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How can I use the plug-in to switch an object from LOD300 to LOD100?
It all depends on the name of the .rfa files of the different LODs of the object. If they have identical names, objects in the project and all their instances will be replaced automatically. There is no need to perform a manual replacement. If the files have different names, the object will be downloaded as a new object, which means that the previous object must be replaced manually.
Can I downgrade the LOI level?
Yes, by downloading as described above (downgrading the LOD). However, the update feature will never remove properties from objects.
Can I share a mapping configuration with my team so that BIM&CO’s properties will be “translated” the same way?
Yes. In the plugin settings, you can edit a mapping between your shared parameters and BIM&CO’s properties, then setup a Mapping Configuration that will also be available in the plugin for your entire Onfly team. As such, any upload or download will be treated the same in terms of its property mapping configuration.
If a family is modified in Revit by a user, how can I reset the object back to its initial properties?
Download it again.
If I map the shared parameters from an object without going through Options/Settings, is it integrated directly into the global mapping?
No, you must go through “Options” to create or modify the global mapping file. Otherwise, your mapping file will be stored locally on your computer and will not be shared with other team members.
Does Onfly support Revit system families?
Yes. You can upload or download system families to and from Onfly via the Onfly Plugin or directly via the online platform. They are handled with RVT files and it is highly recommended that you use the plugin to complete the upload to ensure that you can use them as effectively as possible.
How can I add a parameter to an object in a project?
Let’s take an example. If we want to use the platform editor to add a parameter to the schedule, we can add and specify properties and enter data. The update will be pushed to users next time they log in to Revit.
How do I track changes made to an object in the library?
An object has a detailed version history that shows all changes made to the object, as well as the author(s) of those changes.
If I make an update during a collaborative project, can content managers make updates even if they are not the owner of the object?
The Revit behaviour remains unchanged and the same permission and restrictions apply. Onfly update notifications are sent even if you do not have permissions over the object. You can also use the "Update" function from the plugin to check for any update available and proceed.
Can I use the platform to manage 2D Revit objects?
A 2D symbol can be added to objects in the form of an .rfa (such as classification families or “annotation families.”)
Which name takes precedence: the object name in Onfly or the name assigned in Revit?
The name in Onfly takes precedence over the Revit name.
Can content managers update an object even if they are not the owner?
The permissions over the object must be released first. The Update can then be restarted after the rights have been released.
I would like to integrate manufacturer data (and data only) inside one of the objects in my project model. Is this possible?
Yes, it is, through my “Data Download” feature, which is available within my plugin. You can even select which references and properties you want to extract from a manufacturer object to be integrated into an object within your project.
Are object families optimised for their file size?
The maximum file size of an object is 30 MB. Onfly does not optimise objects at its level. However, it is good practice for this to be implemented within an organisation, and that can be managed through via Onfly.
How can I add a property to all objects in a library?
You can incorporate a set of properties in all objects belonging to a specific classification node.
Can I duplicate an object to create a similar one for another project?
Project Mode (to be released in mid-2019) will support multi-project data linked to a single object. Until Project Mode is launched, objects can be duplicated, with tags being used to differentiate them.
Is object documentation accessible from within Revit?
Yes. You can use the "Access Product Page" feature from within the plug-in to access object-related documentation.
How can I add several objects to the library at once?
The project batch feature allows you to add all objects (or a selection of objects) to the library at once.
Onfly is a private content library, but what if I want to use content available on your public platform, bimandco.com?
Onfly gives you access to your private library as well as all the content available on bimandco.com. You can choose to add any object from the public platform to Onfly.
Is it possible to get specific object references and properties from BIM&CO’s API (Application Programming Interface)?
Yes, you can extract a lot of information through my API, including references, properties, documents, pictures, classifications, and manufacturer lists, etc. Moreover, you can also perform actions through the API such as editing an object, your personal classifications, property mapping, etc. For more information, please take a look at our web services documentation.
If I remove or modify properties of an object on the platform, are these properties removed or modified in Revit for users?
When an object is updated within a Revit project, only changes made to properties already in the object are taken into account. If a property is deleted online, this does not affect the object in Revit. When a property is changed, it is revised in Revit. Adding a reference does not affect the object in Revit. A change to the 3D model (changing the RVT or RFA file) does not affect the object in Revit. Otherwise, any update to the full object to ensure that modifications made online
How can I keep the link between templates/family files and Onfly?
Download the object from the central library platform when creating the Revit template. When updates are available, they will be offered directly in Revit in the family file or template. If changes are made from the template, you need to upload the file again to push the changes back to the central library.