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Using view templates

From: Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

Video: Using view templates

So Visibility Graphics gives us a way to modify what we're seeing on a view-by-view basis, and as we saw in the previous movie, it can be a very powerful way for us to manage different kinds of views. But what do you do in a situation where you have a project that has lots of views that are similar to one another? Maybe you're not in a one-storey building; maybe it's a ten-storey building. So whatever changes you make to the level one floor plan you might want to see similar changes in levels two and three and four. Likewise, if you have a furniture plan for level one, you might want the furniture plans on the upper levels to display the same way.

Using view templates

So Visibility Graphics gives us a way to modify what we're seeing on a view-by-view basis, and as we saw in the previous movie, it can be a very powerful way for us to manage different kinds of views. But what do you do in a situation where you have a project that has lots of views that are similar to one another? Maybe you're not in a one-storey building; maybe it's a ten-storey building. So whatever changes you make to the level one floor plan you might want to see similar changes in levels two and three and four. Likewise, if you have a furniture plan for level one, you might want the furniture plans on the upper levels to display the same way.

In cases like that, we have a feature called View Templates. And all a View Template does is it captures all of the settings you've applied to a view, saves them under a name, and then you can apply those settings to other similar views. So let's have a look. I'm here in a file called View Template, and I'm looking at the level one floor plan. I'm going to zoom in just a little bit. And what I've got here is the type that's being used for the floor slabs has been changed to a four-inch concrete slab, and as a consequence, it's now showing all of this concrete stipple pattern on the floor.

Now, that might be appropriate if you were looking at the concrete in an elevation view, but when you look at it in a floor plan that usually makes things a little too busy, and probably it's not desirable. So what I want to do is I want to hide that stipple pattern. Now, I don't want to change the material of the floors, because they're made out of concrete and if I change the material, it's going to change everywhere and it's going to throw off calculations. I don't want to actually hide floor slabs, because as you'll see, you see this patio out here, I want to see the edge still. So if I go to Visibility Graphics--I'm going to type VG for that--and if I tried to hide the floor slab, that's not to do the trick, because it's going to actually hide the entire floor slab, and that's not what I want.

So I'm going to turn the floors back on again. So I need a different approach here. Well, when we select a category here in Visibility Graphics, there is lots of columns in between that we can manipulate here. There's lots of other settings other than just on and off. We've got Projection and we've got Cut. When you're looking at an object you're seeing Projection settings; when you're cutting through it you're seeing the Cut settings. In this case I'm looking at the floor slabs, so it's the Projection settings I'm interested in. I can modify the Lines, the Patterns, or the Transparency.

So in this case it's the pattern I'm interested in, because I'm looking at the stippling. So I'm going to click the Override button here in the Patterns column, and it turns out they have a visibility check box just for the pattern. So I'm going to click that to turn that off, click OK, and then apply that. So that does exactly the trick. So now the stipple pattern is hidden and you could see it here; it's confirmed with the word hidden. Let's click OK. Now the trouble is, if I go up to level two, we still see the stipple pattern.

So I could repeat the same steps and it wasn't that hard to do, but let's just say for the sake of argument that I had done several settings here in level one, and I've got lots of floor plans and I don't want to have to keep doing the same settings over and over again. So this is where my View Template comes into play. So I go to the View tab and I locate the View Templates dropdown, and I'm going to create a view template from the current view. It'll ask for a name. I'll call this standard floor plan. Click OK.

The View Templates dialog will appear, and on the right-hand side you can see there is a vast list of items that are being captured in this View Template, so it's not just the Visibility Graphic overrides that we applied to the model--that's right here; it's everything about this view. It's scale, it's display settings, and so on--everything. So I'm going to click OK, and now I want to apply that view template to level two. So I'll double-click level two and if you look over here on the Properties palette--and make sure you don't have anything selected so that you're seeing floor plan at the top and make sure it says Level 2 Floor Plan. Scroll down.

There is the View Template setting right there under Identity Data. Click that None button and assign that to a standard floor plan. Click OK and the stipple hatch disappears. So that's a really simple example. Let's do one more. Suppose I had my power plan from a previous movie. So here we were talking about creating a special set of settings specifically for power plans. So let's create a view template from this. So I'm going to Create, and I'm going to call this type Power Plan. Click OK, verify all the settings, click OK again, scroll down here, assign that to this view, and I've created a power plan here for Level 2. Apply the view template.

Now that I look at this a little more carefully and it dawns on me, wait a minute. I was supposed to halftone my furniture here in my power plan. One of the major advantages of the View Template-- and this is new in 2013--is that we can go in and edit the view template and the changes will immediately apply to any view that uses that template. So I'm going to go here to the View tab, go to the View Templates dropdown, and choose Manage View Templates. Scroll down. Locate my typical power plan. I can modify any of the settings I like over on the right-hand side.

In this case, it's the visibility graphic overrides for model that I'm interested in, so I'll click the Edit button, locate my furniture, and I want to check that halftone box. Really simple change. Let's click OK. I'm going to click OK again, and you're going to see that immediately applies not only here in Level 2, but if I go back to Level 1, it's applied here as well, because both of those views are using that same view template. So if I had a 30-storey building and I made that change, I've already applied it across all 30 storeys.

So that's the real benefit and utility of the View Templates. I've provided a furniture plan for you to experiment with, so feel free to continue on in this file and play around with this a little bit more. But the View Template command is a very powerful tool that allows us to start managing our settings across multiple views throughout the project, and it's really handy as your projects begin to grow in size.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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