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What I like in Revit® 2019

What I like in Revit® 2019

Posted by Yellowbryk on 19th May 2018

For architects, there is not much discipline-specific improvement in 2019. But there are some nice interface improvements to get when you upgrade from Revit 2018 to Revit 2019:

  • Multi-monitor support – When working in Revit, more screen real-estate means better productivity. Less scrolling, less zooming, less trying to remember what is showing in 3D.
  • Tabbed views – Clicking on a tab is a lot faster than navigating a drop-down list. This change is not perfect. When the view is a family, the tab is blank.
  • Improved 3D modeling tools – Levels show in 3D, perspective views can be un-cropped and scope boxes can be assigned to 3D views.

At Yellowbryk, we focus on families, so we'll cover only family-related changes for the rest of this post.

  • New BIM object libraries
    • Country-specific libraries for Germany, Austria and Switzerland
    • New and/or improved Revit families. (available in 2018.1)
      • Appliances – Oven, range, dish washer, refrigerator, clothes washer, dryer, cooktop
      • Windows – Many new shaps built with options for muntins and trim, plus bay windows, box windows and skylights.
      • Office furniture – Systems furniture, workstations, cubicles
  • Remember Last Location for loading families (available in 2018.2)
    • When working on a furniture plan, loading a variety of families required navigating through the folder structure to the same place over and over again.
    • In Revit 2019, the last loaded family location is remembered. Such a small change, yet so valuable.
  • Fill Pattern Dialog Improvement (available in 2018.2)
    • There are a few good tweaks implemented here:
      • The Solid Fill pattern is at the top
      • Search for patterns
      • Multi-selection of patterns
      • Resizable dialog box that remembers the new size
      • Rescale a pattern without reloading
    • I like all these changes, but my favorite is the resizable dialog box. Now I can actually read the descriptive names I've so carefully crafted for my patterns.
  • Double-fill patterns – and not just for families.
  • Physically-based material appearance assets
    • Designed to work with the Autodesk rendering engine.
    • Better looking renders for carpet, concrete, fabric, glass, metal, stone and wood.