Depending on local requirements various approaches to adding Revisions may be used, e.g. in Australia typically, the following is sufficient:

Revision Clouds.

Clouds (drawn by means of a polyline using a bubbled line-type named Revision Cloud or similar) and notes are placed directly around adjusted elements or areas, typically these clouds are not referenced individually. In some practices, however, a reference is required, and clouds can be drawn using a fill instead and the Revision ID added via the settings window. Ensure the background fill pen is set to Transparent and the outline uses the same “bubbled” line-type, these fills can then be labelled to show the ID.


Title Block

Layout sheets typically show the revision number in their respective Titleblocks, typically next to the Drawing Number / Layout ID.

A short description of the individual Revisions is typically added to a Revision history in the Titleblock area.


In our experience appending the Layout ID with the Revision identifier directly in the Layout Book, allows for simplified tracking of Revisions directly inside Archicad and for any published files. Please note however that this may require a custom GDL object to separate the Drawing Number / Layout ID, e.g. if you wish to graphically separate them in your Titleblock.


INFO > To display additional toolbars, select View > Tool Palettes > Large Tool Set.The following only works with the Smart Template Layout Name & Revision object.
Revisions are appended to the Drawing ID in the Navigator, they need to be separated from the Drawing ID by an underscore, and then get displayed automatically in the Titleblock object.

Revision notes will need to be entered and updated manually directly on the respective Layout sheet.

Ensure your title block has hotspots placed to help you position your notes consistently on the sheets.


TIPLayout auto-text as set up in Book Settings can be set up with a field for notes. Using OPTION + Enter you can add a line break, OPTION + TAB will add a space that will adhere to text-box formatting. (Right click the text-box ruler to edit these alignments.)
Archicad 18 Introduced a new way to manage revisions which is integrated into the modelling and layouting workflow. It will, however, not append the revision number to your file name and is less straightforward, but also more powerful, than the Smart Template object described earlier.

The Revision Manager built into Archicad can manage this however, can be difficult to master – please refer to our Advanced Archicad Field Guide Series – Revision Management and Document Issue [https://macinteract.com/courses/c-04-6-revision-management-and-document-issue]for a detailed description of the required workflow. For Beginners the easiest way to manage revisions is manually.

Please note there are also third party Add-Ons available, which allow for revisions and revision notes management. In our experience the problem with them is that they are typically version specific Add-Ons that require a subscription fee.


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