Intro to Element Filter

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Element Filter: Quick Look

The purpose of the Element Filter feature provides highly customizable and storable rule sets which help you to quickly select, isolate, hide, halftone or apply transparency to specific items in your model. This ability not only allows for quick view changes, but also fully tailor all evolve and even Revit commands to your needs.

The Element Filter Palette

  1. Reset View: Used after applying the Isolate, Hide, Make Half Tone or Make Transparent actions on the filter. The Restore View button will restore the view to it's pre-filtered state.
  2. New Filter: Takes you to the Filter Designer
    1. Enter your filter name
    2. Select which category or categories you want this filter to apply to.
    3. Under the Rules tab, you can define the AND/OR statements for the parameters based on those categories you chose.
      After defining the AND/OR statement, click on Add Condition to get started with your rule
      IMPORTANT - Parameter names are case sensitive!
      1. In the rule sample below, we are looking for all short straight rectangular ductwork.
    If the parameter you are looking for is not available then you might need to create a shared parameter. Use the eVolve MEP Parameter Sync tool.
    One of the "Input Type" options is to prompt for value. when set, a dialog will ask for the "Value" when the user clicks on the rule, making the rule more widely usable.
    1. The Options tab allows you to define the default action to the rule. If this is set to anything other than "Select Action" then the action you define will be automatically applied when you double click on the rule within the palette.
  3. Modify Filter
  4. Duplicate Filter
  5. Delete Filter
  6. Export Filter(s): Select the filter or filters that you want to export.
If you select multiple, they will all be included in the same export file
  1. Import Filter(s)
  2. Help: Takes you to this article
  3. Network Settings: By default, these rules are stored locally for each user. Setting the network path ensures that everyone is looking at the same rule set.

Using the Element Filters

There are 3 ways to use the filters once they have been created:

  1. Select the filter then click on the action button to apply the default action. If a default has not been applied then this button will supply a drop down of all of your options.
  2. If a default action has been applied, you can double click on the rule to activate it.
  3. You can define a hotkey.
    1. In the "HotKey" column enter the hot key value you want to use
    2. If not done already enable the Element Filter hotkey in Revit options. In the example below you can see we have set ours to "EV"
    3. Enter your Element Filter hotkey then the filter rule hot filter to activate the rule. In the example below, we have typed "EV" which activates the listener then SD for the rule we want to run.
    Be sure to either hit TAB or click on another part of the Element Filter palette after entering your hotkey or you might end up with an extra space after your hot key.


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