Thursday, 15 November 2012

View References in Legends

A colleague recently asked me to add something to the 'Revit wish list' - the ability to place a section reference in a legend view. This would be used in the context of a door or window legend to indicate typical details. One answer might be to create a fake section mark as a generic annotation, but we really don't want to go down that rabbit hole...a better solution must exist.

I remembered reading about the enhancements to view references in Revit 2013. View references are usually used in plans to divide large floor plates into smaller part plans in order to fit on a sheet. In 2013, they can be used on many other view types - including legends.

To create a view reference in a legend view, find the Tag panel in the Annotate tab of the ribbon. Click on View Reference. In the figure below, I am using the default view reference family and I simply drew a detail line to indicate the section cut plane in the legend view.

When you start the View Reference command, you will need to select the view you wish to reference. In the contextual ribbon, use the View Type drop-down to filter for a particular type of view, such as Sections. Then select a view from the Target View drop-down.

You can always create a custom view reference family to meet your graphic standards, but at least the view number and sheet will always be coordinated - as long as you choose the correct view to reference!

1 comment:

Nick said...

Not to bad mouth the View Reference feature too much but it can certainly get difficult to search through the long list of views to find the correct one. In some larger projects, I have also found that we have some view references that exist only in linked files (sort of a no mans land).

To solve this problem, Revolution Design has an add-in bundle named workFlow (with the add-in autoLink).

This add-in basically allows you to create a "smart" annotation or set up an instance parameter in an element (doors, rooms) and then this view reference is set and remains linked. As mentioned, this also works with linked files.

I apologize for the sales plug, and in the interest of full disclosure I did have a hand in programming autoLink. As an architect, I just feel like Revit is missing a few simple features and I appreciate the fact that Autodesk allows us to try and fill this gap.

View Reference still has it's uses but I believe autoLink takes it up a notch!