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    Default best practice for inserting images/image formats

    I'm working on a project where I needed to export from excel to acad so I could create a pdf and then convert that to an image so I can insert it into a revit sheet.
    I save the image file as a .tiff and Revit didn't seem to like it. In fact I had to roll back my project in order for it to open again.
    Is there one image format that revit likes better than another?
    Also I noticed when I inserted the image that I had to scale it as revit didn't seem to recognize what size the image was.
    Any ideas.
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    Default Re: best practice for inserting images/image formats

    I use Jpegs & never have any issues, in either Revit or Acad.
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    Default Re: best practice for inserting images/image formats

    This in no way answers your question directly, but if you do this process often then you might consider using a program such as BIMLink ( http://www.ideatebimlink.com/ ) to bring the data directly in to a Revit schedule.

    That being stated, I agree that .JPG is a solid format to bring the image in as long as it doesn't need to be scaled.
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    Default Re: best practice for inserting images/image formats

    What I found is that if you use .tif files, it corrupts your revit model.
    So don't use tif files. Jpegs work fine.
    I tried the BimLink and it won't do what I need it to because the format comes in all screwed up. I create my general notes from Excel. I have a massive macro that renumbers every line, and sets the word wrap and re-sizes the cells to make them fit as well as add spaces so every full line of text starts and ends at the same point. I also use Excel to get the special inspection schedules I need. These vary from state to state and are usually provided by the state. Again it's a formatting issue, not really a data extraction issue. If they were all the same for every state, I'd just spend the time to create them in Revit. But they vary and seem to change almost yearly.
    Bottom line - Don't Use Tiff files.
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