Unload Revit Link Per User

Autodesk has just released the Revit 2016 R2 update to users that are on the subscription program (both maintenance and desktop).  Autodesk has started providing these R2 releases mid-year and can include significant improvements.  While there are reportedly 25 updates in this release, there is one that I particularly like as a user working on a model with multiple other users.  That is the ability to unload a Revit link on a per user basis.

Prior to 2016 R2, if I unload a Revit link and Save to Central, the file will be unloaded for other users when they Save to Central or Reload Latest.

Being able to unload a Revit link on a per user basis means that I can unload a linked file and I will be the only user affected.  I can save the file to central with the file unloaded and when other users Save to Central or Reload Latest, their version will still have the link loaded.

There are definitely times when I want to increase my Revit’s performance and memory usage and I don’t need a loaded link throughout the day, but I can’t unload it because others need to have the link loaded for their purposes.  You can really annoy other users by unloading a link that they want to use or see.

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Managing Menu Tabs in Revit

When using Autodesk Revit software, the display of tabs across the top of the software can be annoying or helpful.  Revit allows you to easily adjust the order of the tabs, as well as which discipline tabs are displayed.  Turning off unnecessary tabs is very helpful if you are discipline specific (as are most users) and don’t want to see and work around the tabs for commands for disciplines that you never use.  Less is more.

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Revit Keyboard Shortcut List

Autodesk has kindly provided a keyboard shortcut list for Revit users.  The list is broken down by each tab and contains a brief description of the command represented by the shortcut.  The whole document is 9 pages long with the actual shortcut list being 6 pages long, so this is not a one page document to hang next to your monitor.

Link to webpage for Revit Shortcut Key Guide

Get a printable PDF version of the Revit Shortcut Key Guide

AutoCAD 2016 Start Tab

When I opened AutoCAD 2016 for the first time, I (like the rest of you) noticed the Start tab.    That was all well and good and I thought that it would go away when I opened a drawing, similar to previously releases.  But then I opened an existing drawing and noticed the Start tab was still there.  My thought was “Ok, I will close it so I don’t have an extra tab”.  The problem was that there was no “X” on the tab to close it like other tabs.

Startmode tab

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Revit is for Residential Architecture Too

Not very long ago, I was talking with some Architects about Revit and they made the comment that Revit doesn’t work for residential design.  I was surprised at their comments, especially with Revit’s roots being in residential design.  After talking with them, I learned that they use AutoCAD now and they were just interested in producing 2D construction documents and didn’t care about any 3D features or any intelligence that might be inside Revit.  They all had used AutoCAD for many years and had their AutoCAD blocks created and systems in place to produce 2D documentation quickly.  They were very efficient at their system, didn’t see any reason to change, and only looked for excuses to not make any change.

I will state that Revit works fantastic for residential design and can produce construction documentation quickly.

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Alternate Dimension Units in Revit

Many organizations work in environments where they need to produce documents that contain both Imperial and Metric dimensions.  AutoCAD has had the ability to do this easily for many years, but Revit just recently gave us the ability to easily show both methods.  Since it has not been available like this for very long, many Revit users are not aware of this important feature.

Since the Revit 2014 release, you can display Primary units and Alternate dimension units for both the permanent and spot dimension types. This feature allows you to simultaneously display both imperial and metric values in drawings as primary and alternate dimensions.

Alternate Units String

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AutoCAD 2015 for Mac Shortcut List

AutoCAD for the Mac is becoming more popular and Autodesk has kindly provided a shortcut list for AutoCAD for Mac 2015 users.  Most AutoCAD users utilize keyboard shortcuts and this list includes all of the “Out of the Box” shortcuts for the Mac version.

Link to webpage for AutoCAD for Mac Shortcut Key Guide

Get a printable PDF version of the AutoCAD for Mac Shortcut Key Guide

End Double-Click for Revit Family Editor

If you are like me, you tend to accidentally double-click on families in a Revit project file and then end up opening them in the Family Editor when that is not what you want to do.  It seems that the faster that you work, the more likely you are to have this problem, which compounds the issue.  You can stop this from happening easily starting with the 2014 version.

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Drag ‘n Drop Files Into Revit

Have you ever used the Drag ‘n Drop method of adding a file to Revit and wondered why it seemed to work differently than the last time you did that?  Well, there are actually several variables involved in that process.

First off, you may ask what I mean by Drag ‘N Drop files.  That is typically when you have a session of Windows Explorer open, pick on a file, and use the mouse to drag a file from Windows Explorer to Revit and release the mouse button when it is over Revit (drop).  This method can be much faster than using one of the commands within Revit to add a file and is commonly used.

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Default Revit Family Folder for Open Command

When you go to Open a family file in Revit, it will make a difference as to where you select the Open command as to what folder location Revit will default to select the file.

If you choose the Open… function from the opening screen of Revit, Revit will default to the location of the specified Revit Library Path.  (This location is specified in Options -> File Locations -> Places.)

Family Open Screen

If you choose the Open function from either the Quick Access Toolbar or the Applications menu (big R at top left of screen), Revit will default to the location where you last saved a family file.

Family Open Buttons

While this is not major information, it is handy to know when you are opening a family from one location, making changes to the family, and then saving it to another location.

Workset Visualization By Color

Do you ever want to easily visualize what objects are on different worksets in a view in Revit®?  Autodesk incorporated this ability into Revit® with their 2012 versions, but it seems to have gone unnoticed by many users.  Worksets are a highly utilized function used within Revit® by any organization where multiple people need to work on a Revit® project at one time.  There is a tremendous amout of information available on what worksets are and how to use them to manage your project, so this article is to just address the ability to control how you see worksets in a particular view.  This is a helpful feature for troubleshooting projects to ensure that users are placing information in the proper workset.

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