April

7

2020

Did you missed this webinar? If so, I recommend you take just 30 minutes and watch the recording. You’ll hear three people from the ZGF Architects Design Technology Team talk about the following topics:

  1. How they approach absolutely huge projects (......millions of square feet) like Google, Expedia and Expensify
  2. How planning over the past several years helped them successfully transition their people from the office to remote home-working to comply with the Covid 19 shelter-in-place orders
  3. How they supplement Autodesk Revit software with tools, including those from Ideate Software, to build the complex geometries needed for their ambitious designs

 ZGF
ZGF project for Google - Interior remodel of the hangar where Howard Hughes stored the Spruce Goose

I was pleased to welcome the following people from ZGF:

•    Andrew Cocke, Design Technology Manager
•    Dane Stokes, Design Technology Specialist
•    Trevor Taylor, Associate Principal

Trevor said, “Ideate Software products are central to our toolkit. We particularly use Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer. They're the MRI and CT scanners of our toolkit; they help to get inside the Revit model.”

Providing an example, they talked about a project with 1,500 parking spaces that needed to be sequentially numbered and labeled. The team used Ideate BIMLink to export the data to Microsoft Excel, where they easily sorted, numbered and labeled the spots. The project, which had been budgeted for three days, took less than 30 minutes.

“Focus on using the right tools,” said Trever. “If you only have a sledgehammer, all your projects will end up looking like rocks.”

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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 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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April

1

2020

Over the past few days, a new challenge has surfaced in our support system as an unexpected result of working from home with Ideate Sticky while also using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop.

Problem: Ideate Stickies are displaying at a different size, now that you are working remotely (thanks #covid19).

(Click on image to enlarge)

 
Culprit: Using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop can cause a unique condition where the font scaling of the primary computer is different from the font scaling of the computer to which you are remoting into. This condition cannot be detected by Revit or Ideate Sticky. This problem becomes obvious when the Stickies are being auto-updated while this condition is true. If this Remote Desktop condition exists, the problem will surface whenever:

  • A new Sticky is created
  • Existing Stickies are updated 
  • Existing Stickies are auto-updated (i.e. the referenced Excel files are modified by you or someone else and the auto-update feature is in use)

Workarounds:

  • If you are using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop, ensure your home computer font scaling matches your work computer. See image for method (click on image to enlarge).
  • Use Chrome’s Remote Desktop or another solution like Team Viewer

    Ideate Sticky - Remote Desktops

     

Fixing Modified Stickies
If your project contains Stickies that have already been altered because of this condition, use one of these methods to fix the problem:

  • If possible, close the model without saving, then close Revit and use one of the workarounds to update your Stickies or when creating new Stickies.
  • If the modified Stickies have already been saved, close Revit and then use one of the workarounds methods to open the file, then update all Stickies.

Stay safe out there, and let our support team know if you have any questions.

 


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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March

31

2020

We are pleased to share how Lemay, an award-winning architectural firm, uses Ideate Software tools.

Jean-Marc Demeo, Gestionnaire BIM Principal at Lemay said, “Our teams are motivated by design challenges. You can see, hear and feel the energy as they work together to explore options and create solutions.”


Lemay project: Bellechasse Transport Center

To help them stay focused on creative thinking, Lemay provides the best technology, including Autodesk Revit software and Ideate Software applications. 

“The Ideate Software portfolio is awesome. Our teams are really happy with the tools,” said Jean-Marc. “Ideate Explorer is a strong and stable tool we use every day and Ideate StyleManager has been a huge game changer for many people in our company.”

Here are some ways in which Lemay uses Ideate Software tools:

Ideate Explorer

  • BIM Coordinators in charge of quality control use Ideate Explorer to get a quick view of a model and its current state
  • Staff saves time by using Ideate Explorer to easily find specific items / families that they know are in a project 
  • Everyday Revit users address model warnings fast and efficiently by using the Warnings Manager component of Ideate Explorer 

Ideate StyleManager

  • BIM Coordinators love using Ideate StyleManager to understand the use of filters and to wipe unused ones
  • Staff uses Ideate StyleManager to find duplicate linestyles, fill patterns and other styles, and to merge them

“Our goal is to develop software that solves persistent challenges with Revit software,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “We’re always happy to hear from well-known and well-respected companies like Lemay who trust our products to help them achieve their goals.”

Read more about Ideate Software and Lemay. 

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March

27

2020

Why would you want to use Ideate SpellCheck instead of the default spell check in Revit? Because Ideate SpellCheck offers so much more to ensure comprehensive quality control of your Revit projects. In Revit, you can check one View or Sheet at a time, and it is limited in the amount of text it checks. With Ideate SpellCheck, you can:

  • Check all Sheets at once 
  • Check Schedule data and Keynote Legends
  • Zoom to review Sheet-based errors
  • Check spelling in more languages than available in Revit
  • Flag spelling errors in groups, nested families, keynotes, etc. that need to be fixed later

I recently highlighted all the features of Ideate SpellCheck in a 30-minute webinar. Here’s a link to the recording. In it, I covered:

  • An overview of Ideate SpellCheck
  • How to set up the dictionaries
  • The three selection methods for checking text
  • Demonstrations of each method
  • Tips and tricks

During the webinar, I mentioned a related blog post, Multi-Language Support with SpellCheck, that I think you will also find highly informative.  

In addition to the excellent blog post, please review our comprehensive online Help for everything you need to know about this application within the IdeateApps suite of productivity and efficiency tools for all Revit users.
 

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

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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March

26

2020

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields questions from the architecture, engineering, construction and building owner (AECO) community from around the world. One of our top support requests is about the management of network licenses.

Ideate Software uses the same network license technology used by Autodesk applications for network licenses. The FlexLM software is provided as part of Autodesk Revit software, and it allows network licensing of Ideate Software applications as well.

We quickly field many questions around setting up the server and client computers. However, one little tidbit of information wasn’t so obvious. It came up recently with a question from a large AECO firm whose London office was able to ping the server in Oakland, California just fine; but the Ideate Software network license didn’t seem to be able to contact the server in Oakland from the London location. The answer was to set the FLEXLM_TIMEOUT environment variable to a higher number, giving the client’s PC more time to talk to the server that holds the licenses. This was needed because there is a large distance and network latency between computers. Sometimes, even the internet needs a wee bit more time to provide answers over long distances.

Network Licensing
This image is directly from our online help concerning Network Troubleshooting referenced above.

You can find more information on setting the environment variable in our online HELP file for Ideate Software network licensing. It’s also a GREAT place to look for answers to any question on network licensing.

Network licensing is an amazingly convenient and powerful way to share licenses across your network anywhere in the world. We are always here to help if you have questions. 

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

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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