Parameter Jerk 2013

Parameter Jerk 2013 is a revit add-in (2013) that allows you to easily import one or multiple shared parameters into a single or multiple files. Use this blog post to provide feedback, ask questions or make suggestions.

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37 Responses to Parameter Jerk 2013

  1. Rebecca says:


    Within Parameter Jerk 2013 what is the difference between “sets” and “groups”?
    For example, if I want to create a group of parameters to apply to all of my duct fittings does it matter whether I create it as a set or group?


    • Gregory Mertens says:


      Groups come from the way your shared parameters file is organized and is not modified by Parameter Jerk.
      Sets are defined in Parameter Jerk and are not part of the shared parameters file.
      Also, you can put shared parameters into multiple sets.

      Hope that helps,

  2. James Lawrence says:

    I have installed the add in but the programme wont run without an error referring to a .txt file I have not used on my current project. Shame as this software could really help me out.

    I can’t uninstall it either.

    • Gregory Mertens says:

      1) Have you created a revit shared parameters file yet?
      2) uninstall by simply erasing the two parameter jerk files from your addin folder

  3. James Lawrence says:

    Uninstalled Parameter Jerk 2013 and reinstalled. Still getting an error saying the location of the parameter file is invalid. I am yet to use the software so this is quite puzzling.

  4. Faranak says:

    Dear Gregory;
    I have installed the Addin Tab but when I click the pj2014 icon in revit I get this message :Error. You have not set a shared parameter file. Please fix before proceeding.
    What should I do?
    your’s sincerely,

  5. Sarissa says:

    Any thought on updating PJ for use with Revit 2014?

  6. Robin says:

    I am having the same problem as Ceilidh. I see that you suggested there is a work around for adding parameters into a project files. Please could you help explain this?

    • Gregory Mertens says:

      You just need to start PJ before you start editing your in-place family.

      Does that not work? Sorry, I haven’t done it in a while and won’t be able to get to my computer until this afternoon to verify.

  7. Bobby Solis says:

    Is there a way to change the parameter file it is looking at? We have several saved on our servers and I would need to pick between them frequently.

    Thanks for your hard work!

    • Gregory Mertens says:


      The only way is to change the active shared parameters file in Revit.

  8. Gavin says:

    Hi Greg,
    I’ve tried unpacking the files to all of the locations that you suggest and i don’t get a parameter Jerk anywhere in the Revit Addins when i’m in Revit.
    Heard of this problem before?
    Revit 2013 version v.10.02.12.b

    • Gregory Mertens says:


      1) are you receiving any error/warning messages?
      2) did you unblock the zip file prior to unzipping?
      3) open your most recent journal file and search for parameter jerk. There may be messages there that will indicate the problem.
      4) you used existing folder locations instead of creating new ones…correct?

      • Cody says:

        Greg- I’m having the same issue. I copied/unzipped the files to the locations specified and unblocked the files, but the add-in doesn’t show up in Revit. No warnings or errors–just doesn’t show up.

        PJ 2013 (10.02.12b), Revit 2013 Build 20120221_2030(x64)


  9. plawton says:

    PJ 2013 (10.02.12b) works fine on my machine, but Siju gets this error:

    Autodesk.Revit.Exceptions.InternalException: Error in readParamDatabase
    at Autodesk.Revit.ApplicationServices.Application.OpenSharedParameterFile()
    at mertens3d.ClassParameterJerker.readSharedParametersFile() ….

    etc. I can send a screen cap if that would help.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks again for a great tool

    • Gregory Mertens says:

      1) yes, please send me a a screen capture or the entire error text. I’m specifically interested in the first reference to a line number in the code.

      2) is his revit correctly pointing to your shared parameters file?

      3) can you send me a copy of that shared parameters file?

      4) what version of Revit does he have? Do you have?

      info at

  10. Peter Lawton says:

    PJ 2013 works fine on my machine, but Siju gets this error:

    Autodesk.Revit.Exceptions.InternalException: Error in readParamDatabase

  11. Hi Gregory
    I am trying to use Parameter Jerk to pull in parameters to a project file (for rooms). Am I correct in finding that it will only work to pull parameters into family files? Looks like a great tool but may not be doing everything I need.

  12. Andrew says:


    This tool is really useful, but I am having one problem. I am having to create several url parameters to add links for O&M data, warranty data, and submittal data. I was able to add the parameters easily enough, but they are not coming up when I export into Navisworks. Only links that were manually added are showing up. Is there a difference in how this routine adds parameters and manually adding parameters?

    • Gregory Mertens says:

      Interesting. There is a difference…the obvious one. The routine uses the api to add the parameters. Manually may be wired a little differently internally. But, I would be surprised. Can you email me an example? I think I have access to a copy of navisworks to test on. Info @ mertens3d. com

  13. Trey Tassin says:

    I recently added the parameter jerk 2013 files to the revit add-in folder. Not only will 2013 not start up because of a licensing error, but 2010 will hang and not even start. What the heck happened?

    • Gregory Mertens says:

      If you only added the files to the addin folder for 2013, then that should have no effect on 2010.

      If you added them to either 2010 or 2013 you can simply delete the files from your respective Addin folders to ‘uninstall’. (Although I don’t think 2010 had an addins folder…but I don’t recall for certain)

      I doubt the addin would have any effect on your licensing issue.

      • Trey Tassin says:

        I only added them to the Revit 2013 add-in folder. I am running full malware and spyware to see if there is a problem. I’ve deleted the files from the 2013 add-in folder and the license issue has caused other programs on the computer to fail to open. Has this happened to anyone else?

        • Gregory Mertens says:

          I have not heard of anyone having any problems like this. Hope you get it resolved.

  14. Kane says:

    Ive finding that Parameter Jerk is causing fatal errors and crashing Revit. Im not doing anything different to what ive done many times b4…..Ha sany1 else had this issue??


    • Gregory Mertens says:


      Nope. I haven’t heard of others having problems…but there is always a first.
      Can you reproduce it?
      If so, please send me your
      1) shared parameters file,
      2) your supplemental file
      3) what version of revit
      4) steps to recreate the issue
      6) possible a sample family file that it is happening in.

      If you do, I’ll take a look.

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  16. Ekko Nap says:

    I had not set up my SP file yet. After I did it works just fine. I was using the 10.02.12.b version though.
    Thanks for the advice!

  17. Ekko Nap says:

    Hi Gregory,
    With the parameterjerk, not the hatch22, the following message appears when starting the addin in revit:
    System.ArgumentException: The path is not of a legal form.
    at System.IO.Path.NormalizePath(String path, Boolean fullCheck, Int32maxPathLenght) etc…
    Seems like the parameterjerk addin has less tolerance for frivolous folder managment than I would like. I have a screenshot of the error message if you like.
    Thanks for the effort anyway, the hatch routine is going to be loads of fun!

    • Gregory Mertens says:


      Are you using the 10.02.12.b version? The prior one generated that error message if there was no assigned shared parameters file. This one has error checking for it. Please let me know if that does not fix it.


  18. Dave Plumb says:

    Hi Greg;
    Just tried to load up ParameterJerk 2013 and got a startup error.
    I know those are usually user errors, but I’m pretty sure I have everything in the right place. I copied the .dll and the .addin files to
    First time, I just left the .addin exactly as you wrote it. Then I tried putting the full path in the section for MakeToolBar, but still got the same error.
    I’m running Revit Architecture 2013 SP1 under Windows 7-64
    The .dll is dated 10/02/2012 1:57PM

    Here’s the message:

    Revit cannot run the external application
    “makeToolBarForParameterJerk2013″. Contact the
    blah, blah, blah

    Could not load file or assembly
    or one of its dependencies. Operation is not supported. (Exception from
    HRESULT: 0×80131515)