June

22

2017

Have you ever tried to access a tool or command that is supposed to open a dialog box, but the box/window doesn’t appear and it seems to lock your software? Believe it or not, in many cases, the dialog box/window is open, but it’s caught in purgatory or dead man’s land, so it does not appear on your screen.

Recently I ran into this problem using the Pantone Color Picker dialog box in Revit. I was demonstrating how to change the color of an element to a class. When I picked the [PANTONE…] button, my cursor began to spin and Revit appeared to lock up. Unfortunately, I was in a mode where I could not troubleshoot what was going on, so I had to shut Revit down with [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del].

After doing some research, I stumbled upon a blog post written by a former Ideate colleague, Shruti Harve. In 2011, she explained the problem and how to fix it.

Here is what is going on:

If you work with multiple monitors and/or switch back and forth between a projector, the conference room television, and a second or third monitor, various dialog boxes in multiple software programs pop up on these other video sources. When you change the video sources and access a tool/command that opens the dialog box, the dialog box may not appear. This problem is caused by the window/dialog box getting “stuck” outside of your current video configuration…aka purgatory.

Here is how to fix it:

  • After accessing the tool/command to open a dialog box/window, press [Alt]+[Spacebar], then press M, then press any arrow key on your keyboard. This will “stick” the dialog box/window to your cursor.
  • Move the mouse around until the dialog box/window is placed where you want it located.

This is an oldie but goodie Windows trick… Now to get back to using my Pantone colors.

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


About the Author

Ron Palma, AEC Application Specialist

Ron has 25+ years of experience in the architectural industry as a drafter, designer, lead project designer, trainer, and a CAD manager implementing Autodesk Architectural Solutions for residential design firms. His instructional accomplishments include: Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), trainer, support technician, educator at Portland and Clackamas Community Colleges, as well as a U.S. Army certified instructor. Ron holds a BA in Instructional Design suma cum laude. He is a member of the Oregon Army National Guard, where he is a First Sergeant of an Infantry Company specializing in training and mentoring soldiers in their careers, and he has been deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support. Ron is a published author and continues to write professional technical training manuals and shorts for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, and Revit. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional, Ron provides Revit Architecture and AutoCAD training and support for various AEC firms. Find Ron on Twitter.

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June

20

2017

You’re frustrated because you can’t easily search through project Schedules in Revit. You can in Ideate SheetManager! Available for Revit 2016, 2017, and 2018, Sheet Manager, a tool in our IdeateApps collection of Revit add-on applications, dramatically reduces time spent looking for information by making Schedules and Legends organized and searchable.

  • Want to see all unplaced drafting views?
  • Want to see only the Sheets that start with M1?
  • Tired of naming your schedules in a way that makes them easy to find?

No problem!

Learn more about Ideate Sheet Manager. Then try it out with a free trial of IdeateApps, tools designed to streamline the tasks that everyday Revit users perform most often.

Have a Revit challenge you’d like addressed? Post it on the Revit Ideas page of the Autodesk Revit Forum or send us an email. Either way, we’ll review it and take it into consideration.

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

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June

16

2017

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with the pdx Revit User Group at the fabulous Portland AIA to share Excel knowledge gleaned from years of trial and error in my role at Ideate Software. Many people in the room contributed to the discussion both from a technical standpoint and by providing examples of how they use Excel in their Architecture, Engineering, and Construction workflows.

My favorite new tip came from Ideate Software’s Jesika DiGregorio…I did not know that you can use “Alt+Enter” within a formula to help visually organize complex nested formulas without impacting the results!

Thanks to all who attended, welcomed me to your group, and shared your expertise.

You can download the presentation and sample files from here:

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


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, Revit expertGlynnis Patterson, NCARB — Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development at Ideate Software, and she continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to Building Information Modeling challenges. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work for ECLC of New Jersey and Grow it Green Morristown. Follow Glynnis on Twitter.

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June

1

2017

San Francisco, CA, 06/01/2017 Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today that it launched its spring 2017 updates for IdeateApps, which include the new 2018 version of four new tools and the four existing tools, as well as enhanced features of the 2017 and 2016 versions. These solutions are designed to work with Autodesk® Revit® 2016, 2017, and 2018.

IdeateApps is a collection of tools that simplifies the activities that daily Revit users perform most often.

“Every function of our IdeateApps tools meets specific needs of Revit users,” said Ideate Software’s Director of Software Development, Glynnis Patterson. “Our first four tools addressed the challenges that our Support team heard about most often, and our new tools and enhancements are based on information in the Autodesk Ideas Forum as well as customer feedback.”

Below are highlights of the new tools and enhancements. An overview video of all tools is available on the website.

  • Ideate SpellCheck improves the quality control processes by checking the spelling of Text and Schedule elements within a Revit project file. (2017 and 2018 only)
  • Three new Sheet management tools streamline workflows to save time and increase model accuracy:
    • Ideate SheetManager is a powerful new Revit project browser that addresses several challenges. It includes a powerful search engine for filtering the Sheet and View lists and supports placing or relocating Views onto Sheets
    • Ideate Align helps ensure that a View on one Sheet is aligned with a View on another or many other Sheets.
    • Ideate Clone lets you copy a Sheet and its properties and place unplaced Views onto new Sheets that align with the previous Views.

Significant enhancements to Ideate Software’s existing tools include:

  • Ideate ReNumber, which simplifies the process of renumbering elements, now includes uniqueness support for Grids and Viewports.
  • Ideate XRay, which identifies the reasons an element isn’t visible in a certain view, now includes Advanced Selection Help to make it easier to select a hidden view.

“The rapid evolution of building information modeling creates an exciting time for our architects, engineers, and designers,” said Ideate Software’s President, Bob Palioca. “They thrive on identifying challenges that BIM managers and Revit users face and developing tools to address those challenges. These new products and enhancements are a testament to their knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm as well as Ideate Software’s commitment to the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner community.”

The collection of IdeateApps tools is available with a non-commercial free trial. Download the trial today.

For more information on IdeateApps for Revit 2018, call 888.662.7238 or contact sales@ideatesoftware.com. For support, contact support@ideatesoftware.com.


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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May

22

2017

San Francisco, CA, 05/22/2017 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today that Craig H. Dodge, Director of Sales, and Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, will attend BILT ANZ 2017. They will discuss challenges that architects and engineers face when working in Autodesk® Revit® building information models (BIM) and the tools that Ideate Software develops to address those challenges.

“This conference is an outstanding opportunity for us to meet face-to-face with our customers and other Revit software users,” said Mr. Dodge. “We look forward to demonstrating our products, hearing customers share their success stories, and learning of new challenges Revit users face that we may address in future releases of our software.”

Here are highlights of the tools developed by Ideate Software that keep projects on time and budget by dramatically reducing the time spent on tedious tasks, and increase the accuracy of Revit models by eliminating error-prone editing and updating processes:

  • Ideate BIMLink – Moves data from Revit into Microsoft Excel for easy editing
  • Ideate Explorer – Searches all elements in a Revit model, even those not in the Revit browser
  • Ideate Sticky – Places Excel files containing non–BIM data onto Revit project files, which are not able to manage or format non-BIM data
  • IdeateApps – Streamlines the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often

BILT is the premier global BIM training conference for those who design, build, operate, and maintain built environments. It’s the only global, non-profit conference series dedicated to expanding BIM adoption through education. The BILT ANZ 2017 conference will be held on May 25 - 27 at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia. Visit the Ideate Software team in the Exhibition Hall at booth number 24.

“Please send me an email if you’d like us to visit your office for a personal demonstration on how your productivity and efficiency will increase when you add Ideate Software to your BIM workflows,” said Mr. Dodge.


About Ideate Software

About Ideate Software Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, and Ideate Sticky were all developed to solve persistent problems in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders

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