VisiSpecs Supports Autodesk Revit 2017

Portland, ME, May 18, 2016 – Chalkline, an Autodesk Architectural Engineering and Construction Industry Partner, is pleased to announce VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System, is available for the latest Autodesk Revit 2017 software suite of applications.VisiRevit_2017

Chalkline is committed to quickly providing the next generation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) integrated specifications and document solutions to clients updating to the latest Autodesk applications.  VisiRevit 2017 is available for clients integrating and coordinating their construction documents and BIM models.  The advanced integration linking, direct access to specifications and other documents directly in an Autodesk Revit model, and team collaboration enable time and cost savings while improving delivered product quality.

VisiRevit 2017 joins the VisiRevit 2015, VisiRevit 2016, VisiView, and VisiWord suite of applications.  Those interested in learning more should email


About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecs, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company’s cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation. Autodesk, the Autodesk logo and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. For more information, visit


Creating Vertical Blinds as a line Based Family

Step 1

Open a new family template for generic line based family.

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Step 2

Create the shape of the Blind with required dimensions

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Step 3

Use Array command to copy them to the last reference plane and lock it.

Step 3


Step 4

Add Instance Parameter to the array command.

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Step 5

In the ‘Family Types’ dialog box, add the formula for equal spacing between the blinds besides the louver parameter.

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Final Step

Load the family into the project and start drawing the line using the load component command.

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Best Practice for using Revit

Best Practice for using Revit


  • Set up levels first
  • Use Grids!
  • Walls creation with location line in mind.
  • Pin down the grids!  And possibly a few other things
  • Think before you delete
  • Use elevation and section far clip
  • Close unused views
  • Don’t over constrain
  • Don’t explode imported CAD files
  • Delete or unload unused DWGs
  • Use Detail components (blocks) wherever possible, rather than drafting lines
  • Purge unused elements
  • Turn off shadows


New Features from Autodesk Revit 2017

Render more quickly and accurately


Render more quickly and accurately with Autodesk Raytracer, the default visualization engine in Revit 2017.

Render quickly

  1. 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.Text Editing

Courtesy Autodesk

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.

  1. 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.Improved Schedules

Courtesy Autodesk

  1. 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.Depth Clipping


Courtesy Autodesk

Add depth to elevations and sections to create stunning visuals that better communicate your design.

  1. 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.