Reading a recent post about the behaviour of leaders in Revit over at Steve Stafford’s Blog, Revit OpEd, gave me all the motivation required to write this quick post (more of a rant really!). While Steve points out the inconsistency of leader placement between text and keynotes, I’m taking it one step further to consider the inconsistent customisation of arrowheads. At least there is consistency between text and keynotes here, but there isn’t when you look at other commands such as Spot Coordinate or Spot Elevation.
For many years there have been numerous feature requests to improve the customisation of Arrowheads within Revit. These have gone largely unanswered, I can only assume due to difficulty in the coding behind the scenes? Yes, you can do some customisation through the Manage tab/Additional Settings/Arrowheads, but something such as being able to control the line weight of the arrowhead separate from the leader is still not available, or is it?
There is no control over this in the arrowheads settings, ‘Heavy End Pen Weight’ is only available with the ‘Heavy end tick mark’ arrow style selected, although this appears to be the parameter we want to access. So looking at some of the other areas you may expect to find control, such as within Tag Type Properties, you can only select the Leader Arrowhead type.
It’s not much different in the Keynote Type Properties either.
The Text Type Properties at least make the line weight settings available, but this affects both the leader and arrowhead. For tags and keynotes you have to control this via the Object Styles dialogue box.
But look closely at the Spot Coordinate or Spot Elevation Type Properties and you will see that you get control over both the Leader Line Weight and the Leader Arrowhead Line Weight!
So it appears as though the ability to control these parameters is indeed there (and has been for years)! But why can’t they be controlled for text annotation and keynotes, where they would be of most use? And more importantly, why the inconsistency on where you access these settings and why you can’t change them for some annotation types?
I realise it may be a minor thing, but it is these little details that impact on presentation quality and would help reduce the old but inevitable “We used to be able to do this in AutoCAD!” comments. Improving consistency undoubtedly leads to a betterRevit for all!
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