The Good, the New, and the Revit

Today we are all about “What’s New.” With Revit, of course. So let’s get right into it.

1.  Touch the down arrow next to the little help iconette (Figure 1)

Figure 1

2.  Touch “What’s New?”

You’re on your own from there. We used to call that surfing the web…

Now, several or one of several new scenarios are perhaps in play. Let me attempt to unpack What’s New for the following three:

A) The Revit Expert

B) The Revit User

C) The Revit Beginner

But first:

If you hit that little button shown in Figure 1 and got the following dialog…

Figure 2

… what are you doing?? Why would you bounce out without saving, especially out to the Internet? Can we agree to end the practice of working without saving timely enough? Please!

Remember that every one hour of normal work lost costs about 2.35 hours to recover from, in many instances. Oh, joy.

If you haven’t hit the button yet, why not? This article will still be here after you check it out ;)

That said, back to it...

A) The Revit Expert

For the true Revit experts, from my perspective “What’s New” is an “already known.” Otherwise, it is all “about to be known.”  

How? Probably by the work they put in and by reading the newly published literature… you know, from that button up top, if not from other sources.

What other sources? (Have you read the other Revit articles in this issue?) Anyhow, here’s one we can all get involved with: Autodesk Revit’s (first ever) Public Roadmap (Figure 3). (

Figure 3

B) The Revit User

Mostly all (perhaps not every single last one, I guess) of “The Experts” know of this roadmap and so many more arenas of collaboration and are around many of the forums such as, The Autodesk Forums, etc.

Want in? Get in.

How? The Internet.

In an attempt to give you power, not simply information; knowledge, not only data; I feel we must each do the work ourselves. Do the work.

“Beta” is an early testing opportunity for many software programs. Go to the Internet and search for that “B” word combined with your favorite software’s name and who knows? Maybe you’ll find something ;)

Now, if you know of one who has the conversation “I have no time” for such things, then please contact me and we can have “that” discussion. It would start something like: If one doesn’t put in at least a few hours a week, let alone a day, to personally invest in learning new things (maybe even old yet unknown things) and ultimately helping develop a (or the) software in which they spend 5 to 10 hours (or more time) every day (on-the-job), then that person may want to reconsider his or her approach to professional performance.

Greatness is a continuum, and while perfection may be impossible, getting noticeably better each day can be had in one simple step: do the work.

Ask Kobe Bryant about putting in work; it is a proven way to learn and grow and reach your individual best; your own level of greatness. Continuously. Your choice ;)

If you already know of all this Beta and forum stuff and just want to get the boiled-down version and lists from this section, I apologize, but that is just not happening. I want to try a possibly more powerful way to have greater learning IMO, so this year is a pivot from the feature lists, etc. As stated, it’s all at your fingertips… well cursor tip at least (yes, I am once again referencing Figure 1).

C) The Revit Beginner

Welcome. Do the work.

A Final Note

Dearest Revit Experts, Revit Users and Revit Beginners,

I truly intended this little piece will help you, the beginners, the experts, and the more seasoned users for the remainder of your careers. This is a small attempt to impart a sense of personal and professional empowerment within the links and actions spelled out above—by nudging us all to “Do The Work” and strive for our own greatness.

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