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    Annotations and Note Databases

    We are working on restructuring our Revit Template and one of the wish list/issues that has come up is establishing some sort of note database for annotations that can be edited project to project. The purpose of said database is to eliminate the retyping of notes from view to view to improve efficiency and cut down on spelling and typing errors. We've looked at using a user keynote system, but it seems to be too cumbersome to edit the orientation and size of the text box, as well as adding any new notes. How are others handling repetitive notes with leaders, etc.?

    #2
    Originally posted by j.white View Post
    We are working on restructuring our Revit Template and one of the wish list/issues that has come up is establishing some sort of note database for annotations that can be edited project to project. The purpose of said database is to eliminate the retyping of notes from view to view to improve efficiency and cut down on spelling and typing errors. We've looked at using a user keynote system, but it seems to be too cumbersome to edit the orientation and size of the text box, as well as adding any new notes. How are others handling repetitive notes with leaders, etc.?
    We use Keynote Manager for our Keynoting. The latest version of KM allows for ctrl enter which Revit recognizes. We use it for work notes and "text notes" in our projects and using a keynote tag. The good thing is that it moves with the element. If its information that wont change use an element tag. If the info could change, use the user tag.

    Keynotes are good for a master list. You could also use Key Schedules under a category you wouldnt use depending on the discipline.
    Jason Peckovitch
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      #3
      To add to Jason's post - Material Keynotes are AWESOME. Set up your walls and other objects with proper materials (2x4 stud is different than 2x6 stud) and then use the material keynote in the sections. You can have a wall cut and annotated to 50%-75% in less than 5 minutes.

      also see:
      http://www.revitforum.org/structure-...te-family.html
      http://www.revitforum.org/architectu...aging-all.html
      http://www.revitforum.org/architectu...-keynotes.html
      http://www.revitforum.org/architectu...-keynotes.html
      Revit for newbies - A starting point for RFO


      chad
      BEER: Better, Efficient, Elegant, Repeatable.

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        #4
        Keynotes are where we are leaning and for most of the notes it seems like a good fit. Our major issue with the keynote text is setting the width of the text block of the keynote. In one view, the keynote might need to be stretched for 3 long lines of text to avoid interference with other notes and dimensions, while in another view the same note might need to be 6 short lines of text. Right now we've been using copy to clipboard and paste, the issue is that when an incorrect note is copied and pasted several times, we have to track down the notes and change them each time. Here is where keynotes would work the best, but we need a way to tackle the graphic limitations of the keynotes. It also doesn't help that our director of architecture prefers lengthy text notes. 4 sentences when 1 would do.

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          #5
          Originally posted by j.white View Post
          Keynotes are where we are leaning and for most of the notes it seems like a good fit. Our major issue with the keynote text is setting the width of the text block of the keynote. In one view, the keynote might need to be stretched for 3 long lines of text to avoid interference with other notes and dimensions, while in another view the same note might need to be 6 short lines of text. Right now we've been using copy to clipboard and paste, the issue is that when an incorrect note is copied and pasted several times, we have to track down the notes and change them each time. Here is where keynotes would work the best, but we need a way to tackle the graphic limitations of the keynotes. It also doesn't help that our director of architecture prefers lengthy text notes. 4 sentences when 1 would do.
          Use the Key instead of the text?
          Revit for newbies - A starting point for RFO


          chad
          BEER: Better, Efficient, Elegant, Repeatable.

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            #6
            Originally posted by cellophane View Post
            Use the Key instead of the text?
            I'd love to use the key instead of the note, but the big boss prefers text. Is there a way to assign a parameter for the length of the keynote label in the family? I haven't been able to add reference lines or dimensions to the family to set the parameter.

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              #7
              No. You'll have to have various predefined lengths linked to type (maybe instance?) driven visibility parameters.
              Greg McDowell Jr
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