May

17

2017

Ideate Sticky Reengineered for Revit 2018; Enhanced for 2017 and 2016

San Francisco, CA, 05/17/2017 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today that it has launched its spring 2017 updates for Ideate Sticky, which include the new 2018 version and enhanced features of the 2017 and 2016 versions. These solutions are designed to work with Autodesk® Revit® 2016, 2017, and 2018, and the timing of the updates aligns with the Autodesk launch of Revit 2018.

Ideate Sticky is a Revit add-on solution developed by Ideate Software to address the lack of a text editor in Revit, which makes it difficult for Revit users to organize and format essential non-BIM data. Ideate Sticky enables users to format non-BIM data, such as code schedules, design data, and general notes in Excel and display them on Revit project files.

“Many of the improvements included in our spring 2017 releases are the direct result of feedback from customers,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development, Ideate Software. “We at Ideate Software take pride in the fact that we remain up-to-date on industry trends, and one of the ways we do that is through frequent conversations with customers.”

Enhancements in these latest releases that save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design include:

  • Significant improvements to the File Open process
  • Addition of a progress bar on File Open
  • Bug fixes:
    • Images and hidden rows or columns within the same Excel file no longer cause the image to be misplaced
    • Conflicts between Ideate Sticky and custom or third-party applications have been addressed

“This new release of Ideate Sticky demonstrates once again the advantage Ideate Software has over the competition,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “We know what BIM managers and daily Revit users need, and the certified engineers and architects that make up our software development team create solutions to address those needs.”

Don’t have Ideate Sticky yet? Download a free trial today.

For more information on our Revit software add-ins that help customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the homepage of our website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.

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May

17

2017

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2017 spring releases of Ideate BIMLink for Revit, which include the new 2018 version and enhancements to the features of Ideate BIMLink 2017 and 2016. These solutions work with Autodesk Revit 2015, 2016, and 2017, and the timing of the updates aligns with the Autodesk launch of Revit 2018.

With Ideate BIMLink, users pull information from Revit files into Microsoft Excel for easy editing and then push it back into Revit with speed, ease and accuracy.

Watch this video to learn how you will streamline Revit workflows with:

  • The new ability to:
    • Create new Revit Revision Data (Sequences) from an Excel spreadsheet and edit much of that data within Excel
    • Create Model Groups Link definitions within Revit
    • Review and edit line pattern information from a Line Style link
    • Read Room and Space data across linked files
  • Additional information reporting for Material images
  • A lower room calculation point
  • A new Search box in the New Link Category dialog
  • An advanced visual feature to the Import Dialog

Ready to install the new version? If you are on subscription or maintenance, simply go to the Help menu and click the “Check for Updates” option. If you’re not on subscription or maintenance, contact your Ideate Software partner or sales representative.

Don’t have Ideate BIMLink yet? Download a free trial today.

For more information on our Revit software add-ins that help customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the homepage of our website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.

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May

9

2017

It’s here! Our spring 2017 versions of Ideate Explorer for Revit, which include the new 2018 version and enhancements to the features of Ideate Explorer 2017 and 2016. These solutions are designed to work with Autodesk Revit 2015, 2016, and 2017, and the timing of the updates aligns with the Autodesk launch of Revit 2018.

Ideate Explorer is a powerful Revit model management tool. With it, Revit users automatically search for, filter, quantify, index, and select any and all elements—even ‘missing’ and hard to find ones—in a current view or an entire Revit file.

Watch this video to learn about the new time-saving features of Ideate Explorer, including:

  • New Workflows
    • Family Editing changes make it easy for users to determine whether a Reference is strong or insignificant
    • Nested Element and Model Group data changes let users easily exclude nested elements or groups from a selection set, so they can review and edit other properties
  • New Save and Load selection sets buttons give users easy access to Revit software’s saved selection tools, enhancing auditing and quality control processes
  • Improved Revit multi-stair object (2018 only)
  • The ability to use Ideate Explorer with Perspective View (2018 only)

Ready to install the new version? If you are on subscription or maintenance, simply go to the Help menu and click the “Check for Updates” option. If you’re not on subscription or maintenance, contact your Ideate Software partner or sales representative.

Don’t have Ideate Explorer yet? Download a free trial today.

For more information on our Revit software add-ins that help customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the homepage of our website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.

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April

17

2017

The first ever BILT Conference (Building Infrastructure Lifecycle, supported by Technology) recently wrapped up in Singapore. This conference had previously been called the Revit Technology Conference.

BILT is an annual event run in multiple regions around the globe, designed to cater to the needs of those who design, build, operate, and maintain our built environment. As a community of professionals, it is dedicated to improving the way industry works together.

The Singapore event kicked off a series of 2017 events that will bring the BILT Conference to Adelaide, Australia; Toronto, Canada; and Aarhus, Denmark.

Singapore skyline at dusk

It is still a very Revit-centric event, but the classes, meetings, and discussions have expanded to include BIM process, VDC, Digital Engineering, and the overall built-environment lifecycle for buildings and infrastructure.

Ideate Software is an exhibitor at all four BILT events for 2017. We were thrilled to make the LONG journey to Singapore. It’s 9,535 miles from New York City to Singapore on a direct flight. Since it’s only a mere 215 miles from New York up to Boston, I will use the New York flight-miles number as my yardstick! I’m located in Boston, Massachusetts, and I took a direct flight from Boston to Hong Kong. That was ONLY 7,945 miles and a very short 16 hour duration. Yes, it’s literally halfway around the world from Boston!

The trip was worth the long journey to discuss all things Revit and BIM with many Ideate Software existing customers and new prospects. Ideate Software also took the time to visit AEC firms in Singapore and Hong Kong before and after the BILT Asia Conference.

It was an exciting trip, full of incredible discussions about the power of BIM and Ideate Software for this region.

We look forward to more engaging discussions with our customers in Australia, North America, and Europe as the BILT Conference spans around the globe in the coming months. Please look for us at BILT ANZ, BILT North America, and BILT Europe in 2017!

The flight to Australia will be a long one too, so Toronto and Denmark will seem like a short walk up the road for us! However, Ideate Software is thrilled to be a part of the BILT world-wide events.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist, Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architecture and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 12 years at Autodesk where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit

 

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April

10

2017

There’s a place I know where bright and talented architects, engineers, designers, builders and other A/E/C professionals meet to share their time and expertise related to Autodesk® Revit® and BIM: Revit Forum. At Ideate Software, we find Revit Forum to be far more than informative reading; it helps us get the most out of Revit and saves us time and money. It’s also free to any and all Revit-using professionals who simply ask for help. It’s an indispensable contribution to the AEC community that adds to our individual and collective knowledge.

Your give, we match

Ideate is committed to supporting this important knowledge base. We know Revit Forum is self-funded. The org needs to raise $3500 this year just to keep the site up and running. They still need funding to reach their 2017 goal. So here is what Ideate is committed to do.

Matching gift deadline: 25 May 2017

Ideate will match up to a total of $1000 of all donations from 8 April 2017 until the BiLT ANZ 2017 Conference on 25 May, 2017. Every dollar you contribute becomes two with this matching program. So please join Ideate in this fundraising effort and donate today.  Send a copy of your donation receipt to Glynnis Patterson and we’ll ensure that your contribution counts towards this matching program.

Revit Forum is an independent and non-profit discussion group, for everyone passionate about Autodesk Revit software. Revit Forum is independent of Autodesk, Inc., and is not authorized by, endorsed by, sponsored by, affiliated with, or otherwise approved by Autodesk, Inc.

Autodesk® and Revit® are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and other countries.

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