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    Help with detail components

    Right so, my intention is to setup construction joints, movement joints etc. (Possibly in one family using visibility, not got that far yet).

    The problem I am having is trying to get a dimension to report in a text parameter, I'm not sure if this is possible or not?

    In the attached (2013) file I am trying to get the generic annotation to report the dimension Mesh_Cover.

    I have been able to do this by creating a seperate generic annotation called Mesh Note and altering the parameter type.

    Question is, is there a way to manage this with 1 Generic annotation family, different types (ie different parameter types in teh same family), or are several families needed as I have begun to do in this family?

    Further, if anyone can provide any advice on what they think I'm doing right and more importantly wrong in general family creation, from this family, please do...

    EDIT: Also trying to lock the arrow to the annotation? Ignore that I'm being daft!
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    So this is what I have cobbled together so far, it appears to work as far as it goes.

    I had to use different families for different notes, in order to keep the notes varying with the dims... works fine, just extra nested families. I don't know if this will create issues down the line, can anyone say one way or the other?

    The main problem I can see with this family is that if I looked to have further visibility states, e.g. isolation or saw-cut joint I couldn't work the visibility as I have with a NOT() command.

    Can anyone tell me what YES/NO parameters return? I attempted to create a switch, if(Construction_Joint, 0, 1), as I believe this may allow me to nest if statements and switch between several visibility states. From this I received an inconsistent units warning. TRUE/FALSE and YES/NO also didn't work... is this possible?

    I am aware that I could simply create different families, but as a learning aid creating a fairly simple detail component with high functionality seemed a sensible start.

    Again, any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers.
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    Without digging into your family it sounds like you're trying to get an annotation label to show up in a view and have it reference a family/shared parameter.

    If that's correct I think the general consensus around here is to use a tag instead. The only downside to a tag is that the graphics of the can't can't automatically update base on what is being tagged. There is at least one solution to this using Dynamo that's somewhere on RFO or out in the wild that you could customize. It would have to be manually run, however, so it's not ideal.

    Some would say to abandon the different graphics and go with straight text instead.

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    Cheers, in the end I used several different nested annotation families.

    ie Mesh_Note, Dowel_Note and made the parameters suit, so I have text partameters interspersed with dimension parameters that allow the note to alter based upon dowel diameter, mesh type etc. As I said the only drawback is several different nested families, if this is a drawback, I don't know...

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