Welcome to this demonstration on otools – Color Manager

Color Manager

Contents

Introduction

Create a new task and job

Save and load color settings to project

Remove applied colors in current view in active project

Advanced color settings

Other feature

 

Introduction

The Color Manager makes it possible to apply colors to model elements from specified parameter values. Colors are applied to model elements in active view in current project.

A task consists of one or several jobs. Select colors that should be applied to elements by defining which parameter value ​​should have which colors. The tool supports both instance- and type parameters. User can apply colors to any family category.

Create a new task and job

  1. Apply a task name in the field of “Tasks” by clicking on an empty list.
  2. Create a new job and give the job a name by clicking on an empty list in the field of “Jobs”.Color Manager UI
  3. Click on “Edit” to specify model elements and select colors that should be applied to element by defining which parameter value ​​should have which color.Color Settings UI
  4. Click OK to save default range of colors, or click a cell in the color field to change the color.                            Save Color UI
  5. Click OK to accept new color, and OK to save color settings of the job.
  6. Click “RUN” to test if colors are applied to model elements in active view in current project.
  7. Click on “Save” to save color settings to project.
  8. Create more jobs by following steps described in step 2 to 5.
  9. Apply jobs to a certain task by selecting firstly the task name and afterwards the jobs. Right click selected jobs and click on “Apply Jobs to selected Task”.Apply Job
  10. Click on “RUN” in the Tasks field to apply colors to model elements in active view in current project.Sample View 2
  11. Click on “Save” to save color settings to project.

Save and load color settings to project

  1. Click on “Save Settings” when finished creating color settings.
  2. Name the setting file (xml file) and click on Save.                                                                                      Save Setting UI
  3. The settings file can now be loaded and reused in any Revit project.
  4. To load settings click on “Load Settings”
  5. Find the settings file and click open                                                                                                              Load Settings
  6. Save color settings to project by clicking on Save.

Remove applied colors in current view in active project

  1. Click on Remove Colors                                                           Remove Colors
  2. Colors are removed in active view in current project        Sample View 3

Advanced color settings

When creating jobs in Color Settings user can apply fixed parameter rules.

Fixed parameter field enable users to create a job that utilizes a so called “AND” feature. Or in other words, user can filter out which model elements should be colored and which should not.

Colors are only applied to model elements if these settings are met. Example of such utilization is; Set Fixed Parameter to Round Ducts and color range to size. Notice that color range is refreshed automatically.

Note, that color range only works for values that are available in current project.

  1. Select category and Parameter
  2. Right click a certain value and select “Add value to Fixed Parameter”                                                           Add Fixed Parameters
  3. Select another parameter such as Size                                                                                                                   Add Fixed Parameter Sample
  4. Click OK to save default range of colors, or click a cell in the color field to change the color.
  5. Click on RUN to test the color setting.                                 Sample View 4
  6. Apply job to any task if needed and/or save setting to current project.

Other feature

User can copy or delete any job by using following icons:

Copy button Copy icon

Delete button Delete icon (delete key is also supported)

User can move any task or job up/down in the list using following icons:

Move Up button Move up icon

Move Down button Move down icon