I’ve included a few tips using some of the new schedules features from Revit 2014:
Formatting in your Project Template
Formatting for the schedule title \ header \ body section can be added in your Revit template file even if the schedule is not yet populated. For example, if you wish to add shading to columns and headers; first select the column index (which highlights the entire column) and apply formatting:
Then you can select the headers or grouped headers and apply formatting:
You won’t technically see any of the column formatting until the schedule is populated with elements (since the columns don’t exist yet), but it’s a nice method to set this up ahead of time. Start adding some walls in the project later and the schedule uses the formatting you initially set:
Want to create a simple “generic table” where you can insert text, parameters, shading, images, etc.? Well you could use the Revit 2014 schedules title section…
First, create a new schedule and either choose a category you do not have in your project, or alternatively filter the schedule so nothing displays in the body section.
Then under the Schedule Properties > ‘Appearance’ tab, un-check ‘Show Headers’. Now you unmerge the default title row and add additional rows, text, parameters, images, shading, etc. And you still get the specific control to resize the column and row dimensions.
Two tips; First use the ‘Clear Cell’ tool to remove the default schedule view name. You can then use that cell to enter any data you wish. Second, set up your cell sizes before adding new rows. The new rows will use the previous row for cell number, size and formatting:
Disclaimer: Keep in mind this isn’t perfect, but should be considered a creative use of the schedules title section. No schedules were hurt (yet) during this process.
Generic Model Schedule – Volume
First of all Revit 2014 adds Generic Models as a scheduleable category. While you could schedule generic model elements in Revit 2013 using a Multi-Category Schedule, you did not get the ‘Volume’ parameter (and you needed to creatively filter the schedule). In Revit 2014 you can both create a generic model schedule and schedule the volume:
Last tip here; don’t forget to double-click on the schedule sheet instance to open the schedule view for editing!