Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Deciding on and configuring your text, part of BIM Manager: Managing Revit.
- [Instructor] When I'm creating templates, text is pretty much the first thing I like to tackle. It's easy to do and when you think of standards, text is basically the first thing that comes to mind. So to start off, we're going to actually create a template. Then within that template, we're going to add our text to it. Alright, let's jump into Revit. Under Projects, let's go New. For our template file, I want to base our template off the Architectural Template. Under Create new, instead of Project I want to click on Project template. Then I'm going to click OK.
Now the next thing I want to do is save this. So I'm going to click the Save button. I'm going to browse to where I'm keeping my exercise files. Then I'm going to call this Global Template. G-L-O-B-A-L Template. I'm going to come down to my Options button right here. And I'm going to set my backups to one, and I'm going to click OK. Now I'm going to click Save. So let's configure some text. You can either click the A here, or what I'd like to see you do is go to the Annotate tab and notice we have Text and we have properties for Text.
If we click on Text Types by clicking this little arrow, notice that we've got quarter inch, 3/32nd and Schedule Default. I want to get rid of some of these text styles so I'm going to close out of this dialog. I'm going to go to the Manage tab. Now I'm going to click on the Purge Unused button right here. Now notice that Number of items checked is 335. Click Check None. Now I want to scroll down to the very bottom. And I want to drill into Text. I want to click on quarter inch Arial and Schedule Default.
I want these both out of here. I'm going to click OK. Perfect. Now I'm going to go back to my Annotate tab. Now I'm going to click this properties button again, my Text Types. Now if I hit the drop down, notice we only have one text type. I'm going to rename it. I generally like to put my company's initials before it. I teach up at Syracuse University, so for me I'm going to type SU and then an underscore. You can prefix this any way you want. I'm going to click OK.
For my Color I'm going to leave it black. My Line Weight, I'm going to change that to two. I want to leave my Background Opaque. I don't want to show a border. 5/64th is fine for the offset. For my Leader Arrowhead, I want to click the drop down here. And I want to click on Arrow Filled 15 Degree. For my Width Factor, I'm going to click on the one and I'm going to type .8. I'm going to hit my tab key. Now you can make your width factor anything you'd like. This is just a personal preference. I'm going to click OK. Let's test it out.
So on the Annotate tab, on my Text panel I'm going to click on Text. I want to make sure I have two segments checked for my leader. Now I want to justify to the top on the left and the right. And I guess I'll keep my alignment to my left. So I'm just going to zoom in on an area here. I want to pick a point and zoom in a little closer. Got my arrowhead, notice that SU_3/32 is current. I'm going to pick a point here. Pick a point here. And with all caps, I'm going to type in This is my text.
Now if you hit enter, it's just going to wrap it. So we can click off of it, and there we go. This is my text. I'm going to hit escape a couple of times. Now suppose we didn't really like that arrowhead that Revit gave us. We can configure different arrowheads as well. So what I'd like to do is go to the Manage tab. Now I want to go to Additional Settings. Now I want to come down to where it says Arrowheads. Arrow 30 Degrees. I'm going to grab Arrow Filled 15. Now we can duplicate this. And of course we'll put SU underscore in front of it.
Get rid of that number two. We'll make an Arrow Filled 12 Degrees. We'll click OK. And the Arrow Width Angle, we'll make it 12. Click OK. Now I'm going to select This is my text. Click on Edit Type. Then Leader Arrowhead, I'm going to click the drop down. Now I'm going to find SU_Arrow Filled 12 Degrees. Click Apply, click OK. And it's a little thinner. So that's it, that's basically how you create text.
- Setting up the Revit folder structure
- Creating a revision schedule
- Adding a symbol list
- Creating shared parameters
- Configuring your text
- Creating line types, weights, and patterns
- Configuring the underlay settings
- Creating custom grids
- Viewing templates
- Importing CAD details