If you follow any sort of Autodesk news, you probably already know that Revit 2017 was released last week. Even though Autodesk only officially announce the release this Monday, the new features have been somewhat public for the past week since the Revit 2017 online help documentation was discovered.
Besides the change in the logo, Revit 2017 seems to be following the trends of Revit 2015 and 2016, with little fanfare and quite a few smaller changes (and no really big changes). In the architectural world, the two features that seem to have risen to the top of the list are the Text Editor and Depth Cueing.
While I can certainly appreciate those two features, as someone who is concerned with site and landscape workflows, they do not quite make the top of my list. Continue reading
The Stair tool works well for modeling the visible portion of a stair. But what about the structural part of the stair below grade?
After posting about Stair Treads several months ago, Chris Dixon (at Franklin Ellis Architects) commented that Railing balusters could be used as treads on Stairs. This method works particularly well for small no-slip treads that essentially sit on top of the Stair.
The Ramp tool is one of those archaic Revit tools that hasn’t been updated in a while (if ever). It is difficult to use and prone to errors. This discrepancy is obvious when comparing Ramps to Stairs. Since Stair by Component was introduced in Revit 2013, Stairs have been created from Run and Landing components, making them easier to manage and create.