Autodesk FormIteering Workshop


Have been asked to teach at the Revit Technology Conference at the Autodesk FormIteering Workshop, can’t wait to spread the knowledge! LINK

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Ready for Revit 2017 Text Change?

Everyone has been wanting a new text editor in Revit and we have finally gotten one. But have you really looked at what it is going to do to your template or a upgraded project? If not, you had better start looking…

It isn’t just about text, this includes all of the text/labels in your schedules, title-blocks, tags, grids, levels, and on and on… Below is a comparison using a client’s template and seeing how the text is now shifted on one of their project notes.

This next image is showing how the schedule is now longer then it was before. So this might cause some heartburn where the schedule use to fit but now in 2017 it doesn’t.

This list continues, think about the word wrapping in some of your tags or your title-blocks. What use to fit, now doesn’t, and you will need to go back and fix the families.

Which leads me to next bigger picture, some of our clients have “version” based folders for all of the templates and families. Others do not do this and have a base version for all of their templates and families (i.e. Revit 2014) and only upgrade every 2 to 3 releases. Version 2017 is probably going to force that hand and they will need to do a version folder for 2017.

The last item to think about, quite a few of our clients will upgrade a project mid-stream to take advantage of the new speed or the new features of Revit. Will this happen for 2017, I don’t think so, this is going to create a new situation for everyone where no one will be upgrading their projects mid-stream to 2017 without a bunch of headaches or fixing…

So what happened? Below is a snip from the help system from Revit 2017 to better explain what happened.

“The method for measuring text size is changed so that the Text Size parameter more accurately represents the height of a capital letter (similar to AutoCAD). Previously, Revit measured the size of text from the font baseline to the ascender line. Since most characters do not extend to the ascender line, physically measuring the font may not have produced expected results.

The size of text now reports using the cap height, which measures from the baseline to the top of a capital letter M as seen in the image below. This change affects all text in Revit. After upgrading a model, please review all views and sheets to verify the changes to your text instances.

Note: Be sure that the proper fonts are installed when opening an upgraded model. Substituted fonts further will change text due to the font sizing changes.

The text measurement changes and text editor enhancements introduce some new restrictions on text.

The editor can support font sizes from 1 point to 1638 points. For Arial, these font sizes translate to approximately 0.1″ to 16.3″ or 0.3 mm to 413.6 mm.

The text note also has a maximum width of 84″ or 2135 mm.”

So here is what I found with Revit 2017 text/labels when upgrading from 2016:

  • All text will get larger when it comes to the font height and width
  • Depending on your font type, your text might grow from 2% to 20% when it comes to the height and width.
  • All of your text will shift down.
  • The text wrapping will need to be addressed with some of the text notes, tags, title-blocks, etc.
  • New version folder for templates and families if you haven’t done it in the past.
  • No mid-stream upgrade of a project going from 2016 (or below) to Revit 2017.
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Bluebeam 2016.1 Released



AutoCAD 2017

PDF creation support through the AutoCAD plugin (Revu CAD and Revu eXtreme only) is now supported for AutoCAD 2017.

AutoCAD LT 2017

PDF creation support through the Bluebeam buttons in the AutoCAD LT 2017 ribbon.

SketchUp Pro 2016

PDF creation support (Revu CAD and Revu eXtreme) for SketchUp Pro 2016.

ProjectWise 10

Added support for Revu integration with ProjectWise 10.

Sets Enhancements

  • Create user-defined default settings for Tags.
  • Generate new tags (or correct existing tags) using AutoMark in the Tags dialog box.
  • Automatic tags are updated any time the Sheet Number Tag is modified.
  • Set displays all Tag types for any files added to the Set.
  • Sort Tags columns in ascending or descending order.
  • Revision Number Tags are now sequenced properly when sheets are slip-sheeted into a Set.

Additional Enhancements and Resolved Issues Including:

  • Resolved issue exporting some CSV markup summaries that would not display columns in desired order.
  • Addressed issue with Revu potentially freezing when opening Sets files in Studio Projects.
  • Fixed issues with the Bluebeam plugin for Revit incorrectly missing sheets that were selected for conversion to PDF.
  • Resolved issue with markups unexpectedly disappearing if they were updated and saved.
  • Addressed issue with XML Markup Summaries exporting with unexpected results.
  • Fixed issues that occurred when editing Punchkeys with Japanese fonts.
  • Resolved issue with the Bluebeam plugin for Microsoft Office not correctly associating PDF security settings on some files.
  • Addressed issue in which some font characters would not render on certain PDF files.
  • Fixed issues with Collate function not working on some HP and Canon printers.
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