In today's post Heather Alley takes a closer look at the 2015 enhancements for Revit content, such as parameter sorting and tool tips!
Of all the new features in Revit 2015, we thought we would focus on a few that are specifically related to family creation. If you want the full list of new features for Platform, Architectural, Structural, & Mechanical check out this link: Revit 2015 new features
First, there is the new ability to sort your parameters. This is probably one of the most requested features of all! We can now automatically sort our parameters alphabetically from A-Z ascending or Z-A descending. In the Family Editor, in the Family Types dialog box you will notice new options:
In addition, we can custom sort with new Move Up or Move Down tools.
Secondly, we now have the ability in Family creation to create a small tooltip for clarification or instructions on how to use a given parameter. When you Add Parameter, you will notice the new addition on the bottom of the dialog box.
After clicking on Edit Tooltip, we can create instructions up to 250 characters to explain what each Parameter is all about.
When you load the Family (*.RFA) into the Project (*.RVT), you will get the following results as you roll your mouse over and hover on the parameter name (be sure to hover on the left Parameter column, not the right Value column to see the tooltips)
The Third major improvement for Revit Family creation is the new IMAGE parameters which have been added as both Instance and Type Parameters.
Here is the Instance Parameter dialog box:
To enter Images as an Instance Parameter, you simply click in the cell, and then use the "…" button to browse for your image. You can also add Instance Images in a schedule view by clicking in the cell and using the "…" button.
Images can also be added as a Type Parameter. However, In the Type Parameters Dialog box, the Type Image cell is greyed out. What is interesting about adding images to the Type Image Parameter is that you cannot add the images in Schedule, and you cannot add them under the Type Parameters dialog box. In order to add Type Images, you must hit Edit Family on your ribbon, and add the images in the Family Editor.
Inside of the Family Editor, in the Family Types Dialog box, you can click in the cell next to Type Image and you will see the "…" option to browse for your image file.
We hope that these new additions help in streamlining your family creation. Tell us your thoughts of the new features in the comments below.