March

3

2021

Pinnacle Series Eagle PointIn 2019, Ideate Software made a selection of our training materials available through Pinnacle Series.

Pinnacle Series is an e-learning platform designed to help maximize the productivity and performance of architects, engineers and construction (AEC) professionals around the globe through a comprehensive library of videos, workflows, documents, cheat sheets and more. It allows users to take full advantage of technology solutions by enhancing continuous learning, knowledge capture and knowledge sharing.

Thanks to the success of our initial collaboration with Pinnacle Series, we recently added a significant collection of additional content to ensure Pinnacle users had the latest and most comprehensive videos from Ideate Software.

Here is a sampling of the videos available on the Pinnacle Series platform:

By offering our e-learning assets through Pinnacle Series, we further support our customers in their learning process and help them save time, enhance quality control, and increase collaboration with their teams.

Steve Biver, COO/Director of Solution Development at Eagle Point Software, creator of Pinnacle Series, explains that “Ideate Software’s commitment to creating e-learning content that helps AEC companies get a strong return on their software investment makes them an ideal partner for Pinnacle Series.”

In addition to viewing our how-to videos, you can get details about our products and services from our blog posts and recorded webinars. 

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February

25

2021

We continuously monitor Autodesk Forums, Revit user groups, industry blogs, newsletters, and other events to keep our pulse on AECO trends and discussions. Much of our team also subscribes to local business, real estate, construction and AEC design news from different regions around the world. So, it’s very easy for us to express that we feel very connected to the AECO community!

We would like our customers to know that we frequently monitor the Revit Public Roadmap plus the Revit Ideas Forums. We want to ensure our tools help fill some of the workflow gaps that may exist within the current Revit building information modeling ecosystem.

“We take great pride in developing tools that address persistent challenges faced by Revit users,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Ideate Software Development.

We are continuing our Ideate Software blog series entitled Wishlist Granted. Each blog article features real user requests and our responses to those requests. Last month we featured duplicating sheets. Now, let’s take a spin on another top Revit request!

If you search the Autodesk Revit Ideas Forum and general Revit Forums, you will find many questions and requests concerning Revit element visibility.

Revit has a Reveal Hidden Elements visualization mode. However, this mode is very limited. It ONLY shows Revit elements, as well as their dependent tags or dimensions, that have been hidden by category or by element override in the view. Every Revit element has a category, phase, discipline or workset that could impact whether that element displays within a selected view. In addition, there are scope boxes, crop regions, view filters, design options, level and grid extents and view ranges that impact visibility! These are all difficult to diagnose. In fact, there are at least 50 different ways to hide an element in Revit!

Here are a few Revit visibility problems:

Wishlist Granted - Hidden Elements
 
Have you ever encountered this Revit Warning?

Wishlist Granted - Hidden Elementa

It’s no wonder there are MANY requests on the Autodesk Revit forums to address this confusion. Here are just a few:

Ideate XRay to the Rescue!

Ideate Software introduced Ideate XRay as part of IdeateApps in 2016, and we have continually made improvements to the feature over the years! Ideate XRay allows you to use a powerful selection wizard to easily find the Revit element within the view. Because, if the element is hidden, how do you select the element in order to find why it’s not visible?  

Ideate XRay gives you several options to easily find elements:

Wishlist Granted - Hidden Elements

The BEST way to see the selection wizard in action is to review this short video on Ideate XRay and the Ideate XRay Selection Wizard.

It’s always a good idea to review the Help topic on Ideate XRay and be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.

You can also watch a recording of a 30-minute webinar that covers many examples of using Ideate XRay when Revit elements go missing. It’s certainly a game of Hide and Seek! Ideate XRay gives you the winning advantage.

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!

View all our Wishlist Granted posts:

  1. How to Duplicate a Revit Sheet with Ideate Clone
  2. Why is a Revit Element Hidden in a View?

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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February

18

2021

For those of you who have had experience with revisions in Revit, you probably know there are a lot of benefits and limitations to the revision tools. For example, we can customize the numbering schemes to match our office standards or client requirements. Clouding and tagging views and sheets are generally easy, though there are some known limitations to this process.

One of the biggest limitations to revision management in Revit is how we schedule them. To this day, Revit can only schedule revisions based on Current Revision information, such as Current Revision, Current Revision Date and so forth. While this information may be acceptable to some folks, many owners and contractors require a schedule listing all sheets and each of the revisions on each sheet. Unfortunately, this scheduling method is not native to Revit. 

Existing Ideate BIMLink customers who have been using our Document Issue Records (DIR) Excel template to generate a sheet list that lists all sheets and the revisions associated with those sheets are quite familiar with the two-step process: Export both the Revision Sequence and Sheet Revision data to the DIR Excel template, where it is restructured into a Document Issue Record. For customers that subscribe to Ideate Sticky as well, there is the added benefit of live-linking the DIR Excel file into their Revit models for a true round-trip process.

For those looking to automate the DIR process, either for a single Revit file or multiple Revit files, we have a simple solution that can automate the exportation of both the Revision Sequence and Sheet Revision data to the macro-enabled DIR file. The data is then updated to reflect the latest revision information for your projects. You can accomplish this task by using Ideate Automation for Ideate BIMLink.

Ideate Automation for Ideate BIMLink allows users to extract revision information from multiple models with the push of a button or through a scheduled task, allowing the project team to easily compile and update Document Issue Records demanded by many owners and jurisdictions. To assist with this process, Ideate Automation for Ideate BIMLink is pre-configured with two script files related to the DIR process, while Ideate BIMLink is delivered with five pre-defined link definitions that are configured to work with Revit Revisions and Ideate Automation.

Ideate Automation - DIR

 

Watch this short video to review the process of automating Document Issue Record exports for multiple stages of your project. In addition, please review this Help topic, Getting Started with Ideate Automation.

Existing Ideate BIMLink customers can request the Excel custom template for Document Issuance Records via [email protected].

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

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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February

16

2021

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

Ideate Explorer has been a Revit user’s best friend for over 10 years! Since the first release of Ideate Explorer, Revit users have been using the application to show model elements that the default Revit Project Browser just does not show. Ideate Explorer is the model browser for almost every element within your Revit model.

One of the most loved features of Ideate Explorer is the ability to show both CAD links and CAD imports within the Ideate Explorer results tree. This feature gives the Revit user instant access to the location of CAD elements, even if they might be hidden within a view. Our built-in <Ideate Audit> filter allows quick access to these elements.

Where is my CAD file
 
Well, you can imagine my surprise when we received a support case that Ideate Explorer was no longer displaying the CAD Links! I had to really think about this one.

CAD files such as MicroStation or AutoCAD can be either linked into Revit or imported. If you import the CAD file, it is the same as copying the file into your project. It becomes an element just like any other element you might place within Revit. Many firms have STRONG policies against importing CAD data because not only does it copy the geometry into your Revit file, it also copies linestyles, text and many other styles you may not want.

Our Ideate StyleManager is the perfect tool to help consolidate or eliminate those unwanted styles that may have come into your Revit project with a CAD import. However, that wasn’t the issue in this specific customer case!

The first thing we had to determine was if this was a CAD Link or CAD Import that was not displaying within Ideate Explorer. Even if the CAD import had been hidden, it would display within Ideate Explorer. If the CAD Import had been partially exploded, it would still show the non-exploded blocks such as this example with the Green Drain: 

where is my cad file

If the CAD file had been selected as a full explode, the lines, arcs, and circles would have become Revit elements. Then, the CAD file would no longer be listed in the Ideate Explorer results tree, because it had basically been disassembled into component parts. So, I thought that might be the issue. The customer said there had been no modifications to the CAD file and it was linked into Revit rather than imported.

That only leaves one other solution.   

As I mentioned earlier, when the CAD file is imported into Revit, it is a copy that exists within the Revit model. When a CAD file is linked into Revit, there is no copy. It only exists as a reference, and it only exists when it is loaded. CAD files can be temporary unloaded to save on display time. When a CAD file is unloaded, the reference to the CAD location is saved, but the actual geometry is NOT displayed or loaded into Revit.

Sure enough, that is what had happened for this specific customer. Ideate Explorer properly showed all the CAD links when the CAD links had been loaded. Another user working on the project had unloaded all the CAD links, and thus Ideate Explorer did NOT show them.

where is my cad file
 

Ideate Explorer is always showing the current elements of the Revit model. So unloaded CAD Links were not shown in the Ideate Explorer results tree. As soon as the CAD Links were loaded via the Manage Links dialog, they properly appeared within the Ideate Explorer results tree.

We have many Help topics related to CAD files. This topic is an excellent guide to removing hidden CAD files with Ideate Explorer. If you’ve already made the mistake of importing CAD files into your Revit project, this topic on Ideate StyleManager can make quick work of cleaning up your model or template.

So, never fear! Whether you link, import, or explode your CAD file, Ideate Software has the tools you need to quickly analyze and view the locations and then perform the cleanup if necessary. Please review this short video on Managing CAD Imports with Ideate Explorer and watch this 30-minute webinar presentation on using Ideate StyleManager to clean up your imported styles.

You never have to worry about your CAD data again!


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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February

11

2021

San Francisco, CA, February 11, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce the sixth anniversary of its fourth solution for Revit users, Ideate Sticky. Based on customer comments, Ideate Sticky was developed to allow users to create and format tabular text in an Excel spreadsheet and then “stick” that spreadsheet on a Revit sheet as a Revit schedule.

The original idea for Ideate Sticky came through David Conant, the first architect-employee at Revit (pre-Autodesk). It was David’s idea to investigate the use of Revit’s schedule headers as a way to efficiently and elegantly represent tabular data. The earliest version, created with David’s input, was called Ideate Table.

Ideate Table
 
“With the six-year anniversary upon us, we reminisced about the evolution of Ideate Sticky and enjoyed remembering feature requests, the software development process, beta testing and the launch of each new feature,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “Here is a quick trip down memory lane at some improvements made to Ideate Sticky over the years.” 

April 2015

This new tool received rave reviews from customers, many of whom saw more ways in which they could use it. Just a few months after the launch, when Ideate Software aligned the software with Revit 2016, it announced several new customer-requested Excel sample files, including:

  • Plumbing Fixture Counts
  • Hardware Schedules
  • General Notes and Bid Scopes
  • Special Characters 

2016 - 2019

As word of this powerful new tool spread throughout the AECO community, more and more people reached out with compliments and ideas for enhancements. During this time, Ideate Software:  

  • Improved visual fidelity
  • Added support for hidden rows and columns
  • Added the ability to use any named region to define a Sticky
  • Added the ability to include an image, such as a company logo, within the header
  • Improved the File Open process
  • Added a progress bar to File Open
  • Streamlined installation and activation; sped up opening and updating
  • Allowed access for files stored on Autodesk BIM 360 via the Desktop Connector

2020

This past year marked significant advancements in Ideate Sticky. Ideate Software added the ability to: 

  • Link PDF and Microsoft Word documents into Revit projects
  • Link multi-paged documents at once
  • Link Excel spreadsheets to Revit files as images
  • Mass edit Ideate Sticky properties
  • Have Stickies appear in black and white 

Here’s a look at Ideate Sticky, 6 years and 12 versions later…

 
“We extend a sincere thank you to our customers that helped us make Ideate Sticky into the must-have Revit solution it is today, and we look forward to continuing its evolution to meet their needs,” said Glynnis. 


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, Ideate StyleManager and Ideate Dashboard for Autodesk BIM 360 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.

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