Complex Planting Graphics, Simplified

Almost exactly 6 months ago, I posted about how you could create a Planting family that had a complex, scaleable plan graphic. The entire process involved creating a rather complex framework and was limited to using splines. However, a while later I learned that neither of those are necessary.

So here is the slightly simpler (and much less time consuming) way to create a complex, scaleable planting graphic.

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Complex Planting Graphics

After posting about Site Analysis with Detail Components, someone asked if the following graphic/ trees were made in Revit.

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The short answer is probably not (though I honestly do not know, since I did not make this lovely graphic). But the question made me wonder, could you make a scaleable tree symbol like that in Revit in reasonable amount of time? Turns out, yes, you can.

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Grading Plans, Part 1: Generic Annotations

One of the most versatile families in Revit is the Generic grading01_symbolAnnotation (this is the same as the Symbol, on the Annotation ribbon). It is commonly used to create symbol-like families, such as keynotes, north arrows, graphic scales, and stamps. But it can also be used to generically annotate a drawing/ view.

In typical Revit standards and best-practices, it is almost always preferable to use a Tag, since a Tag pulls actual information from the object. Generic Annotations are better than just “dumb” Text, but unlike Tags, they will not update if any information about the annotated object changes.

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