Settings Dialog

The Settings dialog provides the project-wide definitions such as the desired language or operational mode. The settings together with the families are part of the SOFiSTiK Content Pack.


The “Import…” Button allows you to load a SOFiSTiK Content Pack (dialog settings + families) into your project.

Tab General

In the General tab, you can set the desired SOFiSTiK Content Pack, the Standard for the representation of reinforcement and the calculation method for reinforcement lengths.



Sets the desired standard for rebar shape code detection. You can check the detected shape code with the SOFiSTiK_ShapeCode parameter.

Calculation method of bar lengths

Specify whether the bar length (cut length) shall be calculated based on outside dimension (Method A) or centerline (Method B).


The calculation of the bar length takes into account the Revit reinforcement rounding settings. To minimize rounding differences, Method A totals the not rounded segment lengths first and rounds the result only once. Hooks lengths will be calculated and added according to its Revit settings.



You can check the calculated bar length on the properties palette with the parameter “SOFiSTiK_Bar_Length”.


Reinforcement rounding changes come into effect after restarting the Set Marks tool.

Content Pack

Shows the path to the current Content Pack and provides the possibility to change it.

Text Parameters

In the SOFiSTiK Text Parameter table you can set custom information which can be used in schedules and for annotation purposes.


The placeholder in the curly brackets for the spiral “{0}=Number of spirals, {1}=Distance between spirals” will be filled automatically.

Tab Annotations

The Annotations tab provides user-specific adjustments for the automatic tagging tools Tag All and Tag Missing.


Annotation Type Definition and Dimension Styles

An annotation type means a rebar tag combined with a dimension line. Other than the Single Tag which has a leader instead of the dimension line. Depending on the quantity of rebars in a rebar set, the tagging tools use one of the following annotation types.

  • Single Tag

  • Short Annotation

  • Long Annotation

The corresponding rebar tag families can be set on the tab Rebar.


You can set an individual dimension line family for short and long annotations.

Annotation Distances

The annotation distances allow adjusting the placement of the rebar tags for the tools Tag All and Tag Missing.

Annotation Shape

If the checkbox is selected, the tool Tag All will create a small reinforcement shape next to the annotation.

Tab Tag and Detail

The Tag and Detail tab provides user-specific adjustment for the tool Hide and Tag.


Tab Rebar

In the Rebar tab you can set the annotation families for the tools Tag All and Tag Missing as well as the rebar stock length and an increment for running length marks.


Annotation Families

In the operational mode “Marks per Sheet” you can set a separate tag family for rebars, which are assigned to another sheet. In the following example, beam’s reinforcement is assigned to the current sheet and column’s reinforcement to another one.


Tab Fabric

In the Fabric tab you can set the annotation and symbol families for wire meshes for the tools Tag All and Tag Missing.


Fabric of other Sheet

In the operational mode “Marks per Sheet” you can set separate tag families for wire meshes, which are assigned to another sheet.



You can set a fabric symbol family which represents wire meshes in front views of floors, walls and foundation slabs.


Wire meshes in sections will be annotated with a single tag for each visible mesh in the view.

Tab Layers

In the Layers tab you can set the Layers Definition.


Layers Definition

In the Layer Definitions you can set or edit the layer names for rebar sets and fabrics in area elements (floors, walls, foundation slabs). The given names will be used by the Layers tool.


Select the checkbox to activate the alternate style for the detail of the tool Hide and Tag.

Tab Details

In the Detail tab you can set the detail families for the tools Shape Detail, Bar End, Detail Layer and Hide and Tag.


Tab Marks

In the Marks tab you can define settings for numbering the reinforcement (see command Set Marks).


Mode for Marks

Numbering of reinforcement can be either per project, per sheet or per host.

  • Marks per project: The reinforcement is assigned to the entire project. The marks must be unique and you can create only a project wide bending schedule. This mode is recommended for smaller projects.

  • Marks per sheet: The reinforcement must be assigned to a specific sheet (see command Assign to Sheet). As in common conventional practice, in this mode you can create bending schedules for each individual sheet.

  • Marks per host: The reinforcement is assigned to its host. In this mode you can create bending schedules for each host element individually.


It is important to be clear about the desired mode from the beginning, as many tools adapt in their operation to the operational mode.

Set Bar Marks

Set the (minimum) digits (e.g. 1, 01, 001) for marks which will be set from the Set Marks tool.

It is possible to use texts or parameters as a Prefix and Suffix for Rebar marks and fabric marks independently, and it will be shown in the annotations, the Schedules (.Docx and Report Browser), Revit Schedules and .Abs files.

You can use SOFiSTiK parameters, Revit Parameters, and user-defined parameters as prefix or suffix but You need to use the parameter names in curly brackets.

For example, Prefix: {SOFiSTiK_Member}


You can use the Set Marks tool to apply a changing of the prefix or suffix definition to all the existing reinforcements at once.


These characters () [ ] $ / + * are not allowed be used as prefix or suffix.

SOFiSTiK Member

You can use the SOFiSTiK_Member parameter to define the rebar as a member of a group.

Select the checkbox if the mark of rebar host should be defined as group and assigned automatically. Otherwise you will be able to fill the parameter with your individuell group names manually.

Tab Schedule

In the Schedule tab you can define settings for creation of shape images and reinforcement schedules (see Create Schedule tool).


Shape Images

You can use the Shape Images of rebars and fabrics very comfortably in Revit schedules (see Shape Images tool).

If the checkbox is selected, the shape images will be automatically updated after any change at the corresponding rebar.

You can set the desired width for the shape images.

You can choose to represent the segment lengths as value or as parameter.


Choose whether the printout of the schedule will be created in the SOFiSTiK Report Browser (.plb) or as Word OpenXML document (.docx). Additionally you can set a target directory. If SOFiSTiK Report Browser is selected, you can choose the output language and for example whether a cutlist for fabrics will be created as well. For the Word OpenXML document, a (docx) schedule template can be choosen.


For more information (e.g. How to customize the schedule) read the Reinforcement Schedules page, please.