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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.
So, the time has come for you to share your project with a client or other team member. You can create a digital plot using the DWFx file format, which is what we will do here. DWF or Design Web Format is an Autodesk file format offering highly compressed vector-based CAD and BIM data files that are robust and read only. These files contain not only the graphical output of a digital plot, but they also maintain all the rich data embedded in your model. DWFx files are viewable directly in Windows 7 or Vista using the native XPS Viewer built into Windows.
You can also instruct your recipients to download and install the Autodesk Design Review software, which is available for free from autodesk.com. Design Review gives complete access to zooming, panning, 3D orbiting, measurement and data querying, and you should have a copy of it installed on your system because it installs automatically when you install Revit. So, let's go ahead and take a look at exporting a DWF. I have a file here called Export to DWF. It's a version of the condo file, and it has all of the sheets that we created in the "Placeholder sheets" movie.
So, I'll go to the Application menu, the big R in the corner, go to Export, and we go to DWF/DWFx. The dialog that appears will have a preview on the left-hand side of whatever view you had opened when you came into this dialog, and then on the right-hand side, it can sometimes be a little confusing, because it doesn't seem to be a whole lot of configurable options here. Well, the options you get will be determined by what you choose here on the Export list. So, I'm going to choose In session view/ sheet set from the list, and that will actually make more options available.
It will give me this Show in list here, and we'll get several different choices. Now, if you've previously gone through this wizard and you decided to save your changes, then you might have options here under the Set choices. We haven't done that. This is our first time, so we're going to focus our energy on the ones that say model here. Now, if I was interested in plotting the views directly, that is the views on the Project Browser like floor plans and ceiling plans and so on, I could plot them directly, but then I wouldn't benefit from the title blocks and the careful setup that we did in the sheets.
So, it's usually a better choice to choose the Sheets if you've already got Sheet setup and of course, the third option is if you want both. I'm going to choose Sheets in the model, and that will display for me all of the sheets that I've previously set up. I can simply click this button right here, Check all, and that will check all the boxes. If for whatever reason you wanted to exclude one of the sheets, you can certainly uncheck it. Now, let's look at the other tabs in this dialog across the top. We have DWF Properties, and I'd like to click on there because there are a few settings that we can do in here that will give a little bit more data to the output file.
So, for example, in the export data file, the Element properties box is already checked. If you uncheck that, then you're basically going to be exporting just the graphic, but with that checked, people that have Design Review will be able to actually select objects in the Design Review file and query them for data. We can go a step further and actually export the room data and any areas that might be in the file, and they're going to go on what they call a separate boundary layer, and that just gives the DWF file a little bit more control to isolate those rooms.
So we'll go ahead and try that. Under Project Information, this just gives us a window to the project information of this project, and you could go in and make edits to these if you haven't done it previously before, so this might be 2011.02, and this is our Condo project, and the issue date might be sometime in August, and I'm going to click Next. Now, when I click Next, that simply takes me to an Export dialog where I can give the file a name. Revit offers a few different ways to name the file.
They have automatic naming with a long prefix or a short prefix, and the option that I like is right here, Combine all the selected views and sheets into a single DWF file. So, I really prefer that option and I recommend that you do the same, so you'll get one file and it will have multiple pages. Frankly, it doesn't really matter what you put in the name because it's going to concatenate that name that you put there with the automatic name down below and you'll probably find yourself wanting to rename it after it creates it anyhow. So, I'm going to accept all the defaults that are there and I'm going to click OK and we'll let it do its business.
Okay, the file is now exported. So I have Design Review running in the background. Design Review installs automatically when you install Revit and I'm going to switchover to Design Review. And then once I'm in here, I can click the Open icon and you'll see the file that we created. Go ahead and open that up. And so over here in this little palette, you'll see each of the sheets listed, so it combined them all together into a single view. You can click on any sheet, and it will open up that page.
Over here, you can drag the sheet around with the Hand tool. You've got some Navigation tools over here. We can zoom in, we can use our wheel mouse just like we could in Revit, and if we come over to this tool, the Pointer tool, we can actually select individual objects directly in the file, and you'll see a palette pop open over here on the right-hand side, and it will tell us information about that file. So, the file is not just a static graphic.
It actually does give the recipient access to the information, the data that's contained in the file, and feel free to go and explore and click on the various objects and see which properties show up in there. So, we've successfully exported our project out to a DWF file and shared it with our extended project team.
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