Autodesk Revit and Annotation in 3D Views

Here’s a nice quick tip for you Revit users out there.

Did you know that you can place Wall, Floors, Columns, Door and Window Tags etc. Text, Keynotes and Dimensions in 3D Views?

No? Well now you do!

NOTE: you can’t use Material, Area and Room Tags or Space Tags

Why would you want to do this anyway?

As a designer you often need to share information with contractors and other design professionals in the design chain. Getting this information across in a simple to understand format can often be tricky if you are restricted to placing annotations in the typical 2D views such as plans, elevations and sections.

Well the good news is that in Revit you can place standard annotations in any 3D view if you follow a few simple steps.

Text placed in a locked 3D view image

Create a 3D view and set up the desired perspective and crop boundaries. The important step now is to Lock the view. If you try to annotate without locking, then Revit will prompt you with the following message:

Lock 3D view for tagging message

To lock the view, go to the View Control Bar at the bottom of the Revit interface and click on the little house with the padlock (Lock 3D View).

Click this icon and choose the ‘Save Orientation and Lock View’ option.

Give your view a name and you will see it appear in the Project Browser.

Project browser view image

Once locked you can annotate to your hearts content.

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