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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Revit Tutorial - Export to Linked HTML File

Jared, over at Shoegnome, published a thought provoking post about utilizing the internet and BIM.  The one thing I really like about this idea is that a simple HTML based solution allows anyone with even the most basic computer/device to view a building information model in some fashion.

Jared's post reminded me of Revit's "Export to Views to a Linked HTML File" option.  Because it is such an unknown little feature I figured it was worth sharing.  (The following can be found in the Autodesk Revit Wiki page, see here for more information...)
To export project views to HTML
  1. Click ExportImages and Animations (Image).
  2. In the Export Image dialog, under Export Range, select Selected Views/Sheets.
  3. Click Select.
  4. In the View/Sheet Set dialog, select the views and sheets to export, and click OK.
  5. Under Output:
    • For Name, specify the desired path and a prefix for resulting file names.
    • Select Create Browsable Web Site with a Linked HTML Page for Each View.
  6. Specify Image Size, Options, and Format settings as desired.
    For details about these settings, see Exporting a View to an Image File.
  7. Click OK.
To show you how cool this could be I took the Revit sample project and made a little website out of it.

If you have a constant link to an FTP for your domain/website you could easily keep a projects web page up to date with a simple export.  Even better, maybe you can write something into the API to have it automatically export every time you save to central!  Who knows!  Awesome possibilities... Thanks for the thought provocation Jared!