November

12

2019

San Francisco, CA, November 12, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to Ideate BIMLink, its Revit productivity application that simplifies model management by facilitating the movement of data from Autodesk® Revit® software to Microsoft Excel for editing, and then back into Revit with speed, ease and accuracy.

“As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Ideate BIMLink, we enjoy looking back at the meaningful enhancements added with every release,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “This fall, the big change is that we’ve simplified access to the hundreds of link definitions requested by customers. These link definitions contain all the properties needed to complete specific BIM workflow challenges.”

Here are highlights of the Ideate BIMLink updates that will make it easier for new and existing users to discover the hundreds of ways in which BIM data can be leveraged for productivity and quality control within the Revit project, template and family files:

  • New “Beyond Schedules” folder to access non-schedule data such as text, dimensions, revision clouds and view templates
  • A new customizable Home page with links to information to help users get up and running quickly
  • The ability to create more elements from Excel via Ideate BIMLink, including sheets, model elements, views, viewports, levels and types
  • New methods available for easy-to-deploy standardized network-hosted Ideate BIMLink content

All these enhancements have been added to Ideate BIMLink 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Watch this video to learn more.

Ideate Software is always looking for ways to enhance the Revit users’ experience and encourages Revit users to contact them with ideas. Visit them at Autodesk University 2019 booth AE490 to submit your best ideas and participate in prize draws and special promotions.
 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager 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.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark 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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November

11

2019

When a Revit building information model is so big that it needs to be split into ‘sectors’ just to fit onto a sheet, most BIM managers turn to Revit scope boxes and dependent views to keep the project well-organized. The IdeateApps collection of nine productivity tools includes several tools that can be applied to this large building project challenge:

Watch this video to see exactly how this can be done, saving you hours of time while ensuring the highest level of consistency for view and sheet naming conventions.

 
Try it out by downloading a trial of IdeateApps.

 


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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November

5

2019

San Francisco, CA, 11/05/2019 – Established in 1967 in Boston, MA, CBT Architects is a leading design firm. Its 230 professionals play an important role in a broad range of local, national and international projects in architecture, interior design and urban design. They use Ideate Explorer to keep their Revit models clean and accurate by finding, editing and deleting elements; viewing all elements in a Revit model; and auditing Revit warnings. 

“Ideate Explorer give us deeper insight into Revit model elements and allows for enhanced selection options,” said William Paquette, CBT Design Technology Team. “This significantly aids in model management, allowing us to quickly identify where issues may be and areas that can be cleaned up.” 

CBT uses Ideate Explorer to find and fix problems that could impact model size, sync time and performance in several ways, including to:

  • Identify and delete views that aren’t on sheets
  • Find and remove CAD files inadvertently imported into Revit
  • Sort by workset, note elements in the wrong place and move them
  • Update outdated standards on older models
  • Verify that users adhere to standards
  • Clean up Revit warnings
  • Align worksets after binding a model

William provided a few detailed examples:

  • “We reused a model with thousands of instances of a non-standard pen. With Ideate Explorer, we updated them all at the same time. It would have taken a long time to update them one by one.”
  • “When cleaning up some design options that purged into a model, we found some overlapping mullions. Coupled with some Revit features, we used Ideate Explorer to create a section view, narrow it down, and easily determine which mullions needed to be deleted.”
  • “We binded some information into a model, which means we lost the phasing and workset information. Working with a script we made to assign the phase created or demolished and the worksets the original element lived on, we aligned those things in the model after the fact by selecting that set and changing that property. In one instance, Ideate Explorer told me that I selected 600 elements that were original conditions, but by narrowing the search with Ideate Query, we could see that 173 were actually new construction. We easily fixed it.” 

“We are proud to be associated with CBT, an award-winning company that places a high value on creativity, collegiality and social responsiveness,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “It’s rewarding to know that the products we develop help CBT move past persistent Revit challenges to focus on designs that elevate each client’s image and brand.” 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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, 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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November

4

2019

Did you miss the webinar where I reviewed worksets for all disciplines and demonstrated how to move elements to the correct worksets using Ideate Explorer? Here’s a link to the recording.

Watch the recording to also learn about the power of two key components of Ideate Explorer:

  1. Get more information about selected elements with Ideate Query. You can try to schedule some information in a Revit schedule, but that is limited in the amount and type of data shown. With Ideate Query, you can easily get more information on a selection of elements, for example, their in-place usage, if they are pinned or which levels they are on.
     
  2. Eliminate potential performance issues caused by warnings with Ideate Warnings Manager. In Revit, you can see warnings at a simple level. With Ideate Warnings Manager, you can  categorize your warnings, easily select them, get information about who created/updated them and more, so you can make informed decisions about what you want to do with them. 
 

About Ideate Explorer

Ideate Explorer allows you to audit your BIM models with certainty; it provides lightning-fast Revit data discovery and manipulation. It is a true model browser that shows content in your Revit model, not only the items that are currently in your project.

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

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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November

1

2019

It’s been almost 10 years since we began our Ideate BIMLink development journey. Following on the successful release of Ideate Explorer for Revit 2009, our fearless developer Ben Bishoff waded deeper into the Revit API along with Director David Haynes to develop a new product creatively named “Excel Link Data” in December 2009. 

Look how we’ve grown over the past 10 years.

Version 2011 – Theme: Getting It Out the Door
After almost 6 months of beta testing, we first launched #Ideate BIMLink @AutodeskU. We were asked by Autodesk to integrate the tool into the Extensions Manager on the Add-Ins toolbar, so we complied. Does anyone out there remember the Extensions Manager??

BIMLink Birthday

The main dialog shows our links on the left and the preview on the right. 

Version 2013 – Theme: Play Nice
The Autodesk App Store is up and running. We’ve been asked to re-structure our installation code to comply with their requirements. Our install now looks so beautiful 

BIMLink Birthday - Install Now
 

Version 2014 – Theme: Performance Matters
We simplified our interface to improve the performance by removing the data preview from the main page. Many customers rejoice.

Before:

BIMLink Birthday - Before
 
After:

BIMLink-after

Version 2015 – Theme: Share Ideas Part I
Customers are asking for our help in leveraging their BIM data for increasingly sophisticated tasks. We oblige by adding the Load Sample button on the main page, giving easy access to over 200 data workflows. 

BIMLink - Share


Jesika DiGregorio joins the Ideate Software team and helps us take Ideate BIMLink to another level.

November 2019 – Theme: Share Ideas Part II 
More than just a face lift, the new version of Ideate BIMLink released in November of 2019 provides customizable instructions on the home page to help customers make the most out of this powerful Revit data management tool.

 BIMLink - Learn more

We also re-structured all the great customer ideas into our “Browse” Library to make it easy to discover all the great data workflow suggestions.

BIMLink Browse
 

What will you do with Ideate BIMLink’s power? Test drive it today.

 


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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