Linking DWF Markups

When creating construction documents, a typical workflow is to print out a sheet, have it reviewed and marked up by the project architect or other professional, and then return it to the originator of the sheet to have the requested changes made.

Revit Architecture enhances this process by allowing you to export sheet views as DWF files. The DWF files can be marked up electronically using a program such as Autodesk® Design Review. Then the markups can be linked back into Revit Architecture to see the desired changes. Because they are linked, the Revit Architecture file and the DWF file remain synchronized with regard to the markups.

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The following steps outline the process for handing off the Revit Architecture sheet view, marking it up, and then bringing it back into Revit Architecture. This process is often referred to as round-tripping.

NoteTo use the markup functionality, you must export Revit Architecture sheet views. See Sheets.

To link DWF markups

  1. In Revit Architecture, open a sheet view and export it to DWF by clicking Export (DWF/DWFx). See Exporting to DWF.
  2. Use a DWF-compatible program (such as Autodesk® Design Review) to mark up the DWF file.

    When you mark up the DWF file, you are marking on top of the plotted views from Revit Architecture, as if you used a red marker on a printout. After you have marked up the DWF, you can link it back into Revit Architecture.

Link the markups in Revit Architecture

  1. Return to Revit Architecture.
  2. Click Insert tabLink panel (DWF Markup).
  3. In the Import/Link DWF File dialog, navigate to the marked-up DWF file, select it, and click Open.

    The Link Markup Page to Revit Sheets dialog displays. The DWF View column displays the sheet view names that are marked up in the DWF file. The Revit View column displays the corresponding sheet view. If the sheet name from the DWF file is the same as the sheet name from the Revit Architecture file, then the Revit Architecture sheet name is automatically filled in the Revit View column.

    If the Revit Architecture sheet view name has changed since it was exported to DWF, the Revit View column displays <Not linked> next to the DWF sheet view.

  4. If the Revit View value is <Not linked>, select a Revit Architecture sheet view. (Click the box below the Revit View column, and select a name from the list.)
    NoteYou might also do this if you have several other sheet views in the Revit Architecture file, and you want to apply the markups to one of the other sheet views. This would make sense only if the other sheet view title blocks were the same size as the original.
  5. Click OK.

    The DWF markups are placed on the sheet view as an import symbol. The markups are pinned, which means that you cannot modify their position, and you cannot copy, rotate, mirror, delete, or group them.

    If markups were created in Design Review using its markup tools, then you can modify some markup properties in Revit Architecture.

Change status and add notes for markup

  1. Select a markup object that was created in Design Review.

    A markup object might look as follows.

  2. On the Properties palette, modify the Status and Notes properties if desired.
  3. Click Apply.
  4. Save the Revit Architecture file.

The changes are saved to the linked DWF file. The changes can be viewed in the DWF file by selecting the corresponding markup object.