Big day yesterday in Revit updates, particularly with Revit 2017 Update 1 bringing some really cool enhancements, and the Dynamo Player! Here are some links and other information:

Revit 2017 Update 1
Direct Download Link
Readme
Release Notes 
Autodesk blog post
showing these top new features:

 

Revit 2016 R2 Update 7
Direct Download Link
Readme
Release Notes

Dynamo Player
People have been asking for a way to run their scripts more easily and transparently, and now you can. Simply install Revit 2017 Update 1, ensure you have Dynamo installed, and you will have a new option on your Ribbon…

It comes preconfigured to point at a samples folder:

You can point this at your own “Player” folder containing DYNs.

Press Play button to Run, and Edit button to open the DYN in Dynamo.

It remains to be seen how inputs will be handled?

Pick Objects and Dynamo Player
Interesting thoughts over on the forum, about how if you use a DYN with a Select Node, it will still ‘work’ —  this opens up some great possibilities!

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Help:
Dynamo Player on Revit Help

Forum:
Associated discussion over here.

When working in 3D in Revit, you *can* use the normal dimension tool *if* you first set the Workplane. However, this can get annoying. Why not make a 2 point adaptive family, with a reporting parameter, so that you can just place the family (two clicks) and then check the instance parameter as shown below?

Update: V2 with arrowhead and tag in project Download here

Adaptive dimension family (2016), Download here

 

 

Revit wants you to make your own better, faster way sometimes…

Wow, Revit 2015 is setting some serious records for updates!

Here is the direct link to the Update Release 14 for Revit 2015 R2:
http://up.autodesk.com/2015/RVT/Autodesk_Revit_2015_R2-x64_Update14.exe

and non-R2:
http://up.autodesk.com/2015/RVT/Autodesk_Revit_2015-x64_Update14.exe

Readme:
Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 Update Release 14 Readme

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Enhancements list (not live yet…)
http://wrw.is/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Enhancements_List_RVT_2015_UR14_forR2.pdf

Just a reminder on how this works, in the off-chance that you are confused…

2015 Products
Use the Enhancements link from https://manage.autodesk.com/cep/#products-services/all

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2016 Products
Use the Autodesk App Store

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2017 Products
Use Autodesk Desktop App

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Yes, there are exceptions to these rules, but it should get you headed in the right direction.

(insert obligatory Revit 2017 blog post here…)

The annual Revit release schedule can become very tiring. Also challenging is the fact that you will probably not start running real, big, live Revit 2017 projects for around 6 months, so all of this new features noise will be a distant memory by then. However, it is good to be aware of the new abilities in the software, so that you can (possibly) stop using outdated workarounds and start using the software in the way Revit 2017 Wants.

By now, we should all be focusing on getting more useful data into our models. In accord with that aim, these are my top 3 new features:
1) Keynote Legends are better – Use Keynotes!
When a keynote legend is set to By Sheet, Revit takes into account whether a keynote is visible in the view as a result of View Range settings, Design Option settings, or Depth Clipping/Far Clipping settings.

2) Combined parameters in Schedules – Use the Data you Have!
Combine parameters in a schedule to display the values in a single cell. You can specify a prefix, suffix, sample value, and separator to display with each parameter. See Combine Parameters in a Schedule.

3) Schedule view templates – Templates are Good Revit
View templates for schedules and assembly views: To simplify the reuse of schedules, create a schedule view template. Schedule view templates include parameters for Fields, Filter, Sorting/Grouping, Formatting, Appearance, and Phase Filter. If the model contains RVT links or design options, Visibility/Graphics Overrides parameters are also available. See About Schedule View Templates and Create Assembly Views and Sheets.

The Help file:
Help: New in Revit 2017

The 1 minute video:

The playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLY-ggSrSwbZo26bEbxXCXJzSGjjutm5PY

Steve’s big post:
Revit OpEd: Revit 2017 – New Features and Enhancements

Top 5 from Sean David Burke:
Five Standout Features from Autodesk Revit 2017 | Architect Magazine | Software, BIM, Construction Software, Design Workflow, Architecture, Autodesk

The Revit Kid Top 3:
Revit 2017 – My 3 Favorite new Features | TheRevitKid.com! – Tutorials, Tips, Products, and Information on all things Revit / BIM

Tim Waldock’s Revit 2017 posts (very thorough as usual):
http://revitcat.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/whats-new-in-revit-2017.html
http://revitcat.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/installing-revit-2017.html
http://revitcat.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/elevation-depth-cueing-in-revit-2017.html

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Problems (these are the Not So Good Things) so far:

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Licensing, and the ability to switch from Network to Standalone after installation:

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via Autodesk 2017: Changing From Standalone to Network | Microsol Resources Blog

Other posts:

Navisworks 2017 New Features are summed up here:
BIM 360 Glue + Navisworks 2017: Reinforcing Construction Collaboration

If you cut a sloping pipe in Revit, you can override the lineweight using Linework tool (or Visibility / Graphics) easily, because you are dealing with a model element. However, if you cut a ‘flat’ or horizontal pipe in a Section or Elevation, Revit assumes you want the nice system-related cut symbol for that Pipe and you can’t easily override the Cut Lineweight with a Linework tool.

What you need to do is turn off that default Symbol in Visibility / Graphics, and then you can successfully override the Cut representation.You may find that by turning off the Drop or Rise option, the symbol isn’t shown and the Linework tool will be active for the cut lines of flat pipes:

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Using some Visibility parameters and a simple formula structure, you can use a Revit family to store a collection elements and then selectively show them by using a single lookup value. This allows you to drive many visibility states (programmatically) through the modification of a single instance parameter value.

In the case below, I created a Annotation family and multiple Yes/No visibility parameters, which I applied to Lines:

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Then, I make a VisibilityEnum integer parameter, and set the Yes/No parameter formulas to a given integer:

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You can also use Greater Than and other operators to show items that are visible across multiple visibility states:

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In the project environment, you only need to set one instance parameter to change visibility states:

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Finally, with some inventive use of Excel and Dynamo, you can drive this visibility parameter programmatically, even mapping the visibility state to the owner view of the family instance in Revit:

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