Friday, February 4, 2011

[Revit]–Free API addin–Revit Save Reminder, alerts you when your save to central is complete.

A fair while ago, during AU 2009 I believe, I saw on Twitter that someone suggested it would be a great if someone could make a dialog box that flashes to let you know that your save to central has completed, so that if you start doing other things whilst large projects are synchronizing, you will know when it’s done.
I thought this was a good idea, and made a mental note to make an add-in for it, and at long last, I’ve created it. You can download the add-in from HERE or HERE. If you are interested in the very basic source code, it’s on GitHub HERE.
To install it, simply extract the files into C:\Program Files\RevitSaveReminder\ and then move the RevitSaveReminder-Manifest.addin file to your addins directory which is C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2011\ if you are on Vista/7 or C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2011\ if you are on XP.
After installing it, simply open your project, when your next synchronization with central is complete, you’ll see a window like this pop up:
And in your taskbar it’s icon will be flashing:
Additionally, you’ll be greeted with a generous round of applause playing from your speakers, to congratulate you on successfully completing some more work. Smile So even if you are doing some paper work on your desk, you’ll be alerted when it’s time to get back into Revit. I’ve made the sounds configurable, there’s a couple more sounds, one is a chime, and another is the cocking of a shotgun (as in, reloading and getting ready to kick Revit’s ass some more!), or if you wish, you can configure your own .wav file to play. To do this, simply edit the RevitSaveReminder.dll.config file in your program files directory. If you want no sound, edit it and make the WavFile value empty.
I hope someone gets some use out of this (perhaps the person that Tweeted it a couple of years ago and has no doubt been frantically searching the internet for it ever since)! Let me know your thoughts, bugs or suggestions.


Bruce Gow said...

Hi Rod,

Thanks for the posting. The link to the download appears to not be working.

Rod Howarth said...

Hi Bruce,

Thanks for letting me know, perhaps my web host is letting me down. I've mirrored it on another hosting account of mine:

Hopefully that works!

Rod Howarth said...

Actually looks like the link didn't translate well from Live Writer, I've fixed it now so either one should work!