November 26, 2008

CAD Management - Revit and AutoCAD

To start off with Revit, we used it out of the box (OOTB) and as the projects have been progressing I've been working on our template based on one specific project.  In our transition plan, how I've set things up, is to make our output of both AutoCAD and Revit look very similar if not the same.  We use AutoCAD 2008 and Revit 2009. 

The main change I made was chosing to use the Arial font.  Because I've been told over and over by resselles I've worked with to not change Revit, to use it OOTB, as is because it's great!  So Arial font it is!   But now, as I'm getting deeper into setting up our template and searching and dialoguing with others, I don't see why we should keep it looking so plain - OOTB.   We have a look that we'd like to achieve for presentation and legibility, and we can achieve it with Revit, so why not?

I've been editing the Object styles, but also the Lineweights settings. By default the majority of Revit objects use lineweight 1, we like 3 to be the default so where would it be best to change it? Change most object styles to lineweight 1?  Or bump up the actual weight (setting) of lineweight 1?  In my apporoach, I will change the setting of lineweight 1, and of course the rest 2 through 5, (we won't use 6 and on). Of course don't think it's that simple, the setting needs to change per scale, that's a lot of changes!  But in my thought process it makes more sense to make that change, versus changing all object styles.  in this way we can keep the majority of the objects styles at the default weight, and we will change a few here and there that we would like to be different. 

All of this can be saved in our template, and when Revit 2010 comes around we upgrade our template so there is no need to redo all the settings changes; we work on new ones!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have gone through your blog this is such a good topic. I really enjoyed a lot and the blog is really very interesting.

Cad Educators