Thursday, November 12, 2009

Customizing Viewports

Creating custom viewports on sheets is no longer as simple as drawing a line with text. It's far more intelligent than that now. In our quest to mimic our old viewport settings used in CAD, we came across this family. Like everything in revit, parameters need be set, families loaded, and settings set accurately. Viewports are no different. In this post, I'll go over the process of setting up custom viewports that meet your needs.


DOWNLOAD Four custom viewports with different title settings

After downloading the family, load it onto your project. Once the family has been loaded onto the project and you have placed a detail onto a sheet, you'll have to create a duplicate viewport so that the new settings don't overwrite the existing. I'm sure we've all learned the hard way that if you change the settings on an object, it changes all that have the same instance. Therefore, duplicate the viewport. Right click, go to element properties, duplicate. Name the new viewport accordingly.


Once the new viewport has been created, under the "Title" parameter, the new loaded viewport family should appear. Select it and hit OK until all the type properties windows are closed. And you're done. Repeat this until you've created all the viewports you need.


As a note, if you'd like to create a viewport that is not on the uploaded families, just open one and customize it to fit your needs. Hope this is useful.

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5 comments:

  1. "After downloading the family, load it onto your project. Once the family has been loaded onto the project and you have placed a detail onto a sheet"

    Once I load them, they are still not available in the viewport property types. Any idea why I cant choose them?

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  2. After you load them onto your project, make sure you go to the element properties of that viewport and hit the "edit type" button. Under the "Title" parameter you should get the loaded viewports as an option. Are they not showing up there? Let me know if you still can't see them. I'll try my best to make sure they work for you.

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  3. Got it to work, I was trying to select it in the wrong menu. It showed up under the "Title" parameter, under "edit type" as you noted. Just in time to use these on my project. Thanks!

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  4. Great tutorial, thank you.

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  5. THIS IS VERY HELPFUL!

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