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Well here it is one month from Revit 2011 release and still nothing official from Autodesk about any of the new features, updates, or tools.  So while we wait to hear what the “actual” new features will be, I thought I’d post some of my “requests” for new features…

If you’d like to submit your own, AUGI has a Revit Architecture Wish List forum:
http://forums.augi.com/forumdisplay.php?f=856

Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Better flexibility for line patterns – have you ever tried to draw gas lines, fence lines, utility lines on your site plan only to find out that those line patterns you used in AutoCAD aren’t available in Revit?  Not only are they not available, but you can’t even import the line styles.
  2. Cut lines for Ramps – Granted I don’t use ramps that much, but it would be nice to have cut lines show up on your ramps like they do for stairs & floors.  Right now the only way I know to workaround this is to place a floor on a sloped workplane, or to use a break line detail component.  Seems like this should be simple.
  3. Justify-align Text – I’m a big advocate for legibility and while this isn’t a big deal, it would be nice to have this feature.
  4. TYP, SIM, OPP – Ability to change reference labels for callouts, sections and elevations to be INSTANCE based, not type based.
  5. Revit/DWF Viewer for Android/Apple devices – This would be great to be able to pull up a view or sheet on our cell-phones while in the field, particularly with tablet/slate devices becoming more popular that run on the same Android OS / iPhone OS as the smartphones do.
  6. Ability to customize system families – This has been on my list for a long time, we need a little more flexibility on how these symbols look, not necessarily how they work, just how they look.
  7. Fill pattern editor – Again something that’s been on my list since the AutoCAD days when it was called hatches.  They use the same .pat pattern files but there really isn’t a good graphical way to edit these files, only in Notepad, which tends to be a lot of work.
  8. Duplicate Sheets – Not sure why we can’t duplicate/copy sheets.
  9. Snap-to-Grid on Sheets – Again, view alignment would be nice here.
  10. Lock/Protect elements or categories – It would be great if pinned objects couldn’t be deleted.  Or if we had the ability to lock or protect certain elements or categories.
  11. Ability to use % or degrees for slopes – currently Revit only accepts rise/run, but we use percentage slopes a lot for site, floors, ramps, roofs, etc.
  12. Purge Tool Update – as of now Revit does not purge line styles, line patterns, materials, or fill patterns.
  13. Spell Check – Shouldn’t we be able to spell check the entire project and all the sheets at one time instead of view-by-view?
  14. Tool Placement on Ribbon – It would be great if they standardized certain tools on the ribbon so they were placed in the same spot every time in the menu instead of floating around being contextual.  I can’t tell you how many times I click on the wrong icon because I was anticipating a command being there and it was in a different spot.  The perfect example of this is cut/copy/paste — it’s in one spot on the modify bar (far left) and in the contextual bar it’s always (far right).  Go figure.   If anything though it helps you learn the keyboard shortcuts 🙂

I have more, but this would be a great start.

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One Comment

  1. You mentioned “Keybaord Shortcuts for Edit Sketch & Finish Sketch” with subscription you can download (autodesk_revit_architecture_2010_subscription_update) and have a tool in the general tab of the options menu for modifying almost any command including Finish sketch… I’m not sure of Edit though. Also if you temporarily delete all Views from a sheet, copy the sheet in the browser and undo the deleted views you can now click in the sheet view and “cntrl+v” to paste to make new sheets with the same info already on them. A workaround but it works!

    -SimpleDesignSense


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