In a new entry today, Ben Ramsey, how's been working with the Zend Framework for a bit now, shares an interesting bit of information about how to use Views a little bit differently.
Most notably, I've started using the "new way" of using views, which is still undocumented in the manual. Rather than create a new Zend_View object, tell it where my views are, and echo a call to its render() method, I'm letting the controller's render() method do it all for me.
He illustrates with a simple example using the default framework directory setup, save for the special "scripts" directory he creates. This makes it possible for the controller to handle the rendering rather than the typical view functionality. Then, using the views is a simple init() call away, automagically.