By Jason Boehning, Building Content Manager at CADLearning by 4D Technologies
Understand the big adjustments that have been made to the core functionality of Autodesk’s Revit in 2019.
There are several new features in Revit 2019 that will immediately transform the way you work in Revit. For example, with multi-monitor support, you can now drag view windows onto your second and third monitors. You can also see levels in 3D views and add OR conditions to view filters. This 2019 Autodesk Revit release is likely to have something for everyone to get excited about.
Another Revit update that I’m a big fan of are the tab views, instead of the active view hiding the inactive views. Before this release, you would need to use the Project Browser or the Switch Windows tool. Now, you can see the open views at the top of the drawing area in the tabs. Simply click a tab to switch to that view. You can also drag the tabs to adjust their order or drag it onto another monitor.
You can still tile view windows in the new release, with some additional functionality. Each tile now has the ability to have multiple views, and you can switch between them with the tab views I just mentioned. This allows you to add multiple views to each tile. You can also drag a tab to another tile, or onto another monitor, if needed. When you open a view, it will open in the active tile. Furthermore, the Close Hidden Windows tool is now Close Inactive. When there are multiple views open in each view tile, Close Inactive will only close the inactive views. The view tiles will remain.
In addition to the other UI updates, there is improved view docking behavior. For example, when you drag a view window to another monitor, you can dock it to an edge, or you can drag it to the top of the screen to maximize it on that monitor. The docking behavior inside the Revit window is also improved to help you dock windows where you want them to appear.
Background Fill Patterns
Materials can now have two fill patterns! There are now fill pattern options for both the foreground and background. In the Material Browser, on the Graphics tab, you can control how the material appears in non-rendered views. Under Surface Pattern and Cut Pattern, you can apply a Foreground fill pattern. If needed, you can also apply a Background fill pattern.
However, be aware that the Surface Pattern Foreground can be either a Model or Drafting pattern, whereas the other patterns can only be a Drafting pattern.
OR Conditions for Rule-based View Filters
In Revit 2019, there are major improvements to view filter rules. You can use AND conditions as well as OR conditions.
Levels in 3D
The visibility of levels can be turned on in 3D views. For projects that are being upgraded, you may need to check the Visibility of the Levels category.
3D View Projection Modes
We’ve actually had the ability to switch between perspective modes for the past few years, but the functionality wasn’t very visible or obvious. Before 2019, you could right-click the ViewCube and select Toggle to Parallel-3D View or Toggle to Perspective-3D View. Now in 2019, you can simply select either Perspective or Orthographic in that context menu. In addition, there is a Projection Mode parameter in the Properties palette.
Uncropped 3D Perspective Views
In Revit 2019, you can un-crop a perspective view. Several updates over the past few years have allowed more modeling to be done in perspective views. Now, you can choose for the perspective view to not be cropped. This will allow for more flexibility when working in perspective views. And, you can move the view window to a second monitor and really blow up the view of your model!
Vertical Text Alignment
In addition to horizontal text alignment options, vertical text alignment options are making their first appearance in Revit 2019. With Top Align, Middle Align, and Bottom Align options, you can better control the alignment of text notes.
In the Open dialog, the Revit version that the file was last saved in appears. This provides users with the ability to see which version the file was last saved in before they open the file and potentially initiate an upgrade process that could take a long time.
In Revit 2019, you can rename views by clicking the name twice slowly in the Project Browser. This works just like renaming a view in a Windows File Explorer.
Additionally, when you rename a view or level, a dialog still appears, asking if you would like to rename corresponding levels and views. The difference in 2019 is that there is an option to not show the message again. Just be aware that if you enable that option, the choice you select will be used each time you rename a level or view in the future. You can disable the “Do not show…” option in the .ini file, though.
Warning When Deleting Levels
Revit has always displayed a warning when you delete a level. It shows the views that will be deleted along with the level. In Revit 2019, this warning also includes the elements that will be deleted with the level. This update alone could save you a ton of time if someone deletes a level that they didn’t think hosted any elements!
In addition to new features, some existing features have been removed. Those include:
- Exporting building sites to ADSK files
- Publishing to Buzzsaw
- Suite workflows
- C4R Communicator
All but the Communicator were removed because there are better workflows or solutions in place. The Communicator, on the other hand, was removed for reasons that I am not aware of.
I think there are many great features in Revit 2019. The updates to view windows is probably my favorite, though. Being able to use tab views instead of the Switch Windows tool is something that I’ve really enjoyed while testing this new release. Also, having view windows on both of my monitors is awesome! Say goodbye to the days of switching between views a hundred times a minute trying to get something just right!