Render more quickly and accurately
Render more quickly and accurately with Autodesk Raytracer, the default visualization engine in Revit 2017.
- Modernized Text Editing
Besides its new sculptural “R” logo, Revit 2017 has improved its text entry tool with a completely redesigned text engine that improves compatibility with imported and exported AutoCAD DWG files and creates a pixel-perfect WYSIWYG experience in the text editor. Moving between text editing and viewing in the building model no longer creates the unexpected and disruptive reflow of text as it did in past Revit editions. Instead, you can format the text with confidence, knowing it will look the way you intended.
The text tool also gets its own ribbon menu, similar to a word processing program, which displays an array of new options, including: nested lists, for entering multiple levels of bulleted or labeled items; an auto-capitalize tool; and the ability to create subscript or superscript text. You can also create leaders without any associated text, which is great for diagrams.
- Improved Schedules and Tags Tools.
The Schedule tool can now combine multiple fields into a single cell; for example, a pair of 36-inch-wide doors can now be efficiently stated as 2 @ 3′-0″, rather than requiring multiple schedule columns. Tags, which display parameter data such as rooms and number of doors of drawn elements, can now hold formulas—such as for room-occupancy counts and other code calculations—that update automatically, making it easier, for example, for life-safety drawings to be current.
- Enhanced Ability to Show Depth in Drawings
Depth cueing is a new graphic-display option for indicating distance in elevations and sections. It can create a range of faded effects on lines, shadows, and colors to indicate hierarchy, and to show what is most in the foreground. By building this setting into view templates, you can produce great-looking elevations and sections with far less tedium than a similar feature in Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture. The output feels much less like a technical drawing but it is still useful for marketing images and construction documents. Perhaps this is the panacea that interior designers and architects have sought to create more readable interior elevations, since depth variations tend to be more discreet than in exterior views.
Add depth to elevations and sections to create stunning visuals that better communicate your design.
- An Easy Button for Energy Analysis
Preparing a model for energy analysis has become much simpler with Revit 2017, requiring fewer clicks. While this may seem like a minor feature, it is vital in encouraging architects to conduct performance analyses early and often in their projects rather than waiting until the late stages of design. The only thing you need to start an analysis is a project location, according to Autodesk, which hid the more advanced features behind a button to reduce the intimidation factor.