Generative Design in Revit

New Feature

With Revit 2021 comes a Generative Design tool aimed to help you rapidly create design alternatives in the midst of your workflow. In its most basic form, it allows you to specify your design goals, constraints, and inputs and then automatically generates rapid-fire iterations for your review.

The tool, which requires an Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, & Construction (AEC) Collection subscription to be able to use it, has tremendous potential but will require further testing to determine how useful version 1.0 actually is.

Freeze Header in Schedules


With the new Revit release, you now can freeze (lock) the main header and column headers in place to keep them visible when scrolling through it. When you unfreeze the headers, they may not be visible in every area while scrolling.

This feature, though nothing fancy, is definitely a convenience for those who regularly work with large schedules.

Keep reading for further enhancements to schedules in Revit 2021.

Highlight Active Row and Zoom in Schedules


In Revit 2021, the row and cell that are currently active are now highlighted so that you can easily see them in a large schedule.

You can also now zoom in on a schedule for large schedules as you would on any standard web browser by holding down CTRL and scrolling on your mouse wheel or using CTRL and +/- to zoom in and out. You can press CTRL and 0 to reset the zoom to default settings.

This enhancement, in addition to the Freeze Header and Striped Rows enhancements, will make it significantly easier to work with large schedules.

Striped Rows in Schedules


Yet another enhancement to schedules in Revit 2021, you can now set alternating rows to display in contrasting colors to make them easier to read and follow across wide schedules.

This feature can be found in the Schedule Properties dialog in the Appearance tab. It allows you to select your own preferred colors for the rows, which you can also specify in templates.

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