Hi readers, during 2014 and whilst delivering classes or implementing Revit Architecture, I must have been asked a dozen times this same question,
“How do we save views/sheets/drawings in a Revit project at a particular date and time, and still be able to continue with the Revit model without changing the views”?
In effect what professionals wish to do is record a “snap shot in time” of their project. Allow the Revit model to progress without updating selected views or sheets. The common denominator behind this request is the requirement to record Sheets as they are issued for whatever reason.
There are of course work arounds and the simple answer to date is to print the sheets to pdf format or even export and print through Autodesk Design Review dwf/x format.
However, Revit does provide us with an answer right inside the program, and it is an application called Freeze Drawings. It is an integral part of Revit Extensions as provided by Autodesk, available to subscription customers and downloadable through the subscription centre.
To sign into Autodesk Subscription Centre CLICK HERE or follow the link below
Once downloaded, the Revit ribbon populates a new Tab called EXTENSIONS.
Within the extensions tab we find a “TOOLS” icon with a drop down arrow.
From the drop down list we select Freeze Drawings
This function will now prompt the user to make a selection from a dialog box.
Select either Current View or Selected Views
Whatever the user chooses, Revit will then freeze the views and save them as a Drafting View, thus populating the Frozen Views into the Project Browser, placed within the Drafting Views section.
It is from here that the user can use the frozen views in whatever way they wish, placing the views on Sheets etc.
There we go folks, I hope this tip will assist in your workflows. A simple Revit Extension allowing the user to
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