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    Hi All,

    I'm trying to create a family (see attached jpeg) to help users place images on a sheet efficiently and neatly.

    The family is a simple one with a bunch of detail lines to help someone align photos to.

    The issue I'm having is with the labels for each individual square.

    I created a new label parameter called Photo Number and made it an instance parameter and placed it under each rectangle.

    I was hoping this would allow a user to simply go through and enter the photo number one by one for each square, however they are all essentially the same label and so when I change one label they all change. Aside from going through and creating a different label for each individual box how could i get each label to be editable by simply clicking and typing in the project environment and also having each label show unique content?

    Thanks!
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    Hi denden, Try to use a shared parameter "called Photo Number", I think a text parameter can do the job, load it in to your family and then into your project, make sure that the shared parameter matches with the family category, this will allow you to modify the text individually instead of one by one, hope this helps
    Andres Franco - Architect - BIM Coordinator
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      #3
      Originally posted by Andres Franco View Post
      load it in to your family and then into your project, make sure that the shared parameter matches with the family category
      Hey Andres, thanks for the reply.

      i created a shared parameter but The issue im having in that when im in the family and i go to family types and click add parameter shared parameters are greyed out. see image. any idea why?
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        #4
        ok I see, What family category are you using to create your families?
        Andres Franco - Architect - BIM Coordinator
        Revit Certified Professional - AutoCAD Certified Professional
        "I became insane, with long intervals of horribly sanity"
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          #5
          Generic Annotations

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            #6
            Ok, are you trying this?: in your generic Annotation click on "Label", then click on the work space, then in the "modify label box" hit on the little orange spark to create a new parameter, the normal behavior is to be able to hit on shared parameter, once doing this you must be able to create your parameter, then select the parameter (the properties box) change to grant access to the shared parameters file location, once inside you must be able to create a new one, hope this helps
            Andres Franco - Architect - BIM Coordinator
            Revit Certified Professional - AutoCAD Certified Professional
            "I became insane, with long intervals of horribly sanity"
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              #7
              Hey Andres,

              Within the Generic Annotations family editor I've successfully managed to create a text type Shared Parameter called "Photo Number". (See image 1)

              I've then created a new label type which I've associated with the Shared Parameter "Photo Number". I made this an instance based parameter. (See image 2 and 2.1)

              I've then created 5 instances of this label in the family. (This is a simplified version of the original family I was trying to create just for testing purposes). (See image 3).

              Then I've loaded this Generic Annotation Family into a new project. In this new project, under the manage tab I clicked on Project Parameters and added the new Shared Parameter to the project. (See image 4)

              Now I go to a sheet and place the generic annotation family using the symbol command (see image 5) but when I click on the first of the "?" in the empty labels and insert a number "01" all of the labels change to "01" (see image 6.

              I can create a duplicate versions of the family alongside and input different values for "Photo Number" in each instance of the family (see image 7) however this isn't what I'm trying to achieve. I want to be able to input a different value for each of the 5 labels in each instance of the same family.

              Can this be done without creating multiple unique labels in the family editor and then adding all of them to the Project? (keeping in mind this sample family is a simplified version of the actual family I want to create which has many more labels).

              Can't quite figure out if i've simply misinterpreted your instructions along the way or if another approach is required...

              Regards,

              D
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                #8
                Hi denden, you've done all the steps required to link a shared parameter between a family and your project, so those steps are right, I think the reason to your fields are filled with the same values is that you are using the same parameter for all your fields, in order to have different values, different parameters should be created to accomplish the goal, so I think that " creating multiple unique labels in the family editor and then adding all of them to the Project" is the only way :hide:

                may you post your family here in the forum to see if I can figure this out?, regards
                Last edited by Andres Franco; June 20, 2017, 12:19 PM.
                Andres Franco - Architect - BIM Coordinator
                Revit Certified Professional - AutoCAD Certified Professional
                "I became insane, with long intervals of horribly sanity"
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                  #9
                  thanks Andres!
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                    #10
                    Hi denden, I think I just figured it out LoL :blah:, maybe is much more simple than my first response :hide:, in lieu of creating shared parameters you should create simple text parameters as instances, the drawback of doing this is you'll have several parameters into your family, but I think is not a big deal IMO, to do this you should Create a label with a family parameter (not necessarily to be a shared one) called SITE PHOTO 01, 02, and so on for all the photos you will place into your drawing, see images (my revit is in French but I think you will get the idea)

                    once into your drawing you can edit each field individually without affecting the other parameters





                    I've modified the family if you want it but is in Revit 2017

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