Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Accessing Revit options, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Instructor] In this video, I want to talk about some of the overall project-wide settings that you can configure in your Revit environment. Now the settings I want to talk about are global settings, so notice I do not have a project open on screen. You can actually access these settings without any document loaded and they will apply to your Revit environment. So, we tend to refer to these as the set it and forget it settings because once you've configured them, you really don't have to change them again unless it becomes necessary. So, they will not be tied to any one particular project. They're going to be tethered to your actual Revit application.
Now the way you access these settings is to go to the File menu and then down here at the bottom of the menu, you click the Options button. So, starting right at the top, the Notifications area has some save reminder intervals. So, there's actually two reminder intervals. There's a Save reminder and a Synchronize with Central reminder. Now, if you're working in standalone projects which we'll be doing for most of the course, then it's the Save reminder that you care about. What this means is that if 30 minutes passes without your doing a Save command, the next opportunity that Revit sees, it will interrupt your work and remind you to save.
Now, it's a little disruptive in the way that it does this. In other words, it waits for you to execute a command and then it interrupts and it says, "Yeah, but I don't think you should do that yet. "I think you should save first." And sometimes folks find that a little bit annoying and so, they get in the habit of clicking the Cancel button in the Save reminder dialog. I'm going to highly recommended that you avoid that urge and instead click the Save the project option. If you let several Save reminders go by without saving and in the interim you don't actually save using the Save command, then you really will have no one to blame but yourself when Revit crashes and you lose all your work.
So, the best thing you can do for yourself is whenever you're reminded to save, go ahead and click that Save the project. Now, it defaults to 30 minutes, but you can actually adjust that time to as little as 15 or turn it off altogether. I don't recommend turning it off altogether. I think the reminder's a good thing. And I actually think 30 minutes is a pretty good duration of time. Now we'll have the same thing for Synchronize with Central. So if you're working in a team project with a Central file, then it will remind you to do that as well and we'll talk about team projects later on in a future video. Now, the next area is Username.
Now, this really doesn't matter if you're working in a standalone project, so you can completely ignore it if you're not working in a team project. But if you are working in a team project, then this username is how you will be known on the project. You can type in whatever you want here or you can use the Sign In option to actually sign in to your Autodesk account. Now, if I click that and go ahead and sign in to my Autodesk account, then it will tell you that it's actually changing your Revit username to match your Autodesk ID. So when I close this, I will now have my Autodesk username here and I won't be able to change it.
Also, back in the background, you'll see your username will display up on the top of the screen as well. At the very bottom, when you first install Revit, sometimes it chooses a discipline other than what your standard default discipline. So in my case, my discipline is Architectural, but when I installed Revit, it installed as Coordination. So, what I'm going to do is change that to Architectural. In that way, when I create views in the future and so forth, they'll be assigned to the correct discipline. So it's always a good idea to check your discipline and make sure that it matches the kind of work that you do.
Let's look at the User Interface tab next. I've installed the full version of Revit and therefore, I have access to all of Revit's tools but notice that several of the tabs that you see on the ribbon, the Structure tab, the Systems tab, the Analysis tabs, you can actually toggle those on and off if you wish. So if I didn't want to see Systems, I could uncheck the box and then the System tab will disappear. Now I'm going to leave them all turned on but you're welcome to check or uncheck any of those boxes as you wish. Now, if you don't have the same choices as I do, not to worry, as long as you have the Architecture tab, you'll be able to do everything that we're going to do in this course.
Now we talked about keyboard shortcuts in a previous video, but this is just another way that you can access the customize keyboard shortcuts command. Under Double-click options, there's also a Customize, and for the most part, I'm satisfied with these default behaviors. This is just going through different kinds of elements and saying what will happen if you double-click on that element in the interface. The only one that I recommend you change is the first item here, Family. By default, when you double-click a family on screen, it will open it up in the Family Editor, so it will take you out of your project, put you in the Family Editor.
And I find that very disruptive because nine times out of 10 when you double-click, you really didn't mean to. It was sort of accidental. And then you're suddenly in the Family Editor. So personally, I think a better choice here is to just do nothing. Don't let it do anything when you double-click a family. And if you want to edit a family, you'll select it and you'll click the Edit Family button on the ribbon. So I recommend you change that to Do nothing. You can leave all the others set the way they are. We talked about tooltips in a previous video. Here, you can control their behavior. You can turn them off, you can set them to High, you can set them to Low, or you can leave it at Normal.
Normal is that behavior where it starts off with a little bit of information and then after a moment or two, it expands out to the high detailed information. They even have options for what theme you want to use. So you can use a light background or a dark background. And then if you have hardware acceleration available with your video card, you can actually check this box here. Now, I find that it's a good idea to go ahead and check that box because it will accelerate certain operations for you. If things start behaving a little funky on screen and you're seeing some weird behavior, just come and toggle it off.
It's not really that big of a deal. You can easily turn it on and off at will. On the Graphics tab, you have some settings here that control the interface colors on screen. So, what color is used for selection, what color is used for errors and so forth. And you can actually change the size of temporary dimension text on screen. So, I'm going to increase that to a point size of 10 just to make it a little bit more legible. Now under File Locations, I changed my discipline to Architectural, so what I want to do here is take my Architectural Template and just sort of move that up to the top of the list.
So notice that right now, the Construction Template is at the top of my list, so I want to just move up my Architectural. Now you can use this Plus sign button here to add an additional template to the list. You can use this Minus sign here to remove the selected one from the list. So if you want to further customize the list of templates, you can certainly do that. Now there's several other tabs here. I'm not going to go through all of them, but you have options for Rendering, for spell checking, for how the Steering Wheel and the View Cube behave. So I welcome you to kind of go through more of those at your leisure, but the key thing to remember here is that once you've configured the options to your liking and you click OK, you really won't need to go back into that dialog again unless something dictates that you have to change something, like you want to change the hardware acceleration back again or something like that.
So, those are the overall set it and forget it options in Revit. It's a good idea to just check them out, make sure they're set to your liking before you continue.
First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; using joins and constraints; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and modeling floors, roofs, and ceilings.
Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs and complex walls, adding rooms, and creating schedules. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.
- Understanding BIM and the Revit element hierarchy
- Navigating views
- Creating a new project from a template
- Adding walls, doors, and windows
- Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
- Linking AutoCAD DWG files
- Rotating and aligning Revit links
- Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
- Adding openings
- Adding railings and extensions to stairs
- Creating stacked and curtain walls
- Hiding and isolating objects
- Adding rooms
- Creating schedule views and tags
- Adding text and dimensions
- Creating new families
- Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
- Plotting and creating a PDF