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    Plotting Light in Revit

    Recently took a new position at a new firm and I'm essentially in charge of leading the conversion to Revit from CAD, since Revit is essentially all I know with the 5+ years I've been working in it. Granted... my other firm already had everything set up, now I'm learning all the behind the scenes stuff that was done prior to me and it's pretty interesting.

    ANYWHO long story short... I know I'm going to get pushback and comments so as I'm producing my most recent project in Revit I'm plotting it and comparing it to old drawings. I noticed when I plot in revit the font comes out much lighter than it does in CAD, WHEN ZOOMED OUT, but when I zoom in they're identical. I was already called out on this and I can't explain why when fully zoomed out the CAD text is MUCH darker than the revit text, anyone know the answer? See Images below.

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    The way Text plots is entirely different in Revit than it is in CAD, if your firm is still using old SHX fonts in CAD. With SHX fonts, the letters are actually lines, which means their weight is dependent on the lineweights assigned to the text. Thats not true id you are using TTF's, which CAN be used in CAD, but i cant tell if that is one, or not.

    In Revit its all TTF, so you arent going to get much adjustment from how text prints, aside from font size, and bold/unbold.

    And if they (your firm) thinks youre going to make Revit look and feel like their CAD standards, you are (all) in for one hell of a rude awakening. Isnt going to happen.
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      Is that an Imported (or Linked) CAD file?
      SHX fonts in AutoCAD are stroked. In other words, an A is made up of three lines.
      Revit uses Windows True Type fonts, which are (grossly over exaggerating) filled outlines.
      You might be able to control the thickness of the CAD text via V/G, but that'll likely have other side-effects.

      You know what I'm going to say next, right?

      You're really going to want to redraw your Details in Revit and use Revit components (and fonts). Dragging all that DWG crap around is going to trash up your Revit model (hundreds of Line Styles for one) and eventually cause performance problems.
      Yes, you're going to get push-back "We've already got them drawn in AutoCAD, why redo them?"
      But it WILL be worth you while in the long run.

      One more thing: Are you aware of the DWG Import color to Lineweight table?
      On the Insert Tab...Import panel, there's a little tiny arrow in the lower right corner.
      Click on that, and it opens a dialog that lets you assign an AutoCAD color to a Revit lineweight when Importing or Linking
      After the fact, you can do it through Object Styles or V/G
      Dave Plumb
      BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

      CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
        And if they (your firm) thinks youre going to make Revit look and feel like their CAD standards, you are (all) in for one hell of a rude awakening. Isnt going to happen.
        Thanks for the reply! So essentially just be prepped to say "that's just how it is with Revit" a lot during this transition? I've only joined up with companies that were long transitioned to Revit so I never knew these differences.

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          #5
          Originally posted by DaveP View Post
          Is that an Imported (or Linked) You're really going to want to redraw your Details in Revit and use Revit components (and fonts). Dragging all that DWG crap around is going to trash up your Revit model (hundreds of Line Styles for one) and eventually cause performance problems.
          Yes, you're going to get push-back "We've already got them drawn in AutoCAD, why redo them?"
          But it WILL be worth you while in the long run
          Oh yeah, I had an internship maybe 6 years ago that was here's all of our autocad details and a copy of our lineweight patterns, please convert all of these to Revit. :banghead:

          Now I'm trying to push to get an intern hired to do the exact same thing lol

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            #6
            Originally posted by teej89 View Post
            Oh yeah, I had an internship maybe 6 years ago that was here's all of our autocad details and a copy of our lineweight patterns, please convert all of these to Revit. :banghead:

            Now I'm trying to push to get an intern hired to do the exact same thing lol
            Try a underutilized tool of mapping a Shx font to a Ttf font on import / link. Once set up its a breeze

            https://knowledge.autodesk.com/suppo...DDA82-htm.html


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