Revit Views Export To Images

This post is about how Revit views can export as images by using IronPython in Revit Dynamo Application.

Firstly, import the necessary modules:

# import modules
import clr,sys,System
clr.AddReference("RevitAPI")
clr.AddReference("RevitServices")
# import classes
from System.Collections.Generic import List
from Autodesk.Revit.DB import *
from RevitServices.Persistence import DocumentManager

# add ipy library path
sys.path.append("C:\Program Files (x86)\IronPython 2.7\Lib")
# os module import
import os

Import clr to load .Net Assemblies as IronPython modules which are RevitAPI.dll and RevitServices.dll. And System for .Net List and sys to add IronPython library path(modules folder).

Second Part, get the current document (doc) from DocumentManager. And to save images, we need to provide a directory path (can be anywhere), the current Revit file location or user Desktop location. Image file name prefix is the current Revit file name, then we make the output directory (filePath).

# current document
doc = DocumentManager.Instance.CurrentDBDocument
# current working dir
output_path = os.path.dirname(doc.PathName)
# if cwd is none (file have not save yet)
# get desktop path instead
if not os.path.exists(output_path):
    output_path = os.path.join(os.path.join(os.environ['USERPROFILE']), 'Desktop')

# doc name
doc_name = os.path.basename(doc.PathName)
# filenames with project name prefix
filePath = os.path.join(output_path,doc_name)
# input views
views = IN[0]

# create unwrap list
if not isinstance(views,list):
    views = UnwrapElement([views])
else:
    views = UnwrapElement(views)

# element's id list
ids = [v.Id for v in views]

# ids list to .net List
viewIds = List[ElementId](ids)

Input views are the views that we want to export and these views(elements) keep Unwrapping to access API methods and Properties. Then, collect Id value and add to ElementId List.

The final part is to Instantiate ImageExportOptions class and set up its Properties values as follow:

  • ExportRange – The export range defining which view(s) will be exported. (ExportRange Options : CurrentView, VisibleRegionOfCurrentView, SetOfViews)
  • FilePath – The file name and path for the exported file.
  • HLRandWFViewsFileType – File type for exported HLR and wireframe views.(ImageFile Type: BMP, JPEG, PNG, TARGA, TIFF)
  • ImageResolution – The image resolution in dots per inch. (ImageResolution : DPI_72, DPI_150, DPI_300, DPI_600)
  • PixelSize – The pixel size of an image in one direction. Used only if ZoomType is FitToPage.
  • ShadowViewsFileType – The file type for exported shadow views. (ImageFile Type: BMP, JPEG, PNG, TARGA, TIFF)
  • ZoomType – The zoom type, which defines how the image size is determined. (ZoomType: FitToPage, Zoom)

Finally, export the images. To return the image’s paths from the PythonScript output, use the GetFileName method from ieo object and concatenate with our filePath string.

# image export options constructor
ieo = ImageExportOptions()
# export range (exporting amount of view(s))
ieo.ExportRange = ExportRange.SetOfViews
ieo.SetViewsAndSheets(viewIds)
# filepath
ieo.FilePath = filePath
# File type for exported HLR and wireframe views
ieo.HLRandWFViewsFileType = ImageFileType.PNG
# image resolution
ieo.ImageResolution = ImageResolution.DPI_300
# fit direction
ieo.FitDirection = FitDirectionType.Horizontal
# pixelsize
ieo.PixelSize = 1200
# file type for exported shadow views
ieo.ShadowViewsFileType = ImageFileType.PNG
# zoom type
ieo.ZoomType = ZoomFitType.FitToPage

# export image
doc.ExportImage(ieo)
# get exported images paths
images_fullpath = [filePath[:-4] + ieo.GetFileName(doc,id) + "."+ieo.HLRandWFViewsFileType.ToString() for id in ids]

# output images fullpath
OUT = images_fullpath

Sample image exporter usage and the complete code is below.

img
ImageExport Sample

 

# dynamo version - 1.3.4

# import modules
import clr,sys,System
clr.AddReference("RevitAPI")
clr.AddReference("RevitServices")
# import classes
from System.Collections.Generic import List
from Autodesk.Revit.DB import *
from RevitServices.Persistence import DocumentManager

# add ipy library path
sys.path.append("C:\Program Files (x86)\IronPython 2.7\Lib")
# os module import
import os
# current document
doc = DocumentManager.Instance.CurrentDBDocument
# current working dir
output_path = os.path.dirname(doc.PathName)
# if cwd is none (file have not save yet)
# get desktop path instead
if not os.path.exists(output_path):
    output_path=os.path.join(os.path.join(os.environ['USERPROFILE']),'Desktop') 

# doc name
doc_name = os.path.basename(doc.PathName)
# filenames with project name prefix
filePath = os.path.join(output_path,doc_name)
# input views
views = IN[0]

# create unwrap list
if not isinstance(views,list):
    views = UnwrapElement([views])
else:
    views = UnwrapElement(views)

# element's id list
ids = [v.Id for v in views]

# ids list to .net List
viewIds = List[ElementId](ids)

# image export options constructor
ieo = ImageExportOptions()
# export range (exporting amount of view(s))
ieo.ExportRange = ExportRange.SetOfViews
ieo.SetViewsAndSheets(viewIds)
# filepath
ieo.FilePath = filePath
# File type for exported HLR and wireframe views
ieo.HLRandWFViewsFileType = ImageFileType.PNG
# image resolution
ieo.ImageResolution = ImageResolution.DPI_300
# fit direction
ieo.FitDirection = FitDirectionType.Horizontal
# pixelsize
ieo.PixelSize = 1200
# file type for exported shadow views
ieo.ShadowViewsFileType = ImageFileType.PNG
# zoom type
ieo.ZoomType = ZoomFitType.FitToPage

# export image
doc.ExportImage(ieo)

# get exported images paths
images_fullpath = [filePath[:-4] + ieo.GetFileName(doc,id) + "."+ieo.HLRandWFViewsFileType.ToString() for id in ids]

# output images fullpath
OUT = images_fullpath
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