Monday, April 30, 2007

Dependant Views and Hide in View - Elements

The new feature (Revit 2008 products) Duplicate View > Dependant Views is intended to provide an exact copy of the parent view but allow you to crop the view differently making it easier to document in an overall view but show partial plans on sheets. This makes it simpler to manage annotation and avoid the copy/paste process of putting annotation in various duplicate views.

Take care when you use the new feature (Revit 2008 products) Hide in View however.

If you use this feature either in a parent view or a dependant view the hidden element is only hidden in the view you do it in. The other view(s) are not affected. In my opinion, this is not consistant with the implied behavior of parent/dependant views. I believe that when we hide an element in a parent view, the dependant views should also have that element hidden. The view specific behavior should be limited to non-dependant views. As it is now, remember we must un-hide/hide this element in each view.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New Blog - Revit Structure

Autodesk staff Nicolas Mangon and Wai Chu have started an official Autodesk Blog for Revit Structure called BIM & BEAM. Thanks!

Let me take this opportunity to apply a little pressure for one dedicated to Revit Architecture and MEP. Over a year ago I suggested to Phil Read that he do one called "Do This Right Quick" based on his hilarious and entertaining segment (at AU 2005) of one of his Revit classes. He demurred at the time...maybe with more pressure? He does a little bit of traveling but no more than Lynn and she manages to get a blog out 8-)!

Check it out!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Revit 2008 Released

Autodesk has finally released the latest versions of Revit. You probably already know this, unless you've been without Internet access.

Revit Architecture 2008 is available for download HERE.
Revit Structure 2008 is available for download HERE.
Revit MEP 2008 is available for download HERE.

If you have difficulty with authorization you can try logging into the Registration site directly. Run Revit and attempt to register first. It will generate a request code, displayed at the top of the form.

Then visit the Registration site and login. If you've never done it this way before you'll need to setup your account. Once you are logged in you need to choose the account, if you have more than one you are responsible for, and provide the product serial number. Next you'll be asked for the request code and finally you'll get the activation code to enter into the registration form in Revit. This code is pasted into the form generated while using Revit. The activation code is also emailed to the email address for your account.

I needed to do this to get the authorization so you might too.