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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.
One of the first things we need to do is learn how to access files. The Recent Files screen greets you when you first launch Revit, like I see here. This screen gives you quick access to up to four of the most recent opened projects and/or family files. You will also find quick links to open projects that aren't listed. create new projects, open and create family files, and even view help files and videos. When you are not viewing the Recent Files screen, you will use the Application menu for such functions. The Application menu is accessed from the big R button at the top left-hand corner of the screen. This menu is very similar to the one you would find in Microsoft Office, or the Windows start button.
And you use this menu to access your typical file management input and output commands throughout the software. So I am looking at the recent files screen, and we can see the three areas that I have just mentioned. We can open projects from here, we can create projects from here, and if the project you want to open is already listed on the list, you just simply click the big icon for it here. The same true with families. If you want to open a family, you would click here. You want to create a family, you would click here, or you just click from one of the most recent ones that you would have here or here. Finally, if want view the help file, you can do What's New here, the general Help file here, or there are even some useful little videos that Autodesk provides that you could access from right here.
So let's just go ahead and just open up the basic sample project that comes with the software. Again, if you have installed the default Revit Architecture, you should have this project available to you. It opens up onscreen with the most recently viewed view accessible, in this case a 3D view. Now if I am already in the software and I want to open up files, I can just simply go to the Application menu, and I would locate the Open command here. So I could open existing projects here, open existing families here, and there's a variety of other formats that are listed, as well.
If I want to create a new file, I would find that here, and again that it would be a new Project file or Family file. Now family is like an item that you would place in your Project file. So maybe a piece of equipment or piece of furniture, and we will talk about this later in the training series. We will have a whole chapter on working with and creating families. Now one last area that we want to look out in Application menu is up here at the very top, there are these two small icons: We have one here called Recent Documents and another one next to called Open Documents. Now at the moment if I were to click on Open documents, I would just see the one file.
This is this is the basic sample file that I have opened. If I click on Recent Documents, this is another way that we can access all of the recently opened Project and Family files that we've had available. In this case, I just have two choices listed. Now if there is a project that I am working on now and for the next several weeks, and I don't want it to scroll of the list, I have this really handy little pushpin feature right here. I can simply click on this little pushpin, and regardless of how many files begin to appear in this list and in what order they are appear in, this slot will be reserved for this file, and I will always to able to find quick access to it right here, by just going to the Application menu and opening it.
So, the Recent File screen and the Application menu both provide us quick access to our most recently used projects and our most recently used families in the Revit software. We can use recent files to get started when we first launch Revit, and we can use our Application menu any other time to open files, close files, or create new files. We can even use the Application menu to generate output and export, and we will talk about those in some of the later movies.
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