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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What Revit Wants: Revit 2013 - You can see the actual Sun

Great little write up on a  new Revit 2013 feature from Luke over at What Revit Wants

Revit 2013 - You can see the actual Sun

How to do it:
  1. Open a view in which the sun could 'possibly be seen (ie. 3D View, Elevation view)
  2. Graphic Display Options - Lighting - Single Day
  3. Graphic Display Options - Background - Sky
  4. Your view needs to actually be able to see the sun (see steps below) ... and it should be there.
You can even do this in a Hidden Line or Wireframe view.

Shadows do not need to be turned on.

If you want to quickly move the sun around WITHOUT having to use the graphic sun path:
  1. Follow steps 1 to 3 above
  2. Graphic Display Options - Lighting,  Tick the 'sunrise to sunset' button
  3. Turn Shadows On
  4. Click the Sun icon, then Preview Solar Study should be available
  5. This will reveal a little 'player' in the Options bar
  6. Click the Next Frame, Previous Frame buttons until you see the sun

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