September

17

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 as well as from Ideate Software customers.

Today, we are looking at additional Revit Sheet and View Management requests. One of the top Revit Ideas is to have more control on the placement of Revit Views on Sheets. It has 897 votes and counting!  Back in 2016, Purvi Irwin logged the idea with these important details:

More Control Over View Placement on Sheets
Guide Grids are not the most easy to use and useful tool in Revit. It would be much better if view titles and views could snap to reference planes, or some other "non plot" element within a sheet border. I hate to say it, but AutoCAD does this better. Are you going to let AutoCAD be better than you, Revit?!

Ideate Align, Ideate SheetManager and Ideate Clone, three of the tools in our IdeateApps collection, have several features designed to ensure your views are organized within your sheet set in a way that is both logical and easy to use. One improvement we recently made to this process is the ability to also control the view title. This feature is available in Revit 2022 only due to API limitations in the older versions, but it really makes our tools shine.

In the image below, you’ll see that the views on the selected sheets can now be aligned with the sheet on the left while at the same time allowing you the option to align the view titles. We will, of course, also match the view title length at the same time.  

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Revit Views of Sheets
IdeateApps> Align for Revit 2022 elegantly handles view title placement and line length as part of the alignment process

You can learn about this and other view placement features in IdeateApps in the What’s New in IdeateApps video.

For more information on how to align view titles, please review this topic: Help: How to Align View Titles (2022)

At Ideate Software, we are focused on delighting our customers. With Ideate Software there is no need to wait for future Revit releases to see your idea turned into a reality.

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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September

13

2021

San Francisco, CA, September 13, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce that Ideate Explorer, which allows additional exported data from Revit to Excel for easy reviewing, is now integrated with Ideate Automation, a scripting solution that schedules the process to run at times convenient to the users.

Ideate Explorer users will now find these additionally requested data fields included within the manual export to Excel or CSV file format: Revit file name, date of the export, and the warning category. Additionally, the Power BI template (v2), available by customer request, has been updated to include a new visualization called “Top 10 Warnings.”

Customers that have both Ideate Explorer and Ideate Automation will achieve additional benefits.

“With these latest enhancements, Ideate Automation can export curated Revit warnings data for further analysis or dashboarding,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “Managing Revit warnings data is a critical step in maintaining model health, and now it’s easier than ever.”  

Here are some highlights of Ideate Automation improvements that will help Revit users avoid slow synchronization times and even file corruption:

  • Review critical Revit warnings through automated exports of Ideate Explorer warnings detail and summary data fields, including file size and warnings threshold data
  • Automatically export both Ideate Explorer warnings data and Ideate BIMLink health check data into a single file
  • Support for Power BI through an updated template (v3), available by customer request, which includes two new visualizations: Top 10 Warnings and Warnings Over Time

Details are available at What’s New in Ideate Explorer and Automation for Ideate Explorer.

To learn more about how Ideate Software products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design, visit the website. You can also download 14-day trial versions or purchase the US$500 bundle for access to all the solutions for six months.


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 Revit are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Microsoft Word and Excel are registered trademarks 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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September

8

2021

Back on June 10, 2021, Ideate Software released a Microsoft Power BI template that uses Ideate Explorer Warnings data to enable users to visualize details of their project Warnings. Ideate Explorer customers were invited to reach out to our support team to get a copy of that Power BI template.

We developed the Power BI template to help Revit users:

  • Visualize Revit Warnings quickly. Where are my problem projects?
  • Provide accurate Revit Warning information to BIM 360 users. See that information in the BIM 360 Project Home Page (bottom of page).  Faster Revit Warnings Information to BIM 360 users.
  • Create actionable data visualizations. Deliver vital warnings information in a clear, easy-to-understand manner

With the latest software development of Automation for Ideate Explorer, we updated the Power BI template. Here are highlights of those changes:

  • Added Ideate Automation (v1.3) – Input Script: IEX-Export_Warnings to automate the export of Revit Warnings from Revit to Excel
  • Adjusted slicer filters so single Revit file filters and multiple Revit file filters work correctly
  • Added Date Slicer 
  • Added Top 10 Warning Descriptions. This was a customer request. New visualization shows the top 10 Revit Warning descriptions and the Revit files with those warnings 
  • Added Warnings Over Time
    • Filter by Revit file name(s) and by date of warnings export
    • See which files have warning issues
    • Get Revit file information (Revit version, file size and number of hidden warnings)
    • See and sort the Revit Warnings/MB metric, including a stoplight KPI

View Revit Warnings Over Time

Current Ideate Explorer subscribers can request an Ideate Explorer to Power BI dashboard template that includes a Power BI template and sample files with how-to instructions.

Browse 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

David Haynes, Director, Ideate Software
David is a registered architect and a project management certified professional. Before joining Ideate, David had his own architectural practice and was president of a commercial design-build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he has worked as an architect, contractor and developer, and he was a national construction manager for a national retailer. David's current passion at Ideate Software revolves around how data influences AECO business decisions. Find David on Twitter.

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August

31

2021

San Francisco, CA, August 31, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, announced that its website, www.ideatesoftware.com, is now available in Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. This enhancement aligns their website with their five applications for Revit software, which were translated to the new languages with their May 2021 updates.

“The new language options give more Revit users the ability to learn how our products streamline architecture, engineering, construction and owner workflows,” said Bob Palioca, President and CEO, Ideate Software. “The website, along with our recent product translations, are more ways we are working to help our customers get a strong return on their investment in Revit software.”

The Ideate Software website automatically appears in the local language for visitors in countries whose primary language is one of the six available. The site will continue to be in English for all other countries. 

Ideate Software develops five Revit productivity-enhancing applications:

  1. Ideate BIMLink – The industry standard for exporting data from Revit models to Excel for editing
  2. Ideate Sticky – Live-link Excel data as schedules or Word, Excel and PDFs as images in Revit projects
  3. Ideate Explorer – See every element and instance of every element in the Revit model
  4. Ideate StyleManager – Review, merge, purge and delete styles
  5. IdeateApps – Automate common Revit tasks

To learn more about how Ideate Software products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design, visit the website. You can also download 14-day trial versions or purchase the US$500 bundle for access to all the solutions for six months.
 


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 Revit are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Microsoft Word and Excel are registered trademarks 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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August

30

2021

Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software is a certified member of the Autodesk Developer Network and is the software development unit of Ideate Incorporated with headquarters in California, USA. Currently Ideate Software develops data management tools that work in conjunction with Autodesk’s Revit technology platform. The Ideate Software team prides itself on collaboration, which occurs mostly through virtual communication both internally and with our customers worldwide. 

Summary of Responsibilities

The person in this role will report to the Director, Ideate Software Sales (based on West Coast, USA) and will closely collaborate, both in-person and online with the Ideate Software sales teams and technical presentation teams. The primary responsibility is to expand the Ideate Software business through the cultivation, sales, and management of strategic AEC companies; both prospects and existing Ideate Software customers. This position is full-time and is remote-based, requiring occasional travel to customer locations.

Required Skills

Job candidates need to demonstrate a successful sales track record, year-over-year sales success, be personable, independent self-starter, hardworking, and creative thinker. Previous Autodesk software sales and/or Autodesk “third-party” software sales experience strongly desired. This position involves significant customer sales interaction (phone/email/Teams presentation) as well as Autodesk Revit and Building Information Model understanding. Job candidates must be able to work comfortably in a virtual team environment.  

Sales and Presentation Skill Requirements

  • Effective telephone selling skills
  • Business and Financial Acumen
  • You will be responsible for making sales plans and for delivering quarterly and annual sales targets.
  • Heavy notes via CRM.
  • Online sales presentation expertise - Excellence in written and verbal communication
  • You will extend our relationships within the target organizations, understand prospect and client needs, workflows, and the decision processes.  

Technical Skill Requirements

  • Strong knowledge of Revit or other Building Information Modeling software
  • NetSuite CRM background a plus
  • Command of Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Teams, Word, and Excel
  • Strong user of LinkedIn / Sales Navigator a plus  

Primary Responsibilities

This role, of USA Sales, is an addition for the existing Ideate Software team, and as such may transform based on feedback and successes, but initially the areas of responsibility are expected to be divided according to the following:

Direct Sales Activities – 85%

Prospecting / value presentations/on-line delivery – 10%

Reporting / documentation – 5%  

Estimated Travel

Travel will vary as road shows and unique events occur. Travel is expected to be no more than 5%.

90-Day Goals

All Ideate employees are subject to a 90-day evaluation period.  

Salary and Benefits:

  • Base salary (commensurate) + tiered commission
  • Health insurance support; WiFi stipend
  • Work from home
  • As negotiated

*** Ideate, Inc. (Ideate Software) is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome everyone to our team. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

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