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    Annotation not aligning

    Hey all, I was hoping someone could help me out. I have a Thermostat annotation that is not aligning when the family is imported into the model. It's just a little off from the wall and it's driving me crazy! I'm sure there is an easy fix for this but i am just NOT seeing it! HELP please
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    #2
    Originally posted by kelley View Post
    Hey all, I was hoping someone could help me out. I have a Thermostat annotation that is not aligning when the family is imported into the model. It's just a little off from the wall and it's driving me crazy! I'm sure there is an easy fix for this but i am just NOT seeing it! HELP please
    You're going to get these issue with text elements in families, mainly due to text alignment and view scale. Try opening the family and set the vertical alignment of the text to centre. You could nest a text annotation family into your host annotation family and lock/align it to a parametised reference plane (so you can adjust the distance from the wall) but this will probably cause the text to rotate on walls with different orientations, check 'keep readable' in PP. Enlarge the circle to fit the text (dependant on view scale). You might be better off replacing the text with a symbol (even create a solid black filled region in the shape of a T, but this will also rotate), or if that doesn't work for you, use tags for your elements in the project.
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      #3
      Originally posted by elton williams View Post
      You're going to get these issue with text elements in families, mainly due to text alignment and view scale. Try opening the family and set the vertical alignment of the text to centre. You could nest a text annotation family into your host annotation family and lock/align it to a parametised reference plane (so you can adjust the distance from the wall) but this will probably cause the text to rotate on walls with different orientations, check 'keep readable' in PP. Enlarge the circle to fit the text (dependant on view scale). You might be better off replacing the text with a symbol (even create a solid black filled region in the shape of a T, but this will also rotate), or if that doesn't work for you, use tags for your elements in the project.
      Thanks for your response, i've set the vertical alignment of the text to center with no luck. How would I nest a text annotation family into my host family and lock/alight it to a reference plane? Sorry i'm a little new and am prone to confusion!

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        So you would create an additional reference plane....and place the text as centered as possible on the reference plane. Group both of them together. Then Align and Lock the Reference plane in the group to where it should be centered in the family.
        Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)

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          #5
          Originally posted by MPwuzhere View Post
          So you would create an additional reference plane....and place the text as centered as possible on the reference plane. Group both of them together. Then Align and Lock the Reference plane in the group to where it should be centered in the family.
          I'd prefer to create a family with the text and nest that into the host family, that way you can lock align the reference planes from your text family to the reference planes in your host family. I'm not a fan of groups in families.
          Here's one with a nested (3mm?) text family I whipped up in a couple of minutes with an up and down offset, it could also be a nested label family so you could change the text on the fly. You'll probably need to play with view scales so your mileage may differ with this example.



          But I still say use a tag to identify elements whenever possible.
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