The strange language of Revit explained!

Having used Revit for several years now, I sometimes forget that the language used within Revit is quite obscure and a bit geeky. For those new to Revit I have created a quick blog explaining 11 key terms.

Annotation Crop
An annotation crop region fully crops annotation elements when it touches any portion of the annotation element, so that no partial annotations are drawn. The annotation crop can be turned on in the view properties under the Extends section

strange language revit annotation crops extents

strange language revit annotation crops grid

Crop Region
The crop region controls what is visible in the view

strange language revit annotation crops views

Depth Cueing
This controls how elements that are farther away from the viewer display in section and elevation views. My Colleague Simon Locke has created a more in-depth blog on Depth Cueing

strange language revit depth cueing

Entourage includes the landscaping and other environmental features shown in a rendering of a building. For example, entourage can include plants, trees, people, cars, signs, and office components. Like model elements in Revit, entourage objects are defined in Revit families and are in the C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RVT 2018\Libraries\UK\Entourage folder

strange language revit entourage

An Underlay is used to show another level information in halftone on a plan view. To Activate it, go to the view properties and select the required view.

strange language revit underlay

Parameters are information stored in each element in the project. It can be text information, dimensions or any option specific to elements. In the image below, you can see parameters for a structural column properties dialog box.

strange language revit parameter

If you are familiar with AutoCAD, then this is the equivalent to the Hatch command. It is a 2D pattern constrained by boundaries.

strange language revit region button

Visibility Graphics
Visibility Graphics (Shortcut: VG) menu is used to control the visibility of all elements in the current view. Simply uncheck a category to hide it completely from the view or override the current settings to your project specific requirements.

strange language revit visibility graphics overrides

Pin (Shortcut: PN) is used to make sure elements can't be modified or moved without unpinning first.

strange language revit pin

Split Face
Use the split face (Shortcut: SF) command to apply multiple materials on a surface.

strange language revit split face

View Range
In a plan view or reflected ceiling view, this controls where the view is cut and the depth of the viability. My colleague Pat Mullins has a great blog for an in-depth view on the View Range controls.

strange language revit extents


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