Using Ideate ViewCreator for Revit a team can develop, evaluate, and redesign building components and rooms within a single project file. Some team members can work on specific options, such as variations of a lobby, while the rest of the team continues with the main model. You can learn more about design options in the Autodesk Revit online help topic: About Design Options.
Ideate ViewCreator can be used to automate the creation of design option-specific views through the use of partial view templates. In this example, we will walk through the steps required to create multiple plan view copies that have both a unique name and design option setting. Before beginning this exercise, open the Revit Sample file called rac_advanced_sample_project.rvt. This file can be typically found at C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 2018\Samples.
If you want to use your own project, and your design options are already setup, you can skip ahead to Setup a View Template.
Before we can make design-option specific views, we'll need to create at least one design option set and two design options.
In this project, we need to show the client two different layouts for the main stairs. This is an ideal condition for the use of design options. Follow the instructions below to use Revit to add the two main stairs to the options, then make modifications to Option 2.
Next: Modify Option 2
Next: Setup a View Template
Ideate ViewCreator can utilize custom rules to control both the name of the new views and the view properties of those views. The VG (Visibility Graphic) settings for both Design Options and Linked Revit files are not currently accessible for use in custom programming, but through the creative use of View Templates you can workaround this limitation to set the Design Option or Linked View settings.
Now that the project has some design options and a view template, we can make duplicate views to only show option-specific conditions. By default the views will display whichever option condition is currently active, but in many instance we'll want to assign a persistent option condition for some views. In this example we'll select existing ceiling and floor plan views.
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