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Color Coordinated: Using Analysis Display Styles

August 17, 2015

I’ve been known to say that Analysis Display Styles is my favorite Revit feature. When I say this people usually roll their eyes or chuckle, but I’m serious! It hasn’t always gotten the best reputation, and has been described as “not that useful,” but I’d like to change that mindset. Yes, it’s a simple concept, but what it really comes down to is making your analysis visualizations work for you. It might come off as kind of a “duh,” but many people don’t know they can already do this!

Why is this useful?

  • You can use it to apply the same legend and scale. For example, make green = the same value for multiple analyses instead of it representing a different value for each study when you auto-scale.
  • It can easily call out specific values of interest. Want to see where values are over 200? Make anything greater than 200 fire engine red.
  • Use a color gradient that works for you and your team. Adverse to the blue-red-yellow color scale? Change it.
  • Discover point values and use annotations to see a specific value for a specific spot.

Purple Gradient

I can make a legend that just includes shades of purple and apply that to visualize my solar radiation results…


Purple Range

But then also create a legend that breaks down the color ranges so I can easily compare design options…


Only Purple

Or set the legend so that any measurements under a certain value is called out.


Purple Annotation

I can also decide that I want to see the point values.




To get started, simply access the Analysis Display Style dialog and create or duplicate a style. Once you get a style you like, apply it to an analysis type, like Solar Radiation or the Lighting Analysis plugin. Depending on what information you want to present, and how you want to showcase it, style and coloring choices can vary. Experiment and play around to find a style that works best for you. 





Efrat Stark is a Product Manager at Autodesk who works on Autodesk's online properties. Her main products are Autodesk University Online and Community which includes blogs, social share, social sign in, comments, reviews, public profiles, and more.