March 28, 2011

Visual Enhancements in Revit Architecture 2012

The new release of Revit Architecture has seen some changes, improvements, and some new features. Some of the improvements include tools that enhance the Visual Graphics within your projects. Visual Styles has been changed to allow the user the ability to customize the look of your presentations. The Graphic Display Options palette is a Render Palette like environment used to make choices for modifying the visual style. Within this palette is the addition of ambient shadows as a configurable choice to visual styles and will allow you to soften up your shaded views.

In addition to changes made to the Visual Styles, the Materials dialog box gone through a makeover with new functionality added. A new feature known as a Property set can be included in a project and is used to define the appearances of multiple materials. Additionally, Material Libraries can be created and managed within the Materials dialog. Use drag and drop functionality to add materials in the project to you own custom libraries.

Like the Material dialog box improvements, the paint tool has also undergone some changes. Now when painting surfaces a graphical interface is used for material paint selection. Revit Architecture 2012 has also added a Remove Paint tool to remove material from painted surfaces. 3D views have gotten some improvements as well with the ability to lock down a 3D view which locks its orientation and once locked, the ability to add tags in a 3D view can be accomplished.

With these new improvements, visualizations within Revit will never be the same.

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2012 releases for AutoCAD, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, Civil 3D, Navisworks and more:

Ron Palma
AEC Solutions Application Specialist

Ron has 23+ years of experience in the AEC industry as a designer, lead project designer, trainer and CAD manager. His instructional background includes Autodesk Certified Instructor, trainer, support technician, educator at Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College, and a U.S. Army certified instructor. Follow Ron @RonPalmaAEC.

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