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Window Tools

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Window Tools enables swing directions on windows for use in schedules and tags.

The function updates several different parameters and can be used in a number of different ways.
You will need to manually run the function whenever these parameters should be correct.

 

 

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Window Tools has two buttons:

Update Windows, which simply updates all windows according to your last setting.

Window Tool Settings, which is where you configure the function.
In almost all projects you will need to at least once run the settings and configure before updating your windows - otherwise some variants of windows might prevent you from running the function.

How to configure Window Tools using Window Tool Settings

When you click Window Tool Settings, the window to the right will appear.

The first ribbon, General, is where you select which parameters you would like Window Tools to update.

CQTypeCount is a shared type-parameter with a text value representing the number of windows of that type.
For historical reasons, it also updates CQWindowTypeCount (a shared, integer), if existing.

CQSwingCount is a shared type-parameter with a text value representing the number of left and right swinged windows. For instance this could be "10L8R".
This function also updates the parameter CQWindowSwingCount, if existing.

CQSwingDirection is a shared, instance-parameter with the detected swing direction of the window.

Mark is used to update information on mainly windows which are in groups.
The various settings available on Mark is explained below.

To Room/From Room is used to update the room information - when you place windows in Revit 2013, this information is correct, but never updated if you move the window.
If you would like to reverse the to/from room make sure the CQReversedRoom Association parameter is checked.

For exterior windows the Room number is automatically set to its "interior" room.

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Please Note - if you have windows in groups, their swing direction can not be updated by Window Tools, the type parameters above will function, but not CQSwingDirection.

In Revit 2013 all instance parameters except the built-in parameter Mark is locked when the windows are in a group.

 

 

The next ribbon, Window Swing, is where you configure your windows and verifies that the function has recognised the correct swing direction of your window family.

In the Naviate library, the detection is determined from the parameter CQOriginalSwing direction - if you are using other families you might need to select the setting here.

Unconfigured is used when the function could not determine the swing - you will not be able to run Window Tools with any unconfigured windows.

Left and Right can be further configured to the right - if you have any local codes to what left and right should be.

Not Applicable is for windows which should not have a swing direction - such as garage windows or symmetrical double windows.

Varies is when you have a window family where the swing direction can vary by type - the standard window in Naviate is one example of such a family.
(Normally, a window family has a determined swing direction which is the same in all types.)

Flipstate is used when you don't want to use left/right but would like to know if the window is mirrored instead. Perhaps a more common choice on larger windows.

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The third ribbon, Mark, is where you configure what information you would like to update on the built-in-parameter Mark.

Sequential numbering will renumber the windows - if you would like to prevent the function from altering a specific window, make sure the CQManualOverrideMark is checked. Checking will prevent any changes to mark to that window.
The numbering system might create slightly unpredicable results if you do this.

The Sequential numbering  dropdown affects if the new numbers are to be letters or numbers.

Please note that Mark is a special parameter on windows and windows - it's updated automatically whenever you create a window or window.

 

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Department and Level codes can be used to map your departments and levels to another names on the Mark parameter.

This could be useful is you have a special requirement och perhaps if you have several levels that you would like to have the same name.

In older versions of Window Tools there was a software issue here - if you had clicked in the Department Code column but not written anything the function would not run. To correct this, enter a single letter.

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The last ribbon, Type Count, is used for limiting Window Tools to a specific phase.

Note that if you have once ran Window Tools on one phase and then delselected it here afterwards, your information might be out of date.

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When you click Ok to save the settings, you will be given the choice to run Window Tools on your project.

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If you chose to update the windows and all goes well, you will get a report on how many windows were updated.

Please note that only windows in Main Model or Primary Design Options are updated.

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Examples of Use

(For the time being, the examples are from Door Tools, not Window Tools - the functions/use are equivalent to each other)

One example of using the parameter CQSwingDirection - to get left/right suffix on doors to show in a tag on a plan drawing.

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Another example - this is from Naviate's door presentation sheet, several Door Tools parameters combined in a tag.  door_tools_example2.png
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