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from a long background of autocad experience, it took me a while to get used to revit with the following items. I now assimiilated them and i don't find them an issue at all, but it might be worth to consider for new users of revit. Here is what I recall as to my main issues starting in revit:

- to avoid unwanted constraints, create objects in the void, then move them as opposed to create them on the proper place at first.

- moving objects took me a little while to get, especially when typing distances

- withtout levels, you are doomed, show me that it is so important as a start

- show me how to make a basic family with the notion of reference planes: that is key in families

- show me how to nest families: it took me a while to figure out the workplane concept. coming from the acad block world, this is quite new as a concept

- show me how to orient the north properly (true north) for solar concepts

- show me how to create a family where 3d and 3d (as well as masks) are properly defined, for example, a pocket door symbol

- teach me how to define view ranges: this is one area where as new users we trip over. often resulting in creating objects disappearing right away

- how to make a camera view and manipulate it (perspective projection). it is not obvious to figure that the only way to select a camera is to pick the crop region in the view, then switch to a plan view to then manipulate it.

- teach me that detail works can be done as hybrid where coarse things are done in 3d and small details are simple add-ons.

- show me the difference between model lines and detail lines. not obvious at first.

that is more less what I noted while learning revit the first time...

That's an excellent idea for Revit newbies.
So lets talk about those "Essentials" or I prefer the word "fundamentals".
1. Navigation (View cube, Mouse Wheel, project browser, selection, nudge
2. Modeling (create basic elements, modify)
3. Query (Temporary dimension, Measure)
4. Datum (Levels and Grids)

For newbies that's enough to start then they will go to more advance skills.
I like the box ala Maya.
Thanks for listening

I think we need to call these Pre-Essentials

I would have the Following

Getting around your Project Browser - open files - Displaying different views, sheets, schedules from project Browser.

Navigation - Pan Zoom in 2D, Rotate, Steering Wheel - 3D.Quick Overview of Status Bar (Hide elements, Detail Level)

Inserting Levels & Grids and creating new plans - Create new level and Grid and change dimensions and names. Show creation of plan view when level is created.

Creating and manipulating walls - Explanation on drawing walls and the basic modify tools - move, rotate, copy.

Inserting Components - Windows, doors, furniture etc. Loading and Placing objects just include hosted item (window) and non hosted furniture example) showing how to load an item from the library.

Manipulating Object Properties - instance and Type properties of inserted objects, manipulating values, create new type of items in the project.

Creating Sketch Elements - Floors Roofs and Stairs - more complex but vital elements needed.

Placing Views on Sheets.Placing Views on a sheet add shadows and visual style to make it more pretty.

I am somewhat surprised that the Revit<>User interaction and the GUI itself is not listed. The comments reflect this partly.

Navigating the project browser with its views sheets families etc, the element and type properties, the visibility settings dialog and the Ribbon are all essential skills. I would list view navigation along this category, also going from a section marker in plan view to the section itself, and possibly right clicking as well.

Theo, good point. We thought of that, but instead of having an entire video dedicated to just the GUI, we thought we could address most of those issues within the context of the other videos.

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