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Help Improve Revit with the Revit Ideas Board

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With the 2018 and 2019 releases of Revit, Autodesk has finally begun adding features that users have long requested. They have also added major improvements that help users overall, even though they weren’t a request. While it seems this is a hit and miss scenario, there really are two approaches.

Autodesk’s current approach is to include features and enhancements that they find useful. They have also opened up the API for editing using Dynamo. There are also a good number of add-ins, free and paid, to handle some very common features that Revit still does not include.

There is, however, a way for users to band together to have their suggestions heard which is the Revit Ideas Board. This is a central place for users to submit ideas and get other users to vote on ideas for approval. Just under the most voted section are two ideas that were actually implemented in 2019:

With a six month window to gather enough support, a lot of ideas die quickly. Here are some tips to get the most traction:

  1. Post one idea at a time rather than multiple ideas. This ensures that a specific idea gets voted and approved rather than 5 ideas getting passed over.
  2. Be specific. Don’t just say “make this like AutoCAD” when some users may not be aware of that AutoCAD feature. Provide detailed info, screenshots, and backup documentation, anything to get the idea across the first time
  3. Share with other users, user groups etc. and put a reminder to visit the site at least weekly to look at new ideas. The more users actively reviewing and voting the better chance your ideas will be heard

 

 


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Creating Exploded Views: Revit

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A useful and overlooked tool in side of Revit is the Displace Elements tool, which allows you to create an “exploded” 3D view for showing parts and assemblies. The process is quite simple and offers a great way to enhance your documentation.

Because displacing elements is view specific, it is best to duplicate an existing 3D view or create a new 3D view specific for this purpose. To displace elements, start by selecting the element(s) that you want to displace. Selecting more than one object will group them together and displace the elements at the same distance. Once you’ve selected the elements, in the Modify contextual tab>View panel, select Displace Elements.

 

 

Three grips will appear to displace the elements in the X, Y or Z direction. Elements can be displaced by selecting one of the grips and dragging the in desired direction. Alternatively, the displacement distance can be set to a specific distance in the Properties palette:

To display projection lines from the original location to the displacement, with the object selected, in the Modify|Displacement Set>Displacement Set panel, click Path and then select the corner of the displaced element where you want to locate the path.

To display a door, window or other hosted element separately from a wall, press < Tab> until the element is highlighted and follow the steps for displacing. Groups cannot be displaced as a whole, so to displace elements that are grouped, press <Tab> to cycle through and select the individual elements to then displace. If you no longer want an element to be displaced, select it, and in the Modify|Displacement Set>Displacement Set panel click Reset.

To display the displacement sets in a view, in the View Control Bar, click  (Highlight Displacement Sets). The sets will display in color to make it easier to know what has been displaced in the view.


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Harness the power of Subcategories and View Filters: Revit

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When overriding graphics of elements and categories in Revit, a need may arise to control the settings of a set of elements without affecting the visibility of the overall category. Subcategories and filters provide a way to control these settings.

Subcategories

Let’s start with something simple: we’ve added a base trim sweep to our walls that we don’t want to show up in our floor plans. In our Visibility Graphics dialog box, we can expand walls to see the subcategories available in a template:

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Getting the most out of 3D Views: Revit

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3D views provide one of the most effective ways to manage a model in Revit. As plan, elevation and section, 3D elements are created and the views are cropped based on the model. However, this functionality is parametric and we can use created views to better work inside of a 3D view.

The easiest way to work inside of the model in a 3D view is to use the Section Box. This can be turned on in the properties palette, with nothing selected, under Extents. Once checked, a box will appear with 6 sets of grips for cutting through the model in all 3 directions.

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Installing and Configuring the Autodesk Network License Manager (FlexLM)

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Prior to installing the latest version of LMtools, you’ll want to remove any previous versions you have installed. Follow the instructions here to do so:

Removing Older Version of Autodesk Network License Manager (LMTools)

Once you’ve removed any older versions of LMtools, you can obtain the Autodesk Network License Manager from the installation media. You can also download it.

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Removing Older Versions of Autodesk Network License Manager (LMTools)

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Prior to installing the latest version of LMtools, you’ll want to remove any previous versions you have installed. Open LMTools and go into the Start/Stop/Reread Tab. Pick the Stop Server button.

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How to Obtain an Autodesk Network License File

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If you own a network license, at some point, you’ll need a network license file.

In some cases, Autodesk will send this file without you even needing to ask, in others, you’ll need to request it.

There are three pieces of information you’ll need:

  1. Serial number of the product(s) you want to license
  2. License Server Name
  3. License Server MAC Address
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Finding Your License Server’s MAC Address (Physical Address)

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When you request a Network (Multi-User) license file from Autodesk, you’ll need to know the MAC Address of the machine that will be hosting the license file. Here’s how you find it.

On a Windows machine, you’ll typically see a network icon in the lower right corner of the screen, near the clock. You can right-click on that icon to access the Network and Sharing Center.

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Wall Sweep Setback: Revit

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If you’ve ever needed to create a curb, sill or other sweep that automatically offsets from a wall opening, you may not have realized the options are right inside the sweep tool and make creating these sweeps a breeze.

There are 2 options we will reference, the options for Cuttable/ Cut by Inserts and Setback. Starting with the first option, we need to have independent control of the sweep returns at each opening (ie door, window, etc.) Selecting the option for Cuttable in an integral wall sweep, or Cut by Inserts in an instance sweep applied to a wall, creates a continuous sweep that is cut by the inserted objects.

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Modifying the Finished Floor Elevation: Revit

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One of the more common questions asked in my Revit Architecture Fundamentals classes is how to change the finished floor elevation from 0’-0” to 100’-0” (or whatever FFE you may want to use). The good news is it’s very easy to modify, though it’s not readily accessible. While it is possible to just change the height of a level to match what you need, this will physically relocate the model to the height specified.

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