December

22

2016

As a developer of add-in solutions for Autodesk Revit software, our goal is to help our customers get the most out of their Revit software investment. One way we do this is by meeting with users of our software as well as Revit software at Autodesk conferences. At last year’s Autodesk Revit Technology Conference (RTC), one person we spoke with was Tim Ekstrom, the BIM/CAD department leader for SSG MEP. SSG MEP offers a wide range of support for designing electrical, lighting, and low voltage systems for medical, municipal, educational, commercial, and transit facilities, as well as highways, roadways, and streetscapes.

Tim told us about some BIM line style standards that were not supported by our Revit add-in solution Ideate Sticky. Ideate Sticky lets Revit users “stick” Microsoft Excel files containing non-BIM data, such as code checklists, design data, and general notes, onto Revit project files, which are not able to manage or format non-BIM data.

Based on knowledge gained from several conversations with Tim, we realized that we had a great opportunity to increase the value of our software to Tim and many other users who must comply with those standards. Our software development team went to work, and in December of 2015 we added three new features to Ideate Sticky:


1.    Support for hidden rows and columns
2.    Support for additional line weights
3.    Support for images


And we didn’t stop there. We asked Tim for his thoughts on the updates, and he provided additional comments that led to further line refinements.

We appreciate Tim’s comments and welcome yours as well. You are deep into Revit software and Ideate Software products. If you are experiencing a challenge, chances are others are too. Please reach out to us at support@ideatesoftware.com.  

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November

14

2016

Will you be at Autodesk University (AU) in Las Vegas this week? 

If so, please visit us at booth #2570.

AU, the premier Autodesk software users event, is an ideal time for you to see a demonstration of IdeateApps, our newest collection of Autodesk Revit add–in tools. Spend a few minutes with us and see how you can use this collection, which we developed to streamline the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often, to:

•    Save time by quickly renumbering elements by selection, path, or auto–update
•    Minimize stress by learning the reasons an element is not visible in a certain view
•    Reduce rework by learning which elements will be deleted along with a selected element
•    Easily select and zoom to elements within the Revit project, template, of family file

Then, take advantage of our special offer to experience the power that Ideate Software offers by getting a three-month trial of the 2017 version of any or all of our products, including IdeateApps, for just $50.00 each. This special offer is good for software purchased with a credit card through December 16, 2016.

We hope to see you here! If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com.

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September

15

2016

 

 

On August 1, 2016, Autodesk released a fix in Revit 2016/2017 software that eliminates a file-corruption problem we reported in late May. The problem occurred when both Ideate Sticky and UNIFI Content Management were installed on Revit 2016 or 2017. This fix, combined with the updated version of Ideate Sticky that we released in May, means that no one should experience the problem again.

To ensure that your Revit projects continue to run smoothly, we’re providing an overview of the issue and links to the Autodesk Revit and Ideate Sticky update releases. We encourage all Ideate Sticky users to download both.

Overview of the Issue

In May, 2016, Guy Messick, Nancy McClure, and others from Interior Architects told us that that certain workflows involving particular versions of Revit, Ideate Sticky, and UNIFI Content Management were causing Revit projects to become permanently corrupted.

Ideate Software and UNIFI Labs worked together to find the root cause: a change introduced in Revit 2016 FCS allowed Ideate Sticky to interact with UNIFI events in ways that corrupt Revit projects. We discovered that the situation and actions outlined below caused the corruption to occur:

  1. Have Ideate Sticky and UNIFI installed on Revit 2016 or 2017. These exact combinations of versions are required:
  2. Using Unifi Content Manager, add a new wall or other system family to the Revit project
  3. Close the Revit project
  4. Reopen the Revit project

At this point, Revit stopped on File Open and displayed the error message, “Data in project <project_name>.rvt is corrupt and needs to be manually recovered.”

Scope of Risk

It’s important to understand that this issue could affect any combination of two Revit add-ins or custom programming. (Geeky details: Revit threw an exception when one add-in registered for the Idle event inside the Document Open event triggered by another add-in).

Problem Solved

Ideate Software released a new version of Ideate Sticky (2016.4 /2017.1) on May 20 that avoided the add-in interaction. We then documented and reported the issue to Autodesk. As mentioned earlier in this post, Autodesk released a fix that avoids the corruption (even if the latest version of Sticky is not installed) on August 1 in Revit 2016/2017.

A big shout-out to Mikako Harada of Autodesk Developer Technical Services for taking a personal interest and driving the quick turnaround at the factory to address this issue.

Get the Fix

  1. Update to the latest release of Revit (2016 R2 Update 6 -or- 2017 Service Pack 2):
    Autodesk Revit Update Releases
     
  2. Update to the latest release of Ideate Sticky (2016.4  - or- 2017.1):
    Ideate Sticky Update Releases
     

More questions?

Please contact us if you are an Ideate Software user and have any questions. Also contact us if you are a third-party Revit add-in developer and think this issue might be affecting your software. We’d be happy to share what we know.


Ben Bishoff 
Senior Software Developer

Ben has been a software engineer for over 25 years. With a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, he has worked at several software companies developing applications for the AEC industry including Sage Timberline (construction accounting and estimating) and ArchT (architectural drafting for AutoCAD). He also worked at Microsoft creating AEC and other diagramming solutions for Office Visio. Ben has been with Ideate Software for over 8 years developing add-ins for Revit including Ideate Explorer and Ideate BIMLink.

 

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September

15

2016

Join the Ideate Software tech experts for eLearning. Make the most of your Revit workflow with free, live, online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education. The following classes are at 11:30 Pacific / 2:30 Eastern. View the full Ideate Software classes & events schedule, including events in other time zones. We welcome questions, so come with challenges you’d like us to address. Register today to save your spot! 

September 27 // Ideate Sticky
Display non-BIM Data in Revit with Ideate Sticky
— REGISTER
Revit is an outstanding tool for managing BIM data. But what about the critical non-BIM data, such as code checklists, design data, consultant’s data, project dashboard data, and general notes? Revit users have developed some creative workarounds, but each comes with challenges. Take this online class to see how Ideate Sticky solves the problem by enabling you to “stick” or link Excel files containing non-BIM data onto your Revit files. We will walk you through real-life examples, demonstrating how edits entered once in Excel are reflected in Sticky Schedules across multiple Revit projects. You will learn how Ideate Sticky can help you ensure that your entire team is always accessing the most current data. We welcome questions, so come with challenges you’d like us to address. ​ ​

October 6 // Ideate BIMLink
Simplify Revit Model Managment with Ideate BIMLink — REGISTER

Revit files are made up of massive amounts of data. Microsoft Excel enables quick and easy editing of massive amounts of this Revit data. Take this online class to see how you can use Ideate BIMLink to move data from your Revit file into Excel for editing, and then push it back into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy. We will provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete some of the BIM tasks often requested by our customers, including creating and reviewing Placeholder Sheets, creating a Quantity Takeoff, managing Family names, completing a project-wide spell check, and managing Elevation names. You will learn how to dramatically reduce the amount of time spent on data management tasks while at the same time increasing the accuracy of your files. 

October 13 // Ideate Explorer
Audit Your Revit Projects with Ideate Explorer — REGISTER

Hidden DWGs, misplaced elements on Worksets, not following BIM standards, and other factors can negatively impact Revit file performance. Take this online class to see how to keep your Revit projects clean in just five minutes a week by using Ideate Explorer. Ideate Explorer is a Model Browser as opposed to a Project Browser, which means that it enables you to search through all 100,000+ elements in a Revit project with many different methods. We will walk you through the steps to inspect and clean up 10 key areas: Element Count; Model/Detail Lines/Keynotes and Revisions; Text and Dimensions; Families; Views; Grids, Levels, and Reference Planes; Groups; Worksets; and Imports. You will learn how to keep your Revit files in top working order while simplifying your quality control processes. ​

October 20 // Ideate BIMLink
Streamline Revit MEP Workflows with Ideate BIMLink — REGISTER

Your time is valuable. The accuracy of your Revit model is critical. Take this online class, designed specifically for MEP professionals, to get step-by-step instructions on how to complete five BIM tasks often requested by our MEP clients: managing Space Types for energy analysis, expediting duct accessory information, managing device data, addressing duplicate type marks, and managing data onsite and in the cloud with Google docs. Through our real-life examples, you will learn how to use Ideate BIMLink to pull data from Revit into Excel for easy and powerful editing, and then push it back into Revit with ease, speed, and accuracy.​​​

Click here for full class descriptions, times and registration links.

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September

13

2016

Join Ideate Software for an hour-long webinar and learn how to maximize your efficiency on Revit projects, save time on typically tedious tasks, and diminish many common BIM workflow obstacles. You will learn about Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, and Ideate Sticky — all of which were recently updated to work with Revit 2017. The latest round of updates also includes new features and improvements our customers have requested.
 
If you are already using Ideate Software applications, be sure to use the “check for updates” feature to ensure you are using the latest software release specific for your version of Revit. If you do not currently use any Ideate Software applications, download a trial today and bring your questions to the class. 
 

Register today to reserve your spot!


Australia / Asia
Date: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 9:30am AWST / 11:30am AEST
REGISTER
 
Europe / Middle East / Africa
Date: Thursday, September 22
Time: 1:30pm BST / 2:30pm CEST
REGISTER
 
Americas
Date: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 11:30am PDT / 2:30pm EDT
REGISTER
 

Find Out More About Ideate Software:

Ideate Explorer
Learn how to audit, review, and maintain the health of your Revit project. Find hidden CAD imports and other culprits lurking in your Revit files that are impacting performance. Find, refine and revise elements, even those excluded from the project browser. Use Ideate Query to quickly find elements based on parameter values such as overridden dimensions or In-Place families. Easily maintain standards compliance. Ensure quality assurance and quality control. 

Ideate BIMLink
Learn how to edit the Revit data in Excel to manipulate data in Parameters, Sheets, Views, Rooms, & Families quickly in order to better manage your Revit projects. Edit parameters in schedules — and manage parameters NOT in schedules such as offset/elevation, sizes, Design Option, Scope Box, Revisions, etc. Rename families and types. Extend the BIM project team by using Excel to create and edit large amounts of data with ease.
 
Ideate Sticky
Learn how to link Excel Spreadsheets directly into your Revit project allowing maximum graphic fidelity, and extending the BIM Project team. Ideate Sticky manages “non-BIM” data such as code checklists, consultant data, general notes, subtotaled or matrix data, non-Revit electrical panels and more. The latest version of Ideate Sticky includes support for images so you can include lighting schedules, company logos, and more. Data and formatting can be changed within Ideate Sticky or Excel, and update automatically or at your command.
 

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