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Fri, Mar 3, 2006 at 5:49:27 AM | Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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Autodesk Support tells me that in order to import Microsoft Word documents into Revit, I need to do so going through AutoCAD! I hope this is a joke...I'm new to Revit with no previous CAD experience, let alone AutoCAD. Is there a way to import Word documents into Revit; perhaps by converting it to a different format that Revit will then import directly. I use Micropas 7.1 for the California Title 24 Energy calculations and it outputs in Word format, hence my need for the import capability. Thanks! John

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Fri, Mar 3, 2006 at 7:35:41 AM | RE: Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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You can copy and paste the test into revit using the clipboard, However actually importing doc files isn't possible. Revit does not support bullets and advanced text formatting abilities. Just tabs, Bold, Underline, Italics are supported in revit. A possible workaround if this isn't acceptable is to make a jpg of the word doc and import that...

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Sun, Mar 5, 2006 at 4:11:33 AM | RE: Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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another possibility with autocad is to import it into CAD and then link the CAD DWG to REVIT

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Sun, Mar 5, 2006 at 7:10:29 PM | RE: Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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This utility from Dotsoft will convert a Word document to CAD. http://www.dotsoft.com/word2cad.htm You could then link the resulting file into Revit. Or you could publish the Word file to a JPG format as suggested. I print Word and Excel files to PDF then in Acrobat open them, crop and save as JPG's. Doing this method preserves the "printed" format for things like borders, shading etc. HTH Tom

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Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 9:35:56 PM | Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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First, create a new drafting view in Revit.  Open your word document.  Select what you want to copy to revit.  Select the text button in revit as if you were going to create new text.  With the text box open, select the edit menu and then paste from clipboard or press CTRL + V.

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Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 12:10:06 AM | Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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On the Ribbon. Select the Insert panel. All the way to the right is the insert office document. On the pull down menu select Word Document for a fully editable with formatting.

 

Nah. But if i worked at the factory...I'd give it to you. I thought it was poetic that this thread was from 2006.


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Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 10:04:49 PM | Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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This last post got my hopes up that there was a way to import word docs!  This is a pain that there is no way to link word documents to Revit.

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Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 7:47:28 PM | Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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Okay so this is what I have to do to take a .doc from a consultant and use it in Revit.

1. Open Word and copy text

2. Open Autocad and paste, and print as many times as it takes to get the whole doc in a usable size to convert

3. Use pdf x-change viewer to convert into image

4. Use Picasa 3 to quickly crop out the white space

5. Insert image into Revit and hope I've got it the way I like it or I've got to go back to step 2

Don't tell me to just copy and past into Revit.  Tried it and my formating is all messed up.  I shouldn't have to use 4 other programs to do this.

Normally I wouldn't mind but my problem is I've been spoiled by other BIM packages that don't have a problem working with the rest of the world.  Its like Revit wants to pretend he's the only kid on the block with a ball.

 


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Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 8:07:50 PM | Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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Revit does need to improve the text editor and we have all been asking for that.   But your process is pretty awkward. 

 

I prefer to use the simple copy paste method described above.  Yes ... I have to do my own formating but I think it is much simplier than your process.  For numbered lists, I prefer two columns of text rather than the single spaced automatic numbering - one for the numbers and the other for the text. 

 

But there is a simplier  method using key schedules.  << You might find that this really solves your problems.

http://www.augi.com/library/tips-for-manipulating-text-in-revit


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Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 8:14:49 PM | Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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Thank you WWHub for that link.  I think that could really help in some cases but in this one there is just too much formating (lots of tabs and spaces)  I would redo the formating but this Hardware schedule is 10 pages long... 


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Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:24:19 PM | Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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Okay, for those who read this thread I want to add to my last post that adding images to your sheets might cause your plotter to REALLY slow down.  I found that printing to pdf is a bit better.  Just be warned that you are going to have to wait if you try to fill an E size sheet with image, even a low dpi one.  AutoDesk, would like a way to insert a .pdf (almost as common file type as .jpg in my world)


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Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:48:35 PM | Importing MS Word (or other text) into Revit

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I don't believe inserting a pdf would be any better.  Make sure that when you create your jpg image that it is a low enough setting before inserting it in your project.  It is that size that is more important.

 

We have used your process on code sheets that were required by a particular building department.  Even when printing to a file, the file size is really large.  And we could not print these sheets combined with the rest of the documents because they overloaded memory.

 

Another reason to use Revit text.


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