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    Alex, the guy who had started the symbols before it was passed to me had been doing that. Creating them all spaced out, saving it then creating a copy and moving them all to the same base point. If the symbol needed edited he'd return to the family with them all spaced out then resave and move them all again.

    The last set of symbols I did had 53 symbols in one family though, I could be there forever. Grouping might make it a bit easier though biff, I could try that.

    Alfredo I don't think I'm quite following what you mean? Right now I have the symbols in a generic annotation family. I have a separate family type set for each and a visibility parameter to display only the selected socket in the project. What do you mean by loading into the host and assigning a label to just one? I think it's the label bit you've lost me on. Eventually each symbol will be loaded into a 3D family as well, right now they are just needed as a 2D family and we'll probably continue to use it for 2D drawings in Revit on low fee jobs. Once I have the content ready I'll load our symbols into them for the coarse display view.

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    Forget about that method that your co-worker did. Why?

    1. It is very difficult for you to edit anything in that family, with 53 things one on top of each other, all visible at all times.
    2. This is a terrible idea in regards to schedules. How can you schedule what electrical symbols you have if all of them are in the same family?
    3. If you still want to have a multi-purpose family, the symbols should be shared, so that they can be scheduled properly, and the symbols should be handled with a Family Type PARAMETER, not a Type in the the Family Types window, which is what you are using.


    The word "Label" refers to the Family Type Parameter. When you click on a nested family in the family editor, there is an option called "Label" that appears at the options bar and in the properties window. That option allows you to associate the nested family with a Family Type Parameter. Once the family is associated, all you need is to load all the other families, but you don't need to place them in the view, just load them. Then, for each type in the family, you change the Family Type Parameter to the correspondent family, as in my example above. Square type = Square nested family, etc...
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    Hi Alfredo,

    I won't say I completely follow your post but I'll use Google and other forum posts to help. I think I know roughly what it is I need to do now. I've copied your message into notepad to refer back to as I go. I will figure this out! I've got hundreds of them to make up so I don't want to have to redo them later.

    Thanks for you posts they've been really useful. Eight years using Revit and the basics can still scupper me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfredo Medina View Post
    That is what the Family Type parameter is for. Load all the families into the host, then assign a label to one of them, only. Then, create types and assign one family to each type.

    good tip Alf! That cleans up a lot of messy families around here!!

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    Yup, and only 1 family needs to be placed in the view. All the others just need to be loaded, not even placed. Neat and simple.
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    Well now I have to backtrack and make a lot of old families different. Sounds like a fun project t for the weekend!

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    Agree. Family Type is the way forward.

    Then users who make new families only have to load them into the family, load into project, and they can select the new symbol in the properties.
    Its also possible to do things like set up a position/rotation system in the family and not have to do it separately for all the symbols.
    Or place symbols on the front and side planes too, controlled by the same parameter, so they are visible in families that are rotated 90 degrees. (Like pipe accessories)

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