Recently I wanted to start ‘unduplicating’ some files in my Pictures folder on OneDrive. There are a lot of tools out there to look for duplicate files, but here were the two that I found to be the best:

The Auslogics Duplicate File Finder works really well and is very simple to use. All you need to do is

  1. put all of the files in one directory,
  2. select that directory, and
  3. press Search

Once you have the results, you can choose how to handle the duplicates.

In Revit, you cannot easily transfer Dependent views from one Revit project to another. Here’s one way you might workaround this issue:

  1. Make them Independent by using Duplicate with Detailing (resultant duplicate is Independent), you can do this for a batch of Dependent Views using Bonus Tools. Or you can do it slowly, one by one, using the right click and Convert to Independent option.
  2. Select those new independent views and save as selection set with Dynamo (see image below). Load the selection Set and Ctrl+C. Note: this method allows you to Copy all of the required plan Views directly to Clipboard, without having to select Crop Regions as would normally be required…
  3. Paste Aligned – Selected Levels into the target model
  4. Copy View Templates if necessary, you can use this method for individual templates
  5. Reapply any View Templates as necessary

Note: applied Scope Boxes should automatically be copied with the views

Interesting tip from the Autodesk BIM Blog – after you upgrade Railings to 2013, the actual extended parameter values are not populated until you Duplicate the upgraded railing types…see image.

This goes for upgraded Project Templates too – you won’t see the additional parameters until the types are Duplicated.

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The term ‘View Reference’ refers to a automatically updating link symbol that can be added to a Primary or Dependent View if the Primary-Dependent Floor Plan situation exists.  That is pretty much its only purpose.  Here is some more info from Wikihelp:

A view reference is a symbol. You can create a view reference family in the Family Editor. View reference families can contain lines, filled regions, text and labels for the view number and sheet number parameter values.

View references display in the primary view and all related dependent views (except for the view that it is referencing). For example, if you have a view split into 2 dependent views (left and right), and you add a view reference to the right view to reference the left, the view reference appears in the primary view and in the right view, but not in the left view.

Info via
Navigating Primary and Dependent Views – WikiHelp


Also check out:
View References (excerpt below)
 Now what would be REALLY useful (to anyone trying to read our drawing set) would be a reference near the matchline to tell you what sheet to find the other part of the plan. This is where “View References” come into play….

Do you get annoyed by the warning:

Can’t create duplicates in Edit Group mode.

If you are editing a group, and want to make a Duplicate of something, simply scroll to the item in the
Project Browser – right-click – Duplicate.

EDIT (added 5 Dec 2011):

In other words, this tip allows you to create a new Family Type in Edit Group mode. You may get annoyed when you aren’t allowed to make new Family Types when you are in Edit Group mode and Revit just keeps telling you:
Can’t create duplicates in Edit Group mode.

Just use the Project Browser instead – scroll down to the family in question, right click on a Type and Duplicate.  Revit will let you do this, even while in Edit Group mode.

I received this comment to one of my posts:

…Being new to Revit (2011) is there a way to locate newly created views in the project browser? Or do a search? Or am i stuck using filters? 
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Here are a few different ideas that may assist:

  1. Remove all filters / folders from the Project Browser (so that all views are grouped together).  When you make a new view, Revit ‘activates’ it (and makes it bold), so you can just scroll down through all the views until you see one with a bold name.
  2. Set up a Quick Filter parameter.  Let’s say it is called ‘Job Task’ or something.  Add this parameter to all views.  Then, Filter your Project Browser by ONLY that property.  When you make a new view, set the ‘Job Task’ parameter to something – and then you will see the view appear under that folder.  I currently use this method on a large project to divide views logically by the actual Revit work that they are associated with.

  3. Make a View List (Schedule – View List) that includes the View Name property.  Now, filter by View Name – contains – whatever text you are searching for.  You have created a ‘View Search Tool’.  It’s not perfect, but it does work.
  4. Set up your Project Browser folders and your Default View Templates such that you ‘know’ which folder a particular View type will end up in.  This kinda works for new Views, not so much when ‘Duplicating’ a view.
  5. If you do ‘Duplicate’ a view, look for ‘Copy of’.  Annoyingly, Revit hasn’t adopted the Vista / Windows 7 convention of appending ‘- Copy’ to copies of things.  This has been on my wish list for a while!

Hope some of these ideas help you newer users to find those sneaky new Views!