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Archicad 18 Revision History settings

Anonymous
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I have quite a lot of changes that need to be listed in my layout. I'd like to use the simple (not the detailed) version of revision history tool to avoid putting each change on its own row. In the simple version the max. number of rows per issue seems to be only two. Is there a way to change this? Now the text cuts in the middle of a change description because all the description can't fit in the first two rows...

Help!

EDIT: Actually it seems like there is a max. number of characters limitation. I changed the text size into a smaller one and now it cuts in the middle of the second line of the description field
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Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
Could you show a screenshot of the problem?
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Anonymous
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jusauram wrote:
I have quite a lot of changes that need to be listed in my layout. I'd like to use the simple (not the detailed) version of revision history tool to avoid putting each change on its own row. In the simple version the max. number of rows per issue seems to be only two. Is there a way to change this? Now the text cuts in the middle of a change description because all the description can't fit in the first two rows...

Help!

EDIT: Actually it seems like there is a max. number of characters limitation. I changed the text size into a smaller one and now it cuts in the middle of the second line of the description field
Can you show something for me so i can share if i can help, i mean the working you did on the layout mentioned>

Anonymous
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Hi again,

My issue wasn't an urgent one until now so I haven't checked for answers lately. Thanks for answering anyway.

As it shows in the picture, it seems like there is not enough room in the revision history for all the issues' changes to show. Both issues "C 25.4.2016" and "A 11.3.2016" would have more changes but they are not currently showing in the revision history some how. There are plenty of rows in the object that I placed in the master sheet but it isn't using all of them and cuts in the middle of a change description in both cases at the end of the second row...

Thank you for any advice in advance!

Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
I checked the script of the Revision History object and its macros and also checked the GDL Reference Guide.
In the GDL Reference Guide you will find that there is a GDL command called PARAGRAPH. Here is part of its description:
GDL scripts may include paragraph definitions prior to the first reference to that paragraph name. The paragraph defined this way can be used only in the script in which it was defined and its subsequent second generation scripts. A paragraph is defined to be a sequence of an arbitrary number of strings (max 256 characters long each) with different attributes: style, pen and material (3D). If no attributes are specified inside the paragraph definition, actual (or default) attributes are used. The new lines included in a paragraph string (using the special character '\n') will automatically split the string into identical paragraphs, each containing one line. Paragraph definitions can be referenced by name in the TEXTBLOCK command. All length type parameters (firstline_indent, left_indent, right_indent, tab_position) meaning millimeters or meters depends on the fixed_height parameter of the TEXTBLOCK definition.
The important sentence is in bold: each string within a paragraph can only be a maximum of 256 characters long.
When I checked the script I found that the macro it uses has the PARAGRAPH command in it. So the limitation applies and if a Change Description is more than 256 characters long, the Revision History object trims it as you can see in your case.
Since this is hard-coded into ARCHICAD (or more specifically, GDL) the only thing you can do is to limit your Change Descriptions to 256 characters.
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Anonymous
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Thanks a lot for clearing this out for me. It's in some occasions quite hard to limit for example eight different change descriptions to a total of 256 characters (at least in Finnish) but this is good to know. I'll manage, I think. I just need to use some abbreviations and it's fine.

Thanks again for helping me out.

Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
Then what you can do is you can create more Change entries and so one Change entry will be about less things and so its Description can be shorter.
Then it will be easier for you to fit into the 256 character/Change Description limit.
I know you said at the beginning that you want to limit the number of Changes you create. Just something to consider.
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Laszlo Nagy, Lead Moderator, Community Admin
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Katalin Borszeki
Graphisoft
Graphisoft
Hi All,
In AC 20 the strings are not cut above 256 characters in such cases any more, the PARAGRAPH command is able to handle longer strings. This means that similar problems won’t occur anymore. Unfortunately in AC 18 and 19 this behaviour can’t be corrected as it would be too risky.
Best, k
Katalin Borszeki
Implementation Specialist
GRAPHISOFT

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