Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 – Get a Host and Riser out of Annotation

I hope you have been keeping up with my series on the new features of Revit 2015 Release 2 and you have been finding it beneficial. But if you are not aware, Autodesk has provided Revit 2015 Release 2 to give subscription customers additional tools and functionality.

I’m breaking down the new features and functionality into a 10 part series – counting down from 10. This is #6 and jumps into some of the documentation features that were updated.

New features covered in this post (#6):

  • Insert Data Row Tool New Location
  • Select Host for Tags Tool
  • Annotate Stair Treads and Risers

A minor change that you may find helpful is the new placement of the Insert Data Row tool. It is now available as a button on the Rows panel of the Modify Schedule/Quantities contextual ribbon besides in the Insert drop-down. Remember that this tool is only available when working with room, area, space and key schedules along with sheet lists.

A new tool that was added in Release 2 is the Select Host tool. This tool can be found on the contextual ribbon when a tag is selected. The purpose of this tool is to simply select the host element of the selected tag or tags. This may seem pointless as you can simply select the host element yourself, but it may be beneficial if the tag was moved far away from the host and the host is unknown.

However, the main purpose of the tool is to select host elements in linked files. In other words, you can select tags that reference elements in a linked model and then use the Select Host tool to select those elements. You can use the tool with multiple tags selected, but be aware that the tool will not work with orphaned tags as they do not have a host.

So as you can see, this tool allows you to quickly select multiple elements in a linked file by selecting their tags in the host model. Without this tool, you would have to use a combination of CTRL and TAB several times to accomplish the same thing.

Lastly, when using the Stair Tread/Riser Number tool, you can control parameters in the Properties palette before placing the annotation. This allows you to control the parameters beforehand besides placing the annotation and then adjusting the parameters. This is very useful when annotating multiple stairs. Just remember that the number annotations are only available for component stairs.

Be sure to check in again next week for the next post in the series.

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