Revit Tip - Creating Views from View Templates

Following on from my previous post on View Templates we will now look at using view templates to create new views. This is particularly useful for creating your views to use on sheets, enabling you to create many views instantly with identical view properties and also giving you the ability to control the view properties of all of the views via the view template.

Rather than using the duplicate view function to create and new version of an existing view, the ‘Plan Views’ function in Revit is a much quicker option especially on project with many levels.

You will find this on the ‘View’ tab along with all of the other options for creating and editing views. Once you click on Plan Views you will have four options, for this example we will create some additional Floor Plans showing fire rated walls and doors.

If your project already contains at least one plan view per level then there will be no level information visible in the window, to show them you will need to untick ‘Do not duplicate existing views’ see above.

The next item we can look at is to control the type of view created by clicking on ‘Edit Type’. This will allow us to define a view template which will be used to create new views. This will also effect what type of views are created when you add in new levels and also when you create callouts.

The tick box below the view template option allows you to choose whether your new views are to be controlled via the view template or not once they are created. This is particularly useful when you want to adjust something on lot of views, thus allowing you to do it once.

Choose the required view template and then click OK to return to Type Properties then OK again to return to the Plan Views dialogue box.

Finally choose the levels you which to create views from and then click OK. All you will need to do is rename the views and possible move them to a different folder on the project browser.

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The more you have set up in your Revit template file the easier it will be.

I hope this article has been useful and don’t forget to check out the Graitec Powerpack for Revit for lots of handy additional functionality. 

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