When working with low walls (Shorter than 6´-0" or 1828,8 mm) Revit will NOT display it as cut, despite having the cutplane set below that height... To my surprise, this is actually documentet in the help files - so i might as well admit to never have read the help files :-)
"Walls shorter than 6 feet (approximately 1.83 meters) are not cut, even if they intersect the cut plane.
The 6 feet are measured from the top of the bounding box to the bottom of the primary view range. For example, if you create a wall with a sloped top face, when the top of the wall is 6 feet away from the bottom of the primary view range, the wall is cut at the cut plane. When the top of the wall is less than 6 feet, the entire wall shows as projection even where it intersects the cut plane. This behavior always occurs when the Top Constraint property for the wall is specified as Unconnected."
The below image (from the help files), is doing a great job explaining the functions of the view range, and the cutplane bahavior:
Had a question today, regarding components which would override the lineweight of the walls they where placed up against.
1. Open the component (family) in the family editor
2. Locate the build in masking region
3. In the element properties of the masing region, uncheck the "Draw in Foreground" box
4. Hit "OK"
5. Create a new Ref. Plane, just above the Ref. Level, and name it "Mask"
6. Select the masking region, and set it´s work plane to the new "Mask" Ref. Plane
7. Load the component into your project.
While talking about this topic at the Augi Forums, Joe Zhou came up with this genius formula (The result is the same, but you won´t need the "Calc" parameter...
Return Length = if(and(or(Length A > Length B, Length A = Length B), or(Length A > Length C, Length A = Length C)), Length A, if(and(or(Length B > Length A, Length B = Length A), or(Length B > Length C, Length B = Length C)), Length B, if(and(or(Length C > Length A, Length C = Length A), or(Length C > Length B, Length C = Length B)), Length C, 0 mm)))
OK... the formula itself is a nightmare, but it WORKS !
Yesterday, I was explaining Design Options to a client, and went thru the setting of different views for the options - It turned out to a bit of a nightmare. First I startet with setting up the View Properties for a plan view, then a Section View
But when I went to set up the Elevation Views, something was missing:
So I went looking for it in other elevation views, but still no luck... so I told the Client not to do Design Options which would affect Elevevation Views.... Not really.... i´m sure it´s a BUG, but the under Visibility/Graphics, it´s possible to set the desired Design Option:
Hope "The Factory" is gonna fix this before 2020 :-)
Revit won´t let us add the current revision date to the drawing list, and since almost all my clients wants the information on the drawing list, I came up with this simple workaround.
1. Don´t use the Date field in the "Sheet Issues/Revisions" dialog, instead type the date just in front of the description.
2. Make a drawing list that displays the "Current Revision Description" field
3. Change the titleblock revision schedule to display only "Revision Number" and "Revision Description" (delete the "Revision Date" field), and add some line work, to seperate the "Date" from the "Description"
Autodesk really needs to fix this - i´m sure they intended to add this feature in version 2010, when they added the "Current Revision" and "Current Revision Description" to the drawing list fiels anyway.......
As a freelance Revit Consultant, I run into many undocumentet nightmares with Revit - One of them is described below:
The print dialog in Revit, is missing some MAJOR features, like beeing able to print by "Sheet Size" - Here in Denmark, architects usually puts the various drawings on many different sheet sizes,which makes printing entire projects a truly nightmare.
On request of a client of mine, I finally contacted the "Factory", and togheter we came up with the following solution:
1. Forget about the fu***** print dialog in Revit - It´s useless.
2. So instead, go to one of the sheets in your project.
3. Choose Export > DWF:
4. Choose "Sheets in the Model" > "Select all"
5. Choose "DWF Properties" > "Print Setup"
6. Choose "Use Sheet Size
7. Click "OK" > "Export" and save your DWF file to the hard drive
8. And now, to the "UNDOCUMENTET" part > Double-click on the printer's icon in the Control Panel or select Settings in the Start menu and then choose the Printers option. > In the Printers window, select Server Properties from the File menu.
Now create new forms for your custom paper sizes - this will affect all installed printers.
If you´re going to print to PDF, there´s another "WEIRD AND UNDOCUMENTET" part.
REPEAT the custom form creation part, but di it IN REVERSE - so that you enter the width as the height, and the height as the width. - Don´t ask me WHY !! But it´s the only way to get a PDF printer to pick up the custom sizes automaticly (Have tested with Adobe PDF, and Cute PDF)
My thanks go to Luciane Conceicao from the "Factory", who came up with the reversing part !
8. Open the saved DWF file in Autodesk Design Review, and then Print the entire sheets to your Plotter and/or PDF Writer - Remember to check "Choose paper source by DWF print" > Set scale to "100%" and "Center on paper"
This may seem like a lot of steps, but once the custom paper sizes / forms are created, it really takes no time to print entire projects, even with different sheet sizes.
BTW - Sorry about the missing screen captures from the print server properties (My OS is in Danish, so it would not make any sence to most people anyway)
It´s my goal to be posting more of these undocumentet NIGHTMARES, but this is it for now.