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"OR" in filter rules

Status: Accepted
by Advocate bosborne on ‎05-12-2016 05:20 AM

There is currently no "Or" capability in filter rules, which makes it very difficult/inefficient at times to filter.  For instance: assume I only want to see walls that contain CMU or Concrete in the type name.  I can create a filter for Just the concrete walls easily, and do the same for the CMU.  But one filter with OR could easily accomplish the task.

Status: Accepted

2D PDF printing support

Status: Under Review
by Advocate dplumb on ‎05-13-2016 07:24 AM - last edited on ‎09-02-2016 10:51 AM |

Not exactly an original idea, but provide a built-in PDF printer

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.  Please note that we are considering this idea to be the "Provide a built-in PDF printer" and will consider linking PDF separately.

 

The Factory

Dual Monitor support for Revit

Status: Accepted
by Contributor BramBIM on ‎05-13-2016 04:56 PM

Integrate dual monitor compactibility within revit. No offense, but dragging the bottom of the programm border across both monitors isn't ideal.

 

Revit LT 2016

Status: Accepted

Congrats! We think this is a great idea, so we've decided to add it to our roadmap. Thanks for the suggestion!

 

The Factory

Rethink Hatch / Fill Patterns

Status: Future Consideration
by Advocate on ‎08-09-2016 07:14 PM - last edited on ‎11-10-2016 12:57 PM |

Isn't it time to devise something a little more modern for patterns? Hard to believe that the 35 year-old PAT file format is still the "technology" of choice for this. Would love to see a modern pattern creator that could do any kind of pattern. Including: rectilinear, random, and especially radial. It is just silly that we have to use model lines and arrays or material hacks to simple brick arches or radial floor patterns. 

 

A new pattern technology and editor please... 

Status: Future Consideration

We've completed our review of this idea. After investigating the effort required to implement this request, we unable to add it to our roadmap at this time due to other priorities. However, we think this is a great idea so we will reconsider it as we made adjustments to our roadmap in the future. Thanks for the submission and keep voting!

 

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Family Browser

Status: Under Review
by Advocate bosborne on ‎05-13-2016 06:14 AM

http://www.kiwicodes.com/products/14-family-browser.html

 

Remove Families from Project Browser.  Provide new Family Browser.  nuff said...

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

Link PDF into Revit

Status: Future Consideration
by Advisor pli on ‎05-18-2016 11:25 AM - last edited on ‎05-18-2016 12:00 PM |

Will Revit ever support the feature of linking or attaching a PDF into the revit file?

 

 

 

Status: Future Consideration

We've completed our review of this idea. After investigating the effort required to implement this request, we unable to add it to our roadmap at this time due to other priorities. However, we think this is a great idea so we will reconsider it as we made adjustments to our roadmap in the future. Thanks for the submission and keep voting!

 

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I would be a blessing to have the stair tool more robust and full of parameters that allow one to create a detailed and exact staircase. Adding core and finish layers as you would in a wall. Determining the end conditions more precisely, with better control. The more detailing control the merrier.

 

Status: Accepted

Thanks for waiting for us to review this idea.  While there is a lot to this idea, we have decided to accept it as is.  As we have posted in our public roadmap, we are planning work on Multi-story stairs and railings in the future. While that might not capture everything about this idea, we wanted to say that we think the intent of this idea is good and that we think it is important to ensure it is on our roadmap.  Thanks again for the submission and continue to vote and submit ideas!

Double patterns

Status: Accepted
by Explorer Herwin_Voortman on ‎05-12-2016 10:10 AM

A color as Solid Fill  and 2nd a pattern.

 

Concrete: Grey and the concrete pattern, 

Status: Accepted

Congrats! We think this is a great idea, so we've decided to add it to our roadmap. Thanks for the suggestion!

 

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Non-rectangular Scope Box

Status: Future Consideration
by Advocate bosborne on ‎05-17-2016 09:18 AM - last edited on ‎09-02-2016 01:42 PM |

We have non-rectangular crop regions.  Can we please have non-rectangular scope boxes so we don't have to copy/paste the non-rectangular crop region to 30 views.......

Status: Future Consideration

We've completed our review of this idea. After investigating the effort required to implement this request, we unable to add it to our roadmap at this time due to other priorities. However, we think this is a great idea so we will reconsider it as we made adjustments to our roadmap in the future. Thanks for the submission and keep voting!

 

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Save as previous version

Status: Archived
by Advocate yavork on ‎05-19-2016 06:45 AM - last edited on ‎09-02-2016 01:44 PM |

Please Allow Revit files (either projects or families) to save in previous versions of the program. (Or at least the Families??)

With so little new features I cannot believe Autodesk can justify upgrading the project database every year?

(If database is not the right term - please excuse my negligence)

I am sure it can easily go for 3-4 years before some of their "new features" requires upgrade to the database. Or find different workaround.

It has been asked and requested so many times on the forums and whitelists I am surprised is not first on the list.

Status: Archived

With regrets, as I am sure there are going to be a lot of people here who will be disappointed, I am archiving this idea. While we fully understand why this request is important and would be of great value to you, it is not feasible for us to add it to the Revit roadmap. Before you share your thoughts, I do ask that you please read my full response here as I will do my best to explain the reasons behind the decision.

 

First off, let me say that this is not a decision that we take lightly. Further, there is no motive that is not expressed in this post. Despite what a few posts here suggest, this decision has nothing to do with how we sell our products, nor is it a strategic move on our part. It is quite simply an exceptionally difficult (impossible?) technical challenge, which, were we to embark on fixing it, is unlikely to fully deliver on the expectations and experience that you deserve (more on this later). If backwards compatibility was an easy thing for us to do, we would do it in a heartbeat because we understand that this would enable workflows that are a true challenge today.

 

There are two ways we could approach the problem: freeze the file format or add converters that transform new data to old data to recreate the old file format. Let me address each one in turn.

 

To be quite frank, freezing the file format would significantly hamper the speed of Revit development as the majority of Revit features require changes to the file format. I took a quick look and by my estimation at least 14 of the top 20 ideas on this forum would require changes to the file format. Comparing our development build to the 2017 file, there are about 3,000 changes to the format. So, on average, there are over 10 format changes per development day. This also doesn't account for the fact that one change can have a huge impact. For example, the ability to have OR in filters could arguably be reflected as one format change, but that change could impact hundreds of views and sheets.

 

If we had to wait 3 years to get significant enhancements you, it would also mean we would it would be another 3 years before we could make further improvements/corrections to features. We often hear feedback that we don't improve the product fast enough; unfortunately this would aggravate, not alleviate the problem.

 

I also want to point out that we already make an effort to identify and work on improvements that don't require a format change. These changes are shipped as part of our point (previously R2) releases. We're excited that we are able to get these new features to you as soon as they are completed. That's why we’re all here on Revit ideas right? So that we can get you the improvements you need. I, for one, don't want to wait three years to make that happen.

So, approaching this from the other angle, why not save back to older versions? I'm going to give you three examples of why this is an exceedingly difficult technical challenge, and why, if attempted, it would not result in the behavior you would expect.

  1. Imagine for their birthday someone gives your kid a gift of alphabet blocks in a fancy gift box that is just big enough to house the blocks. The next year, someone else gives them a set of nicer blocks, but the blocks are 5% bigger in size. You want to keep the new set, but store them in the old box, but no matter how you try they just won't fit. In fact, if the box housed 36 (3x4x3) original blocks, the box will only house 12 (2x3x2) new blocks! You could start sawing the blocks I suppose, but I think that defeats the purpose of alphabet blocks. File formats work in a similar way, a small change in the definition can have a huge cascading effect on the look and behavior of the file.
  2. So why is the impact so big? Let's take our OR in Filters example again. In a greatly simplified solution, the change from AND to OR could be stored in one new true/false property of filters (true = AND, false = OR) in Revit X+1. Of course, Revit X has no idea about this property, so as far as Revit X is concerned all filters are AND. Now imagine saving back a file from Revit X+1 to Revit X where you've used OR filters in 10, 20, 100? views. If we literally copied the filter conditions back to the Revit X format, suddenly your filter would be an AND filter. What happens to those views? Elements change color. Or worse, elements appear/disappear. Schedules change. I could go on. Ok, so that's not a valid solution. Can we have developers write code that converts OR filters into AND filters and saves them that way? I'm a CompSci major and let me tell you - this is not straightforward code to write. And in some more complex cases I'm not sure it's possible to write it in a way Revit X would understand. This is why OR filters are being requested in the first place, right? Now imagine doing this for every one of the 3,000 changes…
  3. If that hasn't convinced you, here's a simplified element-based example. Friendly reminder: in Revit geometry is derived, not primary, data, so it's not necessarily even stored in the file. In a world where Revit X only knows how to create linear walls and Revit X+1 introduces arc walls, what would happen if you took a Revit X+1 arc wall and saved it to Revit X? Because Revit X code has no idea how to use the extra data, your arc wall would show up in Revit X as a linear wall!

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So at least for model objects, if we can’t write back to data, can we somehow save the exact geometry? Maybe (assuming the geometry kernel hasn’t changed), however this would mean that all of the intelligent behavior that you expect with Revit would be gone. So the arc wall would show up as an arc, but you wouldn’t be able to change it and Revit wouldn’t know how to make it act like a wall (e.g. clean up wall joins, etc). It would be a geometry that does not understand that it is a wall, so at that point what we have is un-editable CAD, not BIM. Exporting to IFC and importing it in the earlier version will give you at least the same, and likely much better, geometry consistency.

 

All this is to say that if we were to save backwards without freezing the file format, we would be unable to guarantee consistency of view settings or contents and it will result in the loss of intelligent behavior for elements. In other words, views would look different and elements would be frozen. The amount of work to achieve this “broken” state would also be huge. Giving you an unpredictable backwards save would not really help you with collaboration problems, in fact, it would quite likely cause errors in your deliverables. We don’t consider this an acceptable solution from a customer experience perspective, which is why we have chosen not to pursue it.

 

So that brings us back to freezing the file format as the only option we can consider. I mentioned earlier that this would slow down our development process because it makes it harder for teams to fix bugs (yes bug fixes often require format changes) and hinder our ability to give you the improvements being requested right here in Revit Ideas. In truth, we are looking to change the process in the other direction. We want to give you the latest and greatest as soon as it is available. We realize that that means reworking our install infrastructure and experience so that it is easier for you to get the latest version and increasing the reliability of upgrades so that you are able to trust the quality of the upgrade. We have not done a fantastic job of this to date, so there is a lot of space for us to improve. The ideal state is the Google Chrome experience. How many of you know which version of Chrome you’re running? We realize that there is a lot more complexity to installing and updating our software than Chrome, so I am not implying that this is the right solution, but that kind of simplicity of experience is the direction we want to pursue. Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to care about Revit versions in the first place? We think so and that’s why we’re archiving this issue. We understand that there is a problem, but we believe there is actually a better solution than backward compatibility.

Schedule Browser

Status: Future Consideration
by Participant BrunoR81 on ‎05-12-2016 12:07 PM - last edited on ‎09-02-2016 01:47 PM |

have a schedule browser just like we have for sheets and project browser so we can organize by discipline (submittal, pipe cut, hangers etc)

Status: Future Consideration

We've completed our review of this idea. After investigating the effort required to implement this request, we unable to add it to our roadmap at this time due to other priorities. However, we think this is a great idea so we will reconsider it as we made adjustments to our roadmap in the future. Thanks for the submission and keep voting!

 

The Factory

Get Rid of "Too Small On Screen" when moving something

Status: Under Review
by Mentor on ‎07-21-2016 08:27 AM - last edited on ‎09-02-2016 10:32 AM |

I can understand not letting me DRAW a new object that is below a certain threshold.  But WHY-OH-WHY do you make it so that I can't MOVE something a minute distance?

 

Because of this limitation, I usually end up moving my object well outside of the range and then move it to where I REALLY want it. 

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

More control over view placement on sheets

Status: Under Review
by Contributor purvigirwin on ‎05-12-2016 05:37 AM - last edited on ‎08-18-2016 01:16 PM |

Guide Grids are not the most easy to use and useful tool in Revit. It would be much better if view titles and views could snap to reference planes, or some other "non plot" element within a sheet border. I hate to say it, but AutoCAD does this better. Are you going to let AutoCAD be better than you, Revit?!

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

Sloped Walls

Status: Future Consideration
by Contributor angela_bachetti on ‎04-06-2016 12:56 PM - last edited on ‎08-25-2016 12:58 PM |

Please dont let us draw another mass.

Status: Future Consideration

We've completed our review of this idea. After investigating the effort required to implement this request, we unable to add it to our roadmap at this time due to other priorities. However, we think this is a great idea so we will reconsider it as we made adjustments to our roadmap in the future. Thanks for the submission and keep voting!

 

The Factory

Let me make a simple table

Status: Future Consideration
by Enthusiast Jason.kunkel on ‎05-11-2016 06:40 PM

Come on. It's time to just let us make tables from scratch in Revit. No more crazy Excel workarounds and no more hijacking a category I'm not going to use and hacking its schedule. I just want to be able to make a simple table straight in Revit.

Status: Future Consideration

We've completed our review of this idea. After investigating the effort required to implement this request, we unable to add it to our roadmap at this time due to other priorities. However, we think this is a great idea so we will reconsider it as we made adjustments to our roadmap in the future. Thanks for the submission and keep voting!

 

The Factory

Auto-Spell Check

Status: Future Consideration
by Advocate jrfrost on ‎05-10-2016 05:34 PM

Revit should underline, with a red squiggly line, misspelled words. Instead of having to click “Check Spelling” in each view. 

Status: Future Consideration

We've completed our review of this idea. After investigating the effort required to implement this request, we unable to add it to our roadmap at this time due to other priorities. However, we think this is a great idea so we will reconsider it as we made adjustments to our roadmap in the future. Thanks for the submission and keep voting!

 

The Factory

Worksets in Revit Template

Status: Future Consideration
by Advocate yavork on ‎05-16-2016 01:06 PM - last edited on ‎10-12-2016 01:08 PM |

Please allow the revit template to hold predefined worksets. We use worksets in 100% of our projects and everytime we have to recreate them manualy (we don like the method to create project with worksets and use/copy that as it is prone for mistakes)

Worksets are invaluable part of our workflow.

 

Status: Future Consideration

We've completed our review of this idea. After investigating the effort required to implement this request, we unable to add it to our roadmap at this time due to other priorities. However, we think this is a great idea so we will reconsider it as we made adjustments to our roadmap in the future. Thanks for the submission and keep voting!

 

The Factory

Allow Shared Parameter in a Key Schedule

Status: Under Review
by Advocate michael_coffey on ‎04-06-2016 07:25 AM - last edited on ‎09-02-2016 10:18 AM |

Currently one cannot add a shared parameter to a key schedule.  We need ability to add them and control their values from the Key schedule.

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

Tabbed project browser

Status: Future Consideration
by Advocate pieter on ‎05-20-2016 06:17 AM

Give the project browser tabs for: views, legends, schedules, sheets,families,groups,links,assemblies. This would greatly reduce the amount of scrolling/collapsing/uncollapsing 

 

 

Status: Future Consideration

We've completed our review of this idea. After investigating the effort required to implement this request, we unable to add it to our roadmap at this time due to other priorities. However, we think this is a great idea so we will reconsider it as we made adjustments to our roadmap in the future. Thanks for the submission and keep voting!

 

The Factory

Multiple Selections

Status: Accepted
by Mentor on ‎05-10-2016 11:55 PM

In many areas of Revit multiple selections does not work, for example deleting multiple filters. Also in schedules selecting muitiple cells and enter a value for all the selected cells will be welcome.

Status: Accepted

Congrats! We think this is a great idea, so we've decided to add it to our roadmap. Thanks for the suggestion!

 

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