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Using Hide/Isolate

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Video: Using Hide/Isolate

As your model becomes more complex, it can become difficult to edit certain items. Sometimes there is an item in the way of another item and you need to see behind it, or sometimes you just find an item in a view that shouldn't really be there. In the last two movies, we talked about different levels of the hierarchy of visibility setting. So, we started with object styles, and we said that these were global changes, and then we saw that to turn things on and off, we could use Visibility Graphics on a view by view basis. Well, sometimes, you don't want all the furniture to hide. You just want that one piece of furniture to hide, or something along those lines.

Using Hide/Isolate

As your model becomes more complex, it can become difficult to edit certain items. Sometimes there is an item in the way of another item and you need to see behind it, or sometimes you just find an item in a view that shouldn't really be there. In the last two movies, we talked about different levels of the hierarchy of visibility setting. So, we started with object styles, and we said that these were global changes, and then we saw that to turn things on and off, we could use Visibility Graphics on a view by view basis. Well, sometimes, you don't want all the furniture to hide. You just want that one piece of furniture to hide, or something along those lines.

Well, it turns out that you can actually hide and edit elements right down to the element level. I just want to caution you, always try and do it globally first, if that makes sense, and then work your way down to individual edits. There are two ways that we can actually do such editing. We have our temporary variety and we have our permanent variety. So onscreen right now I have a file called Hide Isolate, and I'm looking at a 3D View, and you can see that I have my link to Revit file site file here. This was linked then back in Chapter 5. Perhaps I want to do some work on the foundation walls of this file and I want to work in 3D, but of course the site file is concealing my view of those foundation walls.

So, this is a good example of where we could use temporary hide to temporarily take the site file and just get it out of our way. So, all we have to do is select it, and then if you look down on the View Control Bar, which is this little Temporary Hide/Isolate icon. It kind of looks like little sunglasses, and we're going to go ahead and click on that. Now, we have Hide Element, we have Hide Category, and we also have Isolate Category and Isolate Element. So, each of these works a little differently.

If you do Hide Element, that's what we want in this case. It will just hide whatever you have selected and this will work on one object or several objects. So, however many you have selected, and again in the scenario that I just discussed, I could now zoom in and get a better look at the foundation walls and the footings and so forth without the topography in the way. When I'm done making whatever edit I need to make to those items, I could go back to the sunglasses, and I can choose the Reset Temporary Hide/Isolate mode. Now, the alternative approach there was to select and I could do Isolate Element.

That's actually the exact opposite. So, instead of hiding what you have selected, it hides everything else in the model and again that's also temporary. What do we mean by that? Well, if you look at the outline of my screen, you'll notice that I have this cyan colored border all the way around my screen. That's Revit's way of letting you know that you're in this Temporary Hide/Isolate mode. That mode stays active only during the current work session. So, if I were to close Revit and go home for the day and reload the project tomorrow, nothing would be hidden or isolated any longer.

If I were to print this file, it would still print everything as if it weren't hidden or isolated. So, it's a temporary on-screen viewing mode just meant to make your job a little bit easier while you're working. Of course, you can always reset it at anytime. One other example of using Temporary Hide/Isolate is it also works categorically. So, if I select a single element and I say Hide Category, then in this view it will temporarily hide all columns.

Again, Isolate Category would do the same thing except it would hide everything but columns. So, those modes all work view by view. So, if I have something selected and hidden in this 3D view and I go to my Level 1 Floor Plan, it is not selected and hidden in that 2D floor plan view. It was only in the 3D view where I did the hiding. So that's Temporary Hide. There is also another form of hiding called Permanent Hide. The way this works is when you select the item and you say I want to hide it, it hides it permanently until you choose to go and un-hide it.

So, it would print that way, and it would still be hidden tomorrow when you open the file. So, for example, while I was working on the curtain wall, I went in and cut this section here along the front of the building, just to make it a little easier to see what I was working on. If I double-click it, you can see very simple, just looking right at the curtain wall. I may not want that section bubble to actually show in this view, because I don't really intend to put that section on a sheet by itself or anything. I was just using that as a working view to make it easier to work in the curtain wall.

So, I can select that section item and then up here on the toolbar I'm going to go to Hide Elements. In the Visibility Graphics movie, we looked at Hide Category. That would hide all section markers in this view. That's not what I want. I want to do Hide Elements, which will hide only the one that I have selected. Let's look at another quick example. If I go to the foundation plan, we have a little bit of work to do in here, some we'll do in this movie, some we'll do in a future movie. But you'll notice here that there is this sort of floating dashed line thing. What is that? Well, if I pause over it, it's actually an opening in a wall on the level above, this guy right here.

Just because of the way that family is designed, it's interacting with the foundation plan and it thinks it needs to show it here. Now, you could go through a lot of effort to try and figure out why it's displaying and edit the family and do a variety of things to try and make it not display, but it might be easier to just say it doesn't need to be in this view. I'm just going to select it and go to Hide Elements, and that takes care of the problem. Now, in both cases, you hidden something, and it's a Permanent Hide, so it's gone. How would you get it back? What if you changed your mind? If I go back to Level 1 Floor Plan and say I really want to get that section back in here, I want to see that now, because I'm actually going to put it on the sheet after all, how do I get it back? Well, down here on the View Control bar, there is a little light bulb icon, and it's called Reveal Hidden Elements.

So, I'm going to click on that, and instead of the cyan colored border that we saw before, we now get the sort of maroon colored border going around the screen. It will indicate to us that we're in Reveal mode. It grays out the model and then anything that's hidden in view will display also in this sort of reddish maroon color. You can see, if I zoom out just a touch, that the site plan was already hidden in this view when we started. When I zoom back in, this section that we just hid a moment ago ourselves is hidden, and I can select it and then up here on the Ribbon, I can choose Unhide Element.

That will bring it back. Then I can click either here to close the mode or back on the light bulb to close the mode, either one. It will get me out of that mode and the section is now displayed again. So, use Temporary Hide/Isolate when you just want to get something out of your way while you're working, because it's kind of in the way and you just need to see it clearer, and it will come back again the next time you open the file or when you reset the Temporary Hide. You use Permanent Hide when you don't want it to display, you don't want it to print, you want it off the view permanently. Both of these changes are view by view, so they only affect the view you're in. Both have utility.

Then if you need to get things back that you've permanently hidden, you can use the Reveal mode, the little light bulb, to get things back.

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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 13m 45s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      5m 51s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      4m 54s
  3. 47m 31s
    1. Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      5m 3s
    3. Understanding context ribbons
      3m 0s
    4. Using the Project Browser and navigating views
      7m 37s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      10m 1s
    6. Selection and modification basics
      10m 27s
    7. Accessing Revit options
      8m 2s
  4. 42m 18s
    1. Creating a new project
      3m 26s
    2. Understanding the importance of template files
      5m 7s
    3. Understanding project settings
      6m 9s
    4. Opening and saving projects
      9m 9s
    5. Adding levels
      5m 0s
    6. Adding grids
      8m 41s
    7. Adding columns
      4m 46s
  5. 58m 21s
    1. Adding walls
      8m 39s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 39s
    3. Understanding wall properties and wall types
      7m 24s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 34s
    5. Using the modify tools
      7m 33s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      6m 37s
    7. Using constraints
      4m 47s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      4m 8s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      5m 0s
  6. 50m 52s
    1. Working with DWG files
      7m 51s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      6m 8s
    4. Using import tips
      4m 6s
    5. Creating a group
      9m 20s
    6. Working with Revit links
      9m 3s
    7. Managing links
      5m 51s
    8. Understanding file formats
      48s
  7. 1h 2m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 37s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      7m 13s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      6m 0s
    4. Roof modifications and examples
      6m 27s
    5. Working with slope arrows
      6m 17s
    6. Adding openings
      8m 13s
    7. Working with stairs
      7m 41s
    8. Working with railings
      4m 29s
    9. Working with ceilings
      7m 36s
  8. 35m 52s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      6m 10s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      7m 31s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      6m 50s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      6m 44s
    5. Creating wall sweeps
      8m 37s
  9. 32m 43s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 45s
    2. Working with visibility/graphic overrides
      6m 52s
    3. Using Hide/Isolate
      7m 11s
    4. Understanding view range
      7m 40s
    5. Using the Linework tool
      4m 2s
    6. Using cutaway views
      2m 13s
  10. 21m 44s
    1. Adding rooms
      7m 4s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      6m 24s
  11. 27m 2s
    1. Understanding tags
      7m 42s
    2. Adding schedules
      6m 50s
    3. Modifying schedules
      6m 8s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      6m 22s
  12. 48m 38s
    1. Adding text
      7m 21s
    2. Adding dimensions
      7m 26s
    3. Adding symbols
      3m 54s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 42s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      6m 25s
    6. Using detail components
      9m 36s
    7. Adding filled and masking regions
      9m 14s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      10m 46s
    3. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    4. Adding void geometry
      4m 49s
    5. Completing the family
      7m 47s
  14. 32m 6s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 58s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      4m 16s
    3. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 5s
    4. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 50s
    5. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 57s
  15. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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