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It would be great to be able to toggle on and off fire tape automatically built into the walls based on the fire rating.  Similar to how the analytical lines work for structural components.  it could be a subcategory option under walls to control.  I would like to have it as patterns and color-coded if desired (or have it black/white for some views), but I would also like to be able to turn it off if needed.  I would like it to look good in all scales and be able to show the wall in the fine detail as well if desired.  Not sure if the rated walls need to be fine detail, but I would like to see the exterior, CMU, and concrete unrated walls in fine detail while the fire tape is turned on.

Fill Pattern Generator

Status: Gathering Support
by Collaborator mpwuzhere on ‎01-20-2017 07:43 AM

A Fill Pattern Generator/Creator should be part of Revit, or included as a separate program for both Autocad and Revit users as part of the Building Design Suites or Collections.


Reliance for using such tools should fall on Autodesk, not on 3rd Parties that are not always forthcoming with new releases of Autodesk products and their add-ins.


This is NOT an idea to revamp the entire system of creating patterns.  There are several add-ins already available, but some are quite outdated.  

End with Riser (Stairs)

Status: Gathering Support
by Explorer galen_dbvw on ‎01-20-2017 11:00 AM - last edited on ‎01-20-2017 11:02 AM |

Allow End with Riser to be checked after the fact but not change the Relative Top Height of the run.

Much like how landings have the flexibility to be modified by push/pulling the control grips (blue arrows), I would like this capability with the first and last tread of each stair run in a component stair.


In order to avoid having 'Jump' railings and to keep the railings at 3'-6" and 3'-0" respectively, we have to convert our component stairs to sketch-based to modify these treads to be 6" and 1'-5" (tread + 6").


Would it be possible to make this feature parametric? This would allow us to keep the stair runs by ‘component’, which would be a huge jump in productivity and ease of use:


Details.pngRevit comp stair converted sketch w dimensions.jpg



If you create a number parameter, initially it will be blank.


But once you've entered a value, you can never set it back to blank.


You can do this for text parameters.


Lets have some consistency here, allow blank values.


(For a formula Autodesk can set blank to generate the same value as zero)

REVIT Annotation

Status: Gathering Support
by Explorer MinaZargarsaleh on ‎01-20-2017 09:14 AM

It would be very helpful if there was an option to Snap a text box's leader.

For example when you place a text box on a plan view and you want its leader to be pointing to a specific point. It would be very helpful if you could drag the leader and place it on that specific point by snapping it. 

(Autodesk CAD software's leader has this option.)

what we need in Revit is the ability to toggle on or off Zero Values in a schedule and also have tags not report Zero values.  I should expand that this is an issue with number and integer parameters. I still want to count the column in the schedule but do not want the 0 to display. Sure we could set the parameter to text but text does not have calculated totals ability. 


here is the feature in excel, something similar with a checkbox in the schedule properties and when creating tags I would also like the tag to not report the 0 so would need a check within the tag family.



Curtain Wall Mullion TAG

Status: Gathering Support
by Enthusiast Yien_Chao on ‎01-19-2017 12:04 PM

we can tag curtain panel and system, but why not the mullions?

im using material tag now, but it is not very practical.



It sure would be nice to have a quick way to merge duplicate styles to clean up a project.


I put a lot of effort making sure my template is clean and pure, but when it comes to a real project, things get messy fast.


For example, I may end up with linestyles called "Heavy", "HEVY", "HEV", "HVY" and "Lineweight 4" as a result of copy and paste from other projects, downloading from the web, and giving the intern redlines.  I know they should all be the same, but there is no easy way to merge.  I cannot select all instances in project for lines (bummer) and if i have 100 details, it will take forever to select and change type for each view.  I can delete the bad line styles, but then they all end up Lineweight 1, which does not print they way i want.


Same issue with Fill Patterns, Filled Regions, Text Styles, Dim Styles, etc.


Status: Gathering Support
by New Member ero1995v on ‎01-20-2017 02:00 PM

I'm studying Architecture. During last 2 year Revit become favorite software to work with of my course mates, mine too, even if I don't have. I'm currently working on Archicad, but there my wish to work on REVIT is unreal, because my notebook is quite new MacbookPro 2015. I'm quite interested to have Revit on my computer to start work on that. 

It would be A BLESS to be able to create a subcategory in user material libraries.

For example, I can have a Category of "Metals" and then "Iron, Steel & Aluminium" as subcategories! This will help with keeping a clean and neat material library!

Ok this used to bother me in AutoCAD... years later it outright makes me INSANE in Revit.  When I want to cycle undos and redos, I don't want the view state (angle, zoom, etc) to move AT ALL.  In other words, when I click undo/redo, I'd like to see/verify the results in the exact context of where I am looking.  What I don't want (which is the current method) is to click undo/redo and the view jumps to some unknown angle, and I have to find what I was looking at.  Do this a few times and it's a real inconvenience.


Undo/Redo should only relate to the objects themselves.  Leave Rewind for view states.

Change the extension of a revit backup file


Change the *** extension to anything else but *.000*.rvt

Autocad is not always bad to keep it as a example !!!




- remove all the backup files of multiple projects with no risk of removing the projects itself !

- you don't see the backups when opening projects in the program ( search is by extension)

- backup exlusion for this extension in the server

- filter by extension when searching folders

- not the same thumbnail in the folders

- ...


I would like to see doors with the ability to be non-room bounding. This will help during the tagging of rooms which are contained in other rooms, for example a bathroom inside of a hotel room. It would help the accuracy of the square footage in the area calculation as well.

What I am suggesting should not be considered within too narrow of a scope. It is actually a large swath of MEP elements that would become possible with this one simple option available.



In this CADmep fitting, the tap connection point adapts to the size of the pipe that it is coming off of.

I'm fairly certain that Revit does not allow this at draw time with attaches to (or similar) fittings. Those that can read the main size also split it. I've looked far and wide. You can make a manually entered dimension that reads this, but this is a big deviation from the Revit philosophy. We need a way to read the size of the main for fittings like the one above.


But like I said, it's not just good for that.


Here's something else that could benefit from it



The new hanger in this image works much the same way. It's attaches to, it does not split the system, and it needs to know the size of the pipe that it came off of. The difference is that it is rotated and is not a junction for branchline.


Now I have another element type that would benefit. I will just widen my screenshot



The connector. If you take a look around at all of the AddIns being developed for Revit and MEP purposes, you will find a common trend when it comes to connectors. They are union element types that split the duct/pipe at specification governed intervals.


While that is more familiar to CAD philosophy and and more closely resembles reality, let's consider this: In most cases, all that the MEP trades need connectors in their models for is to determine cut lengths. You could just as easily establish that with elements that attach to the single, long system family in an array. But the system family would maintain that Revit-specific benefit of being flexible and parametric, because it's still one element (with an arrayed family on it) as opposed to several pieces that will throw errors when nullified or otherwise.


I've come very close to accomplishing this connector that I describe. Some methods of building the family are a little sketchy, but the only thing truly stone walling the process is the inability to read a main without totally splitting it.


The bottom line is that attaching to a system without splitting it and still reading the system size is a common need for us. You wouldn't be doing it as an addition for those "rare instances". It would be used all the time. It would be a core function. Please consider this. Thank you.




I think it's annoying that 'when I double click an .rvt file, windows will open the file with the Revit version that was last used to open an .rvt file.


I would like Windows to recognize the file version of a .rvt file, so that it will open with the correct version of Revit.

Maybe it's an idea to give the .rvt files a different extension? .R14, .R15, .R16, and so on?


But Revit only shows once in the list of programs to open the file with.


Can this be improved?







When tabbing your way to a element from a linked file, you aren't able to distinguish between YES/NO parameters value that are ticked On or not yet defined...


In the Example picture, a have selected a door from a linked model. It is only the FireExit parameter that are ticked on. All the others YES/NO parameters aren't either on or off (not yet defined)...


We NEED somehow be able to tell the difference...!

Lock / Unlock Worksets

Status: Gathering Support
by Explorer brianberggren2027 on ‎01-17-2017 02:08 PM

It would be great if we could Lock / Unlock Worksets.  Like layers in AutoCAD.

That way I can lock out Worksets that I don't want to touch.  Could add this to view properties / view templates.

Include Underlay Settings in Temporary View Properties Mode

Status: Gathering Support
by Collaborator damo3 on ‎01-19-2017 03:19 AM - last edited on ‎01-19-2017 03:20 AM |

I would like the Underlay settings to be available when using the Temporary View Properties tool. At the moment, when you activate Temporary View Properties the Underlay settings are all greyed out. Is this not a visibility state that should be included? that you may wish to activate "temporarily"? 


Temporary View Properties tool is an extremely useful, lets add this and make it better!



We need to be able to locate the view in which a DWG was inserted / linked to be able to then delete it or copy it.


If I need to show a DWG, say a survey,  in a particular plan view and I know the DWG  is already linked with "current view only", I am in a for a long and tedious hunting process because to be able to copy it and then paste it in the same location in the desired view, I need first to locate it. Easier said than done.


Ideally this DWG would have been linked using shared coordinates but most often than not this not the case.



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