Exporting Drafting Views


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    Revit 2014 onwards


    Drafting Views stored in Revit projects can be extracted using the Export Views tool inside Revit.  The drafting views are exported into individual Revit project files and catalogued inside Content Studio. This tool simplifies the process of harvesting 2D assembly details used on current/past projects and enables cataloging of the views in Content Studio for reuse on future projects.  By sharing approved assembly details in a quality controlled library, you can maximise exposure of what details already exist and minimise duplication of redraw work which can occur from project to project.


    1. Only the source project must be open in Revit for the tool to work successfully. Close any other families or project documents before proceeding.
    2. Within the source Revit project containing the drafting views, navigate to the add-ins tab and from the Content Studio panel click 'Export Views'
    3. Choose a selection of views to export or click the parent node to select all views.
    4. Optionally add a prefix and or suffix to the files being exported to assist with your firm wide naming conventions (a sample output is displayed towards the bottom of the dialogue box).
    5. Optionally convert any spaces in the view names to underscores or hyphens using the dropdown to comply with any firm-wide file naming conventions (the sample output is updated with the modifications).
    6. Optionally add keywords to tag the exported views during the export process (this can also be done post export in Content Studio).
    7. Click export to export your selected to your local WIP library in Content Studio.
    8. If you have selected more than 10 views for export you will receive a warning. This is due to a limitation with the Revit API which means the plugin cannot close the views post export.  By exporting large volumes of views, this could consume large amounts of hardrive space and memory. You should consider this before batch exporting and ensure your work is saved in-case your PC is unable to process the volume of exports. Whilst this should in most cases not cause problems, it should be considered. Clicking OK will continue with the export.
    9. A further warning will appear advising you that the exported drafting views will remain open in Revit after export and need to be closed.  Click OK to continue with the export process.
    10. After the export process has completed, a dialogue box will appear with a notification of the number of successfully exported views. Click OK to finish.
    11. Close all the exported projects (or simply close the session of Revit clicking No if asked to save any of the open files).
    12. To see the exports, open Content Studio and navigate to your Work In Progress area where you may now manage and submit the views into a shared library.

    Note: If Content Studio is already running, you will need to hit refresh on the ribbon after the export to see the recently exported views.


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      Elizabeth Ashley

      Do we have to have separate drafting views?

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      Chris Senior

      Drafting views can be contained in a single project file if you prefer, however, splitting them out will give you greater search control.

      The Revit API does not allow us to replicate the 'Insert Views from file'. Therefore, to load the files you must open the project containing the drafting view, right click the view and and copy paste into your project.