Looks are everything.

It snowed this week and as it always does the snow turned my thoughts to Christmas and decorating. By the time this is posted to my blog I will be knee deep in the holly and jolly. First however I have to crawl under the stairs and dig out the Christmas decorations. Always an unpleasant task and being a guy, I do what all guys do when faced with an unpleasant task…..I daydream about something else.

What does decorating have to do with Revit? Well lots if you consider that everything we do in Revit is about getting our drawings to look just right. In this post I’m going to go over what I’ve learned to make drawings look the way you want them to look.

Revit has a new setting for the halftone value. Now you can choose the colour? and lineweight of halftone lines. This is great because for the longest time the halftone lines would always disappear on half size sets of drawings.

Linked CAD files can be imported as black lines, instead of the default Autocad colours. This is a handy tool and worth doing. The colours can be changed at anytime of course, either in the ‘Object Settings’ menu (which affects all the views in your project) or in the individual view override. There is an odd quirk in Revit however when you preserve the Autocad colours when linking a file, changing the line settings in the ‘Object Settings’ menu doesn’t affect a line that has had its colour specifically set in the DWG file. That is the lines colour property is not “By Layer”. But changing the view override does affect it.

Recently I have started a project with a linked Revit file. A client has a rather large entrance feature that will be used on many projects so creating it as a separate project file made the most sense. I can just copy it to the next project later on. I look forward to finding out how well Revit handles element overrides and settings in linked files.

See you next week.

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