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    Placing a text label on a component family permanently

    I am trying to place the word "file" on lateral filing cabinet families that will stay there when it is imported into the project. There must be some way to make it stay there. Now I have just placed it on the face in the family editor but it doesn't stay there when imported into a project.

    Thanks for the help!

    #2
    You COULD try using Model Text? Maybe not the best solution, but it would appear in all views (2D and 3D), could be assigned a font and material, etc.

    Just a thought......
    Cliff B. Collins
    Registered Architect
    The Lamar Johnson Collaborative Architects, St. Louis, MO
    Autodesk Expert Elite

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      #3
      Or a generic annotation nested inside the family if only needed in plan view
      Martijn de Riet
      Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
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        #4
        The only problem with nesting in GA for labels and such is that it only works at a given scale. At smaller scales the GA is too big - at larger scales it might be okay. Unfortunately the only way to control this is to assign the GA a LOD or two. Would be nice to control them via subcategories but no such luck...
        Greg McDowell Jr
        about.me/GMcDowellJr

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          #5
          I have banged my head on this for years, and come to the conclusion that, until Autodesk fixes this with a REAL solution, the only good answer is to just tag things. Yes, it means tagging some things more than once, yes it means the tag isn't in exactly the same place all the time, yes it is annoying. But it is less painful IMO than any of the various kludges, workarounds and hacks I have tried.

          And for things that need to be tagged in multiple views, and of which there are many, I just make Annotation Groups and a Management view. Edit the create/group in the management view and it updates in all the other views where you have used the group. Why the management view you might ask? Because I can filter out everything but the objects being tagged, and their tags, making it much easier to be sure I catch everything. My management view for corner guards has walls in gray, corner guards are a fat red line, and the tags are a thinner red line. Nothing else showing. Add some corner guards in a Working plan, then jump to the management plan and revise the group in moments.

          Ridiculous that Autodesk doesn't see the need for more integral tags in more than just plan, sure. And par for the course. Until they see the light/pull their collective heads out, Revit is at least intended to use tags and groups, so doing so results in few surprises, places where the kludge doesn't work, etc.

          Gordon
          Pragmatic Praxis

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            #6
            Great post Gordon. I will give this a try in my next project. I too found the other workarounds a complete failure. Let's just hope Autodesk get their act together soon enough, and fixes this issue.

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              #7
              In case anyone wants to attempt to nest in the GA I have another cautionary tale... if the surface is sloping (like a ceiling) the GA won't show and you're left with either miss-using Model Lines for the task or tagging them.
              Greg McDowell Jr
              about.me/GMcDowellJr

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                #8
                All tags, all the time. I even yanked the Industry Standard Sysmbols out of our Outlets.
                Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Gordon Price View Post
                  And for things that need to be tagged in multiple views, and of which there are many, I just make Annotation Groups and a Management view. Edit the create/group in the management view and it updates in all the other views where you have used the group. Why the management view you might ask? Because I can filter out everything but the objects being tagged, and their tags, making it much easier to be sure I catch everything. My management view for corner guards has walls in gray, corner guards are a fat red line, and the tags are a thinner red line. Nothing else showing. Add some corner guards in a Working plan, then jump to the management plan and revise the group in moments......
                  I would like to try this but do not know how. Can you point me to the steps for doing this? The model text works lovely, except that it shows up in 3D view...so, like you said, boooooooooo.:banghead:

                  thanks Gordon!
                  Stephanie

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                    #10
                    Here's one for you... is there a way to get a tag to show a specific graphic based on what it's tagging? I suspect not...

                    We typically, as I'm sure many of you do, have different symbols for different objects but thinking it through as a tag I could easily tag a sprinkler with an occupancy sensor tag. Any advice on how to get around that? Maybe this idea of management views and grouped tags is an approach to try. I can see having a series of views filtered for specific elements tagging all not tagged, grouping this and placing it on the printed view. Any other thoughts?
                    Greg McDowell Jr
                    about.me/GMcDowellJr

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