Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Guide Grids

Ever want to make sure your plans are aligned from one sheet to the next? Rumor has it that contractors can't build it unless the plans align exactly from one sheet to another. So, thankfully Revit has a quick easy solution for this.

Guide Grids. Yep, Automatic alignment feature built right in. (Nearly automatic anyway.)

Here's how they work:
You place them into Sheet Views (since you can't put them anywhere else).

With a Sheet View opened.. Select the View tab, and in a group called Sheet Composition you will find a button labeled Guide Grid.
Click on that.

A small dialog box will appear where you can select an existing Guide Grid or make a new one. NAME it appropriately (e.g. floor plans), select OK. The Grid will appear across your entire sheet. You can then resize it (crop it basically) to the area you need it.

In the Properties of the Guide Grid you can also set the Grid Spacing from the default 1" to anything you like. 4"works great.

Place the same (floor plans) Guide Grid onto each of your Plan Sheets and move your Floor Plan VIEWS to align with the 'non-moving. non-shifting' Guide Grid. (You will find that the grid will not shift at all when you resize the grid boundaries.. so you are safe. Just move your floor plan views to align and you are good to go.)

Try it out.. its pretty cool.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Which Version is it???

Is there a way to just look at a file in your directory structure and know which version of Revit was used to create it?
The answer is sadly NO.

Especially if the file is not one that has Worksharing enabled.. if that is the case, you will simply need to try to open it.
If it is an older file.. it will begin to upgrade.. it it newer.. it will warn you.. and if it matches your current Revit version,.. it will open.

Yet, there is hope... if a file DOES have Worsharing enabled (it's a CENTRAL file), there is a way to know if the file is the same version as the Revit session you currently have running... before you begin opening it.

Let me explain with an example:
If you are in Revit 2014 and are trying to create a new Local file from a Central file on your server. You select OPEN file and you browse to the file on your server. When you select the file (one click only), look at the CREATE NEW LOCAL  checkbox.. if it is highlighted with a checkbox in it.. you are good to go.. the file matches the current 2014 version. 

But, if CREATE NEW LOCAL is greyed-out and your only option is to DETACH FROM CENTRAL.. you are missmatched and it's not a Revit 2014 file (or its not a center file after all).  It could be older or newer, or a local file of Revit version 2014.. Sorry.. try again.

It's not fun when we don't know the file's version.. especially when your office is using several versions of Revit.

It pays to NAME the FILE with the Revit version in the filename.
Example: Colorado State_Admin Bldg_Exterior Envelope_R2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Select Previous

You ever select a few items and then when switching views.. the selected items unselect?
Happens all the time.. well.. There is a solution to get them back!

Here are some screenshots to prove it.
FIRST: A couple simple items (windows) selected in plan view.

SECOND: A casual change to 3D view (could have been any other view).. and BAM, your items are conveniently unselected.

FINALLY: So here you go... CTRL + LEFT ARROW.
Yep, simply hold down the Ctrl key and hit the left arrow.. it reselects your previous selection.. better know as Select Previous.

Happy Revitting

Monday, March 17, 2014


Something very simple for you.
If you are zoomed in on the MAIN window in Revit and want to ZOOM EXTENTS.. simply double click the scroller of your scroller mouse. BAM

ZE (Zoom Extents) on the keyboard still works of course.. but this is a great little shortcut.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Color by Worksets

There are some options for you to help see the different Worksets visually.. and can be found by clicking this little button (across the bottom of the screen):

Worksets can be color coded visually to represent a few different scenarios:

If set to Checkout Status - you can visually see who has different Worksets checked out. We don't typically check Worksets out, so this won't help much. Just sayin'.
If set to Owners - you can visually see who owns what.
If set to Model Updates - items that have been updated since you did a Sync to central will turn a color. Also, items deleted since you did a Sync will be highlighted a different color.
If you set to Worksets - each Workset will turn a different color - giving you a quick visual.

You can set the colors by clicking on the Worksharing Display Settings...

One other way to visually display the worksets is a simple button I like to use. On the Worksets dialog box there is a button to 'Grey Inactive Worksets'. So make sure you are on the correct Workset (active) and then check this button.. the rest of the model goes gray. All items are still editable.

Happy Reviting

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hide Elev Marker at Some Scales

Enlarged Plans. We create them all the time. And, just as often, we drop in an Elevation Marker to create an Interior Elevation. Well, if you simply toss in the marker with the default settings.. you will see your elevation marker in all the Floor Plans.. not just this one Enlarged Plan.

There is a way to fix this.

Select the Elevation Marker's Triangle Pointer (not the main circle) as show here in this image:

Then you can change the property under the Graphics Settings to 'Hide at scales courser than 1/4"=1'-0". That way it will NOT be on the main 1/8"=1'-0" Floor Plans, RCP's, Furniture Plans, Finish Plans, Color Presentation Plans, etc.

Good to know.. for HIDING them all (individually) would be a real pain! You will find you may not have to HIDE them anywhere.. but keep your eyes open in any other Enlarged Plans. =)

Views NOT on Sheets

Two important things for you today:

TipOne: Delete any views that are temporary or unused.
I wish this went without saying, but.. When you're in the process of working on a specific project, you are going to have to create various project views. In many situations, you are most likely going to require hundreds of various views for a building that is complicated and large (typical). You should always look through your views and try to find any that you have originally created for visual and temporary reasons (that you are not using any longer).. and delete them. Not only is this going to result in your project being leaner, meaner and cleaner.. but it will also increase file performance speeds.

TipTwo: Quickly View all views NOT on Sheets.
You already know that if an Elevation, Section or Callout view is NOT on a sheet, it will NOT have a detail/sheet number reference. But if you want to quickly SEE which views are not on sheets (in the Project Browser).. Switch the 'filter' of your Project Browser.

Here's How: Select  View>User Interface>Browser Organization

Switch the Browser Organization for Views to 'not on Sheets'. Once this is done.. your Browser will ONLY show views that are NOT on Sheets. You can then see if you have accidentally not placed a detail (or other view) that was supposed to be part of the Drawing Set. And you can easily open views to see if they are needed any longer.. good candidates for deletion/ retirement.

*NOTE: Don't' forget to switch your Browser Organization back to normal! Whatever 'normal' is for you.