While conducting some research on view I am reminded of some behavior regarding view templates that is worth sharing.
View templates are located in the ribbon View tab.
A template is a set of view properties saved off under a name much like a type in a family.
Apply Template to Current View: Allows you to choose a saved template and apply its properties to the active view. This is also available in the project browser view context menu.
Apply Default Template to Current View: Each view has a property "Default View Template". This can be set to a saved view template or "None" the default. When one runs this command the template is applied to the active or selected view. This is often used to enforce certain visibility in a set of views. The command can be issued from the project browser view context menu while multiple views are selected.
Create Template from Current View: This makes a new template. On running the command the values from the current view are copied to the template after you specify a name. Once the template is saved you can edit its settings from the View Templates dialog. Future edits to the source view can not affect the saved template - its a one-time copy
ViewTemplate Settings: This is where all the templates are stored. You can rename, delete and duplicate saved templates as well as edit their settings.
Tip: One non obvious feature can be seen when applying a view template to a view:
Here we see a choice to "automatically apply this template to views of the same type". To say this another way the option allows you to specify this template as the default settings for new views of the same view type as the one you are applying the template to. e.g. If you are applying the template to a plan view then the next time you create a plan view it will start with this settings. ...a bit subtle if you ask me.
This brings up a question for me. When creating new views how do you desire to specify the view settings?
- The current behavior
- A setting dialog that allows you to specify a default template for each view type
- Ask if you want to apply a template at view creation
- Something else?
Currently most views are created by placing symbols and the scale or other options use a default that can be changed in the option bar. Only 2D views like Legend or Drafting views ask for a name and scale during creation. In a multi-discipline environment it might be nice to choose a view template at creation but it might also be more interruptive. The view settings in a MEP or Structure Plan view differ greatly from an Architectural plan view.
Curious to hear everyones' thoughts on this matter.