I had a client ask me about the new text editor in Revit 2017. The questions were asked if they had fixed some of the heartburn compared to the old text editor. When I first gave it a try I thought some of those features that the client had asked hadn’t been added, but I was wrong in that assumption. I haven’t seen anything on this from the blogs and twitter feeds so I thought I had better post and share them.
The first was the dreaded spacing between notes and the numbering, as for it getting confused. Take note to do the spacing between items I just had to use the Shift Key + Enter, just like I would with Microsoft Word.
You can see that the lower numbering is now repeating when it really should be (3) and (4). This can be fixed but you need to back up and do a backspace in the right location so Revit picks up the numbering again. In this case it is right above where it was getting confused.
Once the numbering is fixed I can do another Shift Key + Enter to get the spacing back.
This seems easy enough once someone shows this to you but I think a lot of people are going to be looking at the ribbon or doing a right-click for the “continue numbering” option (Microsoft Word) instead of thinking about a backspace at a certain location.
The next item that was asked was continuing the numbering in a different text note. In AutoCAD’s Mtext editor there is a great tool called “column” so you can split the note into two columns. We don’t quite have that just yet but we do have the ability to restart the numbering to something other than (1) when the need arises.
Just copy the text note over and get into the text editor. Pick into the first line of text right at the start and look at the ribbon. On the ribbon is a tool called Increment List Value, pick on that until the number is correct and matches the sequence from the other text note.
This is far from perfect since this relies on us to make sure the numbering sequence stays correct as the note updates. But this is way better than what we had before to say the least…