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Video: Adding text

In this movie we'll add some text notes to our drawings. There comes a point in your projects where your model is at a level of completion where you want to begin adding some notes to clarify design intent or to prepare the drawing for printing. So in this movie we're going to look at the simple text tools that we have available on Revit to help us to do that. So I'm in a file called Text, and I'm just looking at an elevation view. If I go to the Annotate tab, I can locate the Text tool right here. Now the shortcut is T+X, and you can also find it on the Quick Access toolbar. Now I'm going to accept all the defaults for right now, and just simply click a point where I want to start placing the note and type in what I want it to say.
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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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Watch the Online Video Course Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training
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Find out how to create compelling architectural designs using the modeling tools in Autodesk Revit software. In this course, author Paul F. Aubin demonstrates the entire building information modeling (BIM) workflow, from creating the design model to publishing a completed project. The course also covers navigating the Revit interface; modeling basic building features such as walls, doors, and windows; working with sketch-based components such as roofs and stairs; annotating designs with dimensions and callouts; and plotting and exporting your drawings.

Topics include:
  • Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
  • Adding levels, grids, and columns to set up a project
  • Creating building layouts with walls, doors, and windows
  • Modifying wall types and properties
  • Working with DWG files and CAD inserts
  • Adding rooms
  • Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
  • Using cutaway views
  • Generating schedules and tags
  • Adding callouts such as text and symbols
  • Understanding families
  • Outputting files, including DWF and PDF files
Subject:
CAD
Software:
Revit Architecture
Author:
Paul F. Aubin

Adding text

In this movie we'll add some text notes to our drawings. There comes a point in your projects where your model is at a level of completion where you want to begin adding some notes to clarify design intent or to prepare the drawing for printing. So in this movie we're going to look at the simple text tools that we have available on Revit to help us to do that. So I'm in a file called Text, and I'm just looking at an elevation view. If I go to the Annotate tab, I can locate the Text tool right here. Now the shortcut is T+X, and you can also find it on the Quick Access toolbar. Now I'm going to accept all the defaults for right now, and just simply click a point where I want to start placing the note and type in what I want it to say.

Now to complete the note you actually click next to the note. Don't press Enter or Escape. A lot of times people make that mistake. If you do it, it will actually cancel the command and you won't have any note. So you want to click next to it to complete the note. And you'll see the note appear on the screen, and you can move it around with this grip that's attached directly to the note--that's pretty handy. You cab even rotate it if you want to, with this little grip here. And an interesting thing starts to happen: if you rotate around past 90 degrees, Revit will actually flip it around and keep it right reading. So that's kind of handy. Let me do Ctrl+Z a few times to undo that.

Now the most obvious thing about this notice is it's a little large. So what I'm going to do is cancel out of the command, select the note, and let's look over here at the Properties palette. Like other objects in Revit, text has a family and a type. So the family is just text. That's a built-in family, a system family here, but the type in this case is quarter-inch Arial. You can it listed there. And if I open the list here, there is actually another type called 3/32 inch Arial. So I'm going to choose that, and you see that the size of my note will adjust and it will become a lot smaller. How big is that? I mean, what does that actually mean? Well, here it's telling us that we're using Arial-- that's the font--and it's 3/32 inch tall.

So that height is consistent relative to final printed output. If you look down here at the bottom of your screen, there is a scale here on the view control bar. We're currently at 1/8" = 1'. If I click that pop-up and change to 1/4" = 1' foot, what you'll see is all the annotation on the screen actually adjust. This note got smaller. So did the section head here and the level heads over here. So another way to say that is if you had a sheet full of drawings and some of the drawings on the sheet were 1/8" = 1' and some were quarter-inch, if they were side by side, the 3/32 inch Arial would be the same size relative to the sheet for both of those drawings, even though the underlying building would be at two different scales.

So that's kind of a nice feature is that all the annotation here reacts to the scale. I should also mention that these are annotative elements. So we talked about this in a previous movie, but what that means is this text belongs to this view. You won't see this text in any other view. All annotation is view-specific in Revit, so keep that in mind that if you need a stone parapet note in some other elevation, you'll have to add it there as well. Now let me zoom in on this note, and I'll take in a little bit of the building here. And let's go ahead move it just a little closer, and let's make some further adjustments.

With the note selected, you'll see some features over here on the Modify tab. So we can add leaders to this note, either on the left or right, in either straight or curved. So I'm going to do a straight leader over on the right, and I'll get a couple of grips here that I can use to adjust it. I'll point it at this parapet here. And this grip here in the middle allows me to add an elbow, and I'll do it like so. Now we can also change the alignment from left, right, and center. I'm going to leave it left-justified for now. Now if you want to, when you add your next note you can actually add it with the leader to start with.

So let's take a look at that. I will go back to the Text tool. We did the first note with the No Leader option, but I'm going choose this option here to do a two-segment leader for the second one. You can also do curved or a one-segment if you want to. The way this works is the first point you click now is the location of the arrowhead. Then you click where you want the elbow to be and then finally where you want to start typing the note. Now I'm going to put it over here, but I'm going to show you a strange behavior here when we're done. Notice I'm still in 1/4 inch Arial. So let me open that up and change to 3/32. I can do that before I start typing, and then just click back over here and type in what I want my note to say.

Now when the click next to it--remember, click next to it to complete the note-- it does this odd little thing. It sort of jumps over to the left. So it's not that big of a deal, because we can just use this grip and drag it over, get it to line up, and then use this grip, and get that one to line up. I'm not exactly sure why Revit does it that way, but it's pretty easy to remedy. So let me cancel out of there and select the note. And we've got our leader here, and I want to point out to you that you can actually add additional leaders if you want to. So if I had some geometry over on the left side and I wanted to point it, I could add a leader over here and use that leader.

I can remove the leader that I just created with this button right there. I can add another one on the right as well, and maybe we're going to add another brick soldier course down here, so I could point to that. Now when you use this remove button I should mention that it removes in the reverse order from where they were added. So just keep that in mind that sometimes it may not remove the one that you wanted it to. OK. Let's take a look at the settings all of the text itself then. So we've been saying how this is 3/32 and the other was 1/4 inch, but where did it get those settings? Well, if I click right here, we've got Edit Type, and this is just like other objects in Revit. And all of the type-based settings are controlled in here.

So we have color and line weight. Those things are pretty self-explanatory. Here is our font. All the fonts loaded on your system will be listed there. Revit just uses Windows fonts. Here's the height of the text. If you want to use the Tab key, the tab size, bold or italic. And we even have this feature here, which is kind of handy. If you put in, say, decimal value here like 0.8, and I click Apply, watch what's going to happen to the notes. See how they all get a little narrower? So sometimes you need to fit more text in a smaller space so you can use that feature to help you there. I'm going to set it back to 1. Now up here we had this feature called Background, and it's currently set to Opaque.

So let me show you how that works. If I add a new note--deselect all this, click on text, I'm going to turn off the leader option, I'm going to do a note without a leader. Pick right here on top of the brick and type a note. Click out here somewhere to finish the note. Let me zoom in. Notice how there is a little, small white mask around the text. If we go to Edit Type and I change this to transparent, click Apply, you're going to see the brick show right through. So that's what that feature does. That can be really handy if you've got a lot of notes in a tight space, to help them be a little bit more legible.

The final setting that I want to show you here is--let me zoom back out again first. I'll just do Z+P for Zoom Previous, and I want to direct your attention to these two arrowheads right here. The final setting here is the arrowhead setting. The leader arrowhead is actually part of the text type. So right now I'm using this arrow 30 degree. Maybe you want a filled one. So if I click Apply on that, now you can see we have these solid filled arrowheads right there, which some folks like a little bit better. So you can certainly choose whatever arrowhead type that you like.

So that's the text features in Revit. Pretty straightforward. Most of the features I think are fairly self-explanatory. Remember that the text is view-specific so all of the notes I have added here apply to this view, and if you wanted to reuse any of these notes in other views, you would have to copy and paste them. So you could place your notes on the view, you can add leaders or leave the text free- standing, and you can even have multiple leaders on the same piece of text if you need to.

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