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Pat Mullins

Revit's Magic Spacebar does so much more than flip and rotate doors

Revit's Magic Spacebar does so much more than flip and rotate doors
Many people know that it’s possible to flip and rotate Doors with the Spacebar while using Autodesk Revit, a principle that works with most standalone elements (Columns, Area Reinforcement, Electrical and Mechanical Equipment, Furniture etc).But you can use the Spacebar for so much more, what follows are some of the lesser known uses. General uses include: • While using the Middle Mouse Wheel to ...
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Alan Johnson

A quick tip on how to use Revit File User Tracking History

A quick tip on how to use Revit File User Tracking History
If you want to see a history of who has been actively working on an Autodesk Revit file, you can find that information in the project history. For any project, if you open the file or a local file, go to Collaborate tab> Manage Models panel> Show History Then select the file you want to see the history of, and you will get a dialog box showing the history. This won't tell you what was ...
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Alan Johnson

How to run a Revit Interference Check

How to run a Revit Interference Check
Did you know that you can run an Autodesk Revit Interference Check as a basic clash check? The Interference Check tool can find intersections amongst a set of selected elements or from all elements in the model. If desired, you can select the required elements in a view. To get it started, click Collaborate tab> Coordinate panel> Interference Check drop-down> (Run Interference Check). Wh...
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Alan Johnson

How to use a Parameter to control Drawing Status on a Revit Drawing Sheet

How to use a Parameter to control Drawing Status on a Revit Drawing Sheet
When creating an Autodesk Revit drawing sheet we have an option to use the Project Information (Manage Tab) to fill in predefined parameters which then automatically fill in the text in the title box on all the sheets we create. One of these parameters is Project Status, which allows us to type in whatever we want to show for the Status - for example Tender Issue, Preliminary, Construction or As B...
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Alan Johnson

A handy tip for Autodesk Revit Custom Roof Editing

A handy tip for Autodesk Revit Custom Roof Editing
Sometimes when using Autodesk Revit we will come across some detail or element we want to model, but can’t figure out how to get Revit to actually do it. Recently a customer contacted me with such an issue. They had created a roof which had an awkward detail, and couldn’t figure out to how extend a section of roof. After a bit of consideration, I thought roof by extrusion would be the best w...
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Justin Taylor

A handy tip for Section Shapes in Revit Structural Framing and Columns

A handy tip for Section Shapes in Revit Structural Framing and Columns
Here’s an interesting and useful tip for your Autodesk Revit Structural Framing and Columns. When you read it, the first thing you will ask is ‘why isn’t this setup like this by default?’ well… I’m guessing because the feature I will be using only came into Revit a couple of years back, and the shipped content in Revit has never been updated (I stand to be corrected). Ever needed to calculate...
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Alan Johnson

How to add 'Checked by' to your Revit Revision Schedule

How to add 'Checked by' to your Revit Revision Schedule
Here’s a quick tip for adding a Checked By field to an Autodesk Revit Revision Schedule, which can be applied in Revit Architecture or Revit Structure. We start with a very basic revision schedule with Rev, Description and Date: We are going to add a 'by' and a 'checked' column to our schedule. Select Revision Schedule in the Project Browser and then in Properties we go in to Fields, and add ‘Is...
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Justin Taylor

Modifying your Revit Walls to extend layers

Modifying your Revit Walls to extend layers
On the topic of Autodesk Revit Walls, I frequently get asked whether there is a way to have a portion (one or more layers) in a compound wall extend beyond the bottom or top of the wall. In fact, this is very straightforward to do, and I shall outline how in this blog. The trick to making this work is to modify the structure of the wall in a section view. You also have to unlock the...
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Justin Taylor

Revit - But I Want White Text On My Title Sheet!

Revit - But I Want White Text On My Title Sheet!
Sometimes you just have to accept a work-around, recolouring your text white in Revit is just a great example of one of those times. You see black = black and white = black and that’s just the way it has always been. So, what if you want text to be white so that it stands out on a coloured title sheet border like this: Well there are two ways to achieve white text (without inserting an image). 1....
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Justin Taylor

Revit Sheet Composition

Revit Sheet Composition
Printed output in Revit is What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG), with a few exceptions: The background colour for the print job is always white. By default, reference planes, work planes, crop boundaries, unreferenced view tags, and scope boxes do not print. To include them in the print job, in the Print Setup dialog, clear the corresponding Hide options. The print job includes elements that ha...
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