Creating sections in a Revit model is key to creating a quality 3D model, and that includes creating sections that are simply used for design verification. Construction documents typically include sections, but users also use a lot of temporary sections for coordination and verification. A problem with temporary sections is that you don’t know who created the section and the purpose for the section. As a result they tend to stay in the model because no one really knows if they can delete the section.
I previously wrote a blog article about creating Working Sections which helps with this situation. However, the working section can be further enhanced. This article will address 2 key features for improving the working section:
Who created the working section.
Apply a user’s specific settings for the working section.
When using Revit, do you ever get irritated with a family opening up in the family editor when you accidently double-click on the family while working in a project? I do (when on a different computer than my own). Revit added this great feature a few releases ago to enable easier access to modify families so that you don’t have to select the family and then choose the Edit Family command. However, I have found this feature to be more annoying than helpful when in production mode.
Customization has always been a mainstay of design software, especially with the Autodesk products. Customization of Revit for the user/non-programmer is finally here with Dynamo. Dynamo has been in development for some time, but has been gaining momentum among Revit power users. It really opens up the door for users to achieve more functionality through the open-source visual programming extension for Revit. It provides similar opportunities to the Revit user like AutoLisp did for AutoCAD users.
As someone that creates a lot of Revit families, I always appreciate Revit enhancements and new features that help with creating or working with families. Reference Planes are a critical component of families and Revit 2017 has some interesting changes in regards to them.
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.
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.
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.