Months back I posted on Revit rotate behavior (Twist and shout). In the post we explored options for addressing some wishes, mainly better control over the specification of the center of rotation.
The feedback from this post helped inform the addition of some new behaviors to 2012 and the design approach. In the approach we tried to maintain existing workflows for those who found the default behavior workable yet add enhancements allowing experts to quickly take full control.
So what is new in 2012?
New control behavior
The little blue rotate control that you could previously drag to re-position now allows repositioning with a two click operation. "Click" "Click" instead of "Press" "Hold" "Release". The drag behavior will still work for those with strong muscle memory since both behaviors are compatible.
Option bar commands
The option bar now displays two choices for the center of rotation "Place" and "Default"
The former will place the center on the pointer and allow you to define the center manually - especially handy when rotating large elements that might have a center off-screen.
The later is the legacy behavior where the center is placed at the centroid of the element.
The tooltips and status bar were updated to provide further clues to the added behavior.
The above UI improves discoverability of the new behaviors for new users but could easily be viewed as more work by experts so more was done. The spacebar has long been used to rotate components in selection or during placement and can now be used to quickly switch between the two rotation behaviors. Type "RO" for rotate, tap the spacebar and you are in 3-click rotate.
A shortcut for 3-point rotate was defined "R3". Select an element and type R3 and you are in 3-click rotate.
Has anyone been using the enhanced rotate in 2012? Are new Revit users able to perform a 3 point rotate? Are experts also happy? I'm curious to gain feedback on the approach and final design solution.