The hottest news for today is the Revit update release, seasoned with other titbits of interest:
Before we get to those, another nice quote of the week, courtesy of Quincy Larson:
Programming is the only job I can think of where I get to be both an engineer and an artist. There's an incredible, rigorous, technical element to it, which I like because you have to do very precise thinking. On the other hand, it has a wildly creative side where the boundaries of imagination are the only real limitation.
– Andy Hertzfeld
The Revit 2021.1 Update
The long-awaited Revit 2021.1 update release is now available.
Check out the top experts' and product managers' detailed report on What’s new in Revit 2021.1.
Here are the top highlights from their release run-down, grouping features into four benefit categories: Automation and Computation, Interoperability and Data Exchange, Productivity and Ease of Use, and Coordination and Collaboration.
- Automation and Computation
- Dynamo 2.6 for Revit and many new nodes
- New sample studies for Generative Design in Revit
- Interoperability and Data Exchange
- FormIt Converter in Revit Enhancements
- Import and export enhancements
- Civil structures alignment in Revit
- Productivity and Ease of Use
- Faster Revit install and deployment
- Improved view switching
- Improved panel schedule properties
- Quickly identify the rebar host
- User profile improvements
- New units
- Resizable shared parameters dialogue
- Collaboration and Coordination
- Shared 3D views
- Cloud model upgrade
- Cloud worksharing improvements
- Reset shared coordinates
- Acquire Coordinates Notification
- EU Region support for Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) modeler
Normalising UVs in Custom Exporter
Sunsflower (sic) shared a nice explanation in
the Revit API discussion forum thread
UV to the range (0,1):
Question: I'm writing an exporter for Revit and encountered with a problem when exporting UV.
When I call
PolymeshTopology.GetUV, the coordinates given are often larger than 1.
My questions are:
- How can I convert them to the desired range (0,1)? Or how should I understand these UV values?
- Are they coordinates on the image? And If they are indeed coordinate on the image, how can I access the size of the image in
To give a concrete example:
Say I have a texture of size 4096x4096, the corresponding
UV data I read in
IExportContext is around 25, and the RealWorldScale from the UnifiedBitmapAsset is about 141.
I cannot seem to be able to discern a formula or anything...
Answer: Maybe this background information on faces and their coordinates in the Revit API will help?
Response: That post explains UV as two variables that parametrise a face, but as far as I can see they are related to the structure of the face in 3d space, not how each vertex of the face are mapped to the bitmap.
How can I convert the UV coordinates returned by
PolymeshTopology.GetUV to pixel coordinates on the image or in the range (0,1).
I found the discussion on PolymeshTopology UVs to be relevant, but the answer given is not detailed enough for me to actually solve the problem.
Later: Okay, I think I've figured it out and I'll list the solution found just in case someone else also has this problem...
PolymeshTopology.GetUV method returns a
UV coordinate, which corresponds to the parameters of a face.
Therefore, I guess they are related to the dimension of the face that they parameterize.
These UV coordinates can be converted to display units via
UnitUtils.ConvertFromInternalUnits (which is probably deprecated now, but anyway...).
My add-in uses centimetres.
So far, we have the UV in centimetres.
The next step is to obtain the size of the bitmap.
This is given by the properties with name
These values are actually given in inches, so you can call
DisplayUnitType.DUT_CENTIMETERS to convert them.
In fact, I've found
DisplayUnitType.DUT_FRACTIONAL_INCHES gives the same result.
I don't know what the difference is... maybe someone could elaborate on that.
After that, the UV coordinates can be scaled to the range [0,1] or whatever.
AssetPropertyDistance class actually has a
DisplayUnitType property, which should be used instead of the
Many thanks to Sunsflower for this useful research and helpful documentation!
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