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In Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training, author Paul F. Aubin shows how to create compelling architectural designs using the modeling tools in Revit. This course covers the entire building information modeling (BIM) workflow, from design concept to publishing. It also covers navigating the Revit interface, modeling basic building features such as walls, doors and windows, working with sketch-based components such as roofs and stairs, annotating designs with dimensions and callouts, and adding 3D geometry. Exercise files are included with the course.
All of the work you do in Revit is contained in a single Revit project file. Revit offers a few methods for creating new project files. In this lesson, we'll learn how to create project files in both the Recent File screen and the Application menu. So we've already seen the Recent File screen in a previous movie. Let's just review it again here. At the very top of the Recent File screen, we have the Projects area, and we could of course use the Open link to open an existing project file that we already have somewhere on our network or hard drive, but if we want to create a brand-new project from scratch, we would click the New link here.
When we do, Revit won't ask us any questions at all. It'll simply open up the screen and show us a blank view, ready for us to begin adding model geometry. So how did it know what we wanted here, you know, any configurable settings, what we were interested in? If we look at the Project browser we have Level 1, we have Level 2, we have a Site plan; how did it know all the stuff? All of that information is contained in a template file, and in a future movie, we will be talking in more detail about template files, but let me just explain to you right now where this template file came from.
If we go take a look at the Options command, which is on the Application menu, and we look over here at the File Locations tab, you are going to see the very first path here indicates a location, and at the very end there is this file name right here, default.rte. Now rte is the file extension that Revit uses for template files, Revit template files, and default is just that: It's just the default template file. So that default file comes from Autodesk. It includes two levels.
It includes a Site Plan, some Ceiling Plans, some basic Building Elevations and really not much else. So it's a really simple, straightforward, basic template file, and when you use - I am going to go ahead and close this without saving it - when you use this link right here on the Recent File screen, it just opens that default template automatically without asking any questions. Now if you go to the Application menu instead and choose New, and then over here you have several different kinds of file that you can create, so we can create new projects, new families, new conceptual masses or title blocks, if I create a New Project, which is the same thing that we were looking at with the New, this time we are going to get a dialog because it's going to confirm for us which template that we want to use.
Now by default, it's going to have a Template file selected here, and if I just kind of drag through here, you'll notice that it's the same default.rte that we saw a moment ago. It's just that here basically Revit is confirming that yes, in fact, this is the template that we want to use. In the next movie, or in a future movie, we are going to actually click the Browse button here and look at the other Template files that we have available to create projects from, but for now I'm just going to leave it default.rte. Down here, I want to create a new Project.
It's also possible to create a new Project template, which we are not going to get into, and we are going to OK, and when the screen opens, it looks exactly the same as where we were a moment ago. We got Level 1, Level 2, Site, and so on. So there's really not much difference in the two methods that I just chose to do that. So you'd really use the second method if you want to verify the template file is in fact the correct one, and/or click the Browse button to choose a different template file, and as I said, in a future movie we will go ahead and do that, and we will explore the other template files we have available.
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