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    Symbol Legends : what works for you?

    Hello guys,

    I have used phases in the past to create Symbol legends for the model items we are showing in out floor plans, rcp, and LS plans the same way I have use them for door and window type elevations.

    Recently we have started to use standard annotation families for this with 2d line work essentially "drawing" our symbols. Nothing wrong, it works, it's simple but not live and very "autocad" like.
    The main reason for this is being able to reuse on multiple projects by making ninomiya changes.

    I could also setup a phase "sandbox" and model the symbol legends. I would need a plan and rcp view for this with some children views (dependent) views.

    Just looking for some thoughts. I was to keep it simple but not a manual disconnected process. And the more I type the more I realise it's either one or the other.

    #2
    I use the Legend Components and Annotation symbols the way the program was designed to be used. You may need to put some invisible lines in the family to dim the doors and windows right in the legends.
    Last edited by Revitaoist; December 2, 2016, 07:16 PM.

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      #3
      Previous phase method, here. No regrets whatsoever. Legends don't work for many many things, so *the way the program was meant to be used* is moot.
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        #4
        Could someone explain this phase method to create symbols legends please?
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          #5
          It's really simple,
          You create two phases before existing phase - 1. Legend Phase - you place all your 'legend' model elements here and 2. Legend Demolish Phase - you demolish all those elements. This way nothing is going to be visible in any later phases.
          So for your legends you can use plan, rcp, section, elevation views. This way you can: tag/keynote your elements, maintain consistency between how your model elements look like in drawings and legends, use instance parameters!

          I've been using this method for a while, and it works great. But recently I'm leaning towards using design option instead. It's a similar principle - you create a Legend design option set, blank option set as primary and the legend option where you place your elements. The reason why I think this is better it's a bit cleaner and requires a bit less oversight - with the phases a lot of users forgets to demolish the elements and you end up with odd elements here and there which also may affect schedules, etc... But if well maintained, both workflows work great.

          The only drawback(for some people) is that you can't place the same view on multiple sheets. I'd never duplicate legends on multiple sheets myself, but if you really need to, there's always dynamo or macros to duplicate the views.
          Maciej Wypych

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            #6
            For those who model your legends,
            Do you re-created them each time per project? or do you already have something in the template that gets updated and tweaked per project?
            I want even thinking of using a phase to general a floor finish legend...

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              #7
              Originally posted by Profoxcg View Post
              For those who model your legends,
              Do you re-created them each time per project? or do you already have something in the template that gets updated and tweaked per project?
              I want even thinking of using a phase to general a floor finish legend...
              I have it in the template and placed on sheets. There is no point of re-doing it every time.
              Maciej Wypych

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