Autodesk Revit 2024, the latest version, has just been released with a range of nice new features and improvements. One of the most notable improvements is the Toposolid which replaces the old Toposurface, offering greater flexibility and precision. Additionally, Revit 2024 introduces a revamped and modernized User Interface, which is a nice improvement.
With the many enhancements and new features, Revit 2024 delivers a more efficient workflow. Also worth mentioning is the fact that many of these improvements (over 18+ features/improvements) are based on feedback from the Revit community, demonstrating Autodesk’s commitment to listening to and meeting the needs of its users.
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In this article, we are going to take a look at the best new features and enhancements available in Revit 2024, with a focus on the Common and Architectural features.
New Interface & Options in Revit 2024
Let’s have a look at the new features of Revit 2024, starting with the revamped user interface. This includes an overhauled template file and model samples.
New Template & Sample Model
This year’s version of Revit comes with fewer Template files than we are used to. In Revit 2023 and earlier there are Template files for each discipline (Structural, MEP, etc.). Depending on which template you start from, you may encounter issues with some of the tools in these templates. Fortunately, Revit 2024 now has reworked File templates: Imperial and Metric Multi-discipline.
The great thing about these templates is that they bring all disciplines together in one place, which helps to avoid the issues that come up when using separate templates for each discipline.
Revit 2024 introduces a set of new sample projects, each focused on a specific discipline and linked together to provide you with an example of a fully integrated project. This allows you to learn how Revit can be used with other disciplines.
The sample below is called the Snowden Towers, which is a mixed-use building that includes commercial retail spaces, a café, offices, and studios. It’s a very complex model, which can be used for best practices when working with Revit. Moreover, they have added a lot of complex elements and families, such as highly detailed railings, curved ornaments for facades, etc, which can be used to learn.
TipThe sample project features a detailed Toposolid for terrain and water, giving you the opportunity to explore how this exciting new feature works in practice.
Search in Browser
The Project Browser in Revit 2024 is modernized with some new symbols for expanding (+) and collapsing (-) views. At the top of the Project Browser, you will now see a Search Bar which replaces the
CTRL+F shortcut or right-clicking for searching.
This allows you to instantly search for a view, sheet, header, or type without the interference of a search via the Project Browser dialog.
Dark Themed Mode
Frequently asked by the Revit community, Revit finally introduces the Dark Theme mode. This mode looks similar to Autodesk Autocad. Within Revit, you can now change between Light and Dark-themed modes. This will affect the ribbons, browsers, main menu, but also workspace area (viewport).
- Open the File tab
- Click on Options
- Select Colors tab
- Modify the UI active theme to Dark
- Optional: Change the background color of the Canvas (viewport) > Press OK
To quickly change between dark and light-themed Canvas, you can also use the Canvas Theme button which can be found in the View tab.
The example below shows Revit 2024 in a fully Dark-themed User Interface. Personally, I prefer the Dark theme but with a white Canvas in the drawing area.
NoteDespite it being a great start to add the dark-themed mode, most dialog and property boxes are still Light-themed. But I’m convinced they will add the Dark-themed style to these menus in the future.
With the modernization of Revit, Autodesk overhauled over 2000+ icons. The icons look more refreshing and simplistic compared to the earlier versions. As you can notice, the shading effects on the icons are gone, most likely because they otherwise might interfere with the dark mode.
A total of twenty-one dialogs have been enhanced, giving you the option to resize them according to your preference. The list below shows the dialogs which have been enhanced. It is most likely that Autodesk will expand this feature to include other dialogs in the future.
- Check Spelling
- Create Group
- Decal Types
- Detail Levels
- Edit Label
- Element IDs of Selection
- Export Image
- Import Lineweight
- Insert 2D Elements
- Load Selection
- New Drafting View
- New Legend View
- New Plan
- Save Selection
- Select Elements by ID
- Starting View
- System Color Schemes
Cloud Model Cache Location
When opening or saving new files to the BIM360/ACC environment in Revit 2023 and earlier, the file will be saved as a local file in a cache folder. This folder can be found under:
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit XXXX\CollaborationCache
As this folder cannot be modified, disk space may quickly run out when working on multiple projects which can be quite annoying. Fortunately, Revit 2024 allows us to modify the cache location of the cloud models, which can be very useful when your disk space is limited.
Go to File tab > Select Options > Click on Cloud Model tab > Browse… to the desired folder
Macro Security Settings
Revit increased the security settings when working with Macros. By default, both application macros and document macros are disabled. To change these settings individually go to:
Go to File tab > Select Options > Click on Macros tab > change settings to Enable or Disable
Sorting Project Parameters
Creating Project Parameters in Revit 2023 and earlier can be quite annoying when it comes to sorting the order alphabetically, because you simply can’t change this order manually. The workaround was the order of creation to get them sorted, which not always worked that well.
Fortunately, in Revit 2024 they will get sorted automatically in alphabetic/numeric order, which can be noticed in the Instance Properties browser and Type Properties dialog.
NoteThe Family Parameters are excluded from this sorting enhancement and will always be sorted above the Project Parameters.
Best New Features in Revit 2024
Next to the major overhaul of the User Interface, menus, and options, Revit 2024 introduced some other nice features which I listed below.
Model Site Overhaul – Toposolid
The Toposolid is one of the most notable changes in Revit 2024 because it’s a totally new feature that replaces the old Toposurface. From a flat surface (Toposurface) we are now allowed to create a solid 3D geometry with the Toposolid. This new feature works like any other system family, such as floor, roof, etc.
The old Toposurface and Building Pad will still exist when you upgrade your old model and can be used to create a new instance, even though these features don’t exist anymore. It is not advisable to do this as it will likely be deleted in the future.
As mentioned, Toposolid works like any other system family and can be created out of different layers with thickness and different materials. The new template contains six pre-made Toposolids with varying layers, giving you examples of how to create, roads, grassland, jetty, and lakes.
While using the new Toposolid, you can cut this solid with other elements, such as Walls, Floors, etc. Use the Cut tool in the Modify tab > Geometry panel > select the Toposolid and the element you wish to cut. As a result, the graphics inside the view will now show correctly.
NoteAs the Building Pad function is gone in Revit 2024, Autodesk advises to use Mass Voids to cut the Toposolid. This method can be more complex and time-consuming, but allows you to create any shape you want. Hopefully, we will get a better tool in the future.
Solar Study Improvements
Revit 2024 allows you to directly change the Sun Settings when doing a Solar Study. You can find the Sun settings in the ribbon on the right side. The settings dialog still looks the same as the earlier Revit versions, a minor improvement has been made to the Time Interval feature, which now offers additional increments.
Revit now offers intervals of 15, 30, 45, and 60 seconds, which allows you to analyze shadows with greater accuracy. In addition, you can drag the Sun along its path in Perspective mode instead of using the Orthographic mode.
Linking Coordination Models – Cloud
Revit introduced the ability to link Coordination Models from Autodesk Docs. These models are lightweight and elements can be selected. You can read out the information from the selected element in the Properties Browser. One of the main benefits is the capability to link models from previous versions of Revit without upgrading them. This feature is very useful when collaborating with other stakeholders who are working with older model versions.
Once you have linked Coordination Models, you can manage these files in the Coordination Model tab located in the Manage Links menu.
Aligning Surface Patterns
In Revit 2024, the Align feature is enhanced with a new mode which is called: Pattern. This feature allows you to choose to align the Pattern of the Entire Surface or Selected Face of elements such as Floors, Roofs, etc.
As you can see in the example below, every surface of the floor has been aligned individually with the same pattern. To reset the pattern, you can use the Entire Surface again.
New Visual Style – Textures
After a long time, Autodesk finally introduced a new visual style that is called: Textures. This style can be described as a hybrid mode between Consistent Colors and Realistic. It will show textures like in the Realistic mode but without the global lights which sometimes can be a little buggy on floorplans.
On top of that, this new style has a way better performance than in Realistic mode because Revit doesn’t have to calculate the global light effects. You can use the Texture style for presentation in 3D views, or floor planners, for example.
Predefined Colors – Color Books
Revit users were previously limited to a premade Pantone button, while AutoCAD users had access to different Color Books. However, Revit 2024 has introduced its own Color Book. This Color Book has premade colors of different sets that can be used for different materials, filled regions, etc.
Not only do the Color Books feature a variety of pre-existing color sets, such as Pantone colors, but they have also expanded to include RAL colors. Furthermore, you are allowed to search for a color in the blank field below the Color Books dialog. In order to use this feature properly, you need to be very precise when typing your search terms into the blank field.
Last but not least, the Color Books are expandable by downloading different color libraries from the internet or by creating your own Color Book with the ABC Editor from Autodesk. After downloading or creating your own Color Book, you can put the .abc file into this folder:
2D Draw Order Improvement
In Revit 2023 and earlier, you can not change the draw order of 2D elements in 3D families. Also, the visual styles are very inconsistent in their behavior when adding them to your project and when printing them in Vector Or Raster mode.
Thankfully, in Revit 2024 you are allowed to change the draw order in the Arrange panel of the family editor. Use the Bring to Front or Send to Back buttons to re-arrange the draw order. The visual behavior is fixed and acts correctly now in the family, project, and when printing in Vector or Raster mode.
Multiple Views to Sheets & Open Sheet
When it comes to making your workflow more efficient, then Revit 2024 has a really good time-saving improvement to place multiple views and schedules on a sheet at once. You are now allowed to select multiple views and schedules from within the Project Browser and drag them onto a sheet.
The views will be arranged automatically so they do not interfere with each other. As the order is depending on your Browser Organization, it can still require you to do some adjustments, but it still saves you a lot of clicking and dragging.
Other new improvements Autodesk added to the views, is the Open Sheet and Move Aligned to Sheet. The Open Sheet function allows you to quickly open the sheet where the view is placed on. The Move Align to Sheet function is made to quickly transfer one or more views/schedules from one sheet to another while maintaining the location of the views/schedules.
Resize & Rotate Schedules Placed on Sheets
Schedules that are placed on a sheet can now be adjusted with some new options in the Properties Browser. These new options are Rotation on Sheet, Resize Rows, and Row Height. With Resize Rows to All, you can set a specific height, and all rows will be adjusted to that height.
Revit 2024 comes with a lot of nice new features and enhancements which are listed here above. The most notable change is the newly added Toposolid feature that replaces the old Toposurface. This requires you to spend some time exploring how this works.
Overall, Revit 2024 looks fresh with its revamped and modernized user interface, making it also easier to navigate. The new features will improve your workflow to be more efficient and save you some time, such as placing multiple views and schedules onto sheets.
There are many other features and improvements that I didn’t mention, but these can be found in the full release notes of Autodesk, including MEP and Structure, which can be found here.
I hope this article helped you to get an overview of Revit’s 2024 best new features and enhancements. If you have any questions, just drop a comment below.