Monday, March 28, 2011

Revit - Home View, View Cube and the Save View command

This week's tip will focus on the Home button & View Cube and in-particular, the Save View button.

What does Save View do?
·         If you have a 3D view that hasn't been named yet, i.e. {3D}, you can create a new 3D view by using Save View. Results are similar to duplicating the 3D view in the Project Browser.
·         If you're in a 3D view that is already named, Save view does NOT save a new view, but only the view's orientation. We've had instances in the past where a 3D view will continue to revert back to a predetermined orientation when you close and open the model. This will correct that behavior.
·         Do you have a 3D view that you want to match another 3D's view orientation/view direction?
o   If you have only one orientation that you're trying to match in the entire project, you can use the "Set Current View as Home" option. You can reorient ANY 3D view to the Home orientation using the home button.
o   If you have more than one orientation you would like to match, you can use the Orient to a View option.
¨       Establish the orientation of a 3D view (View 01).
¨       Go to another 3D view (View 02) where you would like it to match View 01's orientation. Right click on the View Cube and Orient to a View. Select View 01 – Voila!
·         Once I save a 3D view's orientation, what happens if I accidently move/rotate the view. Can I get back to the saved orientation?
¨       Yes, but you have to leverage yet another tool... the Steering Wheel. Once you enable the Steering Wheel, right click anywhere on it to bring on the context sensitive menu. Select Undo View Orientation Changes.

o   In some cases you may also consider the Rewind tool (also located in the Steering Wheel).

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