Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video New text, part of Revit 2017: New Features for Architecture.
- [Voiceover] In this review, we're going to look at one of the most wished for new features in Revit, and that is the Text Editor. So, in this release, I'm happy to report that we have a new text editor. Now, it's a slow process. There's a lot to changing the text editor, as it turns out and the first thing I'd like to do is share with you a couple of the issues that will be involved with upgrading projects in particular in using the new text editor. On the positive side, the new text editor brings us into alignment with modern font rendition.
It's more compatible with other software, including AutoCAD and it accesses more fonts and more text features that are native to the operating system. On the downside, because of the way that the text is rendered in the new text editor. That means that some shifting will occur on existing notes when you open up and upgrade existing projects. So, what I have here is a screenshot of a large collection of text, and you can see on the left hand side, all the small green underlines are marking where the paragraphs end.
This is an existing file created in the previous release, and then, the enlarged portion of it just shows that in a little bit more detail. So, you can see that I've drawn these green underlines at the locations of the bottom of all the texts. Now, let me switch over to Revit and open this file in the current release and you'll see what actually takes place when we upgrade a large block of text like this. Now, this issue mainly comes into play with large blocks of text, if you just have simple one line notes, it'll be hardly noticeable but as you can see, if I zoom in here, there has been some shifting that's taken place.
This note here is noticeably longer. This note is noticeably longer. So, there's definitely some adjustments that would need to take place. Now, this is rendering the text a little bit differently and this illustration tries to explain exactly what's being used in terms of typographic terms here. So, the large capital E is what's being used as sort of the benchmark for the size, and so you could see that that's what the cap height is the points size is being measured between this point and this point.
You've got your descender line, your letting is the distance between the lines. So, this illustration kind of gives you some idea of how the text is being rendered now and this is more consistent again with the way fonts are rendered in several other applications and software packages. So, the main issue is with upgrading the projects, but then beyond that when you start using the new text editor, you'll be able to enjoy the new features. Now, of course, one of the things we can do is we can start to modify the widths of these and you know try and make some adjustments in there.
We can also fine tune under Edit Type and perhaps adjust either the text size or possibly the font that is being used, and then you know, of course the other thing that we can do is just change the way these things are being wrapped. Now, in this case, each of these is a separate block of text so that might require moving some of them and shifting some of them around and maybe doing a little bit of copy and paste to move from one column to the next. Now, you know this is sort of a one time thing. Once it's upgraded, you won't need to do that again, but let's go ahead and add a new text object and I'm just going to do that off to the side right over here and you know, the initial tools look similar to how it looked before.
You still interact with it in a similar fashion. I'll choose this large 1/4 inch Arial here, and just cut and click a point, and then you can type in your note as you always have. Now, when you know I'm finished, I click away from it just like we have before. but what you'll probably notice there is there are some new tools here on the ribbon in this text editor. So, when we create our notes, we're able to select individual portions of it. You know, we can bold and we can italic the individual parts and pieces of the note.
We also have subscripts and superscripts so if I wanted to you know indicate that that was ten to the third for example, that's something new that we can do. We can do subscripts so we have that available. So, you know, we have some additional new features now to benefit. Another one we can do lists so, here's a list item. and the way this will work is that you can select these items and you can make them part of a list and then when you select the sub-items and indent them, they will automatically go to the next level down the list so this is happening automatically.
The amount of the indent is going to be determined by the tab size that you input here in your text type. So, we're definitely getting some new features that have been long requested. It's a nicer rendition. You can see that the text is much crisper. It does a nicer job of rendering it. It's going to make use of better font technology, and it's going to be more compatible with other software when you export out of Revit. The only downside is that in these large blocks of text, when you upgrade from existing projects, you will need to shift some of that text, and some of those notes around, in order to accommodate the new text features.
- Editing in 3D
- Using tags
- Modeling stairs and railings
- Rendering in Revit 2017
- Working with the Family Editor
- Using global parameters
- Adjusting elevation depth
- Exploring the new text editor