This is a short post to test using this blog as a method of soliciting specific customer feedback as the need arises. Often during design an issue will arise without a clear solution. There may be many paths forward but the best one remain elusive. A survey or interview can be used to gain additional insight yet these have a high overhead and can’t be justified in all situations. A simple question on a blog might be sufficient and is certainly better than proceeding without any customer feedback. So here is the first such post:
Revit has a single point placement option called “Rotate after Placement” This appears in a few places such as the "Component" tool and "Column".
The option allows you to specify, pre-placement, that you want to rotate the item. Right after the placement click the "Rotate" command is activated and the next click defines the amount of rotation. Next you proceed to place another instance. It is a bit unconventional but has been in the product for some time and was likely introduced to solve a specific need. If I had to reverse engineer a use case it might be:
I can see [find] several [pre existing] alternatives to this option including:
1. After placement the ribbon will display a “Rotate” command that allows you to rotate the element and then quickly resume placing other instances. Its discoverable and flows well.
2. During placement you can press the spacebar to rotate the element into alignment with other elements the mouse is hovering over. Fun to use as it flows well but not very discoverable.
3. You can place a single item then click the “Rotate” command. This is more clicks but if you have many to place you could just copy the instance you rotated.
So the question is does this placement option still have value? Do you use it? When? The more details you can provide the better. Thanks!