I think most users out there will agree with Steve and most of his post about the Autodesk Desktop App (formerly Autodesk Application Manager), I know I do, on how hard it is to find the updates when they are released. Yes most of us rely on Luke to post a direct download link to find this information. However I will show you the place where you can go to download the files as well.
If you have an account with subscription, (really can we even buy software not on subscription) then you will have a http://manage.autodesk.com account. If you are not the contract admin person on your companies Autodesk account then you may not have many options here, I am assuming most users reading this post are in charge of the updates for their company or individuals who own software. The contract admin can allow users to obtain downloads, if they have not then you may not see all the options. Once you log in then you will see a list of all software associated to your account. If you expand the desired software you will see Updates & Add-Ons.
Once Updates & Add-Ons is selected you will see a list of all the updates for that software (in the case of a Design Suite you will see updates for all software as part of the Suite). Make a note of the “Add Filters” button as this will allow you to dive down specifically to the year or product needed (Note: Collaboration for Revit is not part of the Revit products when a filter is applied)
Steve has posted about the capability to add calculated values in tags. While I have disparaging feelings about this feature and using for things like Occupant loads (since there is a possibility to have them not match the calculated value in the schedule). I did find a use that I can get behind. When tagging a value that is a length or number we can set the units to be 0 decimal places or round to the nearest inch, when doing this with a label using “Edit Parameter’s Units Format” button it will use true rounding so a 0.4 value would come in at 0.0.
I had a client asking about when their analytical software imports the load values they are often set to 3 decimal places, however on plan they always want to show these values rounded to the higher value. In 2017 we now can add formulas to tags to accomplish this task, “roundup(Value)” where Value is a parameter associated to the family and roundup (or rounddown) is the formula.
Today while generating some new fill patterns I noticed a small new enhancement to Revit 2017, which I didn’t ever see in the documentation of what’s new.
We now have the capability to stretch the “Modify Pattern Properties” dialog box when generating fill patterns. This means we can now actually see the patter if is a bit larger is spacing. It really is the little things that make me smile when I discover them.
In a previous release of Revit (2015 it believe) we gained the capability to add the elevation of a floor. Not only the elevation but the elevation of the bottom or top, if the floor was structural then we also had Bottom Core or Top Core. This worked great except the fact the it was always using the internal elevation for the value it was representing. We couldn’t use the survey point (shared coordinates) thus most people still used spot elevations for reporting elevations. In 2017 they snuck in the survey point option when creating a tag.
This feature was also added for Structural Foundations, it would be nice to see all categories with an elevation option to have this added, including ducts, structural framing, structural beam systems etc..
For those of you who follow this blog know I often mention simple Right Click commands that I find beneficial to an everyday user. For instance most users have loved the “What Did I Dimension” post a few years back. This tip is along the same line except it works with Tags. If a tag is selected, then Right Click one of the options will be “Select Host”.
I find this extremely helpful when detailing or reviewing floor plans. For example if there is a series of wall tags and one of them appears to be incorrect, does that mean the wrong wall modeled, or did the wrong wall get tagged? How about a detail (assuming it is utilizing tagging and not text), all of the notes are detail item tags and with a “Free End” leader who knows if it is pointing to the correct element. By Right Clicking on the tag and choosing the “Select Host” option it will change your selection from the tag to the element being tagged. With it selected a user can change or verify any property of that object.
Hopefully this simple Right Click feature will help in your daily process.