Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Templates are most successful when the simplest of tasks have been taken care of from the start and guesswork by the user has been reduced. Nothing is simpler than loading and setting up of all tags, and you won't get annoyed when you're in a time crunch and Revit asks you to load a tag.

If you're wondering what tags have been assigned, the Loaded Tags task dialog (shortcut: LT) will list all tags assigned to be used for each element category. A simple drop-down list lets you select the default tag family to use. As you develop your template, remember to keep this list up to date.

Annotate > Tag pull-down > Loaded Tags

To be consistent, we've named all of our tags based on the following principle:

- our company's initials, so foreign tags are easily distinguished
- the word 'Tag' so all tags stay grouped together in the family browser
- the family type being tagged, for example: door
- suffix: to separate two tags for the same family type used for different purposes. For example: doors tagging basic information vs life safety information

For example:

        XYZ Tag_Area
        XYZ Tag_Ceiling
        XYZ Tag_Door
        XYZ Tag_Door (ALS)
        XYZ Tag_Floor
        XYZ Tag_Furniture
        XYZ Tag_Grid
        XYZ Tag_Keynote
        XYZ Tag_Plumbing Fixture
        XYZ Tag_Revision
        XYZ Tag_Room
        XYZ Tag_Room (ALS)
        XYZ Tag_Wall (Fire Rating)
        XYZ Tag_Wall (Type)

Once loaded into the project, you'll want to add a leader arrowhead for each type of that tag.
Select the tag > Edit Type > choose Leader Arrowhead:

If you don't find an arrowhead you like, you can edit an existing type or create your own; Manage > Additional Settings > Arrowheads. Our standard arrowhead is the Filled 15 Degree Arrow, but we also use Heavy End and Filled Dot.

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