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In the Visibility/Graphic Overrides settings of a view, not only can you turn components on or off, but you can also change their color, linetype, or transparency. Items that might ordinarily display with normal lines can be set to Halftone. You can apply settings to the subcategories of components as well.
One of the ideas behind establishing default visibility settings is that you do not want certain items showing up in specific views. For example, lighting fixtures are typically shown on a separate plan from receptacles and power devices, but because all of these components are being placed into one model, they will show up in every view (depending on the View Range settings) unless they are turned off.
It is a good practice to make a list of all model components that you would like to see in a particular type of plan and then turn off all others. If you are not quite sure about some components, it is best to leave them on because seeing items encourages coordination, whereas not seeing them may lead to a design conflict in the model. Be sure to select the Show Categories From
All Disciplines check box in the lower-left corner of the Visibility/Graphic Overrides dialog box.
Annotation components are specific to the view in which they are placed, so it is not crucial to set up default visibility for them. After all, it is not likely that you will be placing air terminal tags in your lighting plan, for example, so there is no need to turn them off. However, there are some annotation categories that you may want to adjust, such as setting the Space Tags category
to Halftone. Many families contain nested annotations, so you should also check the subcategories of Generic Annotations to set any necessary visibility.
If your workflow consists of using linked files from other disciplines or consultants, those links will react to whatever visibility settings you apply to the view. This usually works well when a project begins, but as the model is more fully developed, you will find that you are constantly managing the visibility of the linked files in views. Consider linking files into your template that will act as placeholders for the actual project files to be linked. Doing so will enable 34| Chapter 2 CreatInGan effeCtIve projeCt teMplate
you to establish default visibility settings for the links, reducing time spent managing visibility after the project is in design.
placeholder Links Having linked files in your project template is a useful feature for not only visibility but also model positioning. If the Auto – Origin To Origin positioning option is used for a placeholder link, then the
file used to replace it will also be positioned at its origin. Placeholder links can be very small files. In fact, they do not need to contain any information at all. When a project is set up, all that is needed is to use the Reload From option to replace the placeholder link with the actual model file.
Worksharing cannot be enabled in a Revit template (RTE) file, so if you want to establish default worksets and visibility settings for them, you will need to create a Revit project (RVT) file that is to be used as a project template. The file can then be copied to establish the central file for a new project.
This scenario requires careful management of the file because of the nature of a worksharing environment. Some companies have written applications to make it easy for their users to set up a project this way without damaging or misplacing the project “template” file. You should set up your template this way only if you are absolutely certain that personnel who have extensive
Revit experience will manage it.
Care Is required
Establishing worksharing as a manual process requires the user to open the project “template” file while remembering to select the Detach From Central check box. Forgetting to do this can lead to worksets being checked out in the project “template” file.
If you choose to create a worksharing-enabled file for your project template, you can establish settings for worksharing visibility. This new feature allows you to display elements as a specific color based on worksharing conditions such as ownership, model changes, or simply by workset name. These settings can be preset in your project template to provide consistency between projects. Settings for the display color of specific worksets will be the same from project to project, provided that your projects use the same worksets. Any new worksets added to a project will automatically be given a color.

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