Revit 2017.1 Changes part 2

Yesterday I posted about some changes to 2017.1 as they reflect on Collaboration for Revit.

This morning i stumbled upon another more minor change.  This change was on the Collaborate Tab and selecting the Manage Models panel:

The first was a drop down to the panel itself, once opened you will see the new feature of “Repair Central Model”, this is a new feature for all workshared model not specific to C4R.  The other


Below is an image taken from Revit 2016 for comparison


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Revit 2017.1 C4R Changes

Yesterday Autodesk released the latest update for Revit 2017 (direct download links can be found at Luke’s Blog).  A couple of changes have happened if you are using Collaboration for Revit.

One of which is the new branding from A360 to BIM360.  In the Open dialog box the icon has changed. (this is also true when SP7 for Revit 2016 is installed as well)


The more significant change is the Synchronization process, below we can see the status of the process in a dialog box (wish this was there for normal projects as well)


Two changes I have noticed with in a few minutes of using the updated version

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Revit 2017 Ceiling Change

In previous releases of Revit we have been able to automatically place ceilings in rooms in most instances.  In 2017 the reasons for not being able to place rooms automatically have changed.  In my opinion this should be considered a bug.

The situation I am referring to is when we have a room that has a wall protruding into it, (see image below).  Prior to Revit 2017 a ceiling would go into this room with out any problem.  Now in 2017 you will have to manually place the ceiling using sketch lines.


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Thin Lines Bluebeam

For those of us that are Revit users we are very familiar with the “Thin Lines” button.  This disables the line weights and displays all lines with out any thickness.  What I stumbled upon today was the ability to so the same in Bluebeam, assuming the .pdf is generated from a program like Revit, AutoCAD, Microstation etc.  The tool in Bluebeam is called “Disable Line Weights”, it isn’t upfront and center and unless you try to customize the interface you may never find the tool.  To activate this command  either Right Click on a toolbar or go to the View Ribbon tab and hit the arrow next to the Toolbars icon


Once in the Customize Toolbar dialog box:

  1. Change the Categories: to All
  2. Scroll down to select “Disable Line Weights”
  3. Select the toolbar to add the command too
  4. Click the “Add Command” button


You now have the command available on that toolbar.  Use these steps to discover other tools you may not have know existed.

Ironically found this when trying to find the keyboard shortcuts, which by the way can easily be found in the help.


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Revit Keyboard Shortcuts

When a new release of Revit comes out there are a few things I check into. One of those things are keyboard shortcuts to see if their are any new tools that may have not been documented. While in Revit 2017 I noticed there is a new set of Rotate shortcuts (they were there in 2016, I must have missed them): Rotate 45, Rotate 90, Rotate 180

Revit 2017 Keyboard Shortcuts Rotate

Of course upon seeing this I wanted to test it in the project environment, I did however notice that it was a “Contextual Tab” tool, which means this is a command that is only used when a given object is selected and not part of the Rotate Command.  I decided to see if I could find it in the Help  upon which I was reminded about a link in the Help files that I forgot was there.  Autodesk has been nice enough to supply a download of all the keyboard shortcuts, both in an Excel form as well as PDF form.

Revit 2017 Keyboard Shortcuts Help

When looking at either of the files you will notice a column displaying the Command ID, which will show us what the command is associated too.

Revit 2017 Keyboard Shortcuts Excel

After looking at this it was obvious that the was released as part of the MEP Fabrication assembly features.  Hopefully the fact that I re-found the Keyboard Shortcut Excel file will help others.

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