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If we are going for pie-in-the-sky- revit could use a major overhaul (Revit user since 2006)


This is in 5 parts:

  1. Family categories open for editing/purging -base system components remain with GUIDs intact
    • Family-dependent subcategories with their own GUID- Creating "door.frame" makes the "frame" compatible with all "door" family types, scheduled by its own subtype, or as a subtype of door (e.g. door schedule parameter door.frame[all subcategories of door available here to door.frame]
  1. Linetypes editable//accessible by GUID in the linetype editor:
    • Show/ Use [None |<System> | NickName |  Generative]
      1. None= not allowed/shown for use in this project
      2. <System>=use default system name (greyed out for non-system items)
      3. NickName to show user-defined names for sets
      4. Generative = use generative system to generate names and sets (Given formula and data generate line type and name them by a formula)
    • Substitute Linteype (For each non-conforming linetype)
      1. Map unused linetypes to the next adjacent
      2. Map imported mismatched linetypes to those allowed
      3. [conform] to permanently re-map the linetype
      4. [Save] list mappings [GUIDs -> Remapped]
  1. All components are shared and reliant upon #1 to identify family sub-content. Sub-content can be brought into a family along with generic annotations.
  2. Open database allows for any component and host components in families to be referenced using intellisense. E.g. in a door family, the "host<WALL>.structure.core.width" is accessible as a variable, as would be " host<WALL>.structure.core[1].material.identity.type
  3. Database integrated and accessible on a LIVE bases - e.g. Built into SQL
    • where database can be queried,
    • or manipulated by an outside source.
    • Common database lookup could provide 'open source' subfamilies with common GUIDs provided VIA blessed content by Autodesk for use by all (Translated options available for "Nicknames" - GUIDS remain the same for same content- us Machine learning to map across languages and concepts).

VB style formulas with VB functions (Including concatenate, string manipulation and REGEX!)


All menu and components can be modified/remapped - e.g.

  • coarse/med/fine can be remapped and supplemented: LOD100<Coarse>, LOD200<med>, LOD300, LOD400<fine>, LOD500
  • Profiles and other components can tie into this system using the <SYSTEM> names or NickNames (Nick names appears on the list)

And soforth- a complete overhaul.


Copy Monitor

Status: Gathering Support
by Contributor rana.hamed on ‎03-22-2017 05:39 AM

Why Revit is not able to mention the source of each copy/monitored item (ID for example) and the source file too.


This is too confusing case if we are having a lot of linked files and each file may have similar data (as Grids) , finally I can not check the source file that the user has just used in the copy/monitor process.

Revit Integration with Excel

Status: Gathering Support
by Contributor rana.hamed on ‎03-16-2017 03:45 AM

We need a lot to have a full- direct integrated tool between Revit and excel,

which enable us to export an excel sheet from Revit , update the schedule and the exported parameter values in excel , import again in Revit , and by default all updated data that has been modified in excel , to be updated in Revit too after import.

Clean-up the Revit Ideas Forum

Status: Gathering Support
by Collaborator damo3 on ‎03-01-2017 02:25 AM

Before we can vote for good ideas, we have to be able to see them. We are now over 2500 ideas submitted. I can't realistically scroll through 130+ pages of ideas.  

  • There are some really good ideas buried in this forum, most will never see past a dozen votes as they are cast to page 6 or 7 due to the influx of repetitive submissions. Some are complaints, not ideas. (The irony of that statement is not lost on me)
  • In the last 2 days, I have seen 6 ideas submitted that are exact replicas of others due to people not reading the forum guidelines. Item no 1: Check to see if your idea is similar to another's before posting!
  • Out of 2500+ ideas, less than a dozen have been 'archived'. The rest are apparently "gathering support". Now there is a loose term if I ever saw one. 

If this is going to be a serious platform for development and feedback from customers, it needs to be maintained better. With the automation tech today, this shouldn't have to be a burden for Autodesk. 


  • Let's start with tightening the term "gathering support" to ideas with at least 20 votes or more. Create a new category called "New" or "Recent"
  • How about when ideas get new votes, it moves to the top, just like the Revit forum, posts that are years old float back to the top if someone comments. If it really is a good idea, it will stay at the top gathering votes and visible to all. If not, it will drop off. 
  • How about new ideas can't be posted until you click a message saying you did a search before posting. Sure you can just click past it, but its a good reminder. 
  • The auto "searching for similar posts" when writing the title should be just ideas, not forum posts from years ago. It just creates clutter. 
  • Give us sorting options. If I want to see ideas 'under review' I also want to sort just those ideas by highest kudos for example. 

Thanks all and hopefully we can get more out of this forum. 


we need to add shared parameters to the view reference family as (building type , level indicator,.... ) mainly they are  parameters driven from the title block.

we need this urgently in all our projects.

Selection Toggle for Design Options

Status: Gathering Support
by Collaborator damo3 on ‎03-14-2017 03:32 AM
Remove the 'Exclude Options' tick box and create a selection toggle for Design Options.
design option selection toggle.jpg
Give us the control to be able to select design option elements all the time. The "Exclude options" tick box is functionally flawed as it resets when you hit escape. It is not an intuitive tool. 
Replace it with a toggle for Design Options for consistent behaviour of element selection. 
A few releases ago, Autodesk gave us a series of selection toggles for Links, Underlays, Pinned Elements, Select Elements by Face and Dragging Elements. The ground work has already been created, let's add to this set of toggles for more consistent and predictable behaviour. 
(The 'Pick to Edit' tool could still override as it currently does)


Thanks for Voting. 

DWG-Imports controller

Status: Gathering Support
by Contributor rana.hamed on ‎03-14-2017 06:01 AM

we need to have control on DWG import files in the RVT model,

* List the imported DWG files

* Knowing the view name at which the DWG file located.

* To be able to select the DWG file through the list

* Export a DWG-Schedule from RVT model listing the previous data of the DWG imported files.



With all the formatting and everything or you REALLY have to take schedules to the next level.

Make all kinds of view filters work with linked files

Status: Gathering Support
by Enthusiast m.vallee on ‎03-14-2017 02:07 AM - last edited on ‎03-14-2017 02:16 AM |


When you create then apply (with the API) view filters on view plans that have "linked" parts, these view filters can also be applied on the linked parts.


However :


  • it has to be rule-based filters. Selection-based filters don't work : you can add to a newly created view filter (which resides in the main document) IDs of elements that belong to a linked document, but that will do nothing because Revit looks for elements in the main document (you can end up filtering elements in the main document that you don't want, if IDs are similar !).

With the UI : you cannot add an element from a linked model to a selection set for filter


  • rule-based filters that use parameters stored with an ElementId (like levels, etc) don't work because these IDs values refer to elements from the main document...

With the UI : you can make for instance a rule-based filter for rooms based on level parameter (BuiltInParameter.ROOM_LEVEL_ID). But the possible values are levels from the main document only, you don't have the levels whose IDs reside in linkeds documents.

What can Autodesk propose to us, developers, who want to programmatically produce colored view plans based on rooms' parameters values AND print these view plans?


  • We can't access with the API what Revit calls "color schemes"
  • If we use the subcategory "Interior fills" and make colored view filters, these rooms' "interior fills" are then NOT printable ! This seems to be intended behavior (so that only color schemes "print"). This behaviour is however not respected when dealing with linked files : rooms'"interior fills" from the linked file DO print...


Corresponding entry in Autodesk database : CF-3558 [API wish: create colouring scheme with full access to control RGB colors -- 11225814]

As we experienced the last couple of days, add-ins (in this case Enscape) can crash Revit. Now Revit is nice enough to save the project in such a case, but it would be even better if Revit was armed against add-ins behaving bad.

Add access to host object parameters information- for example in a wall-hosted family:





Eliminate ROOMS and use SPACES

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate ron.allen on ‎03-02-2017 02:59 PM - last edited on ‎03-02-2017 03:02 PM |

Spaces could replace rooms


Some categories are still lingering in rooms:

  • ???

Should be easy enough to build tables of DOORS VS. SPACES.


Since Revit is back to one flavor, doors (and other components) could be associated with SPACES allowing for KEY schedules to specify occupancies, heat loads, people counts, and everything managed though spaces.


Combine this with shared parameters in key schedules and we can leverage data in really big ways!


ps- dump the north/south/east/west text fields for finishes... We'd rather use material parameters for primary, secondary and tertiary colors for finishes! : )


Revit Idea Station: The Success Stories

Status: Gathering Support
by Collaborator matthew.taylor on ‎02-22-2017 01:51 AM - last edited on ‎02-22-2017 10:22 AM |


Want to be heard by Autodesk? Want to be heard by the Autodesk Revit developers?

That's why I'm here, and that's why you're here too.

Wonder whether your ideas or the ideas you vote for are making an impact on decision making?


Here's an idea.

Autodesk, how about telling us how we're doing?

In the update documents, an asterisk is shown for updates due to bugs reported by the software users.

How about giving us a breakdown of improvements with each minor and major release?



Autodesk Revit 2018 Feature List


Platform Enhancements

Major feature 1 (Roadmap item)

Major feature 2 (general improvement)

Major feature 3 (legacy wish list)

Major feature 4 (Revit Idea Station item. Kudos to @............)

Minor improvement 1 (Revit Idea Station item. Kudos to @............)

Minor improvement 2 (legacy wish list)


Structural Enhancements




Revit API Enhancements

Improvement 1 (Automatic new feature translation)

Improvement 2 (Revit Idea Station item. Kudos to @............)



etc etc


We want to know if we're making an impact!





One problem we have with the shadows function in Revit is the forcing to Raster at print. It reduces the quality of elevation drawings and means the pdf output is not vector.


There are workarounds but being able to automatically recreate shadows as filled regions on elevations would be especially useful.


So far Dynamo seem to not be able to tackle this either.



Currently, there is no easy way to access the geometry of a room with its openings. It would be very helpful to have one.

Status: Under Review

Thanks for your submission and votes on this idea!  We are evaluating where this request falls into our roadmap and will provide an update when we have made a decision. 

The Factory

As Advised @RTCEUR 2016 and Noted at Revit API session. I was asked to submit Revit Idea under Revit API.


wish list item CF-3558 [API wish: create colouring scheme with full access to control RGB colors]


original post


As adviced at RTC 2015 and noted at Revit API session  I am starting process for requesting new feature.#

What whole world of MEP is missing: Coloring Scheme and ability to control RGB colors.

Coloring Scheme - we can now place sheets, tags do all automted task but Coloring Scheme we need to place manually! please help us

RGB colors - automated color schemes select random and very often dark, Black ones which means that after printing we can not see anyting. Having full control over colors and scheme we could use Macro/ Dynamo to automate process and have full control over this subject.

Status: Under Review

Thanks for your submission and votes on this idea!  We are evaluating where this request falls into our roadmap and will provide an update when we have made a decision.


The Factory

Sheets - Cross Reference

Status: Gathering Support
by Contributor rana.hamed on ‎02-15-2017 10:53 PM

We really need at big projects that are divided into more than a file to be able to cross reference sheets through linked files.


This will save a lot of manual efforts and inputs.

Model Groups are really powerful to duplicate repeating elements (or element groups) in a model. However, their limitations restrain users to use these to the full extent. I made a summary of the most frequently occurring issues.


Limitation 1: Assign parameters to Detail Groups

It’s not possible to add Shared Parameters to Detail Groups or create a Detail Group Schedule.


Limitation 2: Nested Model Groups

Create a Model Group (Group 1). Create a second Model Group (Group 2). Add Group 2 to Group 1 using Add to Group.  Change the Group Type of Group 1 to Group 2. This error will appear:


Of course the proposed workaround is possible, but not desirable at all.


Limitation 3: System Type of exported Groups

  • Draw some Ducts or Pipes and assign a System Type
  • Create a Model Group containing these Ducts or Pipes
  • Export this Model Group to .rvt and open this file.
  • Result: the System Type of the exported elements is set to Undefined:



Same issue appears when the Model Group is converted to a Link:




Limitation 4: Moving Groups with hosted elements on multiple faces

After elements which hosted on elements in a linked .rvt are grouped (on multiple faces in several directions like Floors and Walls), they cannot be moved or copied propertly without ungrouping all the elements or creating new Group types (“Fix Groups…”):


[API] Limitation 5: Access to Edit Group mode for external add-ins

We’d like to modify elements in Edit Group mode. Therefore lots of functionality will become available in Edit Group mode, which can then be applied to all Group instances easily. Currently the whole Add-Ins Panel is disabled in Edit Group mode:



[API] Limitation 6: Set Origin Point

We’d like access to the Origin Point of Model Groups and Detail Groups.


[API] Limitation 7: Add element(s) to existing Model Group

Adding an element to an existing Model Group is not possible. The current workaround is to Ungroup the Model Group, add the element and create a new Model Group, which has a lot of side effects when hosted families are used.

Dimension Walls when 'Wrapping at ends' active (current limitation)

Status: Gathering Support
by Collaborator damo3 on ‎02-27-2017 03:08 AM - last edited on ‎02-27-2017 03:10 AM |

Currently in Revit, you cannot dimension the ends of walls if Wrapping at ends parameter is set. Can we please fix this.

  1. Create a wall type with finishes 
  2. select Wrapping at ends  to 'interior' or 'exterior'.
  3. Try and dimension the inside end of the structure / core, you will notice you can't, only the outside face of the finish.

    Yet you can dimension the inside face (core/structure) of the walls width/depth depending on your dim 'option bar' settings or the use of tab key. So this is a limitation of the wrapping at ends being turned on. Happens often for us when trying to dimension framing for setout plans. 



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