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AECbytes Tips and Tricks Issue #36 (November 20, 2008)

Creating New View Types in Revit's Project Browser

Will Harris
Trainer & Video Author

In this article you will learn how to create two new, and very critical, view types for the Project Browser in Revit. Ever wonder how Revit decides what views to display under Floor Plan? When sorted, are those floor plans listed alphabetically? After creating these two new view types, you should understand a little more about how Revit’s Project Browser works.

The Project Browser is made up of the following components:

  • Folders: The structure of how you see what you see in the Browser
  • Filters: The on/off switch for what you see in the folders

Here is a quick overview of the procedure we will use for each of the two new view types:

View Type 1

  • Create a new Project Browser View Type
  • Set that Project Browser View Type to show "Views (on a sheet)"
  • Use that Project Browser View Type

View Type 2

  • Create a Project Parameter "My Views
  • Create a new Project Browser View Type
  • Set that Project Browser View Type to show "My Views
  • Use that Project Browser View Type

Let’s start with the end. Below, you will see two different Project Browsers views: Views (on a sheet) and My Views.


Creating and Using the View Type: Views (on a sheets)

There are two ways in which you can get started.

Go to Settings > Brower Organization and create a new Browser Organization type.


Alternately, go to the Project Browser, select the current view type, edit the Element Properties, and create a new type, as shown below.

By following any of the two methods described above, you will get to the dialog box where you have to enter the name of the new project browser type. Enter the Name as on a sheet.

The next step is to Edit the Filter for that View Type so that it only show views that are on sheets.

Under the Filter tab, set the Filter by to Sheet Name and its setting to Not equal to <None>.

Click OK to get back to the project. You will see that you have now created a new Project Browser View that will filter out any views that have not been placed on sheets.

In the Project Browser, select Views (all). From the Type Selector, select Browser – Views : on a sheet.

Notice that the Project Browser changes to only display those views that have been placed on sheets.

Creating and Using the View Type: My Views

Go to Settings > Project Parameters.

Click the Add button.

Create the following Project Parameter:

  • Name: My Views
  • Type of Parameter: Yes/No
  • Group parameter under: Identity Data
  • Categories: Views

Click OK to exit out of the Parameter Properties dialog and OK to exit out of the Project Parametersdialog to get back to the project.

The next step is to create the view type. Duplicate the on a sheet Project Browser View Type and name the new view type My Views.

Set the Folders for this view type to the following:

  • Group by: My Views
  • Then by: Family and Type

Be sure that you are still filtering by Sheet Name: Not equal to: <None>

Click OK to get back to the project. You have now created a new project browser View Type that will filter out any view that has not been placed on a sheet, and group those views first by My Views and then by Family and Type.

To test it out, select Views (all) in the Project Browser and then select Browser – Views : My Views from the Type Selector.

Note the changes to the Project Browser, as shown below. If you have not set the My View project parameter for a view to Yes or No, then the parameter reads as ???.

In the Project Browser, select Views (My Views). From the Type Selector, select Browser – Views : all. Select a view that has been placed on a sheet, and access its Properties dialog. In that dialog, check the My Views parameter.

Place various views on sheets. Check the My Views parameter for some of these views. Set the Project Browser Views to Browser – Views : My Views.

You now have two different Project Browser view types. The Views (on a sheet) view type will help you keep track of what views have been placed on sheets. The My Views view type will help you keep track of views that you are working on.

If you are working on a project that has multiple users, the My Views view type won’t work as is. Instead of creating a Yes/No project parameter, as we did here, create “My Views” as a Text Project Parameter. Each user could then add their name to the views they are working on, as shown below.

You can watch a video of this tutorial by visiting: https://www.gotomeeting.com/archive/181688854.

About the Author

Will Harris is the founder and president of Will2Play, Inc, a company devoted to web-based training for Revit as well as other key software solutions for the AECO industry. Will2Play currently provides classes on Revit Families and Revit Management. Will is the host of a weekly webcast Rockstar Hour (Free Revit Training). He can be reached at willharris@will2play.com.


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