ArchVision RPC Content: August Plants Additions

ArchVision is pleased to announce the addition of three new hi-res plants to the RPC Content Exchange. This collection of flowering plants include flowering plant with violet blooms, flowering plant [2] with bright pink flowers, and flowering plant [3] with tiny white flowers.
Each of these are a perfect addition to any garden or flower bed.

ArchVision Software License plan customers have access to these and thousands more.

Check out all of 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 a free trial.

ArchVision RPC Content: July Plants Additions

All over the world people are experiencing record high temperatures this July, but you couldn’t tell it looking at these healthy plant specimens. Liven up your Summer’s renderings with these (3) beautiful RPC shrubs and flowers. The July 2012 plants additions collection features a shimmering blue Big Leaf Hydrangea, the dainty yellow Flowering Shrub [11] (perfect for a butterfly garden) and Shrub [5] that would complement just about any landscaping project.

ArchVision Software License (Both Node-Lock and Floating License) customers now have access to these new hi-res RPCs and thousands more.

Check out all of the latest RPC Content added to the ArchVision Content exchange by clicking recently added from ArchVision Dashboard.

ArchVision Dashboard is available as a free download and provides users a free trial.

ArchVision RPC Content: May Plants Additions

ArchVision is pleased to announce the addition of four new hi-res plants to the All Access Exchange. This collection features the vertically growing Euonymous [7] plant, Euonymous [8] a small bush perfect for a hedge or garden, Euonymous [9] with long leafy stems and Outdoor Plant [3] featuring gradient green to purple tips to add some color to a landscape project.

RPC All Access plan customers now have access to these four new hi-res RPCs and thousands more.

Check out all of 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 a free trial.

ArchVision RPC Content: May Cars Additions

Looking for a new car? How about the economical fuel efficient Hyundai Elantra? Then again one might prefer something a little larger that will handle rough off-road conditions like the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Why choose? Get them both now in the May Cars Additions collection.

RPC All Access plan customers now have access to these two new RPCs and thousands more.

Check out all of 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 a free trial.

ArchVision RPC Content: April Hi-Res Trees Additions

ArchVision proudly welcomes April 2012 Hi-Res Trees Additions to the All Access Exchange. This all new collection features the giant 30′ Deciduous [11} RPC tree, the great for any scene 14′ Deciduous [14] tree, and the subtle 7′ Deciduous [12] tree. ArchVision’s RPC trees come in all shapes and sizes. Amidst the hundreds of RPC trees you’re bound to find a tree that will complement your scene. These can be scaled to any desired height.

If you don’t find that special tree you’re looking for in All Access, create your own with RPC Creator. You can download the RPC Creator here:
http://www.archvision.com/products/plugin#rpc-creator-pro

RPC All Access plan customers now have access to this new library of Rich Photorealistic Content (RPC) from ArchVision.

Check out all of 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 a free trial.

Happy Holidays from ArchVision

We wish you the very best of holidays.


On behalf of ArchVision, we wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year! 2011 was a milestone for ArchVision as we celebrated our 20th year in the industry. Thank you for your support over the years. We look to the coming year with much excitement.

Download your very own 2.5D Moving Santa Claus RPC FREE here:

Santa.zip (6.7MB)

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

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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