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Using the Project Browser

From: Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

Video: Using the Project Browser

Your Revit project is a complete virtual building model that can be viewed, edited, and explored 3-dimensionally, 2- dimensionally and in various reports and tabular lists. Each such representation of your project is referred to in Revit as a view. Views are listed and accessed in the Project Browser. This functions like a table of contents for your project in much the same way as a table of contents for a book tells you what the book contains, the Project Browser will tell you what views are contained in your project. And you'll use it to navigate to those various views.

Using the Project Browser

Your Revit project is a complete virtual building model that can be viewed, edited, and explored 3-dimensionally, 2- dimensionally and in various reports and tabular lists. Each such representation of your project is referred to in Revit as a view. Views are listed and accessed in the Project Browser. This functions like a table of contents for your project in much the same way as a table of contents for a book tells you what the book contains, the Project Browser will tell you what views are contained in your project. And you'll use it to navigate to those various views.

So I'm in a file here called Condo, if you would like to follow along, and we want to look over here at the Project Browser. The Project Browser palette is typically located over on the left-hand corner of the screen, now it can be moved or relocated, it can even be closed, but I certainly don't recommend doing that. Let's start by what could happen if the Project Browser, or in fact the Properties palette that we talked about in the previous movie, what happens if one of those accidentally gets closed? So I'm going to select right here and I'm going to click the Close button and let's say that was accidental. So how do I get it back? Well, if you go to the View tab on the ribbon, and you look way over here on the right-hand side, there's a item called User Interface, open that up and all of the parts and pieces of the User Interface that are optional, if you will, have check boxes here, here is the Project Browser and I can just simply check that box to restore it to its original location.

So if it ever goes missing on you, that's how you can find it and get it back again. The first item in the Project Browser is at the very top, it says Views and then in parenthesis, it says all. That's just simply saying that we are now saying all of the views that are contained in this project. And the default all grouping is divided into typical drawing types, so you are going to see a Floor Plans category, you're going to see Ceiling Plans category, 3D Views, Elevations, Sections, and so on. Now beneath that you have also got other major groupings like Legends, and Schedules, and Sheets; we will talk about some of those in future movies. Okay, we'll look at some of them here.

So I'm looking at a 3D view right now, perhaps I'd like to see a floor plan of this project and maybe I'm interested in the second floor plan. So you can see here beneath the Floor Plans, that each of the levels is listed here, each of its Floor Plan views, and there's Level 2. I'll just simply double-click on that and that will open up that floor plan on screen. It's a pretty typical looking floor plan. And what you'll see is, in addition to the view opening here, the Project Browser will show me Level 2 is now in bold, and that is how we can tell that that is currently the active view.

Now if you don't have anything selected, you may recall in the previous movie that it will also show you on the Properties palette that I'm looking at Floor Plan Level 2, so that's another confirmation that I'm in that view. Now if I want to try some other views, I could open up maybe a Ceiling Plan or I could take a look at one of the Elevations, South elevation in this case, or even one of the Section views. And each time I open up one of these views, again it will be confirmed for me in bold there on the Project Browser.

Now there's other ways that you can access views as well. Notice that this section indicator occurs right here, and if I hover over it says that that's Views: Section: Section 2. Now if look here on the Project Browser, we're currently in Section 1 but there is this second view here called Section 2. So this section head right here actually points to the section to view. Now there's a few ways I could get to that directly from this symbol, I could either right-click on it and choose Go to View, or notice the color here is a dark blue color. That dark blue color usually indicates for you that the view is interactive or that that item on screen is interactive in some way.

And if I just simply double-click it, it's kind like a hyperlink in a web page, and it will open up that view and notice over here now Section 2 is bold and active. Now you may notice that that blue color occurs here on the section head and also on these level heads over here. If I zoom in slightly, that's Level 3, Level 2. So if I double-click that, it will return me back to my Level 2 floor plan. There's a few different ways you can switch from one view to the other, but the Project Browser is always perhaps one of your more convenient ways to do that.

Now new here in 2013, in the current release, we can right-click any node on the Project Browser and we can perform a Search. This particular project only has a handful of views so there's probably not too much trouble in finding the view that I'm looking for. But if you're working for a large firm that does large projects in Revit, you might find yourself in a project that has dozens if not hundreds of views, and so this Search functionality is going to be really helpful. And I could start putting in a name here like section, and click Next, and it will go to the Sections category and then it will go to Section 1 and then Section 2, that will help me find the particular view that I'm looking for.

Okay, so that's a nice new feature that's been added here in the current release. So our Project Browser gives us access to all of the various views that are in a project. It's really helpful if you just think of it as the table of contents of your project. You use the table of contents to find the item you are looking for and then you go to that location. You can do the same thing with the browser, find the view that you want to work on, double-click it and open it up to perform whatever action you need to perform.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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