(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 However, it is good to be aware of the new abilities in the software, so that you can (possibly) stop using outdated workarounds and start using the software in the way Revit 2017 Wants.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:

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):

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

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


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 aren’t using Keynotes in Revit, you probably should be. They are often one of those ‘hidden gems’ that people discover after using Revit for years…

In any case, @theoryshaw has kindly published OmniClass and MasterFormat keynote text files for download at:


Thanks Ryan  🙂

Some other goodies can be found at:

(you will need to login to AUGI)

This new keynoting addin from Kiwi Custom Solutions stores per-project Keynotes in a database to solve concurrent access problems. Revit 2015 allows some interesting pathing to happen for keynotes, that looks like this:

Using this addin, you can either create a new set of keynotes for each project (based on a template), or you can “link” projects to one common keynote definition (allowing an entire office to work collaboratively on one master keynote file).

Any changes are updated instantly in Revit.

Here’s some steps:

  1. Download trial here
  2. Install
  3. Start Revit 2015
  4. You may be prompted to activate
  5. Open or Start a Revit project
  6. The Easy Keynoter setup wizard will start…
  7. and you will be prompted to select a local or network location for the database SDF file…
  8. and give your Keynote template a name, like Default
  9. Then import an existing Keynote text file. You could start with the Natspec version. Or import your office standard.
  10. From here, you can start using and modifying your Keynotes in the Easy Keynoter dialog.

You can close the Easy Keynoter pane with the little X (like other palettes), and open it with the button on the Addins ribbon.

There is also a search option:

 Summary of key features:

  • no problems with multiple users editing the keynotes at the same time as with other systems
  • keynote changes are reflected immediately in the Revit project
  • Drag and Drop Keynotes from the Palette
  • search function

    Download from Autodesk Exchange

    This app will generate a report of all keynotes in your Autodesk® Revit® model, with information about user, material, and element keynotes and which keynotes are orphaned.

    More info:
    Free Keynote Reporter now available on Revit App Store | Boost Your BIM – making Revit even better

    Revit Add-Ons: Free Keynote Reporter Add-in for Autodesk Revit

    EDIT: This seems to be broken in 2014 at this point.  Even if you have it working in 2013, when you open in 2014 it will “break”.  I’m unsure if there is a good workaround yet…

    Absolutely awesome workaround from Dave Light!  He shows how to use an instance Shared Parameter to pass Keynote value via a Family formula to allow the tagging of Window Mark and Keynote in the same tag.  Read the whole post here.

    On a wider level, this method shows that you can formulaically reference System parameters (built in family parameters) and pass their value to a Shared Parameter to allowing tagging.

    BIM Aficionado posted a while back about using Generic Annotations and Note Blocks as a workaround for genuine Keynoting.  I have posted about similar things before, although I am more proud of my Keynote Legend workflow.

    In any case, he provides a full guide along with example files at this link:

    Pretty interesting method, with the Excel CSV / Family Types too.

    Read more / via:
    BIM Aficionado: Generic Annotation Keynotes

    You want to make a Keynote Schedule (or Legend) that is manually populated (you pick which Keynotes show in the Schedule).  Given that your filtering options are limited, here is one way:

    Place Detail Components in a Legend View, tag them with User Keynotes, and use a Keynote Schedule filtered by Sheet.  Place Legend View and Keynote Legend (Schedule) on the sheet…


    1. Create a Detail Component family with some geometry in it (eg. a circle) and load it into your project
    2. Create a Legend View in your project, call it KEYNOTE POPULATION view or something
    3. Place a bunch of instances of the Detail Components from point 1 into the Legend View
    4. Using Keynote Manager, create a list of notes that you want in your Keynote Schedule, preferably under a suitable TopLevel note
    5. Apply the appropriate Keynote file to your project
    6. Start tagging the Detail Components in the Legend View using a USER Keynote – select each item in your list of notes from your Keynote file
    7. Create a Keynote Legend and select ‘Filter by Sheet’
    8. Place the Legend View AND the Keynote Legend on the Sheet that you want the Legend to appear on
    9. Turn off Model and Annotation elements using the master switch in V/G of the Legend View
    10. The manually selected (user) Keynotes have been shown, but the actual Detail Components in the Legend View are hidden!

    Extra tips:
    The Legend View is used so it can be placed on multiple sheets.  You will need to place the Legend View AND the Keynote Legend on each sheet that you want these notes to show on (because we are utilising the ‘Filter by Sheet’ setting).

    Create a View Template (2013) for KEYNOTE POPULATER ON/OFF and apply it to the Legend View.  Using this Template, you can quickly switch the Model and Annotation categories On and Off for these tricky Legend Views.

    Make a Keynote Tag that actually includes the Key Value and Keynote Text, with a suffix like ‘user keynote’.  This is just to make your life easier while tagging in the Legend View.

    Keynotes are one of the least-understood and most-ignored tools in Revit … but they can be awesome if used correctly.

    On a slightly unrelated note – Keynote Schedule and Keynote Legend are interchangeable terms (to me).  The actual term is really ‘Keynote Legend’, but it looks exactly like a Schedule, so … confused yet?  These are different to KEY Schedules …

    Related posts:

    Note Blocks – What are they??

    How to add symbols to Schedules and Text in Revit

    Copy Spreadsheet tool updated