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CHAPTER 1 Introducing Revit and the User Interface
After one decade in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) space, Autodesk Revit Architecture continues to be unique in its holistic building information modeling (BIM) approach to design integration. Sure, there are other BIM-ish tools that allow you to design in 3D. And 10 years ago, 3D might have been a differentiator, but today 3D is a commodity! Revit provides the unique ability to design, manage, and document your project information from within a single file, something that no other BIM tool will allow you to do. Because all your data resides in a single project file, you can work in virtually any view to edit your model—plan, section, elevation, 3D, sheets, details, and even a schedule. To begin the journey in learning Revit, we will help you become comfortable with the user interface and the basic principles of a Revit project. In this chapter, you learn the following skills: • Understanding the Revit interface • Understanding the interface workflow • Using common modifying tools

Understanding the Revit Interface
The user interface (UI) of Revit is similar to other Autodesk products such as AutoCAD, Inventor, and 3ds Max. You might also notice that it is similar to other Windows-based applications such as Microsoft Word or Mindjet's MindManager. All of these applications are based on the “ribbon” concept—where a set of toolbars are placed on tabs in a tab bar, or ribbon, and are contextually updated based on the content on which you're working. We will cover the most critical aspects of the UI in this section, but we will not provide an exhaustive review of all toolbars and commands. You will gain experience with the common tools as you read through the chapters and exercises in this book. Figure 1.1 shows the Revit Architecture 2012 UI. To illustrate some different project views, we've tiled four different view windows: Plan, Elevation, 3D, and Camera. FIGURE 1.1 Revit 2011 User Interface

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com. Properties Palette The Properties palette is a floating palette that can remain open while you work within the model..2.. the Properties palette contains the Type Selector at the top of the palette. The palette can be docked on either side of your screen. FIGURE 1.safaribooksonline.torontopubliclibrary. You can open the Properties palette in one of three ways: • Clicking the Properties icon in the Properties panel of the Modify tab in the ribbon • Selecting Properties from the right-click context menu • Pressing Ctrl+1 on your keyboard.Page 2 of 5 Let's begin by examining just a few important parts of the UI. or it can be moved to a second monitor. the palette must be open to access the Type Selector.ezproxy. 07/05/2012 .ca/print?xmlid=9781. you'll gradually become more familiar with the other basic parts of the UI. When you are placing elements or swapping types of elements you've already placed in the model. as you would in AutoCAD As shown in Figure 1. http://proquest.2 The Properties palette allows you to set instance parameters for building elements and views. As you progress through the remaining chapters in this book.

sheets.. FIGURE 1. you can also use the Properties palette as a filtering method for selected elements. This is different from the Filter tool in that the entire selection set is maintained. Finally. legends. When you select a large number of disparate objects. simply make the changes in the Properties palette and the view will be updated. as shown in Figure 1. and links in your Revit project.Page 3 of 5 When no elements are selected. http://proquest. the Properties palette displays the properties of the active view..3 Use the Properties palette to filter selection sets. Select one of the categories to modify the parameters for the respective elements.ca/print?xmlid=9781. allowing you to perform multiple modifying actions without reselecting elements.safaribooksonline.ezproxy. You can collapse and expand the tree by selecting the + or − icon. For views. families. schedules. Open any view listed in the Project Browser simply by double-clicking on it. groups.com. the drop-down list below the Type Selector will display the total number of selected elements. 07/05/2012 . If you need to change settings for the current view.3.torontopubliclibrary.4) is a virtual folder tree of all of the views. Open the list and you will see the elements listed per category. Project Browser The Project Browser (Figure 1. you may not even need to use the Apply button to submit the changes.

Detail Level. View Control Bar The View Control Bar is at the bottom of every view and will have different icons depending on the type of view in which you are working (Figure 1. and Reveal Hidden Elements. and select Type Properties. Show/Hide Crop. FIGURE 1.4 Project Browser The Project Browser can also be filtered and grouped into folders based on any combination of userdefined parameters.com. Lock 3D View (only in 3D views).Page 4 of 5 FIGURE 1. Shadows (On/Off).ezproxy.. Crop On/Off. Note that some of these buttons will access view properties you can also set in the Properties palette..6).ca/print?xmlid=9781.6 The View Control Bar gives you quick access to commonly used view properties. the status bar displays information about keyboard shortcut commands or simply lists what object you have selected. Rendering Show/Hide (only in 3D Views). Status Bar The status bar provides useful information about commands and selected elements (Figure 1.5 The status bar is located at the bottom of the Revit application window. In addition to the worksets and design options toolbars. From left to right you have Scale. Visual Style.5). It is also particularly useful for identifying when you are about to select a chain of elements. To access the type properties of the Project Browser. Temporary Hide/Isolate. FIGURE 1. 07/05/2012 .safaribooksonline. Sun Path (On/Off).torontopubliclibrary. ViewCube http://proquest. right-click on Views at the top of the tree. Select any of the items in the Type drop-down list or duplicate one to create your own.

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