The Family Editor is a graphical editing model that enables the Revit users to develop and rectify families that are to be incorporated into the building project. The most basic function of the editor is to help the professionals with the creation of in-place and standard component families.

The Revit users need to open a template and then use it in the family editor. This is when they are creating a family. There are multiple views like elevations and plans available in the template.


The users utilize this family editor when they need to create new families or make changes to the already existing families. The editor can be used to develop and modify the loadable families and in-place elements. However, it is not used to rectify or edit system families. The method that is opted for when opening the editor depends on what the users actually want to do. The tabs and panels change depending on the type of family that users are modifying.

The editor radiates the look and feel, which is equal to that of the construction project environment in Revit. The editor has a different kind of tools and the accessibility of these tools is completely dependent on the type of family the user is editing.

The Family Editor is integrated with all the Revit disciplines. The editor tool is of a huge assistance when developing architectural families such as windows and doors family, structural families like column or pillars family and MEP families such as light fixture families. Email UsKnow more about our Construction Documentation & BIM Services
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There are many tools available in the family editor. Here are a few highlighted by BluEnt to understand its functionality and usefulness.

The Family Types tool: Revit users can create new family types or type parameters through this tool. It opens the family types dialog.

The Dimension tool: This tool is significant for adding permanent dimensions to the family. This is necessary when creating different sizes of the family.

The Symbolic Line tool: It allows the users to create lines that are only for symbolic uses. These symbolic lines are not connected to the actual geometry of the family. They are only visible equivalent to the view drawn.

The Model Line tool: It enables the users to draw two-dimensional geometry. This is most useful when they don’t need to display solid ones. The Model Lines are visible in 3D views and their visibility can be controlled in both plan and elevation views.

The Opening tool: The opening tool is only found in host-based family templates. It is also available in the project environment. It lets the user create an opening by sketching its shape to the reference planes and then rectifying its dimensions.

The Reference Plane tool: A great tool that helps in building a reference plane. This plane acts as the guidepost for drawing lines and geometry.

The Reference Line tool: It is equal to reference plane as it helps in creating a line similar to a reference plane but this one has a ‘logical’ start and end points.

The Control Tool: It is considered to be a valuable tool in architecture as it allows the users to place arrows to rotate and mirror geometry of a family post it being added to the design. There are two opposite-facing arrows that help to mirror both horizontally or vertically.

There are many more tools such as the model text tool or solid tools or label tools. BluEnt experts have grasped the use of family editor and it’s tool. They can create the most accurate 3D BIM models, which can enable the construction project to go smoothly without errors or extra costs. Connect with us to know more about our BIM modeling services.

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