September

17

2019

It’s easy to search, analyze and delete imported object styles with Ideate StyleManager.

Object styles listed within the Imported Objects tab (shown below at right) reflect the style information that comes from:

  • Linked CAD files
  • Imported CAD files
  • Imports that have been exploded within the project
  • Imports that have been exploded within a family
  • Imports in a family file 

Imported Object Styles 

Here are instructions on how to search, analyze, and delete these imported styles. 

Searching Imported Styles

The presence of an imported object style in a project doesn’t necessarily mean there are graphic elements within the project, but without Ideate StyleManager it’s difficult to tell. 

In the example above, the Green-Drain.dwg style is a remnant of an exploded import and is no longer in use, as indicated by Ideate StyleManager on the left. The Revit dialog on the right shows this style can’t be deleted, but Ideate StyleManager allows this deletion.

When reviewing imported object styles, we recommend you filter the list by unchecking the Object Styles checkbox and leaving the Imported Style checked. Within the filtered results, you will notice that some of the import styles are shown in bold; these indicate a parent style. Styles listed underneath are the children of that parent. In the example above, Green-Drain.dwg is the parent and Green-Drain.dwg: DIM is a child. 

Before you can delete any object style, you must first analyze it.

Analyzing Imported Styles

To analyze a style, select it from the Found in File pane, then select the Analyze button.

TIP: When analyzing imported object styles that include a .DWG or .DGN, it is expedient to first select and analyze the parent style (in bold). If the parent is not in use, there’s no value in analyzing the children, and deleting the parent will also delete the children.

If an imported style is used in the current file (family, template, or project), the details about how it is used are displayed at the right within the Usage pane. This information indicates if the style comes from a linked or imported CAD file or if it is embedded within a family file. It’s important to note the usages, as their related styles are treated differently within Ideate StyleManager.

Deleting Imported Styles
  • Deleting Styles used by Linked CAD Files

    If an imported style is used by a linked CAD file, the Delete button will be disabled for the parent style only. Use the Manage Links dialog in Revit for that task. It will be possible to delete the children styles of a CAD link, but it is generally not recommended, because a reload of that link would simply reconstitute the styles. Instead we recommend the link be selected and then you use Revit’s delete layers tool if needed.

    Linked CAD files have two possible usage results:
  1. CAD Link — used to indicate the presence of a referenced but unloaded link file
  2. Link Instance — used to indicate the presence of a linked (CAD) file
  • Deleting Styles used by Imported CAD Files

    Import Instances refer to an imported CAD file or the results of partially exploded CAD imports.

    Imported Styles used by imported CAD files have a unique behavior within Ideate StyleManager; we allow you to delete the parent and children styles, whether they are used or not. Deleting the parent that is “Used” will result in the deletion of the related parent and children object styles as well as the graphics associated with that import. A warning will precede this action. 

 Imported object styles

  • Deleting “Import in Families”

    The Imports in Families object styles indicate that a family within the project (used or unpurged) has an import or exploded import within the family file. 

    In the example below, the style called A-DETL-DIMS is found within 23 families. Many people prefer these styles to be removed entirely from family content. If you agree, use StyleManager to edit each family and replace the content with native Revit elements (lines, regions, extrusions, etc.). To delete these styles, refer to Ideate StyleManager Basics.

Imported object styles


More about Ideate StyleManager

Watch this recording of our webinar to learn more about how you can properly manage styles in your Revit models to reduce publishing errors and end-user confusion.

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today.


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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September

12

2019

The Ideate Software team had the pleasure this week of meeting with many London-based architectural, engineering and construction customers at the fabulous Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Engineering Institute of Technology - EIT - London

Joining presenter Glynnis Patterson, Director of Ideate Software, was Jan Sako, Support and QC Manager, as well as Ana Rogerson, Director of Marketing.

At our first meeting, held in the Lovelace Room, we gave some of our existing customers and beta testers a sneak peek at our in-progress software development efforts. More importantly, we got some great feedback on how to improve both our existing solutions and our work-in-progress. There’s really no replacement for in-person communication, and we are grateful to our customers who care to be part of these conversations and share our goal of improving building information modeling such that there’s less hassle and more time for great design. 

In the afternoon, we invited prospective customers to come learn about our Ideate Software solutions for Revit, including our newest solution, Ideate StyleManager. With a mix of construction, engineering and architectural companies at the table, there was some good dialog about the challenges to productivity found on all sides. One of the common refrains from this groups was the appreciation for the sophistication of Ideate BIMLink and recognizing that it’s so much more than an ‘Excel to Revit’ tool. We also received lots of compliments related to the simplicity and elegance of our IdeateApps solutions, particularly Ideate Clone and Ideate ReNumber.

As to the Right Honourable Ada Lovelace, we learned about her very early (1840s) contributions to computing technology from the placard within our Lovelace meeting room at the Engineering Institute. She was the first to recognize that the proposed computing machine designed by Charles Babbage had applications beyond pure calculation, and she published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is sometimes regarded as the first to recognize the full potential of a "computing machine" and one of the first computer programmers. As software developers, we were honored to be in her company that day.

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today.


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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September

10

2019

Nothing beats positive comments from a customer to prove the claims of a company. We recently released a video with positive comments from five customers.

Have you been curious about why your peers choose Ideate Software tools and how they use those tools to create a competitive advantage? Take just a few minutes to watch this video.

Here is a sampling of the quotes you’ll find in the video that demonstrate the breadth of the participants’ comments:

  • SmithGroup – Galen Hoeflinger, Associate - Corporate BIM Technologist, said, “We deploy all the Ideate tools to all 1,300 of our staff, reasons being that it’s a very clear tool: it works very well …it’s easy for staff to get into and use them very quickly.”
     
  • NBBJ Digital – Dan Tartaglia, Senior Associate - BIM Platform Leader, said, “It’s a learning tool, because it helps our newer users actually know how to use Revit in a better way.”
     
  • BD Mackey Consulting – Brian Mackey, BIM/Revit Consultant, said,“The tools I really like are Ideate Explorer, StyleManager and the Ideate Delete tool.”
     
  • bKL Architecture – Mark Schmieding, Director - Practice Technology Lead, said, “I can quantify the benefit … I can go, ‘This task used to take me 40 minutes, and now it takes me 5.’”
     
  • Stantec – Robert Bell, Digital Practice Specialist, said, “[Ideate BIMLink] really improved our documentation and made it easier from a QC perspective, because we knew we could count on what was in the model.”

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today

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August

21

2019

San Francisco, CA, 08-21-19 –  McMillan Pazdan Smith (MPS) is a proven design industry leader that leverages building information modeling (BIM) technology on all of their projects. Autodesk® Revit® is one of the BIM technology solutions they use to improve engineer coordination, enhance stakeholder communications, and increase building efficiencies and cost savings. To quickly assess Revit model health and identify sub-optimal practices, MPS uses Ideate Explorer.

Dan Warren, MPS’ BIM Operations Administrator, said, “Ideate Explorer allows our team to rapidly triage problems, so we spend our efforts on issues that provide the greatest return on model health. Providing a thorough model health assessment used to take a half to full day; now, we can turn our reports around in less than half the time.”

He continued, “Having used Ideate Explorer for a while, I can say that it is by far the best tool I’ve ever seen for both managing model health and resolving pesky Revit issues that plague our project teams. I cannot imagine how we could efficiently resolve the issues we face daily without this tool.”

When discussing the benefits of Ideate Explorer, Dan also mentioned:

  1. Ideate Explorer helps users understand the importance of data structure and modeling practices
  2. With Ideate Explorer, it is easy to document situations where modeling and drafting practices impact performance
  3. The Ideate Explorer interface is quick, reliable, and easy to understand

Ideate Explorer provides numerous ways for users to decrease the time spent on model management, increase the accuracy of their models, and reduce model size. Revit professionals use it to find and delete problem items, find and edit elements, and gain a full view of all elements in a Revit model. Ideate Explorer also includes Warnings Manager for reviewing and managing Revit warnings, Navigate for navigating through view-based elements within Revit, and Query for searching on parameters.

For more information on how MPS uses Ideate Software products, visit our website. For a free trial or to subscribe to any Ideate Software solution, please check ideatesoftware.com
 


About Ideate Software

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

19

2019

Are you curious to see how companies use Ideate Software tools? Want to watch one of our customer-focused webinars again? Would you like a colleague to watch one? 

We make it easy with the Customer Webinars Playlist on our YouTube channel.
 
These customer-focused webinars are well-attended and often spark interesting discussions on how to use our Revit productivity solutions to streamline workflows, enhance productivity, save time and demonstrate ROI. 

We will continue to add recordings as they become available. Here’s what you will find there now:


CBT Architects – The ‘I’ in BIM – How to Transfer Data to and from Revit


Payette – BIM Managers Set the Stage for Increased Knowledge and Productivity


BD Mackey Consulting – Hitting a High Note: Tuning your Revit Template


Steinberg Hart – Developing Efficient Processes

If you are interested in showcasing your company, BIM management best practices and use of Ideate Software solutions in an upcoming webinar, please don’t hesitate contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

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