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Using Autodesk Seek

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Video: Using Autodesk Seek

Revit ships with a fairly substantial library of family components that you can access quickly and easily through the Load Family tool that we saw in the previous movie. However, even with this resource, you will quickly find that there are items lacking from the out-of-the-box offerings. You could of course build these items yourself and we have a chapter devoted to the Family Editor later in the course. There are many web sites available that offer Revit content as well. And so in this movie, what I'd like to do is look at the web site that's actually hosted by Autodesk and it's called Autodesk Seek. And in fact, it's actually built right here into the product, so it's very easy to get to.

Using Autodesk Seek

Revit ships with a fairly substantial library of family components that you can access quickly and easily through the Load Family tool that we saw in the previous movie. However, even with this resource, you will quickly find that there are items lacking from the out-of-the-box offerings. You could of course build these items yourself and we have a chapter devoted to the Family Editor later in the course. There are many web sites available that offer Revit content as well. And so in this movie, what I'd like to do is look at the web site that's actually hosted by Autodesk and it's called Autodesk Seek. And in fact, it's actually built right here into the product, so it's very easy to get to.

So you can see here I'm in a file called Using Seek, and it's a version of the file we were working on in the last movie, and I've just added one or two additional components; a few countertops and a hot water heater. I'm going to go to the Insert tab, and over here on the right-hand side is the Autodesk Seek panel, and the way this works is you simply click in this field, and input what you're looking for as a search, and it will go out to seek, and look for the item. So in this case, I'm going to type in bathtub, press Enter, and that will load my default web browser and search for bathtubs.

Now you'll see that it takes me to Autodesk Seek, and it's searching Revit content, and it puts in the search query that I asked for here. Here is all my results. Now there might be dozens if not hundreds in some cases. It really depends on what your search criteria is. In this particular case, I'm going to limit the search, you can see here that there are lots of manufacturer provided content that shows up here. So there's several Kohler items and if I scroll down, there might be other manufacturers like Sterling Plumbing, and so on. For this particular example, I'm going to limit the content source over here to the generic items.

These would be items that are provided actually by Autodesk, and so rather than go and pick a specific manufacturer, but feel free to explore the manufacturer content on your own if you like. I'm going to stick with this very simple rectangular bathtub. Here, you can see there's a preview, and I'll click Bath Tub right there. You could see that it comes in several different file formats. So typically what you want to do is choose the latest version that's available. So I'm going to choose 2011 in this case, and there are two options up here. We can download it to Autodesk 360, if you have such an account, or you can click the dropdown here and say download it to your local, and that's what I'm going to do.

So I'm going to click that, and then click the button. You may have to accept an agreement, so be sure you read the Terms and Conditions and then check this and click Accept. Then, it will ask you what you want to do with the file that you are downloading. Now the exact steps that I'm following here might vary if you have a different web browser, but it should look something like this. We can either save the file to our hard-drive or we can open it directly in Revit which is actually what I'm going to do, that will save me a step. So this will open it directly in Revit, and it actually opens it in the Family Editor. Now I don't want to get into any of the details of the Family Editor just yet.

We're going to cover that in a later chapter. All we really need to do here is come over here to this button up on the ribbon, Load into Project and click that, and it will take this item that we have open in the Family Editor, and it will load it directly into my current project. Now you could see the size that it's bringing in is kind of small. So if I open up this list here, it loaded the family bath tub, and lots of different sizes. Now my toilet rooms are 5 feet, so a 60x30 inch size ought to do nicely.

So I'll choose this 60x30 inch. I will tap the spacebar a few times and place it right in that corner there, pan over here, place another one in that corner right there. I will press Escape to cancel out of the command, and if I wanted to, I could continue performing additional search queries in Seek and looking for other content. So Seek is Autodesk's online offering that provides access to lots of online content both provided by Autodesk and by several manufacturers.

So I encourage you to take some time to do some searches on Seek and get comfortable with the offerings that are available there. I think you'll find that it's a vast resource that you'll find very useful in your projects.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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