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    View Title Secrets Revealed

    Managing views and view titles on detail sheets is an issue I've been working for ages. Below is a method I've developed to make things work a bit easier. Open up the attached sample file and I’ll show you how it is done. The task involves placing a drafting view on a detail sheet grid and positioning the view title. First of lets try the old fashioned method.

    1. While looking at the view of the drawing sheet, drag the “Sample Detail 1” drafting view onto the sheet.
    2. Move the view title into the long horizontal area of the detail bounding box. (Hint you will need to eyeball the location)
    3. Move the detail box to align with the upper right detail location on the drawing sheet. (Again more eyeballing and zooming)

    Now let’s try this another way…

    1. While looking at the view of the drawing sheet, drag the “Sample Detail 2” drafting view onto the sheet.
    2. Select the view title and in the type selector change the view title type to “Detail Title – 1 Box”
    3. The view title will automatically jump to the correct position within the detail rectangle.
    4. Use the move command and select the lower left corner of the detail view box and position it directly below detail 1 (no eyeballing needed)

    All too easy right? There are essentially two Revit tricks happening here. First I have made a custom detail view title. This custom view title has its origin set to automatically position itself in the correct location in the detail bounding box. Second (and this is a great tip), if you open up the view of Sample Detail 2, you will see that there is a reference plane locked to the left edge of the detail box symbol. This allows you to select it once it is placed on the sheet. Without this you are eyeballing and zooming to place the detail box on the sheet.
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    Scott Hopkins AIA LEED AP
    Peikert Group Architects

    #2
    This is a great tip! Thanks. Does this trick only work for drafting views? or can this (or something similar) be used to align floor plans, elevations and sections?
    Juan Carlos Moreno
    Store Designer & Merchandising Manager
    Sisley Cosmetics

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      #3
      Could you dl camtaisia or similar and do a video of this and post please?

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        #4
        sounds like a great tip! err...any chance you have a sample in 2011?

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          #5
          Is there a way to import that view title family into a template? I was able to import the project settings into a new project, and the viewport type did come in, and I was able to use the viewport type in that project file. I guess I could just do the same to a template.
          Is there a way to modify that title type? It is a system family and I guess I'm stuck on how to do that.
          Thanks
          BTW, nice way to get the detail sheet right! I really hate having to "eyeball" placing drafting views.

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            #6
            Yes - there is a way to import a title family into a new project. In your new project file, go to the insert tab select "insert from file" then select "insert views from file". Select a sheet in the old file that has the title family you would like to import. This will bring that sheet into the new file.

            To edit a view title first select the view title then click the "edit type" button in the properties box. In the properties box look under "title" to find out the name of the annotation family. Remember this name. Then in the browser window look under "families" and then "Annotation Symbols" for that name. Right click on the annotation family and select "edit". This will open the family editor and you can then make the family look anyway you like.
            Last edited by Scott Hopkins; July 25, 2011, 09:26 PM.
            Scott Hopkins AIA LEED AP
            Peikert Group Architects

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              #7
              To import: lookup the family in Windos Explorer and drag it into the Revit screen. It won't "draw" anything but the family should show up in the Project Browser.
              Martijn de Riet
              Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
              MdR Advies
              Planta1 Revit Online Consulting

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                #8
                Happy days
                Thank you very much...really like this forum.

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                  #9
                  thanks Scott, great tip

                  POTM for you :beer:
                  There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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                    #10
                    Works awesome!!! +Rep + POTM
                    -Alex Cunningham

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