Thursday, March 21, 2013

ArchiCAD 16 vs. Revit 2013 (Architecture) - Annotation

Topic 3:  Annotation Tools

Annotation Tools
ArchiCAD
Grade
Revit Architecture
Grade
DimensionsSelecting what you want to dimension can be trial and error before you get what you need, because you can dimension almost anything.  Dimensions can get out of wack when displayed from inside hotlinked files.  Easy to add or subtract from existing dimension objects
B+
Dimensions are really powerful.  However some things can't be dimensioned which can be very frustrating.  Otherwise a great tool.
B+
Text Tool (as Notes)Standard functionality, predictable.  Very limited formatting i.e. bullets, numbering
B
Standard functionality.  Nice leader functionality.  Slave to defined family definitions, poor workflow when changing font characteristics
B-
Text as Labels (with leader)Labels in ArchiCAD are text entities with a leader attached.  Leaders can have different pen (color & line weight) than the text.  Pen weight does not affect text, however it is a bit of a tedious management issue (just another thing to worry about).  No built in function to quickly add additional leaders.  You need to use the line or pline command.
B
Text tool in Revit can be free of leaders or include a line or arc leader. Nice semi-automatic feature to add additional leaders.
A-
Tags (Smart objects)Good functionality
B+
Good functionality.  I wish tags could have more than one leader as in standard text notes
A-
Keynotes (Linked to a text file)Not a built in feature.  3rd party add-on available (Cadimage).
D (B+)
Built-in functionality.  Not a fast workflow, only certain element types can be keynoted.  3rd party keynote file editor is recommended
C
Leaders - Tied to text toolOnly available via the label tool.
C
Excellent functionality and options.  It is real nice how you can add or subtract leaders on a note block.  However, you cannot add or subtract leaders on multiple note blocks at once.  Why not?
A-
Leaders - Stand-aloneStandard leader functionality built into the line or polyline command.  Old school, predictable and logical
A
There is no separate tool for leaders.  Very frustrating and weird.  Text is not always the only thing that needs a leader.   You can create a annotation family without text and specify 1 or more leaders from the options bar when you insert the family
F
Revisions ToolPretty basic.  There are 3rd party add-ons available for this.  I tried one a couple years ago and the workflow was not very good.  Hopefully it has been greatly improved since then.
C
High functionality.  The workflow is a little weird to figure out at first.  Parametrically tied to title-blocks, which is nice.
B+

1 comment:

  1. If you want to add a leader in ArchiCAD the best way to keep it consistent is to simply start a new label, but simply hit the spacebar instead of entering text. I know, its a workaround, but simple enough, and takes no longer than adding a leader in Revit.

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