By Martha Hollowell
Every year Autodesk smoothes out any kinks in the software,
improves existing tools and adds new tools that improve productivity and
accuracy. I’ve already covered several
of the user interface and selection upgrades here.
Since I’ve just finished working on the Autodesk Revit 2014 BIM Management: Template and Family Creation training guide (which includes schedules) I want to step through the significant changes to modifying schedules that impact architectural, systems, and structural projects.
Schedule View Interface
You will notice a change the first time you open a schedule. The Modify Schedule/Quantities tab has been expanded to include many more options for the appearance and organization of the schedule as shown in Figure 1.
Modifying the Schedule Appearance
Most of the new options fall under the category of setting up the appearance of schedule cells. You can modify each cell and add other rows and columns. Title and Heading cells can include both text and parameter (enclosed within <>) values as shown in Figure 2. Each cell in the title can have different text formatting and you can also add images to title cells.
Here is a quick run-down of the various tools. A few of them such as grouping headers and inserting rows were available in previous releases.
Parameter values and options (as shown in Figure 3) can be set up by cell. In title cells you can use the Schedule and Project Information parameters. If you select a header cell the parameters match the type of schedule in which you are working. If you change this you are changing the field as you did in the Schedule Properties dialog box, in the Field tab. In number-based data cells you can modify the Format Unit or add Calculated values (formulas).
The options for Columns and Rows (as shown in Figure 4), vary according to the type of cell selected. You can Insert, Delete, and Resize title columns and rows. If you select a header column you can insert, delete, resize, and hide the column.
Titles & Headers
The more complex and extensive a schedule, the more it can help to modify the title and header cells, as shown in Figure 5 The title cells can be merged or unmerged. You can also insert images and delete the contents of title cells. Header cells can be grouped and ungrouped.
The overall appearance of a schedule, including the text types used in the various cells, is set up in the Schedule Properties. You can also modify individual title and header cells using the options in the Appearance panel as shown in Figure 6.
A final important update for schedules is what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG if you remember that far back in computer time). When you layout the schedule in the Schedule View and place it on the sheet it comes in just as you created it. Now, if you modify the width of columns on the sheet, as shown in Figure 7, it also updates in the schedule view.