Revit 2022 is one of the more stable updates from Inside the Factory. Improved functionality, new features, and improvements make Revit 2022 an unforgettable update. About half of the new features and improvements come directly from your ideas through the Revit Idea Forum.
When an idea is added to a version of Revit (that is, it is available for download), it is marked as “Implemented” in the idea’s forum. When a feature is under development and added to the Revit public roadmap, all related ideas are marked as “Accepted”. We’ll highlight the 5 best Revit ideas implemented in Revit 2022 (by vote count), and then we’ll explore the 5 best Revit ideas added to the Trello public roadmap.
2D PDF Printing
The name really says it all. The idea with the most votes implemented in Revit 2022 was 2D PDF printing. This feature allows users to create PDF files directly from Revit Sheets and Views. This is a long-awaited request and certainly a welcome addition to the new version.
Shared Parameters in Key Schedules
Another long-awaited request was met by the ability to add common parameters to the main package, increasing the functionality and usability of both. Common parameters in key charts can be used to manage geometry or control visibility within families.
Split Schedules Across Sheets
The ability to break down schedules and place segments on separate sheets is a big improvement on schedules. Large charts can be easily split with one click and segment sizes can be changed using handles. Segments can be reassembled by deleting the divided segment.
Pointed walls (or slanted walls according to Angela’s idea) are an entirely new feature for Revit 2022. This feature allows users to tilt walls vertically on one or both sides. Angela’s request was very simple… “Please don’t paint other meats.” Tapered walls are a great start for adding functionality to walls.
Phase Parameters in View Filters
Adding a phase parameter allows the user to apply view filters to different categories using the Created Phase or Destroyed Phase parameter. This offers more flexibility for visibility and graphics for phase-dependent objects.
Magic happens on the Revit public roadmap! The roadmap shows the functions and upgrades currently in production. This does not guarantee that they will be integrated into the software and their implementation may take some time, but our product team is actively working on these elements.
Content Management and Delivery
This idea focuses on the Project Browser and, in particular, how families are organized in the Project Browser. The Revit public roadmap expands on this to include “tools for managing and deploying Revit content (family and other content) within businesses and projects”.
Snap to Mid-point between two points
Object photography is a useful tool that helps you draw and model with precision. A long-standing feature in AutoCAD, the ability to reach a point midway between two other points is a useful feature when drawing or modeling.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Users are looking for a way to create duplicate sheets in the project browser or context menu without having to prepare a new sheet each time. The idea query also asks for options for views to be placed on a sheet to be duplicated – perhaps an option to duplicate a view or an option to duplicate a sheet without a view.
Real 3D Topography
Topography is a very hot topic at Revit Ideas. Revit topography is currently being created as an area. The presence of 3D topography allows cutting, merging, and other expected features. Get ready to move the dirt!
Tag Model Groups and Links
Two ideas combined into one – the ability to tag model groups and Revit links. This functionality is not currently available for any of the functions. This is a huge improvement for documentation and planning purposes.
We wanted to include this element in the roadmap because there are so many ideas that can be associated with this feature. A fair vote count is hard to imagine! Since there are so many ideas and this point has 88 votes on the Trello board, we thought it was worth remembering. According to Roadmap, “this feature adds 3D geometry capabilities to wall layers, enabling better graphic control, more accurate counts, and easier modeling for more complex wall layer conditions and joints. Walls have become more flexible to allow for better adjustments and modifications.
Not exactly! Voice is important to let the team know what products our customers value the most. But voting on ideas is not the only criterion used to decide what to develop. If so, there will be a few other ideas before the ones listed above! Developers need to consider several criteria, including team availability, cost, time, and feasibility. There are many other sources of customer feedback and input that developers use to determine what to do next. This doesn’t mean disparaging votes for ideas or roadmaps – as noted above, votes are a good indicator of customer sentiment and sometimes the only feedback we get for an idea comes from the number of votes. So, add your voice to your favorite ideas and elements on the roadmap, or add your own unique idea!
Unfortunately, not all ideas can be realized. Sorry, I’m annoyed! Software development is a complex machine that is constantly screwed up, and the folks at the factory really want to make Revit better for everyone. While we hope to meet each individual’s unique needs, we will continue to listen to customer feedback and strive to make Revit better in every way!
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