Property Overrides in Ideate ViewCreator for Revit

The Property Overrides part of the Edit Rule dialog within Ideate ViewCreator for Revit allows you to hard-wire a view property value for the newly created views and allows the end-user to change the view property values on the fly. Each setting within this part of the Edit Rule dialog is explained below.

Property Overrides dialog for Ideate ViewCreator for Revit

Property

The Property column displays a list of valid view-based properties that may be overridden from the source view property during the creation of new views. The list will always include: View Type, View Template, Discipline, Phase, Phase Filter, Scope Box, Title on Sheet and View Scale. It will also include text-based custom project parameters that belong to the View data category.

Value

When the value for a property is set (changed from “No Override”), this value will be true for all newly created views. It is useful to use this method for Revit view properties that are not otherwise controlled by your view templates, or for values that cannot be controlled by view templates, such as the Scope Box property.

The sample rule called “DUPLICATE — Phase New”, which is one of the Bonus Rules, has a hard-wired value for both the phase and phase filter, meaning that the user will not need to choose these settings. If you want the flexibility of making a choice, see below for Prompt.

Property overrides to set the Revit phase and phase filter in Ideate ViewCreator

Prompt

The Prompt checkbox causes the selected property to be editable from the Preview dialog. Use this feature to allow flexibility during the view creation process. 

The sample rule called “DUPLICATE — Phase”, which is one of the Basic Rules, has the prompt option set for both the phase and phase filter, meaning that the user will be able to modify the results from the Preview dialog, as shown below.

Allow the user to edit the view properties in Ideate ViewCreator for Revit

Template Parameters

View templates are a great way to control your Revit view properties, as long as they are used judiciously. ViewCreator supports up to (3) possible view templates that can be applied to the new views, and (1) value for the ‘assigned’ view template. It is possible to have overlapping properties managed by the assign and/or applied view templates. 

View Template Apply

The “View Template — Apply” property override takes the properties controlled by the specified view template, and makes them true for the new views, however, the final views would not have a value for the view template property. These values are temporary and not enforced by a view template to prevent future changes.

“Why allow more than one view template to be applied?”, you may ask. It can be very useful to control some view properties (such as the model category visibility) via the assigned view template, while a separate view template could be applied to control only the Revit filter settings, while another view template might be applied to control the annotation category visibility. 

It is possible to have overlapping properties managed by the assign and/or applied view templates. In the case of a conflict between the #1, #2, and #3 assigned view template, #3 would ‘win’. Ideate ViewCreator has been designed to support this kind of layered approach to view control. Use wisely my friend!

View Template Assign

This property override controls the view template that will be assigned to the new views. The sample rule called “DUPLICATE — Code Plans”, which is one of the Bonus Rules, has the prompt option set for View Template — Assign, meaning that the user will be able to modify the results from the Preview dialog.

It is possible to have overlapping properties managed by the assign and/or applied view templates. In the case of a conflict, the assigned view template properties ‘win’ over any value set by the applied view templates.

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