Revit 2017.1 – it’s great but where on earth do I find it????

Ok, where’s my Revit 2017.1?

Update 2017.1 was released this week. It incorporates new features that enhance your productivity.

Before we launch into the good points, be aware that currently, the Autodesk Desktop App’ does not in all cases “see” the update. This occurs when you have a Building Design Suite installed on your system. If you have Revit (not in a suite) or the AEC industry collection then the Autodesk Desktop App’ will see it. Autodesk is currently looking into this situation.

On top of this, when you into the account center, which is the location you are directed to go to download it, it appears that it is not there when you go to product updates. Well it is, but you just have to know how to find it!

Under product enhancements, minimise the “recommended” panel and then the “recent” panel. Assuming the updates are listed by date then you’ll see the Revit 2017.1 or RevitLT 2017.1 update. Download and install – Voila!




Now, to the New features:

Dynamo Player:  Use the new Player to run Dynamo scripts in Revit with just one click—no programming ability required.  Now even users unfamiliar with Dynamo can use scripts to automate tasks or standardise processes.


Updated Dynamo: The Dynamo software that installs with Revit has been updated and now accesses even more Revit functionality with new nodes and improved list management tools.

Import 3D shapes (Rhino/SAT files): Import RHINO and SAT files as high-quality 3D models, assign them to a Revit category, which lets them appear in schedules and be filtered in views. Use dimensions on elements in the import, and even use imported elements to create room boundaries.


Corruption Data Loss Prevention: Use the Repair Central Model tool to fix the corruption in a central model and create a new central model.

High-Resolution monitor support:  Revit fully supports 4K monitors with properly rendered icons, buttons, dialog boxes, and interface elements

Collaboration for Revit Sync Progress Notification: new dialog provides feedback on the progress of synchronization in C4R

Insight 360 Integration: Get easy and intuitive access to powerful Insight 360 tools installed natively directly on the Revit Analysis tab.



Model in perspective views: Add, move, copy, rotate, or align elements in a live 3D perspective view, and see the impact of your modeling decisions in real time. Reduce the need to switch views for everyday modeling tasks, and work in the view that best supports your workflow.


LED Light Fixtures Content:  LED lighting fixtures content included and ready to use in models and renderings.  Renderings will take advantage of accurate LED IES files to give high quality realistic results from the LED lights in the scene

Sketch on Level: The sketch’s work plane will stay with the work plane of the element giving a more predictable and consistent editing experience – even when you move or copy elements.

Railing Type UI Usability:  Access Top and Bottom Rail properties from directly within the Railing Type Properties dialog.

Stairs Parameters Tooltips:  New detailed tooltips include illustrations and helpful hints for stair elements settings and controls.


Structural Engineering

Split Columns & Framing Elements: The Split Element tool includes new features for structural framing and column elements. The Split Element tool respects joins, justifications, and the location of hosted objects. Openings, details, attached elements, and joins maintain their geometry and locations.


AISC Connection Code Checking for Steel Connections: The code check in Steel Connections for Revit has been updated to the 14th edition of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

New Steel Shapes Content: Revit comes with Chinese and Japanese steel content, making designs more easily transferrable to Advance Steel without advanced mapping required.  Content includes the 20 most common used sections according to the latest Chinese and Japanese standards.


MEP Fabrication Modeling Improvements

Resize Connected Parts: Resize runs of connected fabrication parts using the Properties palette or the Edit Parts dialog.


Change Service: change the service on MEP Fabrication parts in a model using the Properties pallet.

Exclude FAB Parts from Auto Fill Tools: Model more effectively with ability to exclude fabrications parts when using auto fill tools.


Add or Modify a Damper:  On MEP fabrication ductwork parts that accommodate dampers, you can add, remove, or rotate damper blades using damper specific in-canvas controls.

Split Fabrication Elements; split fabrication straight segments with the Split Element tool and Split with Gap tool.

Hanger Support Rod enhancement:  change the size (diameter) of a hanger support rod while maintaining accurate costing data.

AWWA Valves and Pumps Content:  Revit includes an expanded library of wastewater-system content based on the American Water Works Association (AWWA) standards

Space Naming Tool Integration: space naming tool installs with Revit.


So to summarise, some new features and an enhancement of the fabrication and steel detailing aspects of the program.

Have fun!

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