Rename working views

Revit’s Project Browser allows you to sort and group views and sheets within your project. Each practice will generally have their own preferred project browser configuration embedded within the project template. Despite their differences, many practices adopt an approach of separating documentation views from working views. Documentation views are generally views which reside on sheets. They will generally be ‘locked down’ with the use of a view template. This ensure the views appear as desired when you go to print the sheets.

 

To avoid the temptation of working in the documentation views, separate working views can be generated. Note that this isn’t essential and some practices/projects prefer to utilise the ‘enable temporary view properties’ command. However, from experience I find this method more cumbersome and prefer to have my own working views.

 

When creating the working views (View > Create > Plan Views > Floor Plan), you have the option of setting the view type. By creating a dedicated working view type for each team member, view templates can be applied automatically when the new views are created.

To maintain flexibility within the working views, the view templates should only include values for how the view is to be organised within the project browser. All other parameters, including model categories, can be excluded from the view template.

During the view creation process, Revit will typically suffix each new view with “(1)” to distinguish it from the main view. Having views named “LV 00(1)” is not very descriptive. At BVN, our convention is to rename these views so that the suffix is your initials, for example, “LV 00_PW”. Depending on how many working views you have, this can be a time consuming process.

 

To automate this process, I have developed the ‘View.RenameWorking’ custom node as part of the BVN Dynamo package (v1.4.1).  The node allows for two levels of view filtering. The default parameter for the first filter is “Design Stage”, which is set to “Working”. The default parameter for the second filter is “BVN Alphabet”. The second filter value is the new suffix, typically your initials.

By running the script it is possible to batch rename all of your working views. Note that if you have a copy of a copy, for example, “LV 00(1) Copy 1”, you may receive an error message within Revit saying “the name you specified is already in use. Enter a unique name’. In this scenario, the view will be excluded and will not be renamed.

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