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    Default Creating "smart text" - refer to a detail number & have it change if the detail number changes

    What we're looking for: to have some text in a section (call it section A) that will point to another section (section B) & refer to it by section number & page, and that reference will change if Section B is relocated. Much the way that section cuts on plan will update when a section on a sheet moves/changes.


    To work correctly for us, it should be text only (no graphics or lines) and be able to add a leader. We keep calling it "smart text that contains a label" but.......


    If we had our wish, it would use the pull-down for selecting a reference section so we could select the detail we are pointing to, but we're not sure if that is possible.


    I hope I am getting my point across, but let me know if there are questions.


    Please & many thanks in advance!
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    Default Re: Creating "smart text" - refer to a detail number & have it change if the detail number changes

    Well that sort of exists in Revit already, but not with a leader.
    We use a "View Reference" tag within text that is tied to a view on a sheet (which updates when changed)

    Not sure if that meets all your needs but it works for us.
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    Default Re: Creating "smart text" - refer to a detail number & have it change if the detail number changes

    Quote Originally Posted by tedg View Post
    Well that sort of exists in Revit already, but not with a leader.
    We use a "View Reference" tag within text that is tied to a view on a sheet (which updates when changed)

    Not sure if that meets all your needs but it works for us.
    I heard about doing this, but how does it actually happen?

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    Default Re: Creating "smart text" - refer to a detail number & have it change if the detail number changes

    Quote Originally Posted by CAtDiva View Post
    I heard about doing this, but how does it actually happen?
    Ok, so I found this as one tutorial: https://revitiq.com/adding-view-reference-text-notes/.

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    Default Re: Creating "smart text" - refer to a detail number & have it change if the detail number changes

    These are the 2 different ones we use at my office. One for referencing a sheet and one for a view on a sheet. The "REFER TO DWG" and "REFER TO DETAIL" is just text in the family positioned before the left justified label.

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    It would be nice to be able to add additional instance parameters into the family for text so we could write additional info instead of having to place a text note near the reference.

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    Default Re: Creating "smart text" - refer to a detail number & have it change if the detail number changes

    View Reference! Perfect - for one of the instances I need. This is what I have come up with to use: text + label (in blue).
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    Still trying to find a way to do a similar one with a leader. Anyone know how to accomplish that? The idea is to be able to point to a certain part of a detail & refer them to a detail on a different sheet.

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    Default Re: Creating "smart text" - refer to a detail number & have it change if the detail number changes

    Very nice, unfortunately they have not added options for leaders in view references yet so the only workaround is to use a blank text note with leader. As of Revit 2020 or 2021 (forget exactly which one) you can place a blank note.
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    Default Re: Creating "smart text" - refer to a detail number & have it change if the detail number changes

    Using view references is already described, and works well for many circumstances. I don't need to add to that, but I do want to mention that the need for the ability to insert view references within text, or in a parameter (and thus into a table) is needed
    There are, I believe, a few variations of this request in the Autodesk Ideas board - it would not hurt to add more upvotes, and maybe this will finally make the roadmap
    https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/revit.../idi-p/6423681

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    Default Re: Creating "smart text" - refer to a detail number & have it change if the detail number changes

    If it's just the reference + leader you need you kinda get it by using "Reference Other View" with a Callout. Won't get an arrow thought, must be an area-marking.

    And yes, being able to put view-refernces inside running text has been an request for sooo long.

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    Default Re: Creating "smart text" - refer to a detail number & have it change if the detail number changes

    Revolution Design have a solution for this called "autoLink"

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