November

9

2018

Thank you to everyone who attended one of the webinars in our recent series called, “Elevate your Revit Projects with Ideate Software.” We appreciate your time and enjoy hearing how you use our products and answering your questions. 

We hold these webinars in three time zones each quarter for customers and prospective customers. We demonstrate each of our applications for Revit software that enable users to eliminate laborious data editing, viewing, and management tasks:

Streamline project management by extracting information from a Revit model, sending it to Excel for review or manipulation, and importing it back into the Revit model

Enhance model accuracy by auditing your Revit project and understanding all the relationships. During the webinars, we delved into the new Warnings Manager, which enables users to review and manage warnings within a Revit project

Enhance cross-team workflows by linking Excel data into Revit projects as schedules
 

Simplify daily Revit tasks with this collection of nine tools

 

If you weren’t able to attend one of the webinars, or if you attended and would like to reinforce your learning by listening again, here’s a link to the November 1 session. The information presented is the same that was presented in the other two sessions. For detailed information on specific workflows, view our short how-to videos

For more information on how Ideate Software tools can enhance your business, please contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 18 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 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 Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter.

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October

29

2018

While leading a webinar on the Warnings Manager in Ideate Explorer, I received a great question:

“Can Ideate Explorer grab lines inside a Revit Family?”

At the project level, Ideate Explorer doesn’t investigate all the sub-components of Revit Families. Depending on the project size and loaded Revit Families, it could take an extensive amount of time to review every sub-component within each Revit Family. However, the better option would be to open a specific Revit Family for editing within the Family Editor and let Ideate Explorer display all the Revit Family sub-components for review and auditing.

Here’s an example of how to select lines within a Revit chair Family:

  1. In the image below, you can see the selected chair. It has 2D representation, 2D detail lines, and some 3D geometry. At the project level, Ideate Explorer is displaying information about the Category, Family, and Type plus any parameter data via Ideate Query, meaning that Ideate Explorer will not reveal the individual lines in that chair while still in the project.



     
  2. The Ideate Explorer results tree will automatically update depending on your location, either in the project or the Family Editor. If you edit and open the family while in the Revit project, Ideate Explorer reveals how many symbolic lines there are, and you can highlight one of the lines, double click, and see which view it will be in. You can also search on extrusions, such as the back of the chair or the sweep that makes up the leg of the chair. From this place, you can drill into the individual family and show the 2D line information or any 3D geometry.


     
  3. You can review the components of the Revit Family and audit the entire family to ensure that 2D geometry such as lines and 3D geometry such as forms are constructed the way they are supposed to be. You can also check for CAD files, images, and other family sub-components that may impact the performance of the Revit Family when it’s loaded into the project. For more detail on auditing your Revit project with Ideate Explorer, check out Auditing your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer video and pay close attention to tip #6!     

For more information on how to use Ideate Explorer to explore, quantify, and manage your Revit building information model, visit our robust help files or our short how-to videos.
 


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 18 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 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 Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter.

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October

22

2018

Here are some tips and tricks I shared at a recent presentation on Ideate ReNumber, one of the nine tools included in the IdeateApps collection for daily Revit users:

  1. Be aware of your view depth. If you get odd numbering behavior with curtain panels, it could be because the view depth is too deep. To avoid this problem, make your elevations shallow. Simply adjust the Far Clip Offset to go just to the back edge of the front curtain panel.
     
  2. Exclude Nested Elements.  You can have Ideate ReNumber exclude Nested Elements by two methods:
     
    • Edit the ReNumber rule and use the Ignore Parameter feature OR
    • Make sure the nested family is set to “not shared”
       
  3. Use the Vertex method. This method provides exact precision for the order you want to renumber elements by renumbering at the vertices of the renumber path.
     
  4. Renumber and rename views of sheets. Draw lines through your viewports to rename and renumber views in order. 
     
  5. Understand the “Flip” button on doors. If your door uses the Room Location (Calculation) Point and you click the flip button, your door will flip. This is the same behavior as changing the To and From room values through a schedule. To change the numbering without flipping the door, check the “Report ‘From Room’ Value” box.

Want to learn more about how easy it can be to renumber elements in your Revit project? Here are several resources available to you from the Ideate Software website:

For implementation services or to learn more about how IdeateApps can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. He has extensive experience in project management; BIM management; design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon; and leading classroom and online BIM training. He provides consulting, sales, support, and training solutions to AECO customers around the globe. Find Sash on LinkedIn.

 

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October

18

2018

Do you use screenshots to manage non-BIM data in your Revit files? If so, you know that they don’t always look professional and updating the information is time consuming. 

Streamline the process and enhance the look of your documents with Ideate Sticky, which elegantly connects non-BIM data, including images, from an Excel file into Revit projects. The possibilities for schedules that use image are almost endless.

 

Scaling Images to Fit

Ideate Sticky supports the importing of Revit images that have been placed within the Excel file. Each image will be scaled to fit within the Excel cell that aligns with the upper-left corner of the image. For best results, ensure your image doesn’t overlap adjacent cells. You can use the “merge cells” function to enlarge the area if necessary, to accommodate the image.

In the image below:

  • The first example shows how the Sticky looks when the image spans more than one cell.
  • The second example shows how the Sticky looks when the cells (A1:A2) have been merged. This example shows a better fit. 

Ideate Sticky customers can see how images can best be incorporated into the Excel file by using the Sample File ISB-Philips_Lighting_Spec.xlsx. This multi-sheet example showcases the inclusion of images within a Sticky. 

For more tips on how Ideate Sticky can streamline your workflows, view these short videos

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Sticky can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 18 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 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 Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter.

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October

16

2018

San Francisco, CA, October 16, 2018 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk Developer Network member, announced that it will attend Autodesk University in Las Vegas on November 13-15, 2018. 

“As a developer of applications that enhance Autodesk Revit software, we make it a priority to attend Autodesk University,” said Bob Palioca, President. “In addition to demonstrating our products, we ask Revit users to discuss challenges they face, and we convene after the conference to consider building tools to address those challenges.”

Representing Ideate Software at the conference will be Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development; Craig H. Dodge, Director of Sales; Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist; Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manager; and Rahul Verma, Business Development.

Conference attendees are invited to stop by booth A225 to learn about current promotions and get demonstrations of all Ideate Software tools, including Ideate Explorer with Warnings Manager. The Warnings Manager helps users keep their Revit models in top working order by:

  1. Ranking Revit Warnings based on importance
  2. Notifying users when “High” ranked warnings appear in the model
  3. Enabling users to easily fix problems using tools in Revit while the Warnings Manager dialog box is open

While at the booth, attendees can register for a free one-year, single-user subscription to the IdeateApps collection of nine tools that simplify tasks that daily Revit users perform most often*.

*This offer is available to individuals/companies that do not already have a subscription to IdeateApps.

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) 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.

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