- [Instructor] Let's begin exploring the Revit user interface. We're going to start with the recent file screen. Now the recent file screen is this gray tinted background screen that displays when you first launch the software. It's organized into three basic areas. Projects, families, and resources. Projects and families give you access to those kinds of files. Now most of the work you're going to do on a day to day basis is going to be in a project file. That's where you build your model, and create all your views, and present all your information. So over here in the projects area, we can open existing projects, we can create new ones or we can even choose from some predefined templates to get us started.
Next to that you'll have the foremost recently opened files that you worked on, and you can click any of those links as a shortcut to get back to that file. Now the families area is similar. We can open existing families or we can create new ones, or we can open up recently edited families. Families are individual components that you would use within your project files. So if you need to create a custom component then you'd use the families area. Otherwise most of the time you're going to be working with the options in the projects area. Now on the right-hand side, you've got the resources area and that's mostly links to the help system, and essential skills videos.
And I do recommend that you spend some time clicking through each one of these links here, and seeing what resources are available to you and watching some of those videos. Now we can get to the same functions for opening and creating files and families on the file menu. So the file menu is located right here in the upper left-hand corner, and you can see that the first two commands are new and open. Now the way that this menu works is, it's organized into two sections. You've got the left-hand section and the right-hand section. If you click directly on the command, it will just run that command.
So new project is what it would do by default. I'm going to cancel that. Or if I click on the open command, it would go to the open dialogue, and I'm going to cancel that. But if you hover over one of these commands, and wait for a second, it will actually display options over on the right-hand portion of the menu. So I could specifically say I want to create a new project, or a new family or a new conceptual mass as an example. Or under open, I could open a project or open a family or open up an IFC file. So if you want a little bit more control over what kind of file that you're opening or creating, then just use these small little menus over there.
And again, you just sort of hover over it to get that menu to display. Now, if you don't have any command highlighted, at the very top here are two little icons here. Now, the one on the right is open documents and as you can see right now that list is empty, because I don't have anything open. But if I had files open, they'd all be listed there and I could use that to switch between the various views and files that I had open. The recent files list on the other hand, compiles a list of all the files that I've opened up recently. Now, it will just keep adding to this list until it runs out of room, and then it will take the ones that we opened long ago, and start scrolling those off the list in favor of the ones that we're opening up more recently.
If you want to keep a file on the list permanently, you can use the little push pin icon like I've done right here. So any one of these files, you could use the little push pin to pin it to the list, and then when you no longer need it you could unpin it. So that's a way that you could kind of manage that list. Now, the file menu has more than just new and open, we can of course save, save as, we can export files, we've got suite workflows, we can print and publish. So all of the standard file management commands that you might have access to in any program are available here in Revit on the same file menu.
At the very bottom of the file menu is the options button. These are options that are available broadly to the entire Revit software package. So you're welcome to configure some of those if you like. And then of course you can use this button right here to exit out of Revit when you're done work for the day. So you're going to use either the recent file screen that greets you when you first launch Revit or the file menu to open existing files to create new files or to save and print those files.
AuthorPaul F. Aubin
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
Skill Level Beginner
Migrating from AutoCAD to Revitwith Paul F. Aubin2h 18m Intermediate
Revit: Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshootingwith Paul F. Aubin39h 27m Intermediate
1. Core Concepts
2. Getting Comfortable with the Revit Environment
3. Starting a Project
4. Modeling Basics
5. Links, Imports, and Groups
6. Sketch-Based Modeling Components
8. Complex Walls
9. Visibility and Graphic Controls
Adding rooms9m 13s
11. Schedules and Tags
12. Annotation and Details
13. The Basics of Families
14. Sheets, Plotting, and Publishing
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