I have been using Revit for over 5 years now, and I don’t think I have ever used the Show Hidden Lines tool. Am I the only one? Basically, its a two pick tool, first pick for the ‘front’ element, second pick for the ‘back’ one – then, then lines from the back element will show through as Hidden Lines.
This tool is hiding on the View ribbon panel:
From the Wiki: After you put detail components in the correct graphic draw order, you can use the Show Hidden Lines tool to obscure the lines behind a detail component. via Show Hidden Lines – WikiHelp
Pre-2013 sketch based stairs have the Stair Path bound to the actual Stair element. In Revit 2013 when using Component Stairs, the Stair Path becomes a separate element. Think of it as a special Tag for Stairs. The Stair Path tool is located on the Annotate ribbon:
You can safely delete the path from views where you don’t want to see it. It seems that these are automatically created in certain Plan views – I’m unsure what the ‘rule’ governing the automatic creation of Stair Paths is, yet.
The Stair Path is a System Family. You can Duplicate existing Path types to create and customize the Stair Path to your liking:
Also, the Categories related to Stair UP and DOWN text have all been moved to the Annotation Categories in Visibility / Graphics! You won’t find them under Model – Stairs anymore:
Awesome post to Wikihelp by Ping Jiang, Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Autodesk.
The short version: basically when the old stairs upgrade to Revit 2013 and mix with new stairs in the project, we just need to simply uncheck the visibility of ‘above’Riser Lines and Riser Lines, then the representation for them will be almost exactly the same [as pre-2013] in all the views.
In Revit 2012, right-click Override Category in View put you into the VG dialog, and you had to scroll to find what you were after – annoying! Revit 2013 is heaps better – it simply provides a dialog similar to that used for Override Element in View. This allows for a much improved workflow. See the 25 second video below:
This is kinda weird. I opened this 2012 family in 2013 – and now when I turn things on and off in the Family Editor, they completely disappear (they don’t just gray out as you would expect).
It is a scary little line based Casework family that I made a while back. It has heaps of instance parameter dimensions and is a generally a bit of a nightmare – but still, why is this strange issue occurring? Any ideas?
In Revit, you can’t use the linework tool on the physical edge of a Toposurface. Worse still, the edge has no distinct category of its own.
The only viable workaround that lets you consistently hide the edge of a Toposurface is to change its Object Style color to white. You can still set you Primary and Secondary contours to show in black or whatever color you use.
This method creates its own problems – like if you draw a grey filled region over the edge of the Toposurface, the ‘white’ line may show through and print. In any case, feel free to ask Autodesk for some better visibility control over Toposurface elements.
While you are at it, why not ask for Toposurfaces to comprehend phasing properly?
There are at least two ways to work around the fact that a Plan Region will not affect the viewing of Topography elements. From the AUGI forums (2007): Alex Page What about having a ‘cut-plane’ of the view above the topography and doing a plan region around your house? (ie: reverse the logic)
Steve_Stafford You could try creating a view of the toposurface from a higher vantage point that doesn’t include showing the building. Then overlay this view with the view of the building (overlay on a sheet that is) at the level you want without the toposurface. This way the two views give you the whole but permit the two different cut planes you really need. If you set the toposurface view to wireframe it should give you the look you want, guessing what that really is, though.