Revit 2017 – New Features and Enhancements

Long Post Warning, worth it I hope.

Last night I was able to download and install Building Design Suite 2017 from my Autodesk subscription account. With little fanfare Revit 2017 is here, brandishing a slightly changed big R logo.

In past years I’ve proposed a What’s New in Revit session for RTC Australasia. It has usually been accepted and then I often presented it for RTC North America too. Creating a session like that is a great way to get better acquainted with the new features each year. Last year I promised myself (and family) I wouldn’t submit for any speaking engagements in the coming year (2016). Besides, after more than tens years of this, I feel like I have less I need to stand up in front of people and say.

As a part of the crew for the Revit Technology Conference (RTC Events) I also see class proposals for a great many people who really want to say what’s on their mind. I’d rather they all take their turn at the microphone and I’ll sit down, listen and learn from them.

That written I decided to compile my own review of the new features and enhancements in a blog post. I’ll still do what I’ve done in the past and tackle features with dedicated posts as the new Revit season progresses. I think that individual posts make features a bit easier to digest; hopefully they compliment a summary post like this one.

In my RTC sessions I’ve repackaged the new stuff into my own three categories of Stuff; Big Stuff, Other Stuff and Subtle Stuff. Autodesk has their own interpretation of what are big new features and sometimes I agree.

Before I get on with it, I need to mention that a fair portion of what is new has already been seen, and put into play by Autodesk customers with active subscriptions. Autodesk released Revit 2016 R2 like they did with Revit 2015 the year before. The special R2 version gives us early access to some of Revit 2017 features that were code complete and did not require a file format change, which necessitates an upgrade of files. We’ll see a need for upgrading from 2016 to 2017 files but not from 2016 to 2016 R2 files. Okay, on to the list!


New Features Videos – Start with these videos provided as part of the help documentation if you prefer watching videos to reading my blog post.

Help Documentation links for What’s New in Revit 2017

Architectural Enhancements in Revit 2017
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering Enhancements in Revit 2017
Structural Engineering Enhancements in Revit 2017
Multi-Disciplinary Enhancements in Revit 2017 (called Platform in the past)
New in Revit 2016 R2 (features released with R2 late last year)

Text Editor – A top ten wish list item since Revit 1.0 has finally been tackled. It’s apparently a lot harder to create a full featured text editor than we users think. We’ll have to see how it is received.

We’ll be able to create indented lists with a bit more control now and we can place just a leader (empty text). Look for tomorrow’s post, I’ll cover this feature more then. You’ll definitely want to look closely at this change.

Depth Cueing – This is another frequently requested concept. In Architectural and Coordination discipline views this allows you to apply a gradient override to make it more obvious which elements are farthest away compared to the elements that are closest to the cut plane of the view…

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