If you have the Autodesk Application Manager installed hopefully you have seen these two updates.
Revit 2015 Update Release 1 was released previously.
Revit 2015 Update Release 2 is referred to as the Security Update. This security update includes all Update Release 1 improvements. Additionally it addresses Heartbleed vulnerability (a security bug in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library).
Revit 2015 introduces some new revision tool functionality. I’ve outlined the 3 biggest changes from 2014, along with some additional information:
Instead of a generic cloud tool that required a lot of clicks, the standard draw tools are now available. Rectangle is set as the default for revision cloud sketches:
Revisions can now be deleted, which will remove the revision from the project and all associated clouds \ tags. You cannot delete an issued revision:
On a project-wide basis you can control the maximum cloud segment size (the “double bubble”). For example, if Arc Length is set to 2”, and you are drawing a revision cloud on a sheet directly, after the segment passes 2” a second segment would begin:
Some quick additional tidbits to keep in mind:
With Revit 2015 revision clouds are treated similar to annotation and scale according to the view scale. For example, if you were to draw the clouds directly on a sheet the exact arc length value would utilized.
Revit has always used a special “double bubble” cloud segment. The Arc Length value refers to the maximum allowed sheet space size per double arc segment (see above Arc Length image).
Upgrade Arc Length
By default the Arc Length is set to 3/4” for new 2015 projects. If your previous-release project contains revision clouds, when you upgrade to Revit 2015 the Arc Length is set to 3 1/2”. For most cases this will prevent revision cloud geometry changes on upgrade. Then, on a project basis, you can set it to the desired size.
You can always create segments smaller than the specified Arc Length.
With each development cycle the Revit team works to develop new features, enhance or expand existing functionality, and improve the overall performance of Revit. The 2015 development cycle was no different in this respect and overall performance of Revit 2015 has increased when tested against Revit 2014.
Of particular note is the performance of graphics related operations. In our tests we saw the greatest improvements in raster image operations (move, cop, array, etc…), view navigation, and element selection.
This year’s Revit development also included a project that alters the internal family data structure which optimizes some computation heavy update operations that are triggered when the model is changed. In some cases we have seen performance in these areas improved up to 30%.
Because of the calculation intensive nature of Revit MEP, separate performance statistics are kept for MEP functions and MEP heavy project files. The performance increases for MEP were found to be similar. MEP specific performance tests also showed increase in performance in most areas from 2014 to 2015.
You can of course test and rate the performance of Revit on your hardware and using your projects to see if you get similar results as our tests. Revit Forum has its own bench mark test. You can find more information on how to run your own test in this thread.
Timely post by Steve Stafford over at Revit OpEd on
Double-Clicking Tags! Here
are some additional tidbits:
Revit 2014 expanded on some of the double-click functionality
introduced in Revit 2013. By default you
can customize these settings under Options > User Interface >
Another change was made to editing parameters in tags. In Revit 2013 to edit a parameter in a tag
you had to select the tag then single-click over the parameter. If you double-clicked on the tag or parameter
it would open the tag family for edit:
Based on user feedback in Revit 2014 this functionality was modified. You can still select the tag and single-click
to edit the parameter value. But now you
can also double-click on the parameter value to edit it. If your mouse cursor is near a tag parameter
double-click to edit tag parameters take priority over double-click to edit the
family. Even if you have
double-click settings for Family set to ‘Do Nothing’ double-click to edit parameters
These double-click settings can be set in the Revit.ini
using the following lines; look for [UserInterface]: