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The latest Revit release offers many enhanced features and improvements that will benefit all users, such as geometry optimizations for landscape modeling, modernization of the project browser, and enhancements for rebar detailing and structural analysis.

2024.1 Release Highlights

Geometry Optimizations for Landscape Modeling

Optimize the number of points in a toposolid, making them easier to manipulate and work with, especially when importing detailed or complex geodata into Revit.

More Modernization for the Project Browser

Revit 2024 introduced a Dark Theme and the ability to search in the project browser. Revit 2024.1 adds a keyboard scroll and mouse wheel-enabled zoom for easier browsing.

Improved Rebar Detailing & Structural Analysis

Save time and effort with enhanced rebar segment length editing, in-canvas commands, and automatic tag placement for multi-rebar annotations.

Core Features

Export Fill Patterns

Export drafting and model patterns from your model to a PAT file.

In the Fill Patterns dialog, accessed from the Manage tab, select a pattern or multiple patterns to export to a PAT file . The exported file contains pattern definitions of each pattern selected. Drafting patterns and model patterns must be exported to separate PAT files.

For more information, see Export Fill Patterns.

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Simplify Topography

Reduce the number of points used to generate toposolid elements.

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When you simplify a toposolid, the number of points used is reduced. Specify the number of points to keep when the toposolid is simplified. Reducing the number of points used reduces computational overhead and may increase system performance when toposolids are displayed. Confirm that the reduction in points does not affect the accuracy or specific conditions required for the topography.

For more information, see Simplify Topography.

Shape Editing: Split Line Enhancement

Use the placement controls on the contextual tab to control the elevation of split lines when shape editing elements.

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Split Line Placement

The elevation of a split line is controlled as it is placed. The controls on the contextual tab of the ribbon set the datum used for the elevation of the split line:

  • Along Surface  – The split line is added in relation to the surface. The value displayed near the cursor reports the elevation of the surface based on the Elevation Base setting. The line is added using the Offset from Surface value.
  • Absolute  – The split line is added based on the Elevation Value. The value displayed near the cursor reports the elevation of the surface based on the Elevation Base setting.

After the datum is selected, set the elevation or offset value to establish the position of the split line.

For more information, see Split an Element for Shape Editing.

Chain Selection

Use Tab Select to select a chain of split lines. Once selected, adjust the elevation of the entire chain of lines with the controls on the ribbon. Use this selection and editing method to adjust contour lines of toposolid elements.

Visual Styles in Type Preview

To better visualize how an element is displayed in your model, apply a visual style to the element in the Type Properties dialog.

Use the control in the lower left corner of the preview pane  of the Type Properties dialog to change the visual style of the preview.

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For more information, see Preview Family Types.

Automatic Tag Placement for Multi-Rebar Annotations

You can place multi-rebar annotations faster, with the tag oriented parallel to the dimension line, at a specified offset.

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Make sure that  (Pick Position) is toggled off in the Annotate tab  Tag panel  (Multi-Rebar)  Modify | Multi-Rebar Annotation Aligned  Tag panel. You place multi-rebar annotations with two clicks, and the tag is automatically positioned and aligned to the dimension line.

For more information, see About Multi-Rebar Annotations.

Intuitive Rebar Segment Length Editing

Edit rebar segment lengths directly in the canvas in 2D or 3D views for easier rebar detailing.

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Segment lengths are displayed according to the rebar shape family definition and are rounded according to the reinforcement rounding settings in the project.

For more information, see About Rebar Shapes.

Split with Gap for Structural Framing and Columns

Use the Split Element and Split with Gap tools on all structural framings and columns for faster modelling in various scenarios that require splitting.

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These elements include columns, beams, and bracings.

For more information, see About Splitting Elements and Split Elements.

Structural Section Shape Parameters in Tags

Use structural section shape parameters to customize your tag labels for structural framing.

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Section shape parameters are available for all structural framing and columns.

For more information, see About Tag Labels.

Other Features

Trim or Extend Structural Analytical Members

You can use the Trim and Extend tools on structural analytical members for a more productive modeling experience.

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You can trim or extend multiple members at once.

Structural loads and attributes are preserved after trimming or extending analytical members.

For more information, see Trim and Extend Elements.

Split Structural Analytical Members

You can use the Split Element tool on structural analytical members for a more productive modeling experience.

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You can use the Split Element tool on structural analytical members for a more productive modeling experience.

Dynamo Updates 2.18

Dynamo 2.18 introduces a set of enhanced chart nodes for data visualization, improvements to the Python Script editor experience, a quick way to resize the node library, and more.

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Highlights include:

Chart nodes: Previously only available as a package, six chart nodes are now available in the Dynamo library. These chart nodes have been enhanced with new default values, animations, tooltips, and extended help.

    • Bar chart
    • Heat series plot
    • Index-value line plot
    • Pie chart
    • Scatter plot
    • XY line plot

Insert example graphs from node documentation: You can insert an example graph directly from the Documentation Browser, allowing you to see the node in graph context. Open the documentation for a node by selecting the node and pressing F1. If the node has an example file, use the new icon  to place the example into the current workspace. The graph is inserted as a group below any existing content.

Several improvements to the Python Script experience:

    • Updated user interface
    • Code folding
    • Keyword color coding consistency with DesignScript
    • Backwards compatible custom port names and tooltips
    • Text size adjustment with CTRL + scroll

New Python libraries: Six new Python libraries are available:

    • Numpy
    • Scipy
    • Pandas
    • PIL (Pillow)
    • Openpyxl
    • Matplotlib

Node library and Python editor resizing: You can resize the node library and Python editor with CTRL + scroll or a setting in the Preference Panel.

Updated Color Palette node: With the refreshed Color Palette node, you can select a default color, pick one of your group styles defined in the Preferences panel, or create a custom color with the node’s color picker.

For a complete list of highlights, see What’s New in Dynamo for Revit 2.18. To find out more about major feature updates, what they mean, and how to use them, visit the Dynamo blog.

Project Browser Navigation Enhancements

Use Ctrl+Scroll to zoom the contents of the Project Browser. Following a search, use the arrow keys to move up/down in the search results.

Use the keyboard and mouse to navigate in the Project Browser. Press Ctrl+Scroll to zoom the contents of the Project Browser. When performing a search, use the up/down arrow keys to change your selection. Press Enter to open the selected view.

For more information, see Project Browser.

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Apply Area Rules is Remembered

The Apply Area Rules value setting is remembered and the default value is customizable.

In the [misc] section of the Revit.ini file, if ApplyAreaRules is enabled, Revit will automatically change the wall boundary position when the area type is changed.

See Apply Area Rules.

Example: An office area is measured at the wall centerline, while exterior area is measured to the exterior wall face. By enabling ApplyAreaRules, the area boundary position updates in accordance with area type changes.

Note: The value is also set as On by default if it is not changed in the Revit.ini file, or by the last value applied.
For more information, see Misc. Settings in Revit.ini.

Change Text Alignment for Multiple Selected Elements

You can change the text alignment for multiple text elements at once from the ribbon.

  1. Select the text elements.
  2. Under the Modify | Text Notes tab, click the icon corresponding to the option you want: Top Align, Middle Align, Bottom Align, Align Left, Align Center, or Align Right.

For more information, see Edit a Text Note.

Warnings for View Deletions in Workshared Models

To avoid data loss when deleting views in workshared models, a warning message provides additional information on how to restore a deleted view in a workshared model.

See Restore Deleted Views in Workshared Models.

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