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Thread: impossible where is layers in revit ?

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    Thanks KTA it helps for sure

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    The difference between layers and categories is in the implementation of them, within the software. (I know you get this KTA...just adding for the sake of a new user)

    A line or a solid in Acad is no more or less a "door" regardless of the layer it is assigned to. We understand that a line on a certain layer is meant to be a "door". When a line is printed we rely on traditional graphic rules to figure out what that line is. A symbol for a door versus a gate valve versus a window. Same for Revit. Inside the software these mechanisms become more relevant and important, to the user and how the software generates the drawings we print/share.

    With Revit the software is pre-wired with the system and component content to determine what category it belongs to. A door can't be a window unless you build a window to look like a door, using the door category. It's possible just not as likely to occur as putting a window on a door layer is. ACA/ADT provided a mechanism to automate this "automatic" behavior of a door being on the door layer but there is nothing to prevent it from being moved to a casework layer, by a mean spirited or "incompetent" co-worker of course.

    If we agree that layers and categories are both a way to manage what things are then yes, both have "layers". All software has some mechanism to organize our activities as users. Revit actually uses the word "layers" to describe the "layers" in compound system families; walls, floors, roofs and ceilings.
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    Just an FYI to everyone....just because someone asks about "Layers" doesn't mean they are switching over from AutoCAD...ArchiCAD uses layers too...so don't be too quick to judge. If we got lots of folk making the switch from AC to Revit they will go through the same issues as an Autocad person would.

    BTW...ArchiCAD was able to win over a lot of AutoCAD users because they had a book called ArchiCAD for AutoCAD users...which helped me learn the program real quick. Once I figured out the categories and phases in Revit, it was a snap.

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    LOL @ this thread:

    Layer fetishists vs. Revit evangelists...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmed_hassan View Post
    great that is no layers all i need is to make external wall on layer and internal wall on the other layers also i need to create layers that i willl call it hidden that i will rely on it to hide temporarily dwg file i imported or to hide image or to hide undesired elements in my sheet i imported also to make it on colors just like cad i wish there is answer for this
    Dear Ahmed, I suggest you tu have an essential Revit training before working with it! For hiding elements you can use Visibility/Grahics dialog by Categories or Filtered by any parameter of your building components. Or use the visibility settings of all graphical views in their bottom-left corner (look for the glasses and the bulb).
    You can also find the layers of importet/linked DWGs in the V/G dialog on the Imported categories tab.

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