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TOP 10 BEST NEW FEATURES IN REVIT 2021

Updated: Oct 30, 2020





What's New in Revit 2021: Top 10 New Features for Architects in Revit


1- SLANTED WALLS Now you can easily Select a wall, and change the Cross-Section parameter to Slanted.





When the Cross-Section parameter is set to Slanted, the Angle from Vertical parameter becomes available. In the example below, we experiment with that angle. As you can see, a positive angle will slant to the exterior side while a negative angle will slant the wall to the interior side.


Windows and doors hosted in slanted walls can be set to match the slope of a wall. When a window or door is selected, the Orientation parameter will appear.



2- PDF AND RASTER IMAGES LINKING Integrating images in Revit used to be very painful. Images could only be imported, meaning they were making your models much bigger. Revit 2020 introduced the ability to import PDF but still, you could not link them. In Revit 2021, PDF and images can now be linked! You will find the Link PDF and Link Image tools in the Insert tab.


The process to link is almost exactly the same as importing, except the images or PDFs won’t be included inside the Revit file itself. This will allow you to keep your models light and clean. Always link files, never import them. In the Manage Links menu, you will now find tabs for PDF and images. You can reload a file or change the saved path.



3- GENERATIVE DESIGN


Generative design has been a buzzing topics for a few years now. With Revit 2021, it is now part of the ribbon! You will find the tool in the manage tab.


For the moment, there are 3 types of studies. Maximize Window Views, Three Box Massing and Workspace Layout.



4- ROTATE TAGS WITH COMPONENTS IMPROVEMENTS In previous versions of Revit, tags orientation were limited to horizontal or vertical. They could not match the rotation angle of the associated element.


In Revit 2021, tags can now match the rotation angle of an element. Inside a tag family, option Rotate with component can be activated. When this box is checked, the tag will rotate along with the associated element.



5- ENABLE VIEW FILTERS IN VIEW

In previous versions of Revit, you had to completely remove a filter from a view if you didn’t want the effect anymore. If you changed your mind and wanted to bring back the filter, you had to manually set the overrides all over again. A waste of time.

In Revit 2021, you now have the option to activate or deactivate a filter in a view without having to completely remove it every time.



6- VOIDS CUT FAMILY GEOMETRY TYPE AND INSTANCE PARAMETERS

You can now toggle the visibility of a void inside of a family. When the void is selected inside of a family, set a Yes/No parameter to “Cuts Geometry”. This way, the void can be made active or inactive once the family is loaded inside your model.



7- ROW STRIPPING FOR SCHEDULES (ON SHEET VIEW)

In Revit 2020.1, Autodesk introduced the stripped rows feature, making it softer on the eyes to visualize schedules. However, that feature didn’t work when the schedules were placed on sheets.

In Revit 2021, the Row Stripping feature has been expanded to be included in Sheets. Also, you can now select which color you want to use. This feature can now be found in the Appearance menu of the schedule.


8- REAL-TIME REALISTIC VIEWS



Revit’s visualization features are lagging when compare to amazing plugins like Enscape and Lumion. Autodesk have been working hard to fix that. Recent updates brought new features to make visualization a little better. In Revit 2020.2, Fly Mode was introduced.

In Revit 2021, the new Realistic visual style is now much more better.



9- REVIT HOME Revit will welcome you with a brand new home screen. You’ll actually be presented with a menu that will ask you what kind of workspace you want to use. A “workspace” just means that certain tabs and tools will be closed down when Revit is opened. In the example below, we create a profile for a BIM manager in the architecture.



10- IMPROVED BIM 360 NAVIGATION

The cloud integration has been greatly improved in the last few versions of Revit. You can now access the BIM 360 page for your cloud projects directly in Revit.


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