December

1

2021

San Francisco, CA, December 1, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce that Steve Deadman joined the team as a customer success manager for the EMEA region. Steve is responsible for providing support to customers and helping them get a strong return on their software investment.

Steve has been an active user of Ideate Software plug-in tools for Revit for more than 10 years,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “By discussing BIM challenges with us, participating in our beta testing program, and sharing how he uses our products with other Revit users, he has helped us achieve our goal of developing tools that solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction, and building owner (AECO) workflows. We were thrilled to welcome him to the team.”  

Before joining Ideate Software, Steve worked at several top architectural firms in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology.

“I’ve been a fan of Ideate Software for a long time,” said Steve. “Their employees are knowledgeable, they take customer feedback seriously, they develop products that work, and they provide outstanding support. I jumped at the opportunity to help others realize the benefits I have through using their tools.” 

Steve has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. When not working, he enjoys traveling with his family, playing the guitar, yoga, Pilates, reading and swimming.  

Steve is based out of Guildford, England, United Kingdom.


About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps and Ideate StyleManager 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 and Autodesk Revit are trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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November

30

2021

Thank you to the 100+ people from across the Americas region that attended our recent online Ideate Software user group meeting. During the one-hour webinar, Ideate Software’s Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manager, and Jesika DiGregorio, Software Developer, covered numerous topics related to Revit parameters:

  • High-level overview of the many types of Revit parameters
  • Brief demonstrations of:
    • Shared Parameters in key schedules
    • Global parameters
    • New parameter unit types
  • Deep dive into changes to parameters in Revit 2022—including terminology and updates from Autodesk—and how Ideate Software is adapting to those changes
  • Q&A

Also on the call answering questions were Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, and Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist.

The timing of this call was convenient for those in the Americas region, but the content is appropriate for users of Ideate Software tools around the world. Here’s a link to the recording. Feel free to view it as needed and share it with other people tasked with managing Revit schedule data, Dynamo users, and BIM managers. We’re certain they will find the content valuable.


 

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November

29

2021

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world.

Recently, we received several inquiries regarding Type Swapping some old Revit families with newer, updated families that have some of the same parameter data. The issue that customers reported was that when they Type Swapped some of their families with the new ones, some Parameter data from the old families did not transfer to the swapped families. Users then had to go back and edit the data manually for the new families so they resembled the original families. In a situation such as this one, users could end up spending hours, if not days, chasing down all the families that were reset to the default parameter values.

As it turns out, this is a common issue with Revit Families that use family-based instance parameters. An example would be the break line detail component family that has multiple instance-based family parameters that control the width, depth and the size of the jag that breaks and masks details and views. When users place these break lines in their views, they manually adjust the default instance parameters to control is size so that they look appropriate for the detail or view that they are masking.

If you find yourself dealing with this situation, you should consider using Ideate BIMLink to Type Swap families and map your Parameter values to the newly swapped Families.

Let’s consider this example, which is typical:

We have a series of details using the out-of-the-box break line detail component, which is dated by today’s standards, as shown here:

Type Swapping Revit Families

The goal is to Type Swap these detail components with a newer break like that has a more appropriate jag and a heavier line weight. For the new detail component, the parameters that control the length, depth and jag are the same. When we manually select the original break lines in our detail and swap them out for the new detail component, this ends up being the result:

Type Swapping Revit Families

Although the Parameters are the same, the values that control the size of the break line did not transfer over to the new detail components. Imagine having swapped out one hundred of these detail components? If you were not paying attention to the change, you would have to go back and manually adjust each one of them. That would be very time consuming.

To use Ideate BIMLink for successful Type Swapping and mapping of the original parameter data to the new families, simply start with one of our pre-defined links that allows Type Swapping, or you can create your own from scratch, such as this one:

Type Swapping Revit Families

In this case, I created a new link for Detail Components and filtered the data so only Break Lines would export to Excel. I added the necessary Parameters that define the shape of the break line, such as the left and right-side lengths, and the size of the jag. Once the link was set up, I exported the data to Excel.

Type Swapping Revit Families

Once the data was exported to Excel, I swapped the Break Line detail component for the Break Line-Better detail component, as shown above. I left the values in columns C-F the same since the size of the detail components need to remain the same. Once the families are swapped, you can import the changes, as seen here:

Type Swapping Revit Families

You can see from the preview that the detail components have swapped out but the values for the left, right and jags have become read-only. This is because those family-based instance parameters have been reset to the original values that are defined in the family that was loaded up. This process is no different than manually selecting these family in Revit and swapping them out to the new family. The good news here is that your last Excel export has the families swapped out and retained the values for the left, right and the jag. All you need to do now is re-import the same Excel file again and this will reset the values to the ones you want, as seen here:

Type Swapping Revit Families

Once you click Import, the newly swapped detail components will be set to match the values of the original ones that were exported out.

Type Swapping Revit Families
 

Using Ideate BIMLink, we can easily swap Families by Type Swapping them in Excel, and then reimport the same Excel file again to set the instance-based Family parameters back to the way they were before you did the Type Swapping. This simple two-step process will save you a ton of time and the hassle of manually resetting the family parameters back to the way they were before you did the Type Swapping.

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About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. 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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November

17

2021

San Francisco, CA, November 17, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce that it has made some significant improvements to three tools within the IdeateApps collection of nine tools that simplify the tasks that Revit users perform most often.

“These enhancements directly respond to requests from IdeateApps and Revit users, who discuss their Revit challenges with us at user group meetings, on customer calls, and through connections with our support professionals,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “We track all comments and take them into consideration when developing new features and tools.”

Below are highlights of the IdeateApps November 2021 updates that reduce the time spent on tedious tasks, enhance the quality of the BIM data, and free time for more interesting activities. For details, visit the online Help file.

  • Ideate ViewCreator 
    • Automate the naming of interior elevations and other room-based views
    • Transfer areas, area boundaries and views from one area scheme to another
  • Ideate ReNumber 
    • New rule included to automatically rename randomly named elevation views to match company standards
    • New rule included to automate sheet numbering per the ISO19650 sheet naming standards
  • Ideate XRay 
    • Included additional checks to understand and fix visibility challenges related to callouts and section and elevation markers

IdeateApps is one of five Revit plugins developed by Ideate Software to streamline Revit data management. To learn more about how they help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design, visit the website. You can give them a try by downloading a trial version or purchasing a six-month subscription to all five solutions starting at just US$500.
 


About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps and Ideate StyleManager 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 and Autodesk Revit are trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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November

15

2021

We are continuing our monthly Ideate Software blog series entitled Wishlist Granted. Each blog article features real user requests from Autodesk forums and discussions plus many Ideate Software customer requests.

Warren Buffet, a fellow Nebraskan once wrote:

“Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.”

When you delete something in Revit, you are taking a certain amount of risk. Is Revit telling you truly everything that will be deleted? There are many complex relationships within the Revit model, and it’s not always intuitive to understand how a simple removal of a floor element might impact many other related elements.

For many years, Revit had no additional warnings if you deleted a level. In Revit 2019, Autodesk introduced an added pop-up warning that would show elements that would be removed if you deleted a level. This enhancement was a direct response to this Revit Ideas Forum Request.


The Revit Delete Warning dialog, available for level deletion only. 

However, the Autodesk implementation only addressed part of the problem. The pop-up warning is only for Revit levels. There are still many requests for additional features such as this one from a good Ideate Software customer:

David Plumb of BWBR writes a request to be able to expand and collapse the different categories of elements to be deleted. This important summary data makes it much easier to understand and browse the relevant changes before they happen.

This is just one of the many reasons Ideate Software developed Ideate SmartDelete. Ideate SmartDelete is part of the IdeateApps collection, a set of nine tools we developed to streamline activities that daily Revit users perform most often.

Ideate SmartDelete
 
Ideate SmartDelete allows you to expand and collapse all the information about a level deletion in Revit.

In addition, the Autodesk Revit delete pop-up warning only appears when deleting levels. What about the hundreds of other relationships that you may not be aware exist within your Revit model?

Ideate SmartDeleteHere is an example selecting a floor element and Ideate SmartDelete is reporting that there is an Element Keynote attached to that floor that will indeed be removed if you delete the floor. This is certainly not always known. How many times have text, dimensions, keynotes, or other elements gone missing and nobody knows why?

Review this video to learn more about how Ideate SmartDelete can reduce your liability issues.   Plus, our IdeateApps online Help topic has detailed information on Ideate SmartDelete as well as a Getting Started Guide.

Arm yourself with the knowledge to mitigate any risk!

We love ideas from Revit users. Feel free to contact our team via [email protected] to share yours.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our other Wishlist Granted posts.


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 20 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 and LinkedIn.

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