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    In my last office I was lucky enough to start the AutoCAD to Revit transition from scratch. I decided to use Century Gothic 90% width. No one questioned it at all. I think they all just assumed that was the default font for Revit ....... and there was no way I was going to use the company standard ISOCP2...

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    I've set up our template with Arial Narrow, and now I'm changing it to Calibri, because Arial Narrow doesn't work with tags if the text is rotated - if the text is on an angle different than 90 deg it rotates and drops a couple mm down
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    Reading through this thread I feel like the black sheep of Revit! I'm completely rebranding and I've tentatively choose 3/32" Nanami for the bulk of my text and notations, and Bebas Neue for titles, etc. What do you guys think?


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    I have been using "Tw CEN MT Condensed" since I started using Revit (8 years ago), but I would caution anyone who wants to change. About 3 or 4 times per day, certain symbols such as ", @, / do not print as they should. I have never been able to determine what causes this switch. When that happens, I need to restart the program and then everything works fine until the next time. I don't know why I put up with this, but I think that the legibility of the text on the drawings is worth the hassle.

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    I revisited this since starting Parallax, and im helping to set up three different offices with new Templates, plus my own: Most of them were using Arial or a variant of Arial (like Narrow), until we pointed out the fact that it is Arial (and not revit) that makes the font go wonky when the text isnt oriented straight (as maciejwpych mentioned a few posts above). Since that realization, im moving as many folks away from Arial as i can.

    From there, practicality takes over: What fonts exist on most machines, look good, and dont require much special manipulation? To no surprise, the font i personally went with in the Parallax Template, was Calibri. Im also doing a template in Trebuchet MS which looks and works great.

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    I have been working on a Dynamo definition to change fonts and other associated parameters. It's not a one-click to rule them all workflow but it's a lot faster than doing it manually.

    For families, open as many families in your session as you care to manage at a time, start Dynamo and open the definition. Run the definition and close the Revit file to expose the next file. Run the definition again, rinse and repeat. Sometimes you'll need to close Dynamo and restart the process and if you have any nested families with labels/text you want to manage you'll need to have them loaded before you open Dynamo.

    The definition is setup to change fonts in both dimensions and text/labels. I have it right now changing the Leader/Border Offset, and the Tab Size as well but there's no reason it couldn't change more with some tweaks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    To no surprise, the font i personally went with in the Parallax Template, was Calibri. Im also doing a template in Trebuchet MS which looks and works great.
    I've already gotten plenty of pushback on the width of non-condescended fonts. I've also read that using the width factor can cause some fonts to go screwy in a PDF. I don't approve, personally, of changing a font's width (I don't think most designers would like their work to be altered in a fundamental way) BUT, do you know if Claribi and/or Trebuchet have an issue with printing at a smaller width factor?

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    Thats pretty slick. I have seriously hacked some journal files to do it, including loading annotation styles and text styles in to family templates and families, haha. Ill have to try out the dynamo def and see how it compares. Its certainly more elegant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMcDowellJr View Post
    I have been working on a Dynamo definition to change fonts and other associated parameters. It's not a one-click to rule them all workflow but it's a lot faster than doing it manually.

    For families, open as many families in your session as you care to manage at a time, start Dynamo and open the definition. Run the definition and close the Revit file to expose the next file. Run the definition again, rinse and repeat. Sometimes you'll need to close Dynamo and restart the process and if you have any nested families with labels/text you want to manage you'll need to have them loaded before you open Dynamo.
    Have you looked at the Automating Automation stuff that Andreas Dieckman has been doing? There might be a way to streamline it even more

    edit - I also get two errors when I run it, although it seems to process everything even with the errors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    edit - I also get two errors when I run it, although it seems to process everything even with the errors.
    Yes. That's because I'm too lazy to introduce error checking.

    Like you said, it still works so no big. I'm pretty sure it's caused by some styles not having the parameters to change.

    I've been out of the Dynamo world for awhile and haven't seen what Dieckman has been working on. Do you have a link?

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