Thank you to everyone that attended our recent webinar on IdeateApps where I covered:

  • Sheet and View tools in IdeateApps
  • BIM standards for naming
  • How to customize rules to fit your needs
  • Creative workflows
  • Tips and tricks

Did you miss the webinar? Would you like to listen to it again or share it with a colleague? Here’s a link to the recording

Questions Answered 

Throughout the webinar, my colleague Sash Kazeminejad and I answered questions. Here are a few that I think will be of interest to others:

Q. Can you assign a view template to the duplicated views when you create them, or do you have to assign them manually after they are created?
A. You can “apply” up to three view templates and finally “assign” one to be permanent.  

Q. Are ViewCreator rules by project, or are they loaded from that central file? Will they overwrite each other if reloaded?
A. By default, when ViewCreator runs the first time in a project, it will load the rules from the default location. If you centralize rules you have customized, you can repath rules to your server. If you load rules with the same name, they will overwrite the original rules. When you load rules, they are on a per-project basis.

Q. Where can I get more information on the BIM Link Placeholder Sheet function?
A. Visit “Create New Placeholder Sheets in Revit with BIMLink” on our website.  

Q. Can you modify title block parameters within the rules?
A. Not with the rules, but Ideate BIMLink is great for modifying more properties, and Ideate Clone allows you to do sheet names and numbers when creating sheets.

Q. Do all the views have to be the same scale to align the views?
A. The view scales do not have to be the same, but they will be in the same location with that scale. We give people flexibility because by default, we look at views that have the same scale and same type, so if the scale or type are different, we give you options for a swap out.

Want to learn more about IdeateApps? Check out the short how-to videos on our website. Give it a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today. 

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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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Believe it or not, the first release of Ideate Explorer was over 10 years ago at Autodesk University 2008. 

In 2006, Ideate Software’s president Bob Palioca challenged me to “do something interesting” using the still-new Revit API development platform. Thanks to Bob’s vision and support, that “do something interesting” has grown into Ideate Software’s current offering of a dozen (and growing) Revit tools.

Then…   Ideate Explorer 2009

 …and now! Ideate Explorer 2019

Ideate Explorer was born around 2007 in brainstorms between some of our early partners (with a special shout out to our friend Mario Guttman, then at HOK) and me. The germ of the originating idea was an “iTunes-like” explorer for the Revit building information model.

Now over 25 releases later, Ideate Explorer is in the capable hands of our Director of Software Development, Glynnis Patterson, who seeks out the BIM needs of our clients, and the wizardry our Senior Software Developer, Hank DiVincenzo,who  plumbs the depths of the Revit building model; Ideate Explorer has +17,000 lines of code and an impressive list of features, including:

  1. Warning Manager - Review and manage Revit warnings
  2. Navigate - Navigate through view-based elements: legends, schedules, sheets, and views
  3. Query - Search for model element on parameters, such as elements assigned a certain size
  4. Modeless dialog – Click back and forth between Revit, Explorer updates live as project changes 

Ideate Explorer is considered by many firms worldwide the indispensable tool to investigate, clean-up, and manage the Revit building model. Its features allow you to easily search for, filter, quantify, index, and select all Revit model elements, even ‘missing’ and hard-to-find ones, and make selections based on filters or data sets.

For more information on how to use Ideate Explorer to manage your Revit building information model, visit our comprehensive help files or our informative how-to videos.

Give Ideate Explorer a try with a free trial version or subscribe today.

About the Author

Ben Bishoff, Senior Software Developer
Ben has been a software engineer for over 25 years. With a bachelor’s degree in physics, he has worked at several software companies developing applications for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries, including Sage Timberline (construction accounting and estimating) and ArchT (architectural drafting for AutoCAD). He also worked at Microsoft creating AEC and other diagramming solutions for Office Visio. Ben has been with Ideate Software for 10 years developing add-ins for Revit, including Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps.

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BIMThoughts is a podcast about BIM technologies and techniques. In a recent episode, hosts Bill Debevc, Autodesk software expert, and Carla Edwards, BIM implementation specialist, discussed the latest improvements to Ideate Explorer. In addition, they gave a quick review and summary of other Ideate Software solutions they use on a daily basis.


Regular users of Ideate Software Revit applications, Bill and Carla provided overviews of each tool, discussed their favorite features, gave real-world examples of how they use the tools, and brainstormed about innovative ways to use the tools to streamline workflows, enhance model accuracy, and empower users. They specifically delved into two newer features included with Ideate Explorer:

  • Ideate Warnings Manager - Ranks Revit Warnings based on importance, notifies users when a “High” ranked warning appears in the model, and enables users to easily fix problems using tools in Revit while the Warnings Manager dialog box is open
  • Ideate Query - Enables users to search on any parameter value and quickly find and filter elements

Here are some quotes from the podcast:

  • “We really do love their software and we know you will too.”
  • “[Ideate Explorer] is great way to get some insight into what’s going on in a Revit file.”
  • “Ideate has some great tutorials and demonstrations on workflows.” 

Here’s a link to the recorded podcast

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The Ideate Software team packed a lot of activities into a short amount of time at Autodesk University 2018. Joining me were Craig H. Dodge, Director of Sales; Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist; Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manager; and Rahul Verma, Business Development. We attended learning sessions to stay up-to-date on Autodesk Revit software, hosted a customer appreciation event, and discussed Revit workflow challenges and Ideate Software solutions with customers and prospective customers at our booth. 

While we discussed the time-saving and quality-enhancing benefits of all our software tools, these three attracted the most attention:

  1. Ideate ReNumber – Easily renumber and rename Revit elements
  2. Ideate XRay – Quickly search through 50+ reasons elements may be invisible, identify the reasons, and fix the problems.
  3. Ideate ViewCreator – Batch-create multiple Revit views while complying with company-established BIM standards

So many Revit users commented on how they would have more time and fewer headaches if they had these tools. Fortunately for those people, these three tools are part of our IdeateApps collection, and Autodesk University attendees got a free, one-year, single-user subscription to IdeateApps.

For a demonstration of these or any of our other tools, please contact

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 Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.


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Ideate Software was pleased to once again accept an invitation to speak at the Mead & Hunt Tech Expo. This year, I shared information on IdeateApps, our collection of targeted workflow applications that help Revit users complete common tasks, decrease the time spent on those tasks, and increase the accuracy of the BIM data in their Revit models. My presentation covered:

  1. Tips on how to easily rename and renumber Revit elements, including creating custom rules for Ideate ReNumber
  2. Worst-case scenarios of hidden Revit elements, and how to use Ideate XRay to search through 50+ reasons elements may be invisible, identify the causes, and fix the issues
  3. Problems that can occur when elements are deleted, and how to use Ideate SmartDelete to identify dependent elements that will be deleted with a selection
  4. How to create many views with the same properties and visuals in a short amount of time using Ideate ViewCreator
  5. How to place multiple views at once on many sheets and align the views in the same place on multiple sheets using Ideate SheetManager

Connecting with users is one of the best parts of my job. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting with the Mead & Hunt employees once again at our booth and during the presentation, discussing their experiences with Revit software, and sharing how Ideate Software tools will streamline their Revit workflows. 

Mead & Hunt provides expert planning, design, and engineering services across a wide variety of sectors, including architecture, dams and hydropower, food processing, military, municipal infrastructure, transportation, and water-wastewater. The firm offers its employees numerous professional development opportunities, including Tech Expos, managed through MHU (Mead & Hunt University).

To discuss having Ideate Software present at your event, contact us at

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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