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    Floating Scale Bar

    I am wondering what it would take to make a scale bar that auto scales when you zoom in and out and is floating in your work space. ideally i would be able to set it at 4' and i would have a constant visual indicator of what 4' is no matter if i zoom out and pan. haven't found anything through looking around online so figure I would throw it out there and see if anyone knows something on it.

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    You'd just be making a model element [i.e. in 3D] with the distances/text made in model text. You could make it as a family, perhaps generic ? And set it so you only see it in plan views and not others. You could also make it 3-dimensional and have sides going up in the X and Y directions too so it would appear in sections and elevations, but you'd have to locate it below Level-0 to have it in the right place in views.

    We in the UK are only compelled to place scale bars on planning application drawings and for that we've got an annotation family that fits into our view title when required.

    The 3-D scale bar sounds fun and may even be less aggro than manually placing scale bars for all views on sheets.

    I'll leave it to you to prove it. Good luck !

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    By far this is the best solution that I've seen so far . . .

    https://knowledge.autodesk.com/suppo...21843d583.html

    Even though it's not 3D but it accepts the fact you may have drawings with 2 scales on one sheet.

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    And don't forget some history of scale bars in this forum:

    https://www.revitforum.org/architect...ale-bar-3.html

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    the closest example i can find is in Trimble Field Link. i attached some pics showing their scale bar.


    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Floating Scale Bar-3-12-2019-7-53-50-am.png   Floating Scale Bar-3-12-2019-7-54-04-am.png  

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    Just curious what's the point of that?
    Can't you tell the "scale" of your model by a wall or a door just as easily?
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    The door wouldnt "float" as you pan around. so you would have to drag it around as you pan or keep going back to it

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    Well, we typically have more than one door in our projects.

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    yes but most of my work is in parking garages and ground works so very rarely is there a door visible. i could take a bunch of doors and scatter them throughout the floor plan but figured i would see if anyone else has thought of this or what people think of it.

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    Or parking spaces?

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