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    My Revit Template.....

    Okay I have a serious decision to make here.....

    I am in charge of creating a new Revit template for my company. I have come a long long way in the last few months and have a well-rounded understanding of Revit.

    Our other office has created a Revit Template and they have transfered over all of their A-Cad layers into line/object styles and their Revit template looks much like their autocad sheets would look with all of the colors of the rainbow.

    The thinking behind this is to have that familiarity when going between programs, and for importing and exporting.

    It is a good idea for our offices to collaborate on standards so that we can be comfortable in each others files of help each other out from time to time.

    I think it is in our best interest to get away from all the colors and just simply use lineweights to determine the linestyles see attached..... I feel like having things black and white is the best.... how they appear on screen is how they will print.

    Any good advise on this subject?
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    If you have the subcategories in color they will print as a grey scale (relative to their luminous I believe) even if they would normally print black in AutoCAD.

    If you must you could have a set of working views in color and a print set in black but yes, using Revit as a WYSIWYG is best.

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    One of the toughest things about making the switch from cad to Revit is getting everyone to understand that they will look different, no matter how hard you try to make Revit look like AutoCAD. Sometimes it's a battle.

    I would get away from the colors. It hurts the eyes. Lineweights are the way to go. Also, I think you will find as time goes by that you will only need a minimum of different Line Styles. With a modeling program like Revit, there just isn't enough of a need for that many.

    The easiest way to make a clean transition to Revit is to forget CAD ever existed.
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    They way I always state it is why aren't we making it look like Sketch UP, or Form Z or insert software of your choice. Most of the engineering clients I have worked with over the years go to color only to decide a year or two later that it ISN"T AutoCAD so don't treat it as such. Plus how many new employees are going to understand what the old AutoCAD was anyway? Do those people also have tube televisions with cabled remotes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by renogreen View Post
    The easiest way to make a clean transition to Revit is to forget CAD ever existed.
    I'd love to agree with you, but:

    1. Unless "people" are able to cast their minds back to Technical Drawing 1.01 (i.e. hand drafting), I would encourage "they" (at least) remember the drawing standards and conventions of CAD.

    2. By forgetting CAD ever existed, we'd have no frame of reference to adequately evaluate the benefits of BIM-authoring tools (such as Revit)


    *I say all of this because I am presently fighting with a design that was hacked-together with no consideration for geometrical relationships. I'm not talking "building" relationships here (which is the Alamo of most Revit evangelists who preach "You design buildings w/ BIM, whereas you draw them w/ CAD") - but basic geometry - no axis, no focuses, no plot points, no rules, nothing. These things were/are taught in real drawing - modern techniques "hide" a lot of this from us - but after you've made that wibbly-wobbly shape with your wonderful spline tool, you're still going to have to adequately document it - and a great many functions in Revit hide these background-working-considerations even more than CAD did.

    Sorry off topic.

    ...just to get it back on topic; valiant effort in the conversion - but (if I may say so) a lot of work for nothing - you will simply not need all those linestyles. For instance, you've scaling linestyles in Revit (as you have in pretty much all CAD packages nowadays) so your scale variants are redundant. I imagine if we were to see the rest of the dialog we'd see linetypes for walls and what-have-you... which again, really aren't applicable here - not unless you intend to 2D up everything, on correctly-assigned linestyles, for some kind of Revit-to-CAD workflow... (?!) but remember, Revit doesn't spit out .dwgs in the same way you would have drawn them - so the value in that is questionable also.
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    I like to use color, not necessarily for familiarity, but because it's easier to differentiate elements when they're different colors. It also gives a visual of what the different line weights are (assuming each color corresponds to a different line weight for all categories and sub-categories).

    Printing isn't a problem, either, if you set it printing to "black lines".

    However, recreating every single AutoCAD line style in Revit? I wouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kowen1208 View Post
    I like to use color, not necessarily for familiarity, but because it's easier to differentiate elements when they're different colors.
    Couldn't you override Object Styles until you need to print then switch them back to black? It's a bit of a hack, but the request is a bit unorthodox for Revit.

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    What I usually suggest is creating a view template to apply to an individuals views to have the colors they way they want. This way everyone one else, including consultants, see everything as black.
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    excellent advice!

    The only reason I have entertained the color thing at all is so that my guys down south don't think I am going rogue on them.

    Having a view template available for them so that they can see my drawings in pretty colors should make all of us happy.

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