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.

This might pop up in your Application Manager soon…

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Update 2 for Autodesk Revit 2016 Release 2
Update 2 for Autodesk Revit 2016 Release 2 Readme

R2 download link
http://dds.autodesk.com/2016/RVT/Autodesk_Revit_2016_R2-x64_UPD2.exe

New build numbers for Revit 2016 R2:
16.0.1108.0
20160126_1600

Enhancements list is live at:
http://revit.downloads.autodesk.com/download/2016RVT_R2_UPD2/Docs/RelNotes/AutodeskRevit2016-R2-UPD2ReleaseNotes.html

non R2 download link:
pending…

Download links:
Installer
Readme
Release Notes

As can be seen in release notes below, most of these are “Improves stability…” fixes.

Platform
 Annotation
  Improves stability when creating dimensions.*
 Family
  Improves stability when editing families*.
 IFC
  Improves placement of the site on Open IFC if the site is located away from the origin, or rotated.
 Schedules
  Improves data integrity of a schedule instance on a sheet with the schedule view.*
  Corrects the name of the Default Structural Area Reinforcement Schedule.*
 Selection
  Improves stability when attempting to use the Selection Box tool in Reveal Constraints mode.*
 Upgrade
  Improves stability when upgrading a model containing corrupt families.*
  Improves stability when upgrading projects which may have some corruption.*
  Improves stability when opening or upgrading a Revit 2015 project which contains stairs.*
 Views
  Corrects an issue causing view filter names to be automatically appended when workshared models are synced.
  Improves stability when editing selection sets in a workshared model.*
  Improves data integrity of Project Address for upgraded projects.*
  Improves stability when selecting a viewport with the Select by ID tool.*
  Improves stability when canceling out of the view templates dialog.*
 Worksets
  Improves stability when deleting an element which may have an invalid ID.*
 Worksharing
  Improves stability when using the Options dialog to log into A360 from a workshared central file.*

Architecture
 Wall
  Improves stability when editing stacked wall types*.
  Improves stability when cutting rooms to the clipboard.*
  Improves stability when clicking Edit Preview in the wall structure dialog.*
  Improves stability when editing the structure of walls.*

MEP
 Annotation
  Improves placement fidelity with wire tags when upgrading a project.*
 Electrical
  Improves stability when no panel schedule template is assigned as the default.*
 Fabrication
  Improves connection consistency of taps.
 Groups
  Improves visual fidelity of lighting fixtures within a copied group after the original group is modified.*
 Mechanical
  Improves stability when using Mechanical Settings.*
 Pipe
  Improves stability when upgrading a project that contains user-created pipe types.*

Structure
 Analytical Model
  Improves stability when opening a project which contains a Structural Isolated Foundation with an invalid analytical model defined as a column.*  
 Families
  Improves stability when placing a slanted column or a beam based on a Generic Model Line Based family.*  
  Improves stability after reloading an annotation symbol family used as a symbolic representation of brace elements on plan views.*  
 Scheduling
  Improves stability when selecting a viewer element associated with Graphical Column Schedule.*  

API
  Improves stability when using Dynamo and the function: Select Divided Surface Families.*  
  Improves stability when DimensionSegment ValueOverride API is called when the dimension value was not overridden.*
  Improves error handling with element’s methods/properties.*
  Improves consistency of UIApplication.PostCommand for pre-selection.*
  Improves error handling with ElementCategoryFilter.*
  Improves stability when editing families which use external resources for keynotes.*
  Adds a validator to the Rotate Tap API to guard against creating invalid models.
  Improves error handling with UIDocument.PromptToPlaceViewOnSheet() function.
  Improves consistency of the RebarContainer element.*

CADLearning have allowed free access to a fairly info-packed ebook. Interestingly, it reads more as a 236 page ‘Introduction to everything about Revit’. Its a pretty detailed document, and the “new” 2016 features seem to be only occasionally mentioned. But its well worth a look…

Check it out at:
http://files.cadlearning.com/epub/Learning-Autodesk-Revit-2016-New-Features/

A few pages to check out:

  • Page 50 for Reveal Constraints
  • Page 65 for Adaptive point orientation
  • Page 142 for Fabrication Parts
  • Page 176 for Selection Boxes

via
https://twitter.com/CADLearning/status/611216749615190017

Try this link:
https://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/RVT/en/list/search?facet=__custom%3A%3A_subscriberOnlyApps%3A%3B__version%3A%3A2016

Although it doesn’t list 2016 version on the actual download page, after downloading and installing the Space Naming Utility, I discovered that it was actually added to Revit 2016:

As per screenshot above,  the 2016 version of Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Revit is also available.

Pure speculation here, but I expect that some of these other Subscriber addins will be delivered in the same way:

  • Batch Print for Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk Revit Model Review
  • eTransmit for Autodesk Revit 2016
  • Autodesk Revit DB Link
  • Space Naming Utility
  • Worksharing Monitor for Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk Vault Add-in For Revit
  • Autodesk BIM 360 Add-in for Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk Revit Extension for Autodesk Fabrication
  • Advance Steel Revit Extension

I guess I need to have a Revit 2016 new features post, even if I don’t have a lot to say right now… I have started putting together a list of Revit 2016 videos at the end of this post too. I have to say, I miss the days when there was just one good, long post about new features and everyone just linked to that one 🙂

My top feature for Revit 2016? I suppose its the MEP fabrication integration. Even if its not one-click, design to fabrication solution yet, I personally think that any effort made to make fabrication from Revit easier or more predictable is definitely a step in the right direction.

There is a good list of links over at  What’s New in Revit 2016 | The BIMsider

List of resources, posts and articles:
Updated:
Inside the Factory: Revit 2016 | Project Performance – Part 1
Inside the Factory: Revit 2016 | Project Performance – Part 2
Inside the Factory: Revit 2016 | Project Performance – Part 3

Revit 2016 New Features – Multi-Disciplinary Enhancements | CADLearning

RevitCat – RevitCat: What’s New in Revit 2016

Revittize – Revittize: Revit 2016 What’s new
(Mathew mentions the Place Rooms Automatically feature…)

Autodesk – Revit 2016 List of new Features ,
Autodesk Unveils 2016 Suites for Building and Civil Infrastructure Industries, 
BIM & BEAM: Rebar Constraints Improvements in Autodesk Revit 2016

Revit Kid – Revit 2016 Available Now: For Students and Professional

Revit OpEd – That Time of Year Again – Revit 2016, Revit 2016 – Place Rooms Automatically, Revit 2016 – Open Sheet, 2016 – Multiline Text Parameter Type, 2016 – Multiline Text Follow Up, Revit 2016 – New Door Content

AECbytes – Revit 2016’s New Physical-Realistic Rendering Engine

cadline – What’s new in Revit 2016?

Revit Rants – Revit 2016 What’s New? – A Commentary

BIMopedia blog – What’s New in Revit 2016?

CADLearning – Revit 2016 New Features – A First Look

imaginit – Revit 2016 New Features – IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog

BIM Toolbox – What’s new in Revit 2016

Revit beyond BIM – Gravity Analysis for Revit 2016

TenLinks – Autodesk Ships 2016 Design Suites

Autodesk Revit Structure – Revit Structure 2016 – New features

BIM Jedi – Revit 2016 and the new Energy Analysis Features

the Revit Geek – Revit 2016 Content

Videos:
Massive playlist:

32 minutes about Revit 2016 API:
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