Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Why are views and sheets important?, part of Creating Revit Templates: Views and Sheets.
- I want to start our exploration of views and sheets by just taking a few minutes to talk about why views and sheets are important. Now, before we dive into some of those reasons, let's start with the other courses that we have here in the lynda.com library that pertain to Revit templates. The previous two courses are Creating Revit Templates: Annotation and Creating Revit Templates: System Settings. Now, in the annotation course, we look at symbols and tags and text and dimensions and all of the annotative objects that are common across our various templates. In System Settings, we look more at the overall global settings that apply to all the various objects.
We looked at system families like walls and floors and roofs, and we really have an eye towards the strategy of building all of those objects in a way that supports our overall office standards. Following that same basic strategy leads us into our views and sheets discussion. So why are views and sheets important? Well, projects usually have a lot of views. That's the first reason. So when you have lots of views, you want to make sure that the access to those views, the use of those views is clear and understandable and approachable.
Now, most of the work in Revit occurs in a view. So it's yet another reason why you want to make sure that people are comfortable finding the view they need, and also making sure that it looks the way that it's supposed to look when it comes time to present the information. So we're going to spend some time talking about how to configure the graphics of a view and set up view templates, and make sure that those view templates allow us to easily set a series of standards across multiple views of the same type. We're going to look at organizing and grouping our views on our project browser.
If you've got dozens, if not hundreds, of views in a project, it can be very difficult to find the specific view that you're looking for. So it's very important that users can quickly and easily find the views that they need in order to get their work done. And in line with that, we want to just make sure that in addition to easily finding the views they need, we want to make it easy for them to follow our office standards. So we're going to have our sheets already predefined and placed in the template file. We're going to have those sheets already established with the right graphical settings, so that they match our office standards.
And when drawings go out the door, they look like they came from the same firm. So with all of these ideas in mind, let's go ahead and start taking a look at how we can manage views and sheets in our Revit template.