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    Create an Annotation with an Arc Leader

    Can anyone tell me how to make a Generic Annotation family i have created have an Arc Leader rather than a straight line? BTW this is not a keynote i am working with. Thanks.

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    I think curved leaders are only possible with text annotations currently, and I don't think its something you can build into an annotation tag because there isn't a way to define them in the family.

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    This is one of those WTF items for the picky old school drafting convention guys at my firm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aristide View Post
    This is one of those WTF items for the picky old school drafting convention guys at my firm.
    Don't put horseshoes on a Ferrari.

    I know the difficulties of this viewpoint and yes, might like to see curved tag leaders but at a point, who "really" cares? -here goes anyway:
    Focus on what makes you money.

    Arc leaders nor straight ones do not make us money.
    Leader line shapes are not why we get projects.


    Now, negative impacts to budgets can be readily found by unnecessary time is spent to try and get such leaders, when there's no functionality at this time in Revit. I am not saying they wouldn't be used or even preferred by some but they are not there at this time and I am over it. Get back to real work and keep badgering ADSK and perhaps one day they will add this next to unnecessary option.

    Perhaps try this approach- Say something like:
    "Let's get through this project and we can change what is available to change to follow old graphic preferences but when the functionality is not readily available, let's see what new BIM graphics we like and adopt those."

    Hand Drafting 'Standards' are for Hand Drafting projects.
    -We had to get over the fact that CAD Drafted projects looked different than hand drawn ones, most people hated the difference, yet many are still employed in AEC and accept, if not like their CAD graphics now.

    CAD 'Standards' are for CAD Drafting projects.
    -We have to get over the fact that Revit & BIM projects look different than CAD drafted ones, some people hate the difference at first, yet many are still employed in AEC and accept, if not like their Revit & BIM graphics now.

    WE NEED TO BE ABOUT GREAT ARCHITECTURE AND PROFITABILITY, NOT INSIGNIFICANT GRAPHIC PREFERENCES.
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    Whoa. It looks like this is a battle you've fought before.

    I certainly don't care as much as the old guys, but they are out there and will be alive for at least another 20 years. I think their frustration really comes from not understanding why the "same" feature has this limitation in one place but not in another.

    I'd just fake it in with a teeny tiny period before arguing that much.. if I had people demanding that ALL leaders be arcs, I'd work somewhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aristide View Post
    Whoa. It looks like this is a battle you've fought before...
    LOL!!! I guess it shows ;-)

    This is a conversation that comes up every time a new PM starts off in Revit, which will keep happening until there is another software that takes over AEC. The 'old guys' you speak of hold their CAD graphics like a faith based belief... not bronze age as those concepts mostly originate from, but in terms of AEC it might as well be from the Bronze age.

    This is also not necessarily a young vs old thing (being that I can be called 'old' by you young pups) but I get your point. I distinguish it as more of a belief thing, where people who hold their beliefs as "right" can be the biggest deterrent to proper BIM execution, especially when their beliefs are short-sighted or just plain wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by aristide View Post
    I'd just fake it in with a teeny tiny period before arguing that much...
    I wouldn't even fake these in (but then again I enjoy a good argument, they can teach us a lot about ourselves and others), rather I am more about educating and transforming those with misinformed, low budget ideas toward workflows (such as the 'old guy' you cite. The whole "Leaders do not make us money or win us jobs" viewpoint usually shuts them up when it's presented to their bosses in a manner that shows how much time (thus money) is being spent AKA: wasted on something so frivolous (IMHO of course)!

    Enjoy,

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    Tiny periods to get leaders will make me get out the Metal Ruler here.

    #justsayin
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    I long ago made a generic annotation, with types like D Room Tag, D Wall Tag, etc. It is included in the template, with leaders prebuilt to match the "real" annotations. It is a kludge, but not the nasty kludge that a period in some text is.

    Gordon

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    I love the hate for fakery. Too much tolerance around here I suppose.

    And fer the record - I might've done it once. On an SK. I swear.

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    Damm this forum is full of rants....There is a good movie called "Top Gun" for Revit Fanboys.
    More options are always good whether you like it or not.

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