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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March

1

2017

As an Autodesk Authorized Developer, we are serious about developing plugins that help companies in the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner communities get the most out of their Autodesk® Revit® software.  We regularly ask customers about challenges they face and workarounds they’ve developed, and we ask for feedback on the products we developed to address those challenges and eliminate clunky workarounds.

Recently we heard from Dan Dankert, CAD / BIM / VDC Manager at Mead & Hunt. He shared some ways he and his team are benefiting from IdeateApps, a set of four tools we launched last year to streamline the activities that daily Revit users perform most often - they are Ideate ReNumber, XRay, SmartDelete and QuickSelect. Here are his comments:

“IdeateApps are great time savers that help me support our users every day. Just this week I have used 2 of the apps, and its only Monday!

  • “I used Ideate XRay to find display issues on two views when employees were having a hard time figuring out why they could not see families that should be visible in views. Not only did it provide an answer, it did it within seconds. The employee had spent minutes trying to figure it out by going through the complex hierarchy of Revit visibility rules.  
  • “The second app I used was Ideate ReNumber. I used it to renumber details on a sheet after moving them around to better match the client’s and our standards for a project. Not a complex process, but using the tool is both simpler and quicker than the classic ways in Revit.

“Each of these cases provided quick results that would have added stress and time to my daily tasks removing frustration in the process.”

Thank you, Dan, for sharing this information with us!

If you would like to experience the time-saving and stress-reducing benefits of IdeateApps, download the fully functional free trial.

For more information on Ideate Sticky and other Revit software add-ins that help customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the homepage of our website.

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March

1

2017

Autodesk Revit software allows a dizzying array of sophisticated options to display or hide elements within the Building Information Model. Model managers know about Visibility Graphics and Reveal Hidden Elements, but add Phasing, View Filters, Linked Files, or Scope Boxes, and things start to get complicated.

Now, add in the possibility that you have new staff who might just ignore Worksets or decide to make a new Level because they can’t find the existing one in the Elevation, and you’re headed for a Visibility Tornado of problems!  

We’ve recently add a new class to our extensive schedule of online classes titled, “Hide-and-Seek with Revit Elements using Ideate XRay and Ideate QuickSelect.”   

This class is geared towards advanced and guru-level Revit users who are responsible for model management. The goals of the class are to:

  • Provide a methodology to evaluate the causes of visibility problems
  • Demonstrate how to solve some of the more complicated visibility conditions
  • Train staff on how to solve visibility issues without help from the BIM Manager

Register for our next live online class scheduled for April 20th at 11:30 PDT. We hope you’re able to join us!

If you aren’t available for the April 20th class date, we have made a recording of an earlier presentation you can review ANY time! (Eat pizza and watch in your pajamas!)


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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