architecture User Assistance documents.

Topics include:

  • Creating an RPC Family
  • Specify a Render Appearance for an RPC Family
  • Create an Entourage Family
  • Using the ArchVision Content Manager
  • Using Additional RPC Content
  • Placing Plants and Entourage in a Project view
  • Changing the Size of Plants

We encourage you to check them out. Happy rendering!

Autodesk University 2011: Expect to SEE and Learn a Lot

Autodesk University: Expect to SEE and Learn a Lot

At the end of this month, Autodesk University will convene in Las Vegas, November 28 – December 1. This annual event is a great networking, learning and certification opportunity for both end users and software developers. Hundreds of classes will be available live and many are also offered online. For complete details visit: Autodesk University 2011

Several ArchVision partners and friends will be exhibiting and/or attending this year. We encourage you to stop by and learn about their technologies. For a complete list of exhbitors, click here.

ArchVision will be available to meet with customers one on one. To schedule a time with a member of the ArchVision team, please email Dee Fife, dfife at archvision.com.

Tweet about Autodesk University 2011: #au2011

Make Your Own Pumpkin RPC

It’s Halloween again and time to put your creativity to good use with the FREE RPC Creator tool or RPC Creator Pro. RPC Creator can create anything you can dream of. All you need is the Free RPC Creator software, an RGB (Red, Green, Blue) image and an alpha image. The possibilities are endless.

You can download the Free RPC Creator here.

You can view usage instructions here:help.archvision.com

Here are some sample images to test out creating your very own pumpkin RPC. Left click on these images to view them at high resolution. You can then right click and save to your hard disk.

RGB Image

Alpha Image

From all of us at ArchVision, we wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!

ArchVision RPC Content: Hi-Res 2D Plants Released

RPC All Access: New Content Added

RPC All Access plan customers now have access to a new library of Rich Photorealistic Content (RPC) from ArchVision®. This RPC collection features Nile Lily, Phormium Variegated Hosta, Butterfly Bush and more.

Check out the latest RPC Content added to the RPC Content exchange by clicking recently added from ArchVision Dashboard. ArchVision Dashboard is available as a free download and provides users free trial use RPC Content.

Resolving Network License Issues in Revit 2012 with RPC Content

The Problem
Unable to connect to your ACM on your Network when using Revit 2012. While Autodesk is reviewing this issue, a customer presented a workaround solution to access your ACM. Mike Hart of Centerbrook Architects and Planners, LLP found a fix that will have you successfully accessing your license from across the network with just a few clicks.

Applications like Revit have a configuration dialog where the location of the ACM is specified. When this information is provided a file called rpcapi.ini is written. This is normally written into the local user profile in the Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 folder. While troubleshooting and testing with Mike, he discovered that by copying the ini file into C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit Architecture 2012\Program the issue was resolved.

The Cause
After a little further research I determined the cause of this behavior. When changes are made to RPC configuration in Revit, an rpcapi.ini file is written to %appdata%\Autodesk\REVIT\AUtodesk Revit Architecture 2012. The issue lies in the fact that at render time, Revit is looking for a license and not checking here.

The Solution
Configure the ACM connection in Revit (under the Render Settings found in Options) and then copy the rpcapi.ini file created from %appdata%\Autodesk\REVIT\AUtodesk Revit Architecture 2012 to C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit Architecture 2012\Program. Once the rpcapi.ini with correct configuration information is located in this directory Revit will be able to access the license the next time that it is initialized.

If you need any assistance configuring your Revit, please contact me at

Have You Tried Autodesk Cloud rendering? It’s Fast and Free.

Diaphanous House by Philip Lunn using Autodesk Cloud (features included RPC Trees)

Less than a month ago, Autodesk Labs moved Project Neon into the public realm as Autodesk Cloud rendering. Today, Autodesk subscribers can upload AutoCAD and Revit projects and render away. No special hardware required. Currently only RPCs that ship with Revit supported (as shown in image above). Expanding RPC support is a priority.

Find more images shared on Autodesk Cloud Rendering’s Facebook Page.

Autodesk’s Lynn Allen provides a great overview on getting started with Autodesk Cloud rendering:

Landscape Architects Will Appreciate LANDCADD for Revit

Architects, Landscape Architects or Designers are always seeking increased functionality and ease of use within Autodesk Revit Architecture. LANDCADD for Revit provides users the ability to quickly and easily lay out site components, as well as produce a landscape design fully integrated into the project. Users are able to leverage LANDCADD tools to locate trees, shrubs, flowers or ground covers into the model, including ArchVision RPC Content. The team over at LANDCADD posted a useful overview video:

For additional information, contact Eagle Point Software or ArchVision Customer Support.

Take ArchVision’s New Cars for a Test Drive.


ArchVision’s cars are fast. How fast? They go 0 to rendered in seconds. August’s addition of a Honda Insight and Lexus HS 250 will add some additional flair to your arsenal of RPC Parking Lot Cars. Drive the sleek new fuel-efficient Honda Insight or step into the luxury of the Lexus HS 250. Each is a perfect addition to a parking lot, roadway or anywhere else photorealistic cars are needed for a rendering. These are just a small sample of the plethora of other RPC Parking Lot cars you will find when searching the ArchVision Dashboard with keyword “cars.”

View all of the latest additions by clicking on the “Recently Added” button when viewing search results in the RPC Channel. This view shows the recent content additions in the order that they were made available.

These two new additions are available exclusively to users with ArchVision’s RPC All Access licenses. Take them for a test drive with the trial version of RPC All Access:
http://www.archvision.com

The Power to Create: Rock on with RPC Creator


It’s free and it’s easy. RPC Creator software enables you to create custom RPC Content. Two versions are available, RPC Creator and RPC Creator Pro. The free version, RPC Creator, can be downloaded and authorized via the following link http://www.archvision.com/products/plugin#rpc-creator-pro. RPC Creator enables you to create 2D RPC objects that always face the camera. Users who desire greater flexibility with their RPCs opt for RPC Creator Pro ($399.00) which is able to create 2D, 2.5D, 3D and 3.5D RPCs.

The RPC format is easy to use and incorporate into the workflow. With RPC Creator, creating custom RPCs is a breeze. You can learn more about using the RPC Creator here:
http://help.archvision.com

Want to try it out? All you need is an RGB (red,blue,green) and Alpha image (opacity map). If you don’t have one handy, I’ve got one you can have below featuring one of favorite activities. Simply right click to save these to your computer.

Getting to Know the Revit Family

Family means something different to everyone. For Revit users “families” are how parts of a building are arranged in a meaningful way. There is a hierarchy of properties that define how families behave. For example, a window can be a family and types might describe the width, shape, materials and appearance of the window. The data contained in the family is one of the keys to Revit being such a useful tool for Building Information Modeling (BIM).

I was searching for some good info on Revit families when I discovered this useful video that explains how Family files are used in Revit. It was created by Chris Fox of 4D Technologies for their CADLearning series for Autodesk Revit Architecture. This is a great place to learn about family files:


RPC objects are placed via the template RPC.rfa family file. This file is located in the Entourage folder under the Imperial Library. The RPC Family file defines the properties for the RPC. Family files can be customized with paths to different content categories. New family files can be created to further customize how the RPCs are described in a scene. You can learn more about using RPCs in Revit and view more videos here: http://help.archvision.com

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