Monday, January 16, 2006

View Templates – A Revit time saver

Basic Explanation

To be able to control your visibility graphics at the click of a mouse, I would encourage Revit users to use a view template.

I will try to explain this with a few basic examples.

Let’s say you have a floor layout that has been dimensioned, annotated and all in all looks like a complete construction document. Your visibility graphics settings would have most categories selected.

ie. You would want to have dimensions, annotations, rooms tags, etc “switched on”

You are also required to do either a lighting / electrical layout on a separate plan.
Duplicate the plan view where all info is already completed on a “main model”.

You can create a new view Template in 2 ways.
1.) Go to Settings > View templates

1.1) This will bring up a dialogue box very similar to View Properties
You will have standard Template names (which you could then save to your own Revit Template).

1.2) Duplicate a standard name and edit the visibility graphics to show your drawing needs. (for example you would not want to see construction annotations on a presentation plan.
1.3) NB. Remember to name these view templates in such a way that you will be able to re-use them.

The other way of creating a view template follows: (the quick way I usually do it.)

2.) Duplicate a view, adjust your visibility graphics on the view you are working on. Either by editing view properties, then visibility graphics, or just by using the shortcut “VG”.
2.1) You would now have a “typical view template” set up.
Right click on the view in the Project Browser and select Save as View Template.

2.2) You will be prompted to enter a View Template Name. This is very similar to the process from point 1.1 to 1.3.

2.3) You can now apply this view template to other views, by right clicking on them and applying a view template.

2.4) You will be prompted to select a created view template.

This is helpful when dealing with large projects, it will be particularly helpful when using design options. (Tutorial to follow)

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