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2005-09-08, 11:34 PM
Does any one have any suggestions on how to link or import large text objects into RS?
The general notes sheet that we use for most jobs usually covers 1 or 2 sheets. The editing of the notes for job specific conditions are normally done in MS Word or some other word processing software. The file is then converted to .rtf format and inserted directly into AutoCAD’s MText editor where minor adjustments are made. However I tried to do the same thing in RS and the text format did not translate very well at all. I also tried to link a general notes sheet from a .dwg file into RS but again the format did not translate very well.
2005-09-09, 01:40 AM
Finally AutoCAD support almost all of Word's formatting properties. Revit doesn't yet as you've found.Until it does your options will be limited. You might want to continue with text imported into AutoCAD and linked into a Revit drafting view. It should keep the formating as long as it isn't exploded.
The only other option would be to export images (print from Word to a TIFF print driver). And then link those into Revit. The size would have to be correct from the export or the final print resolution will suffer.
2005-09-09, 07:55 PM
In Autocad I have changed to pasting in an OLE object for all general notes. It seems much easier than having to import ASCII or RTF files into the DWG. Autocad handles text so poorly...
I just tried copying pasting notes directly from Wordperefect into a text box in Revit. It seems to work fine. It's very similar to an Autocad text box. Why aren't you doing that? Forget the RTF stuff.
2006-09-20, 01:14 PM
I have tried copying straight from a word document into Revit. Like you said it copies fine but I have formatting issues. Our General Notes are numbered with tabs and Revit doesn't seem to like that formatting very much. If I have to go back in to the text box to make a change after everything has been formatted it blows it away. I have gaps in text and have to go through the whole reformatting again.
Any idea for doing number bullets?
2006-09-20, 02:39 PM
We've written a macro inside of Excel that re-numbers and sizes our general notes to fit on a standard sheet. The Excel template has basically all of the info you could ever need, so we just delete the sections that don't apply. Then using "spanner" we can import the exported excel .x2a file into autocad as a block. No need to ever edit it and you can even update it. Then we link that file into Revit as a drafting view and drop it on the sheet. Done. No problems, no text editing.
2006-09-20, 04:20 PM
We've written a macro inside of Excel that re-numbers and sizes our general notes to fit on a standard sheet. ...... Done. No problems, no text editing.
Is your office selling this technology :) ? I'd love to see it in action (maybe a NetMeeting??) ....
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