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Monday, August 10, 2009

Revit 2010 and Revit 2009 UI Startups

I know no matter how much I praise and enjoy the new ribbon there are plenty of you out there who want to stay with the old and dusty 2009 UI. Greg over at has a great solution for you!

"If you're the type of person who's switching back and forth with Revit Architecture 2010 and wanting to open it with and without the ribbon, I'm sure you're as annoyed with me in having to delete or rename the debug.ini file every time.

So, in an attempt to completely waste a few hours on a Saturday, I came up with a solution. The easy part was making the batch files. The hard part was finding a way to change the Revit shortcut ico file to look different for the two desktop shortcuts below. Between the transparency, color, size, bit size, etc, and lots of crappy looking results, I finally found a Photoshop plugin that opens .ico files and was able to make a nice looking Revit 2010 Ribbonless icon.

Below are the steps to create two desktop/startbar/program shortcuts to automatically run Revit Architecture 2010 with the 2010 Ribbon or run Revit Architecture 2010 with the 2009 Design Bar.

Here's the file to download that contains all of the following below:
  1. Open the zip file
  2. Extract the files to C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010\Program\ (this is path for Vista/Windows 7 64bit) You can double click on the "Location to Extract Files to" shortcut in the extract folder to open the location
  3. Copy the two Shortcuts "Revit Architecture 2010 R09" and "Revit Architecture 2010 R10" to your desktop or program menu or Start Bar.
  4. That's it.
Files included in the zip file:

revit2010ribbonOFF09.bat (batch file to add debug.ini to Program folder to use as 2009)
revit2010ribbonON10.bat (batch file to remove debug.ini in Program folder to use as 2010)
Revit Architecture 2010 R09 (Revit 2010 as 2009 Shortcut icon for your desktop, etc)
Revit Architecture 2010 R10 (Revit 2010 as 2010 shortcut icon for your desktop, etc)
debug.ini (That very special file from Autodesk to run Revit as 2009)
debug.backup (A backup copy of debug.ini)
Revit09.ico (icon picture for 2009 Shortcut)
Ribbon Instructions.txt (This File)
Location to Extract Files to (Shortcut to Revit Program Folder)

Locations to use:
C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010\Program\Desktop

Brought to you courtesy of Gregory Arkin/"

Thanks for the great work Greg... as much as I wish the old UI would just go away.