How do I load a Revit Family that has a Revit Catalog?
When a Revit family exceeds 7 family types in the family file (*.rfa); Bradley creates a Revit family catalog file to store the Revit family types. The base Revit family file uses the Revit family catalog file to create the family types (product variations) when it is loaded into the Revit project.
For example, in the article "Revit Pedestal Bench Family Features Nested Array-Family Catalog"; I mentioned that the Revit base file uses a Revit family catalog file to create the numerous variations of the Pedestal Bench.
When a Revit Bradley Pedestal Bench family (RFA) is downloaded, there is another important file that is downloaded with the family file (*.rfa).
This file, is the Pedestal Bench Revit family catalog file. It has the exact same file name as as the RFA file; however it is has a TXT extension.
The catalog file resides in the ZIP file that you download and "unzip" into a folder on your computer.
The Pedestal Bench family catalog file has all 24 of the product options (family types) for the base family file.
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Recommended Practices / Guidelines for using Revit Family Files with their Family Catalog file.
1) The Revit family catalog file (*.txt) MUST be saved and remain in the same file folder as its corresponding RFA file.
2) This type of "catalog-based" family MUST be loaded into the project using the project's "Load Family" command.
This will force a Revit dialogue box to pop up and display the product models (family types) that are listed in the family catalog file for the RFA file.
3) Please do NOT load the family into a Revit project from the Family Editor.
This will create an error "model was not imported correctly".