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January 24, 2012

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I'll paste my answer from the survey, as I'm sure they will be the top concerns for many people:

1. Multiple page support. When the project contains hundreds of items, splitting that schedule up manually so that it fits on multiple pages is the most painful task imaginable. So painful that we just don't bother. We export and reformat in Excel.

2. WYSIWYG editing. Why are there separate representations for editing schedules and placing them on sheets? All other sheet-place-able items behave exactly the same when you double click them or when you activate them on a sheet. Making one schedule look the same as another is a tedious and best-guess process.

3. "Reverse interrogation" - I don't know if that's the correct term. Room Data Sheets are impossible to make in Revit. The data is plainly there - every Lighting, Furniture, Plumbing Fixture knows which Room it is in. This information can be included on Furniture, Lighting etc. schedules. But you cannot make the query in the other direction. "Please show me all the objects from categories A, B and C that are in room 001" - "Repeat for all rooms, on automatically numbered pages" - This would be a true godsend and timesaver.

Tom, for the love of the sweet lord jesus, learn Access or hire help to set up a workflow. Scheduling 500 rooms / 1000 doors? No problem. In Excel scheduling (as in revit) anything that needs to split - alas always a major pain.

Toms comment echos almost exactly what I said. We shouldn't have to "learn Access" or hire a programmer to make a software that runs $5k (approx.) a seat do, what it should do in the first place...

I took the survey but wanted to add my top 3 here.

1. Ability to add symbology to schedules (similar to legend components).

2. Ability to have greater control over text and lines. Making schedules into a family object would be great so that all parts of the schedule could be modified.

3. Greater formula functionality between parameters, other families' parameter values, other category families' parameter values, and totals.

For Revit MEP, the answer is:

PERMIT LINKING & IMPORTING EXCEL INTO REVIT!

This cannot be programmatically difficult, Autodesk just refuses to do it. Why? Probably so they can offer it in Revit MEP 2018, and call it a Major Improvement (please send us your subscription fee, right now).

As engineers, we will ALWAYS prefer Excel for schedules, since the person doing the calculation and product selection has full control over all information displayed (without having to learn to program in Revit). This is a big deal because every mechanical component in a project has vastly different parameters, and making families that have all those parameters is too expensive for us to do - then trying to build a schedule that counts all those pararmeters, (when only two of this particular component will be on the project) is far too much work for the budget.

Furthermore, using Excel suits our workflow, because the engineer can parallel process that aspect of the documents, while the designer is working on pipe and duct routing.

I'm quite sure I'm not the first person to request the ability to link to Excel - so how about it, Autodesk? Why won't you allow linking in spreadsheets?

my top 3:
1. Sorting schedules in project browser by schedule type/ disciplines etc...
2. Apply view templates for schedules for apparences, sorting etc...
3. Apply the same above to legends.

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