New vs Existing Display in Revit

In the building design process, remodels and additions are more common than just constructing a new building.  Therefore, you will commonly have existing modeled graphical objects shown in the same view as objects that are constructed new during in the project.  When this occurs in an Autodesk Revit project, you have choices on how the new and existing information is graphically represented.

There are two primary methods for showing both existing and new objects in the same view.  Both methods show the same information, but show them different graphically.

The two different methods are to Show All or Show Complete.  The user will choose the desired option in the Phasing category of the Properties palette for the selected view.

Show All

This method has the following characteristics:

  • It will show the existing objects in a halftone appearance versus the line weights specified for object styles.
  • Existing objects are also shown with the Coarse detail level regardless of the detail level setting of the view.
  • New objects are shown with the detail level assigned to the view.
  • This option is often used to let people more clearly see the difference between new and existing objects.

Show All Properties

Show All Graphics

Show Completed

This method has the following characteristics:

  • It will show both existing and new objects in the same line weight as specified for object styles.
  • Existing and new objects will be shown with the detail level setting of the view.
  • This option is typically used to represent the objects when the project is complete, without regard to what objects were existing or new.

Show Complete Properties

Show Complete Graphics

The above options are the default settings for Revit.  They can be modified in the Phase Filters tab of the Phasing dialog box.  Phases are accessed via the Phases command on the Phasing panel of the Manage tab.

Show All Complete Phasing

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