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Find out how to create compelling architectural designs using the modeling tools in Autodesk Revit software. In this course, author Paul F. Aubin demonstrates the entire building information modeling (BIM) workflow, from creating the design model to publishing a completed project. The course 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 plotting and exporting your drawings.
Learning how to navigate in the various views in a Revit project is an important skill. So in this movie, I'd like to show you how to do some basic actions like zoom and pan, and how to orbit a 3D view. So I am in a file here called Condo and we are going to use this just as a backdrop to do some view navigation. You can really open up any file you like. Now the easiest way to navigate a view is to use the wheel on your mouse. So if you don't have wheel mouse, you definitely want to invest in one. If you roll the wheel it will zoom out, if you roll down and if I roll up it will zoom in.
Now you'll notice that the zooming is taking place pretty much where my mouse is. So if I move my mouse say over here on top of the building, and then repeat that you'll see that the zooming is more centered on that location. Move it over here in the parking lot, same thing. So you can control not only the level of zoom, but where the zoom is focused on simply by the way you move the mouse and roll the wheel. Now if you hold in the wheel and drag, then we are panning the screen. So this doesn't change the navigation it just sort of shuffles things around.
So let's say you did zoom in over here, but you realized you're a little off screen you can just re-center easy enough by dragging with the wheel. Now I am in a 3D view right now, so there's one more trick we can do with the wheel here in a 3D view. If you hold down the Shift key and then drag with the wheel you'll see the cursor changes shape to this little spiny wheel and now I'm orbiting my model and this works in 3D views only. So I can spin around and get a better look here of what I'm seeing. Now if I come over here to my Project Browser and we talked about Project Browser in a previous movie, and I double-click the Level 1 Floor Plan view; this is a 2D view, this is showing me just a plan version, the same wheel tricks work, at least the first two, we can roll the wheel to zoom in, we can drag the wheel to pan around. You can't do the orbit trick, that will just pan.
So even if I'm holding down my Shift key, it doesn't spin this into 3D view because this is a two dimensional view. In Revit, it's either 2D view or it's a 3D view. Now there are other ways we can zoom. If you look over here on the right-hand side of the screen there is this little ghosted out toolbar, when I move my mouse away, it's sort of ghosted out and then when I get closer it becomes brighter. This is the navigation bar and the lower portion of that navigation bar has a small little zoom pop-up menu.
And you could see there are several ways to zoom here, and I think most of these are fairly self-explanatory, but let's just walk though a few of them just the same. The very first one is called Zoom in Region. So here is the way that works. When I select that command, I get a little magnifying glass cursor and you just simply click two opposite points on screen and it will zoom in to that rectangle. If I click the little dropdown again and I want to return back to where I previously was, I can use this one right here Previous Zoom and Pan.
Now notice how I was able to choose the item off the dropdown and it went immediately to that command, but if the command is already on the top of the pile, then I just click the mouse and it takes me there. So notice Zoom in Region is still here and it stays on the top of the pile. Well, let's say that I wanted to do a different one like zoom out two times, that's pretty self-explanatory. It just halves the magnification on-screen. Notice how that command just took the top of the pile? So if I wanted to use that again, I would just click it again, but if I wanted a different one I would open up the list and choose it like this one right here Zoom to Fit, that would just fit the screen to the entire drawing.
So lets look at one more here. We've got one here called Zoom to Sheet Size. The command is called Zoom to Sheet Size, but I think you can actually think of it as zoom to scale, and it probably will make a little bit more sense. If we look at the bottom left-hand corner of the drawing window, you can see that this particular drawing is currently set to 1/4" equals a foot. Now if you go to Zoom to Sheet Size, and you look at your own screen and sort of mentally measure this door here, you probably have a pretty good idea of how big a door should be at quarter inch equals a foot and it's probably pretty close on your screen.
Now it's not super accurate. I wouldn't recommend getting out a scale ruler and measuring your screen because computer screens don't do a really accurate job like printed paper output would, but it's close, and the intention is to give you an idea of what this thing will look like when it prints out. So that's why they call it Zoom to Sheet Size. Notice, I can very clearly see the two lines in the door panel and over here I can see the two lines in the back of the chair. So I have an appropriate level of detail here, if I open up this pop-up and change the scale to something smaller, let's say I went to 16th of an inch equals a foot.
Now of course, the most obvious thing I see is all the text gets super large and I'll talk about that in a future movie, but what I want to do is come over here and click Zoom to Sheet Size again, and you'll see that it doesn't change the zoom on screen very much at all, because the scale now is so much smaller. Again, look at the door. The size of that door is about right for a 16th inch scale, but notice I can't resolve the two parallel lines anymore, everything is kind of muddy and bleeding together. So the purpose of Zoom to Sheet Size is, it's a great tool for you to tell whether or not your view is set to the correct scale or not, or not necessarily the correct scale, but an appropriate scale.
So I am going to set this view back to quarter inch, which is certainly more appropriate for this drawing. Those are some of our common Zoom commands. So you can either use your wheel, which I think is certainly the easiest and most immediate way to zoom in and out and change the view of the screen, or you can use the controls and the navigation bar as an alternative to your wheel mouse.
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