AUTODESK REVIT

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Interface

orbit = shift + middle mouse button
pan = middle mouse button
shift + left click = subtract from selection
ctrl + left click = add to selection

Properties Box: 
The properties box is filled with parameters which can be changed to manipulate different aspects of views and objects. The parameters shown are specific to the object selected. If multiple objects are selected, they must be of the same family category to change all object properties at once. If no objects are selected, the properties box refers to parameters relating to the view.

Project Browser: 
The project browser is Revit's window structuring system. The browser contains views, legends, schedules, sheets, families, and groups. 

Views: floor plans, ceiling plans, 3D views, elevation, secetions
Legends: list of building components and annotations in a project
Schedules: spreadsheet that quantifies count and cost of elements
Sheets: places views in paper space for printing
Families: building specific elements such as furniture and doors
Groups: multiple components that are bound to each other

Quick View Toolbar: 
Located at the bottom left of the screen, this toolbar allows you to change the scale, detail level, visual style, adjust the sun and shadows, lock a 3D view, and hide orunhide elements.

Visibility and Graphics

The visibility and graphics overrides window can be found under the View tab in the main toolbar or by typing in "VG" as a shortcut. From this window, you can toggle on/off elements based on their family category. This window also provides other functionalities such as specifying transparency, surface lines and patterns, and cut lines and patterns. In other words, you can save yourself some time in Photoshop or Illustrator by setting object lineweights and poche in Revit.

View Templates

View templates can be created to save view styles set up in the visibility and graphic overrides which can be applied to any other view in the project. .The View Template tool can be found under the View tab. If a view is already set up with the desired graphics, a view template can be created based off of that view by right clicking on the view in the Project Browser and clicking Create View Template from View.

Exporting to CAD or PDF

To export a view or sheet into a CAD file, click the Revit application button and go to Export > CAD Formats > DWG.

To create a PDF, click the Revit application button and go to Print and set the printer to Adobe PDF.

To create an image, click the Revit application button and go to Export > Images and Animations > Image.

To export the file to a specific scale, make sure that you are exporting a Sheet rather than a View. Exporting a view will only scale to fit the page size.

Commands

All commands are in the form of buttons located in the main toolbar at the top of the screen. Unlike AutoCAD or Rhino, Revit does not allow you to type in the command. However, there are shortcuts for most commands which can be learned by hovering the mouse over each button; when in doubt, these mini-tutorials are a very effective way to learn to navigate Revit.

Architecture
Wall, Door, Window, Roof, Floor, Curtain System, Railing, Ramp, Stair, Room

Structure
Beam, Column, Structural Wall, Structural Floor, Truss, Structural Foundation

Systems
HVAC Ducts, Plumbing & Piping, Electrical, Lighting Fixtures

Insert
Link Revit, Link CAD, Manage Links, Insert Image, Load Family

Annotate
Dimension, Spot Elevation, Text, Detail Component, Filled Region, Masking Region, Tag, Color Fill Legend

Analyze
Energy Analysis, Load Analysis

Massing & Site
Toposurface, Site Components

Collaborate
Worksets, Sync with Central, Copy Monitor, System Clash Detection

View
View Templates, Visibility / Graphics, Filters, Rendering, Camera, Walkthrough, User Interface, Create New Plan / Section / Elevation / Sheet / Schedule / Legend

Manage
Materials, Object Styles, Snaps, Project Information, Project Parameters, Transfer Project Standards, Purge, Design Options, Phases, Geolocation

Add-ins
Tools for any downloaded and installed add-ins

Modify
Move, Copy, Paste, Align, Offset, Array, Rotate, Mirror, Scale, Trim, Extend, Split, Pin / Unpin Object, Create Group

An important thing to note is that any tool under the Annotate tab is view specific. If a dimension string is created on a working plan of Level 01, it will not appear on an illustrative plan of Level 01.

Families and Types

All Revit elements contain a hierarchy of families and types for organization purposes. A family is the top tier in the hierarchy and a type is the bottom tier. There is a pre-determined list of acceptable family categories for all elements. Family categories are preset in many elements created by using the Revit toolbar. For new family creation, you can choose the family category desired. Families can be further broken down into types. This allows for easier file management and creating new family types which can have varying parameter values.

Type and Instance Parameters

There are two different kinds of parameters for all Revit elements: type and instance. THese two different kinds of parameters behave differently and it is important to understand both to maximize time and modeling efficiency.

Type parameters are accessed by clicking the Edit Type button in the top right of the Properties box when an object is selected. A new window will open which will reveal new parameters which aren't shown in the Properties box. Type parameters apply to all elements of the same family and type. Type parameter values which are changed in one elements will be changed in all elements of the same family and type in the entire project.

Sketch Mode

Many of the tools in Revit require you to enter sketch mode where you draw the profile shape of the object that you are trying to create. Then, based on the parameters in the properties box the sketch will be extruded to a certain thickness and elevated at a certain height. Sketch mode can be easily identified because the lines that you will draw will be a magenta color.

Filter

Sometimes it may be necessary to select multiple objects and the quickest way is to click and drag a selection window over all elements, but unwanted elements become a part of the selection. You can filter your selection down to specific family categories using the Filter button under the Modify tab when objects are selected. You can also save your selection for easy access in the future.

Visibility & Graphics

The visibility and graphic overrides window can be found under the View tab in the main toolbar or by typing in "VG" as a shortcut. From this window, you can toggle on/off elements vased on their family category. THis window also provides other functionalities such as specifying transparency, surface lines and patterns, and cut lines and patterns. In other words, you can save yourself some time in Photoshop or Illustrator by setting object lineweights and poche in Revit.

View Templates

View templates can be created to save view styles set up in the visibility and graphic overrides which can be applied to any other view in the project. The View Template tool can be found under the View tab. If a view is already set up with the desired graphics, a view template can be created based off of that view by right clicking on the view in the Project Browser and click Create View Template from View.

Exporting to CAD or PDF

To export a view or sheet into a CAD file, click the Revit application button and go to Export > CAD Formats > DWG.

To create a PDF, click the Revit application button and go to Print and set the printer to Adobe PDF.

To create an image, click the Revit application button and go to Export > Images and Animations > Image.

To export the file to a specific scale, make sure that you are exporting a Sheet rather than a View. Exporting a view will only scale to fit the page size.

Rendering

Material Browser
Materials can be applied to elements to change their display graphics on screen and in rendered views. Revit elements all come with a preset material applied to them. The material may be brick depending on the structure of the wall, or elements will have a "Default" material based on their element category. Elements can also be painted one surface at a time by using the Paint tool under the Modify tab. The material browser can be found under the Manage tab to edit any material without applying it to an element at that time.

Not every material is loaded when you create a new project. By click the Asset Browser button in the lower left corner, you can access many more Autodesk materials. To add the Autodesk material to your project, create a new material in the material browser and then double click the desired material in the asset browser. This will apply the Autodesk material properties to the new material you just created.

The Graphics tab in the material browser is used to determine how the material will appear in all non-rendered views such as plans and elevations. Here, you can apply a color, set transparency values, surface patterns and cut patterns.

The Appearance tab in the material browser is used to determine how the material will render. Here, you can apply a material swatch or a solid color. Also available to you are settings for glossiness, reflectivity, transparency, bump, and more.