Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Interface changes in Revit 2018, part of Revit 2018: New Features for Architecture.
- [Instructor] In this video I want to talk about the user interface and some of the changes that have occurred. Now most of the changes are subtle at best, but you should be aware of them, just so that you understand what's changed in the interface. Perhaps the most noticeable change in the user interface is the elimination of the application menu. So if you look in the upper left hand corner of the screen, we used to have the large Revit icon there in the corner, the big R menu as sometimes it was referred to. And when you clicked that icon it would display a menu.
That menu would have many file operations, like New, Open, Save, Print, Export, and so on. The application menu is gone and in it's place now we have the file tab on the ribbon. And when you click the file tab on the ribbon it displays exactly the same menu that we used to have under the application menu. So you still have New, Open, Save, Export, Publish, Print. All those functions. In fact, the menu looks exactly the same as how it used to. Directly above the file menu, there's this small R menu now and that just has Restore and Minimize and Close. So it contains more of just the basic Windows operations.
So the next change is also somewhat minor, but useful for sure. We now have the Print icon directly on the Quick Access toolbar. So, previously that wasn't there. You'd have to go to the application menu. You can now see that it's located there on the Quick Access toolbar. On the other side of the menu, you will now see that the Exchange Apps icon has been replaced with the Autodesk App store. Now again, this is very subtle change. Now it looks like a small little shopping cart. And I suppose that the idea was that the shopping cart evokes more of what the purpose of this icon is, where the X was a little bit unclear.
So, those are some of the subtle changes that have taken place on the overall user interface there. Now of course, the ribbon itself is a little more subtle. Some of the shading has been removed. You can see that the tones are a little bit more muted here and the tabs only appear when you hover over them. So that's again, a very subtle change but makes the look and feel a little bit different. Now there's also, this isn't necessarily new in this release, but it's something that we've been seeing, kind of over the last few releases, is the introduction of more of the standard Windows control shortcuts.
So, for example, Control P for print and Control Z for undo, Control Y for redo, and one of my favorites, the close command, Control W. Instead of having to go to the file menu and choose close to close a file, you can just do Control W. Now, perhaps one of the most noticeable differences in the user interface is actually the removal of a few previously available commands. So, the most notable, I think, is on the insert tab.
We no longer have the seek panel that used to be here. So seek is no longer a part of Autodesk, it's been removed and so therefore, the seek panel has been removed. So you can still use the Internet to find content. You can still download content and use it in your Revit projects, it's just that you won't be able to search for it directly in the Revit interface anymore. On the architecture tab, you'll also notice that there's only a single stair button now. So previously we had two commands there, stair by components, stair by sketch.
Stair by sketch has been removed. And now the single stair button actually runs the stair by component command. Now, you can't create a new stair by sketch, that command has gone, but if you open up an existing file from a previous release that has a stair by sketch, and you select that stair by sketch, it's still available, it still works as it did before, and you'll still have the edit sketch button. So, no need to worry that things are going to transform in your files when you upgrade them from the previous release.
These sketch stairs will still function as they always did. It's just that you can no longer create new ones. Now the final change in the user interface is really more of a change to the installation of Revit. If you are on subscription, then you know that you would install Revit, and then you could go to your subscription portal, your Autodesk account, and there would be lots and lots of available plugins that you could install. Some right on the first day of the release.
You know, things like model checker, and, you know, batch plotting and stuff like that. Many of those standard plugins that you would have to install separately in the previous release, are now installed automatically as part of Revit. So if you look at your Add-ins Tab, you will have an Add-ins tab right away when you install, and you'll see that many of those standard Autodesk plugins are already here. So we've got batch plot, E-transmit, model review, work sharing monitor, gets installed automatically now and the formit converter tools as well.
So if you're using formit. Now this doesn't include every plugin that was and continues to be available. So certainly, you still want to check your Autodesk account for any available add-ins that you'd like to add to your Revit. But for these more common ones that you previously had to install separately, it certainly does simplify the installation process here in the current release.