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5 things you can’t do with Revit if you aren’t using the 2016 version


The 2016 version of Revit features several interesting improvements for users, which I actually gave a presentation on during our launch events in mid-June. Obviously, if you are still using the 2015 or older version of Revit, you can still do everything you’d normally do with your software. However, the 2016 version will speed things up—and make your life easier—thanks to new features that you wouldn’t otherwise have had access to


1. Allow navigation when drawings are in progress

This new option, which interrupts the display of model elements when you are navigating in the model, will enhance performance when navigating in a particular view. The feature allows you to navigate the model fluidly and continuously, and obtain zooming, panning, and orbiting views, without having to wait for the software to finish drawing the elements at each step.


2. Orient the project to north

For those who have ever experienced the frustration of having to orient the project to north after having already laid out the pages for printing, or added filled regions, text, notes, etc., this is definitely a welcome improvement. With the 2016 version, the orient to north feature also rotates the details specific to a particular view, including notes, detail lines, filled regions, revision clouds, etc.


3. Open a sheet view

You can now quickly open and identify the sheet on which a view was placed.To do so, in the project browser, right-click the name of the view, then click Ouvrir une feuille.The Ouvrir une feuille option is deactivated in the shortcut menu when the view is not placed on a sheet, or when the view is a list or a legend.


4. Take advantage of improvements to revisions WOW!!!

The following improvements are available in the Révisions et Revues des feuilles dialog box:

  • The option to select several lines in the dialog box allows you to delete several revisions at once.
  • You can change the start number of a numeric sequence by setting it to zero or a positive number.
  • The type of alphabetic sequence is now "alphanumeric," and it can accept a customized sequence of characters. Each value in the sequence can be comprised of several characters.
  • Add a prefix and/or a suffix to be displayed with the values in a sequence.


5. Isolate selected areas

By simply selecting an element or a group of elements, you can quickly isolate the selected element(s) in an unobstructed 3D view in order to more effectively document a model. When you save a model and exit Revit, the panning and zooming conditions are saved for each view.


Do you have questions about how to use Revit?

Geneviève Crête

BIM specialist

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