Friday, 6 May 2011

Fake Revision Clouds in Revit

Well, I said I would post didn't I so here it is:

Ever wanted to add a revision bubble to a drawing in Revit to highlight something on a drawing but not actually add a revision to the sheets? Its one of those things that we used to do in AutoCAD but Revit seems to be almost too smart and doesn't let you do it. A good example of this would be say if you wanted to highlight something on a drawing is in abeyance. Well Revit;s detail line tools don't have a cloud option but there is a nice workaround.

  • Use the standard Revision Cloud command from the Annotate tab to sketch your cloud.

  • Before you finish the command, select all the cloud lines and copy to clipboard using the button highlighted below.

  • Now cancel the command using the red X. You will get the following dialogue box. Hit yes.

  • Now, from the Annotate tab select Detail Line, and rather than try draw the cloud simply select Paste Aligned to Current View from the Paste button drop down which is accessed via the little arrow highlighted below.

  • Hey presto, Detail Cloud lines as requested and no actual revision on the sheets. Nice.

I wish I would take credit for this but in actually fact it was my colleague sat next to me who figured this out today. Nice one Nat. :) 

Back in the Seat...

Well, its been a LONG time.. I hadn't realised just how long its been.. I suppose I have just been super busy on the work front and super lazy on the blog front but this week I was kind of shocked back into the blog world when I met a friendly gent at a BIM meeting in London. He introduced himself to me and said he recognised me from this blog...I was a little shocked but pleasantly surprised to be honest. I was beginning to think that the only person who looked at this was actually me but it would seem that I do have some viewers. So that got me thinking,, I should really make more of an effort to keep posting and building the blog.. So here I am..

So a big thank you to David Wood of Chapman Taylor for giving me the nudge I needed .