April

23

2019

The Ideate Software team is pleased to announce the release of Ideate Sticky for Revit versions 2017-2020.

The biggest update to this release is a performance improvement we made for those who use named regions within their Excel files. We’ve modified how we read the print region data in such files for a significantly faster open and update process. The improvement can be up to 9x faster, so if you are using these kinds of Excel files, be sure to update to this release.

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ACTION ITEMS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS:

  1. Take three minutes to learn about improvements to both the May 2019 and November 2018 releases – What’s New in Ideate Sticky
  2. If you are using Revit 2016, make sure you have the latest version of Ideate Sticky for 2016 installed. We are no longer developing improvements for version 2016.
  3. Need access? DOWNLOAD 2017-2020
    • Standalone subscription customers – The 2020 version will just work. No action required.
    • Network subscription customers – If your network license file was issued after 14 Feb 2019, the 2020 licensing will just work. If not, you should contact support@ideatesoftware.com when you are ready to migrate to Revit 2020.

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April

12

2019

Ideate Software is pleased to be associated with Noll & Tam Architects, an interesting company with a mission to create “Uncommon Spaces for the Common Good.” It achieves this mission by having its atypical multidisciplinary group of architectural professionals leap into the unknown, take the known and make it strange again, work in unexpected ways, and stay devoted to sustainable design.

The architects at Noll & Tam use Autodesk Revit software to bring visions to life, and they use Ideate Software tools to streamline Revit processes. 

“Our team uses all four Ideate Software tools,” said Jason Barish, Senior AJason Parishssociate, Design Technology Director, Noll & Tam Architects.

“They are easy to learn and use, and they allow us to focus on creative designs instead of the technology that supports those designs.”

Here are some of the ways in which Noll & Tam Architects uses the Ideate Software tools:

  • Ideate Sticky – Used to place tabular data like LEED data, code information, and equipment schedules in the Revit file
  • Ideate BIMLink – Used to mass-edit room program data
  • Ideate Explorer – Used to troubleshoot problem items
  • IdeateApps:
    • Clone – Used to speed up the creation of sequences of drawings, especially detail sheets
    • ReNumber – Used to number doors and details

 

Photographs: 

  1. Jason Barish, Senior Associate, Design Technology Director, Noll and Tam Architects. Source:Anthony Lindsey Photography
  2. University of Stanford David Rumsey Map Center, where Jason Barish was the Project Manager. Source: David Wakely Photography

Interested in seeing how Ideate Software tools can help you achieve your goals? Visit our website for more information, explore the tools with a free trial version, or subscribe today.
 

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April

9

2019

San Francisco, CA, April 9, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is offering any Revit user that completes a short survey by 30 April, 2019 a no-cost subscription to IdeateApps expiring on 15 December, 2019. IdeateApps simplifies the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often.

IdeateApps Promo

“We take great pride in developing tools that address persistent challenges faced by Revit users,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development. “This survey is one of the ways we are gathering information to determine user needs and decide which new features to build into our solutions.”

Another way Ideate Software determines user needs is by reviewing the Autodesk Revit Ideas and AUGI Wishlist Forums. Here are links to some notable ideas on these Forums that are already integrated into IdeateApps:

Autodesk User Group International Wishlist

Autodesk Revit Ideas

“Revit users know what they need,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “We ask for their input, and then focus our attention on developing solutions that will make a big impact.”


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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April

4

2019

In our November 2018 Ideate Software application updates, we made improvements to all our Ideate Software add-ins for Revit. The latest version of Ideate ReNumber was modified to support multi-category rules, and now, instead of needing one rule for Lighting Fixtures and another for Lighting Devices, you can use the new "MC-All" rule. The benefit is that you can sequentially number elements that are similar while using the same rule.
 
Well, Samuel James of McBains in London contacted us about the new multi-category rule. “I am currently finding the renumber tool very useful,” he said. However, he had an additional request. He wanted a multi-category rule for JUST Windows and Doors, and he didn’t see a way to limit or choose the specific categories within the Ideate ReNumber rules interface.
 
This was a great request, and it was a feature we didn’t expose within the user interface. However, you can easily edit the delivered “MC-All” rule within a text editor to specify the exact categories as shown below:
 
    <nested_categories>
      <category_name>OST_Doors</category_name>
      <category_name>OST_Windows</category_name>
    </nested_categories>
 
The rules are located here by default for US English: C:\Program Files\Ideate\Ideate Software XXXX\IdeateApps\en-US\ReNumber\Basic Rules
 
We felt Samuel’s suggestion was so great that we are planning to include a new Doors and Windows rule along with a few other new multi-category rules in our next software release.
 
Keep those suggestions coming! Thanks again to Samuel James and McBains.

mutli-category rules saved in Revit project
Screen image of some of our planned Multi-Category Rules for our next release.
However, you can create your own today by editing the MC-All Rule.

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


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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March

20

2019

Are you thinking about adding a Revit add-in solution to your Revit workflow? How do you decide which is the best application for your specific workflow or team?

Last year, I wrote a short blog article about choosing the right tool for the right job; it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each software method. Once you decide to look into third-party application providers for your workflow, the choices can seem overwhelming.

What makes Ideate Software rise to the top in a sea of Revit add-in solution providers?
Ideate Software:
  • Provides the constant and detailed feedback you need to make informed decisions and ensure your Revit data is valid and correct.
  • Reviews each solution to ensure the user interface is elegant, simple, and highly intuitive.
    • We constantly ask ourselves if a simple solution or activity can complete many tasks instead of creating hundreds of icons or tools that can only do one limited feature.
  • Develops add-in applications that are easy to install and deploy for both stand-alone and network options.
  • Offers in-depth Help files covering frequently asked questions and detailed workflows in the product as well as on our extensive online Help files.
Five questions to ask when evaluating Revit third-party add-in applications
  1. If the software fails to execute the task, will I know exactly why?
    • What is your time worth when trying to troubleshoot errors or warnings with the software?
  2. Is the software robust enough to handle your largest projects?  
    • Always review within a Revit workshared project when evaluating new tools.
  3. Does the software delight your users?
    • Is it clear, concise, productive, and a joy to use to help solve your daily Revit workflow challenges?
  4. Does the software provide tools and support to help you train your team without much effort?
    • If there’s a problem, will you get help from the software developer?
  5. Does the software you are evaluating save you time and effort?
    • Does it improve the project deliverables?

Our customers are telling us they haven’t seen solutions in the current market that complete many of the workflow gaps in Revit plus also provide the important validation of the data that is so critical to ensure the Revit data is solid, robust, and absolutely correct. That’s the driving force behind the Ideate Software solutions.

Don’t take my word for it. Ask the above questions when you are evaluating software, and the results will be clear.

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


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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