Today I was asked to help create some roof plans for a glass canopy system and then tag each panel with its unique Mark value. Well, this sounds easy enough in Revit if you ask me, so why Dynamo? I am definitely not trying to over-complicate my life, however I do enjoy automatic somewhat mundane tasks. Normally, tagging is not one of them, unless those tags just don’t seem to be willing to be placed exactly where I want them. In that case my only option is to either move them around manually, or call in the big bad Dynamo! I chose the latter and created another node called “Create Annotation Tag”, that you can now enjoy as part of the Package Manager. Here’s the problem:
You can see tags generated through standard method of Annotate>Tag All are overlapping randomly not only with each other but also with panel edges. That’s not very good looking plan. Here’s an image of what you can do in seconds with my new node:
Now that is a bit better! Good news is that you can use it on any element, in any view, and with any tag…it basically is a Revit’s Tag All tool but with extra control over where the tag actually gets placed. Remember that 3D Views have to be locked to be able to place Annotation.
Here’s a YouTube video with a brief demonstration.