Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Dimensions, you're reporting what? More Revit '09


As any good Revit user knows, its will nigh impossible to make a dimension lie. Sure you can adjust the rounding value, and you can make the text super small (and write your own), but there was never way to just make that dimension string report and out right lie.

Well......, you still can't.

However! We've been given the next best thing. We can now insert text to replace the string value. On top of that, you can add more then a prefix or suffix, you can actually put text above or below (that is attached to the dimension string). Now I admit that Mental Ray is cool, and there are some other nifty improvements in a variety of areas. But if you asked me, and there was one thing out of 2009 that I wanted to hold on to, well this would be pretty high on my list!

More after the pics (BTW, let me know if these are illegible...)

So you might look at these images and say, well in that text field, why can't I just type; 3' - 10". Well, because the developers have been extremely clever. They've coded that dialog box so well, that you can't fake it out. You can try every combination you can think of, and it just won't work (the rumor mill says they had fun testing this one in house). The only way to make it say; 3' 10" is to type "three foot ten inches", which somehow, I don't think is quite what we want. What is particlary nice is, if you're like me, you can insert "Varies" or when doing stairs/landings, you can easily include "clear" below, and or list rise/run strings, rather then (or in addition to) numerical values.

Now that Steve is making me look bad, I might have to start doing some videos too... That guy, always keeping me on my toes ;). Don't expect to hear my voice though, I settle for demonstrative & my typing.



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