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    Tag Linked Model name

    We have a unit linked in multiple times and we need to tag its instance name so we can tag in elevation/section/plan "Unit 05" , "Unit 06" etc

    For the life of me I cant work out how to create a tag to do this - any suggestions?
    Last edited by Alex Page; February 21, 2011, 10:19 PM.
    Alex Page
    RevitWorks Ltd
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    #2
    I don't think you can.
    Greg McDowell Jr
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      #3
      methinks you are correct - a real shame since the links "Instance" name is right there looking at you!
      Alex Page
      RevitWorks Ltd
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        #4
        Originally posted by Alex Page View Post
        methinks you are correct - a real shame since the links "Instance" name is right there looking at you!
        Could you describe the issue a little better? You say you have a unit which is linked into another file, and you can´t tag its instance name in different views? what do you mean exactly by unit?
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          #5
          Ok - think of a subdivision of new houses, I link in one type of "unit" (or house if you like) and copy it around the site.
          Under its instance properties (also under view properties/links/link file name) is the name that Revit has automatically assigned to the different instances of the one unit (a number).
          I can change that name to be, say, "unit 5" for one instance, and "unit 6" for anouther.
          What Id like to do is then tag the instance of the link with its instance name as above, in plan, in site sections, in street elevations, in unit sections etc etc so if I change the ordering of the names, it updates everywhere.
          Alex Page
          RevitWorks Ltd
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            #6
            I don't think there is a template or category to create a tag that reads the name of a Revit link. You would need some kind of outside of the box solution.

            As a workaround, I would create a dummy generic model, with as many types as units I had, each type named as per a unit; it can be a little box that I can hide inside the roof, or something like that. I would put one of these families in every unit file, taking care of placing dummy type A into building A, and so on... Then in the overall project, I would tag this dummy box with a generic model tag, that can read the dummy's type name. The tag will work in plan and elevations. If you need to change the name of a unit, open the linked unit, find the dummy family, change its type to the correspondent new name, and open the overall project again, and everything will be updated.
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              #7
              Cheers Alfredo - good concept but note that the same Unit is used multiple times in the same site....
              Alex Page
              RevitWorks Ltd
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                #8
                Originally posted by Alex Page View Post
                Cheers Alfredo - good concept but note that the same Unit is used multiple times in the same site....
                Then, modify the tag to work with a shared parameter (instance, text) that applies to generic models. In the Unit file, place another instance, or more, of the dummy hidden object, with different values of this shared parameter, such as "Unit 5", "Unit 6", etc.. Add the shared parameter as project parameter in each file. Then, in the overall plan, just tag the object that gives you the correct name in each case.
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                  #9
                  did you ever find a real solution to this. Taggin the link name would be a superb tool!

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                    #10
                    How about sticking 1 "ID" Family in the linked file, with indeed a shared parameter that you can Tag.

                    Stick that family in an design option all on it's own, make sure DO unit 1 contains the family (type) with the unit 1 description. Link the proper DO to a general VT in the project file. Should do the trick.

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