If you aren’t using Keynotes in Revit, you probably should be. They are often one of those ‘hidden gems’ that people discover after using Revit for years…

In any case, @theoryshaw has kindly published OmniClass and MasterFormat keynote text files for download at:


Thanks Ryan  🙂

Some other goodies can be found at:

(you will need to login to AUGI)

This new keynoting addin from Kiwi Custom Solutions stores per-project Keynotes in a database to solve concurrent access problems. Revit 2015 allows some interesting pathing to happen for keynotes, that looks like this:

Using this addin, you can either create a new set of keynotes for each project (based on a template), or you can “link” projects to one common keynote definition (allowing an entire office to work collaboratively on one master keynote file).

Any changes are updated instantly in Revit.

Here’s some steps:

  1. Download trial here
  2. Install
  3. Start Revit 2015
  4. You may be prompted to activate
  5. Open or Start a Revit project
  6. The Easy Keynoter setup wizard will start…
  7. and you will be prompted to select a local or network location for the database SDF file…
  8. and give your Keynote template a name, like Default
  9. Then import an existing Keynote text file. You could start with the Natspec version. Or import your office standard.
  10. From here, you can start using and modifying your Keynotes in the Easy Keynoter dialog.

You can close the Easy Keynoter pane with the little X (like other palettes), and open it with the button on the Addins ribbon.

There is also a search option:

 Summary of key features:

  • no problems with multiple users editing the keynotes at the same time as with other systems
  • keynote changes are reflected immediately in the Revit project
  • Drag and Drop Keynotes from the Palette
  • search function

    Download from Autodesk Exchange

    This app will generate a report of all keynotes in your Autodesk® Revit® model, with information about user, material, and element keynotes and which keynotes are orphaned.

    More info:
    Free Keynote Reporter now available on Revit App Store | Boost Your BIM – making Revit even better

    Revit Add-Ons: Free Keynote Reporter Add-in for Autodesk Revit

    EDIT: This seems to be broken in 2014 at this point.  Even if you have it working in 2013, when you open in 2014 it will “break”.  I’m unsure if there is a good workaround yet…

    Absolutely awesome workaround from Dave Light!  He shows how to use an instance Shared Parameter to pass Keynote value via a Family formula to allow the tagging of Window Mark and Keynote in the same tag.  Read the whole post here.

    On a wider level, this method shows that you can formulaically reference System parameters (built in family parameters) and pass their value to a Shared Parameter to allowing tagging.

    BIM Aficionado posted a while back about using Generic Annotations and Note Blocks as a workaround for genuine Keynoting.  I have posted about similar things before, although I am more proud of my Keynote Legend workflow.

    In any case, he provides a full guide along with example files at this link:

    Pretty interesting method, with the Excel CSV / Family Types too.

    Read more / via:
    BIM Aficionado: Generic Annotation Keynotes