Clone folders are a very powerful, but often misunderstood or ignored feature of the View Map. This lesson teaches how and why they are used, showing their flexibility as well as their limitations.
A clone folder is a special type of folder in the View Map that maintains Views for a chosen folder in the Project Map – most commonly Stories, Elevations, Sections, Details, Worksheets and Interior Elevations. Each view in the clone folder inherits the View Settings of the folder itself, thus maintaining a consistent “style”. For example, all Sections in the Sections clone folder will have the same layer combination, scale, model view options, etc. When a new section is drawn in the project, the clone folder will automatically add another View corresponding to the new source marker.
Clone folders are a time-saver for projects of any size, particularly for sections, details, and interior elevations, since there are many of these viewpoints created during the course of the project. The clone folders will “faithfully” create appropriate views for each of them without any prompting. Clone folders of Stories are particularly powerful for tall buildings, creating different styles of plan views (e.g. floor plan, ceiling plan, structural plan, etc.) for each story.
Each View in a Clone can have unique settings that override the general settings of the folder. This happens commonly in Details, which are set to varying scales, as well as the various plan clones, which will have different names than the stories.
CAUTION: Do not delete a View within a clone folder, as it will delete the entire folder! Instead, either switch to the Project Map and delete the unnecessary viewpoint (good for clearing out temporary sections or discarded detail windows), or simply rename the View to indicate it is not going to be used (for example, a Reflected Ceiling Plan view for the Foundation or Roof story).
I have written an article on Clone Folders which is a useful supplement to this video lesson. You may also download the article as a PDF from this link:
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