Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Discovering the A360 online viewer, part of Revit: Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting.
- [Narrator] If you ever need to share files that you create in Autodesk products with recipients who are not using the Autodesk product you used to create it, you can actually share the file using the A360 Viewer. So I'm here in the A360 Viewer and I've got a Revit file loaded. So this file was created in Revit and then it was just uploaded directly to my A360 account and you're able to create a shareable link and that shareable link can then be given to anyone and using any web browser, I happen to be in Chrome, but you can do this in any web browser, you can load up the file and navigate it, view it, query information from it.
So let's take a look at the A360 Viewer here. So the first thing that you'll probably notice is that it has some familiar navigation tools. So for example over here, I have the view cube. It works exactly like it would in the native Revit application. I can click the little hot spots on the view cube and it will orient the view accordingly. If you use the little corners here, it does an X and a metric view. There's a menu with additional options so you can switch from orthographic to perspective for example. I'm gonna leave it set to orthographic.
You can click and drag to orbit free form. And if you wanna get a closer look, you can roll your wheel to zoom. I've got it set to match the zoom wheel in Revit. In other words if I roll up it zooms in and if I roll down it zooms out. But when you first load the Viewer, it may not be set that way. So there's a series of toolbars down here at the bottom and there's this little gear icon here that allows you to access settings. And then under navigation and selection settings, if you want to make the wheel mouse behave like it does in Revit, then just make sure that you check this reverse mouse zoom direction and you can see I do have the checked there.
With it unchecked, it would do it in the opposite direction. So depending on which method you're familiar with, you can use that. Now, if I drag the wheel, I'm able to pan as well. Notice that elements highlight under my cursor as I move around on screen. So I'm able to simply click to select things and then with that item selected, I can right click and I have some options. For example, I could isolate my roof here and you'll see that everything else ghosts in and I'm focused now just on the roof element.
If I selected again and right clicked, I can go back to showing all the objects and I could do the opposite. I could hide the roof. Now in that case, it'll actually disappear and now I can orbit down and peer inside the building a little bit. And once again right click and I can do show all objects so that's how you get hidden elements to come back again. So that's one way that you can look inside, but another way is to use this little sectioning tool down here. Now, if I click that icon, initially it will pop up a menu because I don't have the feature turned on and then I'll be able to choose X, Y or Z section planes.
So I'll choose the X plane here and I get this little widget control that appears on the screen. And if you highlight different parts of it, you can manipulate it in various ways. So this little arrow here allows me to click and drag where this section plane occurs, which I think is pretty nice. If I use the curved portions, I'm actually rotating the section plane so if I wanna do that at some unusual angle there. Now if I click the button a second time, it'll just turn that off, but now it's set to X plane so each time I click it, it'll just keep going back and forth between the X plane and turning it off.
If you wanna change the plane direction or anything else on this menu, use this little up arrow right here and click on that and that will give you the menu again and I could switch to maybe a different plane like a Z plane and try sectioning it that way. Pretty nice little feature there with the different section planes. You can also do similar things with navigation controls. So mostly you can use the wheel, but if you want, you can actually switch between two kinds of orbits here, free orbit and I like the regular orbit because it keeps the Z axis vertical, but free orbit you could spin it around randomly.
That's probably a little bit better for non-building data sets. So here I have a building and I think keeping the Z axis vertical makes sense. But if you were looking at a product that was created from say Inventor or something like that, you might want the free orbit. I could switch to pan, I can use zoom, and you can even do a first person or camera controls here so there's ways to create a perspective in a camera control. I'm gonna select this wall here on the front, then I'm gonna go to this properties button here and I can start to see the properties from Revit that pertain to this wall, so it's telling me the level it's on and the height information and whether it's structural or not and so on.
If I switch selection and pick something else, I had orbit turned on so I just click the button to disable that and now I'm back to selection mode. So if I select something else here, you'll see that it changes to that selection or this object here or this object here. So that's pretty handy because you can query the different components that make up your building model. Another way you can query the components in the model in maybe a more interesting way is to use the model browser here. Now when I do that, it will display this little tree structure here that will show all the categories of elements within this model.
As you expand this down, you'll be able to see each of the different types of walls for example that I used in the model. So if I select plumbing wall, you'll see it'll focus on just that one plumbing wall that I have and everything else will gray out. If I do the exterior brick wall, it'll focus on these three walls over here versus this CMU wall which is right here. So it becomes a really interesting way for you to focus in on just a particular type of component like where are all the single flush doors or where are the double glass doors or what floor element am I using and so on.
So this is a really neat way to very quickly get a sense of how the model is put together. And then I'll close that and let's go back to the full model, click here at the top where it says model, then I'll close that and that puts everything back to the normal display. Another thing that you can do here is explode the model. So when I click that, I've got this little slider and when I start to slide this, this literally will, as it says, explode it and pull it all apart.
And the further you drag this, the further apart everything moves. So again, for buildings, I don't know how useful that is, but it sure looks cool. So anyway, that's an interesting little setting there. Now, you may notice that over on the left, everything I've been doing, I've been working in this one 3D view. But over here, I also have a branch for sheets. So you're able to actually click on one of those sheet elements in the branch and now actually view the sheet set that was uploaded with this project. So I've got my two floor plans here and you can still reach in and select elements and you can still look at the properties of those elements.
It's just another way to interact with it. Maybe you wanna look at the elevations. It'll load that sheet. And so it just gives you another way to interact with this model. So this Viewer is a very powerful tool and again, what I really like about this is I'm doing everything in a web browser, Revit is not required here, and this is a native Revit file. So if you have access to A360 and check with your reseller or your IT person to see what your Autodesk entitlements are, but if you have access to A360, you can upload I believe any kind of Autodesk file whether it's a DWG, a Revit file, an Inventor file, up to this A360 account, share it, create that URL, and send it off to a recipient and all they need is a web browser to view it and do the things that we've been doing here.
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