Your dog worships you. Your cat considers you a prison guard and itself an inmate. That’s what using an old software version is like. You’re captive, and you may not have the resources, the time or the motivation to break free. Here’s the good news: The new features of Revit 2019 present some solid reasons for upgrading your design life now. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the first installment in this series, 8 Things Even Your Dog Would Love About Revit 2019.
Autodesk Revit 2019 software includes all the new features and enhancements that were included with Revit 2018.1 and 2018.2 plus a ton of new ways to make your designs more compelling. The enhanced material appearances make for better rendering. And that ultimately makes for a better client experience.
- There are new options for views. Under the Views tab, the windows panel changed. The panel for closed and active doesn’t look the same as it did in the past (it used to appear as file folders). You’ll notice a couple of tabs are gone – cascade and replicate. You can switch between tile views – like “WT” for window tile or “ZA” for zoom all. You can also switch back to tab views. You will still have to zoom-to-fit or zoom-extents to get back into action.
- With the Scope box improvements, you can assign scope boxes to 3D views, use Split tools on railings, and there are new rendering appearances. Scope boxes can be identified separately in this new version and have properties set in the 3D view. This takes the place of you having to create a “call-out” to orient to a 3D view/section. You can actively switch between them too. For architects who work with railings, you can use the Split tool to show a break in the railing for a walkway, stairs or ramp. This command didn’t work in the past, so it’s nice to see it as an option now. (You know how sometimes your cat jumps on your back because she thinks it’s an optional way to play? Well, this isn’t anything like that.)
- Here’s a good example of when another monitor can be helpful. When you’re in a couple of 3D views, and you want to switch between them, you can drag one view over to the secondary monitor. While you’re in the view, you can open up other 3D views for that tab. It will take time because it’s resource heavy – be careful with that. So you can have tab views within your tile views. Try it in your sample files or in your projects and see how it works. The trick is to make sure you have the view active, then open up another view, and it will be put into the tab. You can move from view to view. Closing them out is easy with the little “x” in the corner. And you can switch windows.
- Rendering appearances are updated. With the materials icons for 2019, you’ll notice there’s a warning (!). If you hover over the material, it tells you what that material is and, if you want, you can replace the appearance with the latest version. Once the appearance is reset to the newer version, it will no longer show the warning. To test it out in a practice file, try the older version, then the newer version, and you can see the appearances are quite a bit different. The new appearances will make your renderings look a lot better, so you can really connect the client to the project in ways you couldn’t before. The previews are improved quite a bit. One way to test this out before a customer presentation is to use a laser pointer to show your design to your cat. If he isn’t interested, it needs more work.
- Background fill patterns are more about your graphics now. Under visibility graphics filters, you can now use rule-based filters. You can use different functionality, for instance “AND” and “OR.” As an example, for a concrete wall you can use an “OR” condition/filter to pull from parameters in the families of a project. [And, as an aside, if you’re combining filters, you should start with AND then add OR, not the other way around.] Once you create the condition, you can add it to your filter list and set the fill or hatch pattern and even a background color that you prefer. It’s important to be sure you’re using the right filter rule, select a category, then set your pattern. Examples of how you might use this are for fire rating or reinforcement volume. Use the “=” in your rule to start with, then you can change to “contains” if you want to after it’s created.
- When you’re working with curved walls, if you cut sections, the display will be correct now. This is huge for architectural details and wall sections. And you’ll like this . . . if you move the cut section along the wall path, it updates. Pretty slick.
- Projection surfaces are better visibility-wise in 2019.
- There are also double fill patterns. If you want to add more to the material unit, you can have foreground and background patterns as well. All my wall types have a double pattern. At times the graphics might even look a little crazy. You know there’s a material that looks like fur, right?
So you see, with all the new ways to make your designs more compelling, you don’t have to be a prisoner to your old software version. Put Revit 2019 to work for you, and render designs the way you’ve always wanted to showcase them to your clients. Your designs won’t just look good – it’s Revit! Managed information, better rendering, and your cat might even think you’re cool, too.