Author: Jim Cowan Revit

At Ideate, we look to improve on workflow. There are default settings and then there is what works best!

PROBLEM: You want to place doors and windows a fixed distance from a wall or room corner and it just seems like there are too many clicks.

ANSWER: Change the defaults for temporary dimension placement so they measure from wall faces to the edge of a door or window. The process is reduces you work by about 75%.

Where you want to control placement or spacing of windows/doors the new settings let you click and place in a way that the makes the most of the temporary display of dimensions. A better setting in most situations than the default!

Watch my video, Tip - Temporary Dimensions.

Credit: Ron Palma, AEC Application Specialist – Ideate, Inc.

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          Jim Cowan
Jim Cowan
AEC Senior Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise, and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought after university curriculum developer, instructor, and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions, and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Jim has a special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings, and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices). You can learn more from Jim on his YouTube Channel.