Revit Roundup – What’s Happening Inside the Factory – July 2021

Kimberly Fuhrman Kimberly Fuhrman July 26, 2021

3 min read

It has been a busy few months around the Factory since the release of Revit 2022. But the work has not stopped! Our product teams are continuing work on new features and enhancements that are being tested in our Preview Release. Many of those features and enhancements are based on your Revit Ideas (and other sources) so keep those coming!

What happens after a feature or enhancement is implemented?

Sometimes implementing a feature is just the beginning of developing the depth of that feature. Often a feature that has been implemented needs additional improvement or added functionality. For example, there have been quite a few Wall improvements in the last few releases (i.e., Sloped Walls, Tapered Walls, Elliptical Walls). Now on the Revit Trello Public Roadmap is the enhancement Real 3D Wall Layers. This enhancement “Adds the ability to have 3D geometry for wall layers…”. Again, this is a continued improvement to walls that is built on previous enhancements. Other implemented features that continue to be under current development are 3D Levels and Grids. While the basic functionality is there, more work needs to be done to improve the interaction and functionality with 3D Levels and Grids.

Real 3D Wall Layers card on the Revit Trello Public Roadmap

What is a Roadmap?

The Revit Trello Public Roadmap is a way for our product teams to let you, our customers, know what features and enhancements are currently under development. Visitors to the Roadmap can click on each “card” to find more details about the feature. Cards with a green stripe indicate that the feature came from the Revit Ideas forum. Cards with an orange stripe indicate the feature or enhancement is new to the Roadmap. Columns are organized by discipline as well as categories “For Everyone” and “For Working Together”. Visitors have the ability to add votes to the cards to let the product teams know which features or enhancements are important to them. The Roadmap has been recently updated, and you can read about the updates in this blog post by David Smolker.

“This roadmap may make statements regarding future events and development efforts for our products and services. These statements reflect our current expectations based on what we know today. Our plans are not intended to be a promise or guarantee of future delivery of products, services or features and purchasing decisions should not be made based upon these statements. We do not assume any responsibility to update this roadmap to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the publish date of this roadmap.”

Revit Trello Public Roadmap

FormIt Pro workflows and IFC interoperability continue to be progressing through development with several items on the Public Roadmap. The same applies to Generative and Computational Design enhancements. For Structural and MEP disciplines, Rebar, Analytical Modeling and Systems Analysis also continue along the development path with several enhancements on the Roadmap.

What happens next?

It is important to remember when features are implemented in a new release, the development process does not necessarily stop on those features. Product teams rely on feedback from customers before and after a feature is implemented in a Revit release. They want to know what is working as well as what is not working, or what other work processes may have been affected by the feature or enhancement. Sometimes a feature returns to the Roadmap for continued development based on customer feedback. It is important to note that just because an item is on the Roadmap, it does not necessarily mean the feature or enhancement will be included in the next version of Revit. Some features take years to develop!

Why isn’t my Idea being developed?

Have you ever wondered how our teams decide what to work on next in Revit? Curious as to why Ideas with a lot of votes do not seem to be going anywhere? Check out this Inside the Factory Session titled “Forums, Feedback and a Balancing Act”. Harlan Brumm and Sasha Crotty explain the process that the teams use to determine what goes into Revit. It is not just voting on an Idea, but many other factors that need to be considered. Take a peek behind the curtain to learn more about the development process, and then head on over to Revit Ideas and the Revit Trello Public Roadmap to give your Revit feedback.

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