Sunday, 22 March 2015

Text with Border

If you need to create text with a border around it, you don’t have to draw lines manually, there is an option in the text type properties.

This means that it is part of the text, and if you need to relocate the text or change the content the border will automatically adjust.

Just select the text, go to the ‘Edit Type’ button and in the Type Properties dialogue box, just tick the ‘Show Border’ Parameter.

Remember: This is a TYPE property, so it will change all of the text of that type. You may need to duplicate the type!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Cutable Families

When you are creating Families in Revit some of the categories are unable to be shown cut in a plan or section views. This means that they will always show up as an elevation.

An easy way to tell which family categories can be shown cut is to refer to the ‘Object Styles’ dialogue box.

All of the Categories that are greyed out don’t show as cut in any views.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Moving Views to a Different Sheet

When you have views placed on sheets in your Revit project, inevitably you will need to move them to different sheets once they have been placed. You might think that you need to delete the view on the sheet, open the new sheet and drag the view onto the new sheet. This can be a time consuming process….but there is an easier way!

If you use your project browser, it can save you a lot of time by using the click and drag. 
  • Expand out the Sheet views you are going to move in your project browser.
  • Select the view you would like to move
  • Hold down the left mouse button and drag it to the new sheet.
  • The sheet view will open and you just need to position it on the new sheet.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Revit Tip - Hiding Revision Clouds

When you are issuing revisions of your Revit model, they are controlled by the Sheet Issues/Revisions dialogue box, which can be accessed through the Manage ribbon ►Additional Settings. If you want to hide revision clouds from a previous issue, there are a few ways you can achieve this, and they all have individual consequences. The preferred option is outlined below.

No Cloud and Tag, but keep the Revision.

If you want to hide the clouds (and tag) but keep the revision in the schedule in the title block, go to the Manage Ribbon ►Additional Settings ►Sheet Issues/Revisions. This will activate the Sheet Issues/Revisions dialogue box where you can select the revision in question and under the Show column change it from ‘Cloud and Tag’ to ‘None’

This will hide the revision clouds on all the sheets that have this revision, whilst retaining the revision in the schedule.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Revealing Painted Surfaces

When you are working in your model and you suspect that a surface might be painted, apart from doing some detective work in the Type properties and determining if this wall is showing correctly. An easy way to see if a wall is painted is to use the Paint tool!!!

If you select the Paint tool in the modify ribbon (or keyboard shortcut ‘PT’) and hover over the suspect object face, the pop-up info box will tell you if the face has been painted…..

It will read at the end of the info, ‘Face:Painted with……

Now you know the face is painted and if you want to remove the painted surface you can use the Remove Paint Tool, this is located under the Paint button, select the down arrow next to the paint tool and you will see Remove Paint’.