Getting to the small things that matter with the Revit 2018.2 update

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Revit 2018.2 update

We are pleased to announce that we have just released the Revit 2018.2 update.  This update is available to subscribers and current maintenance plan customers via your accounts portal or the in-product Autodesk Desktop App.  Along with a number of bug fixes and stability improvements, this release also includes new functionality.

“We keep telling you, it is the little things that count.” – damo3, user on Revit Ideas

We often hear that it’s the small enhancements that are most valuable.  After a year and a half of  running Revit Ideas, we have received a lot of ideas to act on (lots and lots of ideas).  So in honor of that with the Revit 2018.2 update we have tackled a number of your suggestions for making your life better using Revit.

To start things off – the Revit 2018.2 update has a few goodies that provide improvements for all disciplines

These ideas had over 450 votes on the Ideas Page. We’ve linked each feature below to the related post on the Revit Ideas page.

  1. Improved Section box controls  We’ve improved section box grips (or controls) so that they are easier to select. This should make manipulating section box edge locations much easier and make it so that you don’t accidentally select something you did not want to.
    Improved section box controls in Revit 2018.2 update

      Improved section box controls

    2. Project Browser Expand and Collapse  We’ve added new right click menu options that allow you to expand or collapse everything in the project browser at once or just for the selected item in the tree.

Project browser expand and collapse in Revit 2018.2 update
Project browser expand and collapse

3. Improved Fill Pattern Dialog  We’ve replaced the old fill pattern dialog with an updated dialog that has the solid fill pattern at the top of the dialog, the ability to search for patterns, allows for multi-selection and deletion of patterns, and is resizable (and remembers it’s size).  Finally, when you’re editing a pattern, the dialog allows you to scale the pattern without having to reload it (plus it automatically previews the scale change).  These changes reflect a number of different requests and should make working with fill patterns easier.

Fill pattern dialog enhancements in Revit 2018.2 update
Fill pattern dialog enhancements

4. Remember Last Location for Loading Families  This enhancement remembers the last location from which you loaded a family the next time you go to load another family. This should make it easier to navigate to the location where your families are stored when working with them in a project.

Revit 2018.2 remembers location of last family loaded
Revit 2018.2 remembers location of last family loaded

5. Remember Column width spacing in Type properties dialog  In what is really more of a fix than enhancement, we are bringing back the functionality that remembered the column widths of the family types dialog when editing families.

For duct and pipe detailing, we have a few gems as well

  1. Change service and change size  You can now more easily iterate detailed pipe and duct layouts made up of MEP Fabrication Pipework and MEP Fabrication Ductwork. Revit provides the ability to change, for example, welded piping layouts to grooved layouts.  The functionality also allows you to modify a selection of elements from one size to another.

    Fabrication change service in Revit 2018.2
    Fabrication change service
  2. Visibility / Graphics Overrides on MEP Fabrication Elements MEP Fabrication elements can now be color coded by applying a solid surface pattern in view settings.

    Fabrication solid fill in Revit 2018.2 update
    Fabrication solid fill

For mechanical design, here are some improvements to streamline deployment and production

  1. P&ID Modeler released as an add-in shortly after Revit 2018.1 was released is now incorporated into 2018.2. This streamlines the process of creating a model based on P&IDs.  Coming to Autodesk University in Las Vegas November 14-16?  Check out this related class.P&ID Modeler in Revit 2018.2 update
  2. Direction Arrows on Duct and Pipe Connectors When using connect-into and analytical connections, the connectors on MEP elements now indicate their flow direction, making it easier to identify the desired connection to connect to.

More content for structural design and detailing

  1. New Precast content including beams, columns, slabs, and isolated foundations helps you model  Precast concrete structures faster and more precisely.  This content is localized in English and German.  The German version of the families is based on FachvereinigungDeutscherBetonfertigteilbau specifications.
    New precast content in Revit 2018.2 update
    New precast content

    2. Rebar Content Update for France and Germany  New French and German rebar shapes have been added to the Library, to enhance rebar modelling and better support local standards.

    Updated rebar content in Revit 2018.2
    Updated rebar content

    Learn more about new content in the Revit 2018.2 update in this BIM and Beam Blog post.

    We hope you like our Revit 2018.2 update release and that the smaller things we’ve added make you more productive.  If you’d like to see more about our future roadmap, check out

YouTube playlist of what’s new in the Revit 2018.2 update.

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Harlan Brumm

Harlan is a Revit Product Manager with Autodesk focused on Architecture and Construction. Based in Manchester, NH, he has spent 10 years helping customers realize the power of BIM in a variety of roles. Before joining Autodesk, he worked for AEC firms in the Midwestern USA on a wide variety of project types. A geek, he loves learning about new technology and how it can help Architects design a better world. Find him on Twitter @HarlanBrumm

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  1. technostructllc

    I’d like to thank the author Harlan Brumm for writing such an insightful and informative blog post about Revit that is not just useful to the readers but also revealing.

  2. birgitrosa

    p. dreier DREIERARCHITEKTUR Germany Wir arbeiten gerne mit Revit und bezahlen dafür auch keinen geringen Preis. Autodesk hat in Deutschland wohl nicht wenige Kunden. Nicht alle jedoch sprechen so gut Englisch, dass die Newsletters in Gänze verstanden werden können. Es würde Autodesk nicht schlecht anstehen, seinen deutschen Kunden gegenüber etwas kundenfreundlicher aufzutreten und seine Veröffentlichungen auch in Deutsch zu publizieren. --> Isn´t it possible for Autodesk zu issue their newsletters in German, too? Not all German customers speak English fluently!!

    1. Sylvia Knauer
      Sylvia Knauer

      reply from Jochen Tanger of Autodesk: Vielen Dank für Ihren Hinweis, wir nehmen Ihren Kommentar sehr Ernst und möchten deshalb auch auf Deutsch darauf antworten. Nicht jeder Artikel, der auf dem englischen Revit Blog gepostet wird, wird von uns auch übersetzt, da nicht alle Artikel auch für Deutschland relevant sind oder wir diese lieber mit deutschen Beispielen in etwas anderer Form veröffentlichen. Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob Sie den deutschen Autodesk BIM Blog kennen, in diesem veröffentlichen wir normalerweise alle Neuigkeiten zu Revit und weiteren BIM Produkten auf Deutsch. Das Update zur Version 2018.2 haben wir leider nicht gepostet, das wäre sicher relevant und interessant für alle deutschen Kunden gewesen. Ganz sicher werden wir aber über die in wenigen Wochen verfügbaren Neuigkeiten zu Revit 2019 berichten! Ich hoffe, dass Ihnen diese Antwort weiterhilft und Sie weiterhin viel Spaß mit Revit haben werden. Mit freundlichen Grüßen Jochen Tanger


    Being able to select a handrail or guardrail end conditions and toggle sketch mode to fix the returns and post spacing would be great. The ability to import CAD site plans and have line types with symbols would be helpful.


    Please add an Ortho type of function. For those of us that do plumbing engineering, 90 percent of what we draw is at right angles. An Ortho function would be extremely helpful.

    1. Sylvia Knauer
      Sylvia Knauer

      Thanks for your comment. To get your idea directly to the Revit team and in front of the Revit community, submit it on the Revit Ideas page

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    Harlan, I just tested the the Family Types dialog box - Nice idea, but I think it skipped past the QA team? See my blog:

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