In this post I want to solicit and verify feedback related to this element. The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) is now one of several places where persistent access is provided. Some others are:
- View Frame
- Status bar
- Ribbon panels dragged off the ribbon
- Project Browser
- Navigation Bar (Zoom and SteeringWheel)
Any control on a static ribbon tab can be added to the QAT. This includes drop downs. Below work sharing tools have been added to appear in a similar configuration as was possible in 2009.
The QAT may also be displayed below the ribbon via its right-click context menu. While this takes up additional vertical space it allows for more items and places them closer to the workspace.
- The ability to customize in Revit is appreciated yet 2010 is over dependent on this place for common tool access
- The visual design is too low contrast/dark
- The icons are too small
- There should be some ability to re-arrange tools once they have been added
- “Synchronize with Central” and “Save” should be adjacent
- The type selector should show the type/family name much like work sharing and design options.
- There is not a clear way to “reset to default”
In understanding what tools require persistent access we have frequency data that shows which of the hundreds of tools get the most use. Despite this the data must be qualified given the following possibilities:
- A tool might be infrequently used yet be critical to a specific task
- Tools might be highly used by accident or other confusion (Arch column vs. Structure column)
- Some tools have a high affinity and should be co-located even if their individual frequencies differ
To supplement internal data and research I am soliciting screen shots of your customized QAT layouts. Steve Stafford, Revit blogger, provides an example here: Please share yours by sending a screen shot as an attachment using the following link: