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Mon, Nov 12, 2007 at 6:43:07 PM | Symbolic/Model lines bug!




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I believe I found a bug with Revit 2008 & a way to work around it.  I was creating a new family for an interior beam and I tried to draw in (2) symbolic lines that cross to represent the beam being cut through.  I couldn't get it to show up in any sections even though the symbolic lines from other beams were showing up.  To make a long story short... here's what I found out...

If you click on "symbolic lines" to draw lines in a family and the dialog box asking "Pick a Plane" comes up, revit will draw in model lines which will not show up in your drawing.  What I had to do was draw the lines once, erase them and draw them again.  The second time I drew them, revit assumed I was working off of the same reference plan.  The line remain a symbolic line and worked in my sections.  I even did the "Pick a Plane" on one of the lines and not the other.  Only the other was showing up in my sections.  I found this interesting after pulling my hair out for a couple hours.  I hope this helps anybody having the same problem I did.


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Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 8:47:57 PM | Symbolic/Model lines bug!




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Excellent. Nice work around discovery. There are many a glitch in 2008 and the workarounds are a great help. Thank you.

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Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 2:40:15 AM | Symbolic/Model lines bug!




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This has been around for quite a while. I have actually come accross this with other symbolic elements (i.e. masking regions) for some reason it thinks it needs a plane because it switches to model mode and then freaks out because a masking region is symbolic... Go figure. Just follow the symboic line workaround and Revit will reset itself to symbolic elements and draw on.



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Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 7:44:55 AM | Symbolic/Model lines bug!




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I found this problem a while ago and have even reported it as a bug to Autodesk - even got a phone call from a support person!  It was around a long time before 2008 was released.  I noticed that when you're asked to select the work plane, the button you pressed to select Symbolic Lines is no longer high-lighted.  If you click on this button again you can draw symbolic lines without needing to first draw model lines and then delete them - hope this helps, and I hope they fix it sometime soon.

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Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 6:39:23 AM | Symbolic/Model lines bug!




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The problem is still the same in 2010 version.

Thanks for the workaround!

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