COINS Parameter Report

COINS Parameter Report

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COINS
With the investigative power of the Parameter Report tool you can find, figure out, and fix – fast! Drastically reduce repetitive parameter edits and minimize time to investigate modeling issues.

General Usage Instructions

The Parameter Report is divided into two commands - available from the split button on the ribbon. It will default to the last command used. 

Report by Category 

Select an element and then start the Report by Category command. If in the Family Editor, start the command with no elements picked to allow editing the family types (including adding and deleting types). 

A dialog appears showing all the parameters attached to like elements. Specifically, it will either show parameters attached to elements of the same category, same family, or same family type. At the top left corner of the Parameter Report dialog box you can toggle between these three options in the Filter section. If the element is from a system family (such as a wall), only category and family type will be available. If in the Family Editor, no category/family filters are available. 

Report by Selection 

Select multiple elements and then start the Report by Selection command. This command allows selecting unrelated elements regardless of their category. As with Report by Category, a dialog appears showing all the parameters attached to those elements. 

View: 

The parameters shown can be either instance parameters, type parameters, or both. Use the Filter section to enable or disable these tick-box options. In the parameter list, instance parameters are prefixed with "(I)", while type parameters are prefixed with "(T)". If a parameter of a particular element is driven by another function in Autodesk® Revit®, then the cell will be light gray and not editable. For example, the width of a wall is defined in the composition of the wall, or the length of a wall is geometrically and graphically driven. If the parameter is not applicable for this element then the cell will be blank and dark gray. 

The Common Only tick allows the parameter list to be reduced to only show parameter that apply to all the elements in the report. 

These routines provide powerful viewing and editing tools, allowing you to quickly find, check, and change model parameters. See the help within the product for details.

Editing: 

Some columns are editable (depending on their properties - as mentioned in the previous section). If you can click into an individual cell then you can change its value. If the cell is a reference to another element (such as a level, phase, or material), or is from a Yes/No parameter, then a drop-down list will show a list of available alternatives to select from. 

Use the Tab, Down Arrow, and Enter Key to navigate and accept input. As well you can hold the Control key while selecting multiple cells within a column (i.e. parameter) to then modify all selected cells at once. 

Edited cells are highlighted with a light yellow background to help see which cells have changed. Hovering over an edited cell also shows a tooltip showing the original value before being edited. 

These are powerful editing tools and caution should be used to ensure the desired intention. Be sure to only copy data from and to cells with like units and format. Any changes to parameters in this tool can be negated by simply clicking on cancel and no modifications will be written to your model. 

View State Manager:

The View State Manager provides the capability to arrange the dialog how you want it, and save the column orders for subsequent analysis. See the help within the product for details.

Power Tools - Analysis and extended use:

The Power Tools provide additional tools to select, query, and change elements and parameters. See Additional Information below for details.

Screenshots

Commands

Installation/Uninstallation

  • Download and run the "COINS Parameter Report" executable from the Autodesk App Store.
  • For integration with Revit 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020 pick "Install COINS Parameter Report for 2016-2020". This only needs to be installed once for all users on the computer.
  • For integration with Revit 2013, 2014, or 2015, pick "Install Parameter Report for 2013-2015". This legacy installation needs to be installed for each user who requires the app on the computer.

To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features, and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Deployments and Administrative Installations

If you wish to include the 2016/2017/2018/2019/2020 "all user" installation in a Revit deployment then the msi file can be found in your Windows temp directory when you are running the "COINS Parameter Report" executable front-end. The directory is usually "%TEMP%\ir_ext_temp_0\AutoPlay\Docs\COINS Parameter Report for 2016-2019.msi". Note, when you close the front-end, the temporary installation will be removed, so copy it to a safe place before closing the front-end so you can get it to it when you need it.

Additional Information

  • Changing multiple parameters at once is a powerful function. Make certain you intended the changes that you specified.
  • You can make this process even more fluid by dragging the Parameter Report panel off the ribbon and keep it floating in an area where it is easy to access – either on the Revit interface or on second screen.
  • For linked elements, first pick the linked model. Then when prompted, pick the linked elements. When using the Parameter Report for linked elements, they will not be editable. This functionality does not work in the 2013 versions of Revit.

 

Common Power Tools:

Export/Import - export all the parameters to either an Excel file. This allow for fast parameter reports and analysis of model information (e.g. quick current sum of linear footage). When exporting to Excel, cells that contain read-only parameters are shaded light gray, and cells that reference parameters that do not apply to the current element are shaded dark gray. Import will bring the changes back into the model.

Copy Values - copy an entire column of parameters values or user selected cells in a single column to another parameter column (whether instance or type).

Fix Duplicates - select cells in a "Mark" column (e.g. door marks) to renumber duplicate values. This will handle numeric, alphabetical, or alphanumeric mark values.

Change Case - select text cells to alter the text case of the values. Options allow for lower, upper, title, and sentence case.

Edit Reference - select a cell (such as level, phase, or material) to edit related families and categories in a separate Parameter Report window.

Find/Replace - perform find-and-replace on partial matches within text parameters.

 

Element Power Tools

  • Select in Project - highlight selected elements in the project. Linked elements cannot be selected.
  • Select with Section Box - create a cropped section box around the selected elements in a 3D View. This section box can be in defined as an existing view or a newly named/created view (e.g. in the user's working view).
  • Select Box per Element - create section box views around each selected element, such as rooms or around important equipment.

 

Family Editor Power Tools

  • Add Type - adds a new type to the family based on the currently selected type while in the Family Editor.
  • Delete Type - deletes the currently selected types from the family while in the Family Editor.

Known Issues

The 2013-2015 install is a per-user installation that needs to be installed for each user on the computer. This is a legacy we are stuck with. However, it is possible to move the installed files to the all-user section after installation - please contact us for details. This is not an issue for the 2016/2017/2018/2019/2020 install.

Contact

Company Name: COINS

Author/Company Information

COINS

Support Information

Email us at support.us@coins-global.com with questions, feedback, or requests for enhancements.

Version History

Version Number Version Description

6.5

Support for Autodesk® Revit® 2020.

6.0

Support for Autodesk® Revit® 2019.

5.5

Split into two commands - Report by Category (the original command), and Report by Selection. Report by Selection allows selecting multiple elements and shows a parameter report of just those elements, regardless of category. Updated Power Tools to export to Excel, and re-import back in after editing. Added color-coding of cells. Added option to only show parameters that are common to all elements in the report. Section Box per Element - a view template can now be assigned to newly created views. Where parameters are stored as integers but are usually shown as a drop-down list of possible options, try and show these drop-down values, or show the text representation as a tooltip. Show worksets as their name and allow moving elements between worksets. Handle yes/no parameters where the element has not been assigned a value yet.
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