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Traffic Lights for Revit Graphic Options. by Shanoc Halliday

I find it interesting when people just stick to OOTB Revit for even the most simplest of things.  I have discussed Project Browsers before, which could have been a little complex, so this blog will suit all levels of users.

Let’s cut to the chase, OOTB Revit Options Graphics Colour (Color for the American crew) Settings are:

OOTB Standard


The Captain’s Choice:

Captains Choice

When I am training, I call it the Traffic Light setup.

OOTB Standard Option LHS, The Captain’s choice RHS.

Captains View

The reason why I change these is simple, I want to automate as much as possible and get the computer to work it all out for me.  Like, what I have selected and what I am about to select.

This is handy for:

  • Cycling through object selection when a neighbouring object is already selected.
  • For Deselecting objects

  • Cycling through Linked files

Background Colour Edit.

If you paid attention, you might have noticed that my Background colour is not traditional Revit White and not the controversial AutoCAD Black, but light Grey (RGB 235-235-235).  This works great for finding Masked Regions.  Well, actually my workflow is not to use Masking Regions to hide things in the View, instead, I use a Filled Region with a Solid White Opaque infill.  Therefor Solid White on a Grey background is visible, compared to a Masking Region on a White background is impossible to visually see unless you sweep the entire view with a selection window.
Solid White Filled Region

Temporary Dimension Size.

Another quick thing, I update the Temporary Dimension Text Appearance from OOTB 8 to 14, just because this Captain is getting old and crusty.

Quick Summary.

This is no groundbreaking Blog by any measure, but if this improves your modelling throughout the day, every day through all of your working hours, then it has done its job…. And you have made a smart decision.


             Captain BIMCAD-01

   Fair winds and following seas,
Captain Bimcad.

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A2K Technologies is an industry-leading solutions, training, consulting and management firm specialising in the design technology space. With a multi-million dollar turnover and over 150 staff across Australia, New Zealand and China; A2K Technologies is Australia’s largest Autodesk re-seller.

1 Comment

  1. Adrian Taylor January 30, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Simple, but effective! Thanks.

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