Author: Jim Cowan Revit

Rendering, if done in a working project, can be time-consuming. The shortcut offered here, removes rendering from the documentation model and uses a separate project with linked views, managed with the View Template* feature in Revit.

The scenario I'm think of is: you might have 25 project models needing daily review of rendered images, in order to validate the design. The 'View Templates' option offers one way of managing exactly which linked file is visible within a view – so one Revit project can act as a central location for copies of all the active projects.

If working on a collection of historic buildings, say, which are all currently being modeled, this workflow technique will allow production of multiple 3D views, from multiple projects; offering you a chance to increase your productivity on the job.

Watch my video, View Templates: Shortcut to Productivity, to better understand how to use View Templates to increase productivity


Multiple projects linked to one "Rendering Scene" project.
Simultaneously render a variety of 3D views in the Cloud


*Worksets and Design Options are alternative approaches.

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         Jim Cowan
Jim Cowan
AEC Senior Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise, and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought after university curriculum developer, instructor, and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions, and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Jim has a special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings, and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices). You can learn more from Jim on his YouTube Channel.