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    Revit visibility and AutoCad

    I sometimes have a problem with the level of information shown on screen in a really complicated model.
    I am aware that Revit has commands such as Temporary hide/ Show hidden elements but surely a dialog box showing exactly what elements whose visibility you have turned off would be helpful.

    Are the Revit visibility tools really as flexible as those in AutoCad? Surely the level dialog box in AutoCad is more powerful?

    Does anyone have any tips on How to make Revit’s visibility tools as flexible and powerful as those in AutoCAD?

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    Hi Ecotech Kid!

    I sometimes have a problem with the level of information shown on screen in a really complicated model.
    --> Do you work with the "Templates" enough to create a suitable overview of the turned on/off elements in you drawings? Visibility/Filter is a very powerful and rewarding Combo if you spend enough time setting them according your needs.

    I am aware that Revit has commands such as Temporary hide/ Show hidden elements but surely a dialog box showing exactly what elements whose visibility you have turned off would be helpful.
    --> You have this dialog box as soon as you type "VG" on your keyboard. This makes the Visibility/Graphic Overrides option to pop out and allows you to see which elements are turned on or off in that moment.

    Are the Revit visibility tools really as flexible as those in AutoCad? Surely the level dialog box in AutoCad is more powerful?
    --> Can you be more specific about that flexibility in AutoCAD?
    I think the main question here is that Revit and AutoCAD have complete different approaches regarding element visibility. Revit actually controls the Elements that you use through categories and not through Layers (AutoCAD). That's the main difference that confuses so many new Revit users after using AutoCAD so many years.

    Does anyone have any tips on How to make Revit’s visibility tools as flexible and powerful as those in AutoCAD?
    --> What do you mean? Create out of the box solutions (through programming, maybe) to help you achieve that objective? Maybe through Scripts or the use of Dynamo? Unfortunately my Knowledge of Dynamo is still quite elementary, but maybe there are some possibilities!

    I hope that I helped with this little bit of Input. I am new to Forums in general, and this one in specific.

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      #3
      Can anyone make an apple taste like an orange? As noted, trying to compare AutoCAD with Revit is a pretty meaningless exercise. Their purpose and function are completely different. If you have specific questions about how to make Revit perform specific functions, we can likely help you here. If you want tips about how to make Revit work like AutoCAD, you will probably be frustrated.

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        #4
        As the posts above state, Revit doesn't have the layer of abstraction that AutoCAD has. Elements are what they are. It's impossible in Revit to accidentally (or intentionally) put Furniture on the Walls "Layer". If that's the kind of "flexibility" you're looking for, no, Revit won't do that.

        But by setting up View Templates in your Revit Template, you can get consistency between every View. For example, you can set up one View Template for Floor Plans, another for Enlarged Plans, and another for RCPs.
        A View Template is really just a saved version of the Visibility/Graphics dialog (Keyboard Shortcut VG or VV). In fact you can simply use the V/G dialog to get your View looking the way you need, and then "Create View Template from current View." View Templates are somewhat akin to Saved Layer States in AutoCAD.

        Once you're familiar with how V/G and View Templates work, you can take it a step further and start creating Filters.
        Filters allow you to go deeper than just turning Categories on & off.
        Using filters you can be very flexible doing things like specifically hiding only the Interior Elevation bubble, but leaving Exterior bubbles on.
        Or turning all "Not In Contract" Furniture dashed.
        Or showing all 3-hour Rated Walls red, 2-hour orange, and 1-hour green.

        So, yeah Revit visibility tools can be very powerful.
        Last edited by DaveP; May 1, 2017, 09:39 PM.
        Dave Plumb
        BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

        CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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