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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May

1

2017

San Francisco, CA, 05/01/2017Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today that it launched its 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 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 BIMLink is a Revit add-on solution developed by Ideate Software to dramatically reduce the time spent on BIM data management tasks. With it, users pull information from Revit files into Microsoft Excel for easy editing and then push it back into Revit with speed, ease and accuracy.

“Throughout the year, we listened as our customers explained building information modeling challenges,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development, Ideate Software. “In direct response to that feedback, our software developers created enhancements to Ideate BIMLink.”

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

  • The 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

“The improvements included with our spring 2017 releases demonstrate our ongoing commitment to our clients; we continuously develop extensive, high-quality information solutions that increase the productivity of BIM managers, Revit users, and Revit project teams, and that increase the return on the company’s software investment,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software.

Ideate BIMLink 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 BIMLink 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, 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.

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April

18

2017

San Francisco, CA, 04/18/2017Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today the publication of its latest “Spotlight on” customer success profile. This profile features Steinberg and its use of two Autodesk® Revit® add-in tools developed by Ideate Software: Ideate Explorer and Ideate BIMLink.

“The Ideate Software products serve as a perfect data map and platform that provide checks and balances needed in a world full of parameters and geometries,” said Gautam Shenoy, BIM Leader, Steinberg.

For 60+ years, Steinberg has been shaping environments and creating inspiring places through research, technology, and innovative design. Its 150 professionals bring a wide range of expertise to clients in the higher education, housing, urban mixed-use, civic, and commercial sectors. Through weekly design charrette sessions, its employees pin up their designs for others to review, leading to best practices
across sectors, an increase in creative thinking, and design excellence.

To enable its teams to focus on exceeding customers’ expectations, Steinberg uses Revit Software and Ideate Software Revit add-in solutions.

“We use software tools to take building information modeling beyond understanding and massaging design concepts,” said Mr. Shenoy. “We use them to easily collaborate with clients, and because we ask our consultants to use the same products, we achieve a fully collaborative design environment, and all changes are coordinated quickly and accurately.”

The Ideate Software products Steinberg uses most often are Ideate Explorer and Ideate BIMLink:

  • “Without Ideate Explorer, teams hunt through Revit models for specific elements and manually select those for editing,” said Mr. Shenoy. “With Ideate Explorer, we quickly search for 100,000+ elements, make selections based on filters or data sets, and easily edit them to align with design updates.”
  • “[Ideate BIMLink], a powerful and progressive tool, enables us to leverage the parametric database within our Revit models by moving the data into Microsoft Excel for easy review/editing, and then pushing the edited data back into the Revit model with speed and accuracy,” said Mr. Shenoy.

“I’m delighted that Steinberg, which focuses on understanding design principles and encourages grand ideas, uses Ideate Software tools. By streamlining Revit workflows and enhancing collaboration between both Revit and non-Revit users, they help Steinberg design incredibly beautiful buildings, including Thompson Hotel in Hollywood, California and Parkside Hall in San Jose, California” said Bob Palioca,
president, Ideate Software.

Read Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on Steinberg for more details.

Ideate Explorer and Ideate BIMLink carry five-star rating on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store. Free trials of all Ideate Software products are available. For more information, call 888.662.7238, or contact sales@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.

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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.

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.

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