After a few emails back and forth to a very helpful person at Autodesk, I finally tried putting both the Properties Palette and the Project Browser onto the ONE MONITOR – and the problem disappeared! You can do this by ‘double clicking’ on the top bar of the Properties Palette and Project Browser – this moves them into the default position.

Image of problem fixed (notice that ‘common’ appears in the dropdown list):
So, this isn’t strictly a ‘solution’, as I prefer to work with two monitors. But it will do for now.

Properties Palette on second monitor (problem):

Project Browser on second monitor (problem):
Has this happened to you? Feel free to comment.

If you select multiple views in the Project Browser in Revit 2011, how would you modify their common properties?

If you attempt to directly modify them in the open Properties palette, they are not modified. In fact, the only thing that is modified is the ‘active’ view – not the ones you have selected in the Project Browser.

The even weirder part is that the Properties palette shows a mixture of properties from the selected views in the Project Browsers AND the active view (which is not selected). Scary!

This is a dangerous little workflow anomaly. Keep it in mind until the Factory fixes this up.

Wow, Revit is starting to finally allow some actual customization of the User Interface!

If you intend to use the Quick Access Toolbar a lot, have a look at the new things you can do – such as sorting the icons…

Put your most used shortcuts to the far right of the QAT – this is closer to the centre of the drawing window.

As with 2010, you can move the QAT below the Ribbon if you like.

I fear the day that the Revit UI adopts a tool like the CUI manager from AutoCAD. Keep it simple!

I received our DVD media for Revit 2011 today – and man, what a box of goodies! Here is a list of the discs in the box:

  • Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011
  • AutoCAD 2011 32-bit (Disc 1 of 2)
  • AutoCAD 2011 64-bit (Disc 1 of 2)
  • AutoCAD 2011 32-bit and 64-bit (Disc 2 of 2)
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2011 64-bit
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2011 32-bit

The interesting difference between the download page and the DVD media is that the media includes a set of Vanilla AutoCAD discs, whereas the download page ONLY allows you me to download AutoCAD Architecture. (And yes, I know that you can run AutoCAD Architecture as Vanilla AutoCAD with a shortcut.)

But if you chose not to receive your media, it seems you are going to miss out on a purely AutoCAD-only install option.

The best way to become faster at using Revit is to trigger more commands with the keyboard. This is a trick that anyone using AutoCAD learned years ago. You can just hit a few keys much faster than you can find a little button with your mouse. Plus, you don’t have to wait for the interface to catch up with (yes, I’m talking to you, Mr. Ribbon!)

Over the past few years, I have put together a pretty comprehensive and fast set of Revit keyboard shortcuts. As I am right-handed and will generally have my right hand on the mouse, these shortcuts are set up around the fact that my left hand will be sitting around ASDF on the keyboard. Most of them are based on two-character shortcuts, and they generally reflect the first letters of the command they are triggering.

Some of them are a throwback to the old AutoCAD days (you will know them when you use them 🙂

So, here is my gift to all of you:

Keep in mind that you can check the Keyboard Shorcut of a command simply by holding your mouse over the button of that command. The Tooltip will show the Keyboard Command.

If you have any other tips about Keyboard Shortcuts, please comment here.

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