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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May

17

2017

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.”

Ideate Sticky for Revit carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk App Store and is available with a non-commercial free trial. Download the trial today. For more information on Ideate Sticky 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 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

9

2017

San Francisco, CA, 05/09/2017Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today that it has released its spring 2017 versions 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.

“We developed many of these improvements in response to customer comments about challenges they face while working in complex building information models,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development, Ideate Software. “I thank everyone who has provided feedback so far and encourage others to do the same. It’s because of you that we continue to meet the evolving needs of the architecture, engineering, and construction community.”

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

  • 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 QC processes
  • Improved Revit multi-stair object (2018 only) 
  • Ability to use Ideate Explorer with Perspective View (2018 only)

“Once again, we released our updates the same month as Autodesk. We are committed to this timing, so our customers can benefit from the advancements as soon as possible and get a maximum return on their software investment,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software.

Ideate Explorer for Revit carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk App Store and is available with a non-commercial free trial. Download the trial today. For more information on Ideate Explorer 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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