I’m pretty sure this is what Revit Skyscraper is going to look like when it gets released, and I’m guessing it will be called “Collaboration for Revit” or “Revit Collaboration” (sounds like an addin, yeah?). Check out the image:
Those features again:
- Multi-firm concurrent authoring
- No IT setup required
- BIM directly accessible to other Cloud Services
I’m not breaking NDA as this was a mailout from CTC, and you can register for the webinar here.
Pure speculation here, but all signs point to a Subscription Advantage Pack for Revit 2015 with some awesome Sundial features:
Inside the Factory: So, When’s Sundial Coming Out?
Help: New in Revit 2015 Subscription Advantage
Autodesk tweeted across their Twitter ecosystem that you can “See what we are working on…” with this Sundial Release. I don’t think it is a leap of logic to assume that you are actually seeing a preview of features that will be included in Revit 2016. The final feature set will not be set in stone yet, but it gives you a fair idea on where most of the big improvements will be.
Additionally, I’ve been thinking about this equation:
Revit Sundial (cloud hosted, latest release) + Revit Skyscraper (Revit Server for distributed teams)
The answer to cloud collaboration on Revit for distributed geographic teams?
A few things that Revit Sundial has that Revit 2015 doesn’t (shortlist):
- Reveal Constraints mode
- Load into Project and Close button in Family Editor (see video below)
- Search the Type Selector
- Select Background Colour
- Linking Revit model or a CAD file, the default positioning is now Auto – Origin to Origin (via this)
- PDF Export enhancements, Hyperlinks will work in printed PDF sets (via this tweet)
- Disallow multiple wall joins at once
- more things… comment if you find them
Here is the long list of Revit Sundial New Features (lets call it Revit 2016 open beta in the cloud?):
- Rebar: When reinforcing concrete elements, you can now place rebar in any 2D view. Place rebar in plan views, elevation views, and section views using the new placement plane tools. See Place Rebar.
- Snap to model lines for structural elements: To expedite and improve the modeling workflows, the following snapping enhancements are available for structural elements. See Snaps.
- You can snap to an imported and non-exploded CAD drawing.
- Similar to the behaviors when placing structural walls and slabs, all structural elements now snap to the geometry of imported drawings.
- 3D snapping has been enhanced.
- Snaps such as nearest, endpoint, and midpoints are available when defining structural elements along model lines.
- Additional snap locations are available along model lines for structural framing elements, structural columns, trusses, and isolated foundations.
- When you place non-hosted loads, you can now snap to model lines.
- Alignment reference: When changing the alignment reference of beam end geometry in a join, you can now select multiple framing element instances and change their alignment to a common join reference. You can also reset multiple changed references.
- Change reference: To reset setback framing elements, use the Change Reference tool.
- Structural framing orientation: When refining your model, you can flip structural framing elements and maintain joins, as well as setback, geometry, and justification modifications. See About Structural Framing Orientation.
- User interface for structural elements: To improve productivity during structural modeling, take advantage of the following enhancements:
- The Offset drop-down button for framing justification tools has been removed. The y Offset and z Offset tools now reside directly on the Justification panel. See Offset the Physical Geometry of a Framing Element.
- The properties for point loads, line loads, and area loads are reorganized and regrouped in the Properties palette. Tooltips for these properties have also been implemented. See Point Load Instance Properties, Line Load Instance Properties, and Area Load Instance Properties.
- The analytical properties for structural elements are reorganized and regrouped in the Properties palette. Tooltips for these properties have also been implemented. See Structural Column Analysis Properties, Beam Analysis Properties, Brace Analysis Properties, Structural Floor Analysis Properties, Structural Wall Analysis Properties, Wall Foundation Analysis Properties, Foundation Slab Analysis Properties, and Isolated Foundation Analysis Properties.
- Sequence for power circuits: To specify the sequence in which power circuits are created, use the Electrical Settings dialog. See Electrical Settings.
- Most recently used panel circuiting: When you create a circuit, Autodesk® Revit® automatically connects to the most recently used panel for the current session. In addition, you can now search the Panel drop-down list. See Select a Panel or Transformer for the Power Circuit.
- Move circuits: To move a circuit directly to a target slot without disrupting other circuits, use the Move To tool. See Move circuits on panel schedules.
- ASHRAE table information: To identify the table that is applicable for the current condition, the ASHRAE Table Settings dialog displays the graphical representations associated with the duct fitting tables. This enhancement is helpful when you specify Coefficient from ASHRAE Table as the loss method for duct fittings. See Specify a Pressure Loss Method for Fittings and Accessories for Duct and Pipe.
- Search: To quickly find the content you need, use the new search feature in the Type Selector or in drop-down lists. Click the Type Selector or a value field in the Properties palette or a dialog table, and enter keywords to search for. See Search.
- File upgrades: To help you understand the consequences of file upgrades, new dialogs indicate the release of a file and the release to which it will be upgraded. In many cases, you have the opportunity to cancel the upgrade before it completes. See About Opening Models that Require an Upgrade.
- Edit/load a family: To close the family automatically after it is loaded into a project, use the Load into Project and Close tool in the Family Editor. See Load the Current Family into a Project.
- Properties palette: Keep your context in the Properties palette when you scroll, select a property, and then click outside the palette. This behavior can be helpful, for example, if you are selecting different family instances in the model to compare their properties.
- Pin/Unpin icons: To determine whether an element has a relationship with a host system, select the element to see its Pin/Unpin tool icon. A different set of pin/unpin images () is used in the drawing area to indicate a relationship with a host, such as a curtain wall panel or a beam in a beam system. The behavior of the pin has not changed (clicking it still allows you to override the properties for the element), but the subtle difference (small link in the image) adds a visual indicator that this pin is different than the standard pin that locks an element in position. The Pin/Unpin tool icons on the ribbon have not changed. See Unpin Elements.
- Import/link position: To streamline the process of inserting a Revit model or a CAD file, the default positioning is now Auto – Origin to Origin. If you change the default, the option you select for Positioning becomes the default for the current Revit session. The software remembers one default option for Revit models and another default option for CAD files. See Import and Link Options.
- Revit link in a closed workset: To understand why a Revit link is not visible in model views, check its status in the Manage Links dialog. The status In Closed Workset now displays for a Revit link that is in a closed workset. See Manage Links Dialog.
In the Revit.ini file, the following settings are new or changed in this release:
- Colors section: The new BackgroundColor setting replaces the InvertBackground setting in the Graphics section.
- Graphics section: The ThinLinesEnabled setting is now supported. The InvertBackground setting has been deprecated and is no longer supported.
New in Revit 2015 Subscription Advantage
Reveal constraints mode:
Search the Type Selector (via this tweet):
Select background colour (via this tweet):
Disallow multiple wall joins at once (via this tweet):
Video showing the Reveal Constraints mode and general use of Revit Sundial: