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    One of the reasons I like sentence case is you need less room (not by much ) for 1/8" text compared to all caps at 3/32", and it's more ledgible. Was doing 3/32" sentence case in Acad/Arch-T 15 years ago (no half size sets for our work then), and getting raves from contractors and building officials. And THEY are the audience for CDs, so that matters to me. Pretty sure we had an easier time pulling permits too, and THAT matters to the owner.

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    The main factor in choosing a font is legibility. Many go with a hand-written look because it's what's familiar, but we have to remember that the hand-written architectural font came about because of the need for legibility. So I wouldn't use a hand-written look or a serif font.

    I would avoid adjusting the width factor, as it sometimes makes certain characters less legible, and not all text can have a width factor applied (I'm having trouble remembering what, and maybe this no longer applies).

    Fonts that I would recommend are: Arial, Arial Narrow, Calibri, Tahoma, Trebuchet MS, and Verdana.

    Edit: Perhaps it's case that I'm thinking about. Prior to 2015, the "Grand Total" on a schedule was always title case, but we're now given the option to modify it.

    Another edit: Prior to 2014, schedule text allowed us to select the font and adjust the height, but not the width factor. We're now able to select from all the text styles (where width factor is handled) that exist in the project.
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    There have been many studies on fonts and legibility. Sentence case is easier to read as well as a font that isn't blocky like Arial. The human eye will pick up on the different squiggles in a font easier than a block. I know it will all be biased on "what people are used to" or what they think feels good. I would also agree in making sure it reads well when printed to .pdf as well as on paper.

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    I was having this exact conversation with others in the office yesterday as they are looking at getting me to start to put together a template. The boss likes Century Gothic.

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    Thanks for all the great ideas and tips! I've always been a fan of Calibri, and it's definitely compact, so that might be the one to beat, but I'm going to check them all out. Like Snowy, I'll be keeping an eye on this thread to see what else pops up.

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    [Micorsoft Sans Serif]
    Im actually a little bit of a fanboy for microsoft sans serif.. the spacing and width of the letters seem to be more consistent and readable compared to arial
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    So long as its not Comic Sans.. for which the only appropriate penalty is death.

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    ...just tested deleting our office brand font from my workstation - and can confirm (what I've always known - but feared I thought wrong), from Revit:

    direct-to-paper prints =
    non-system fonts print (obviously)

    direct-to-pdf prints =
    non-system fonts print (we embed fonts with our pdf settings & I weren't going to mess with them, so this test isn't 100& conclusive for those who don't embed)

    direct-to-dwf export =
    non-system fonts converted to the common system font (not an issue if you don't use dwf, but we do)

    direct-to-dwg export =
    as above

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    Hardly any mention of Helvetica. Confirmed: Revit users hate graphic designers.
    Last edited by Knitro87; January 28th, 2015 at 02:51 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by josephpeel View Post
    So long as its not Comic Sans.. for which the only appropriate penalty is death.
    Hey! I like Comic Sans.....and Papyrus....even better Mr Hand and Scribble!
    Last edited by MPwuzhere; January 28th, 2015 at 02:48 PM.

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