February

29

2024

With a history of developing Revit addins that goes back to 2009, Ideate Software has a proven record of addressing real issues experienced by real Revit users. In addition to working tirelessly to ensure our products work as promised, we work hard to ensure they are easy to access, install, learn, and use. One way we do help interested parties find and try them is by making them all available at the Autodesk App Store.  

Ideate Software on the Autodesk App Store

Ideate Software on the Autodesk App StoreAutodesk App Store is an online marketplace provided by Autodesk where users of its products can, among other things, find and download third-party addins. As an Autodesk Authorized Developer, we make all our products available on the site, including our five Autodesk Revit addins, presented as a trial bundle. We also make available our desktop solution for automating Revit tasks, Ideate Automation, as well as our Cloud Connector to the Autodesk BIM360/ACC environment. You can access the Ideate Automation trial on the Autodesk App store page.

Keeping with our promise to make it easy for people to use our products, as we have expanded our presence around the world, we have also increased the number of languages in which we deliver our information. That includes the way in which we present our information on the Autodesk App Store. As of today, on the App Store, you can find information about Ideate Software products in English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese (simplified), Japanese, and Korean

To check out our products on the App store, we recommend that you go to the Ideate Software Bundle – Trial page. From there, you will get:

  1. Brief descriptions of all our Autodesk Revit addins. (Note: This page does not include information about Ideate Automation, which is our scripting solutions that runs time-consuming Revit tasks in the background. Find information on Ideate Automation):
     
    • Ideate BIMLink – Use it to push volumes of information from a Revit file into Microsoft Excel for easy editing, and then pull the updated information back into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy.
    • Ideate Explorer – Get lightning-fast data discovery and manipulation features through its easy and intuitive way to search, filter, quantify and select elements in a Revit model. 
    • Ideate Sticky – Elegantly link and easily update non-BIM data into a Revit project from Excel to Revit, Word to Revit, or PDF to Revit. 
    • Ideate StyleManager –Addresses the challenges of unorganized and duplicate Revit styles that can cause publishing errors, end-user confusion, and even performance issues.  
    • IdeateApps – Streamlines common Revit tasks through set of applications that increase the productivity and efficiency of the entire project team. The IdeateApps collection includes Ideate Renumber, Ideate QuickSelect, Ideate SmartDelete, Ideate XRay, Ideate SpellCheck, Ideate Annotate, Ideate SheetManager, Ideate Clone, Ideate Align, and Ideate ViewCreator.
       
  2. A Description of the Trials
    • No cost
    • 30 days 
    • Includes access to each of the five products. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, IdeateApps, Ideate StyleManager, and Ideate Sticky 
    • All are full functioning, except:
      • Ideate BIMLink has a 25-row limit to the data export
      • Ideate StyleManager is limited to testing these three styles: Line Patterns, Materials, and Material Appearance Asset styles
         
  3. Access to the Getting Started Guides for each of the five products included in the bundle. Click the link to “Read Help Document” to get to these guides.
     
  4. Links to Videos

    As of the date of the publishing of this document, we had links to these videos on the site:
     
  5. Customer 5-Star Reviews

    Ideate Software Five Star Reviews on Autodesk App StoreTitles include:
     
    • “Autodesk, Take Note”
    • “Can’t Revit Without It”
    • “Productivity Tools that Deliver on the Promise”
    • “Essential for Every Revit User”

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Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software tools help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables, and elevate design. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to our addins for Revit, which includes Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months. You can also get a free trial of Ideate Automation to experience how it can help you automate BIM tasks. 

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February

22

2024

People who spend a lot of time waiting for Revit to export data into IFC files, will want to watch the recording of this webinar on Ideate Automation, our scripting solution that allows you to schedule and run time-consuming, repetitive BIM tasks in the background at convenient times, including overnight.

In just 30 minutes, you’ll learn how Ideate Automation addresses the problem caused by file exporting processes that consume computer resources and can negatively impact end-user productivity when performed during working hours. In the webinar, we demonstrate how to:

  • Automate IFC exports from Revit using Ideate Automation
  • Control the export setup options in Revit and Ideate Automation
  • Schedule batch-exports of IFC files using Ideate Automation

Exporting to IFCs is just one of the many capabilities of Ideate Automation. Tasks include:

  • Opening large Revit files
  • Exporting data for COBie, QTO, or health check metrics
  • Exporting document deliverables in PDF, NWC, IFC, or DWG formats

It can also be used to automate time-consuming tasks within Ideate Software addins for Revit, including Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps

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February

19

2024

As a Gold Sponsor of the 2024 AIASF Design Technology Symposium, Ideate Software enjoyed a terrific opportunity to talk with Bay Area professionals in the AEC industries, discuss and demonstrate our products, and learn about the future landscape of design and construction.

Ideate Software at AIASF ConferenceWhile at our booth, Rahul Verma and Moe Kress, both Ideate Software business development managers, answered questions, distributed brochures, handed out the ever popular Ideate Software socks, and led the giveaway of an Autodesk backpack and a box of chocolates from La Meson du Chocolate. They were also pleased to see a former colleague, Vince Dattoli, who worked for Ideate for 12 years before retiring. 

Rahul and Moe also walked the conference room floor, sparking conversations with current as well as prospective customers about projects, technologies used, and how Ideate Software products help similar companies streamline workflows, increase the accuracy of their BIM data, and improve the productivity of their teams.  

Our team is now following up with the many contacts made on topics such as on-site or virtual presentations to overview our products, staff training on specific products and workflows, information on Ideate Automation, and more.

Visit our Events page for more opportunities to meet with our team in person and virtually.
 

 

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February

15

2024

Recently a customer asked if we provide a tool that can report on whether schedules and legends are placed/not placed on sheets. In case you’ve wondered that too, here’s our response: 

Yes! 

It can easily be done with one of the built in Ideate Explorer filters.  

Finding Unused Schedules and Legends with Ideate ExplorerInstructions

Simply go to the Filter menu and choose “Views Unused,” which uses a property we created called Sheet Count that applies to schedules, legends, and any other unused views. We excluded dependent views because those that are unused may still be important. 

With that one click, you will have the information you need. 

Read the Help file for more information.

We made this process extremely easy in the latest release of Ideate Explorer with Ideate Filters.

However, we’ve had this functionality for quite some time with Ideate Query, which is part of Ideate Explorer.

Want to know if you can perform a specific function with Ideate Software tools? Contact our Support team. We are here to help. 

 

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February

13

2024

We are pleased to share this article written by our Australian consultant partner Modmation on how they benefit from using Ideate Automation, our scripting solution that runs time-consuming BIM tasks in the background. 
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In the dynamic field of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC), maintaining the health of building information models is paramount. At Modmation, we leverage automated workflows and tools like Ideate Automation to enhance model maintenance, ensuring projects run smoothly and adhere to industry standards.

Modmation, an independent BIM and Digital Engineering consultancy based in Australia, stands at the forefront of BIM innovation. With more than 30 years of combined experience in digital project delivery worldwide, our team provides consulting services on BIM and Digital Engineering.

Model maintenance ensures that projects remain on track, fostering collaboration and aligning with industry standards and principles. At Modmation, we recognise the pivotal role of model health in the success of any project. Our vision is to develop innovative strategies and solutions, and implementing tools like Ideate Automation is part of our mission to increase the efficiency and productivity of our clients and their project teams.

Modmation and Ideate SoftwareIn leveraging Ideate Automation, Modmation has taken proactive steps to enhance model maintenance, addressing the critical issue of neglecting Revit model health, which can lead to productivity loss for the entire project team. Ideate Automation seamlessly integrates with Ideate Software's suite, including Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager.
 
Whether it is automating data extraction with Ideate BIMLink or auditing with Ideate Explorer, our team utilises Ideate Automation in combination with our internal workflows to run Revit silently in the background, auditing, and compacting Revit files to ensure that they remain optimised and efficient.

In addition, project teams have access to the Ideate Automation Power BI dashboard. This dashboard offers valuable insights into their model health, making it easier for the teams to understand what needs to be reviewed and fixed.

Ideate Software and Modmation

These proactive measures contribute to the overall health of our clients' models, empowering project teams to make informed decisions for enhanced productivity. Ideate Automation not only helps our clients save time but also improves accuracy in data extraction and enhances their model quality, resulting in increased efficiency and productivity for their project teams.

In conclusion, Modmation's strategic use of Ideate Automation for model maintenance reflects our commitment to delivering high-quality BIM practices. By addressing the critical issue of neglecting Revit model health, we do not only help our clients to optimise their models but also empower project teams with valuable insights and tools for enhanced productivity.

Therefore, Ideate Software's suite has become an integral component of our workflows, contributing to the overall efficiency and success of our projects. As the AEC industry continues to evolve, Modmation remains dedicated to developing innovative strategies and implementing software solutions such as Ideate Automation that modernize how projects are designed, developed, delivered, operated, and sustained.

Are you ready to elevate your BIM practices and enhance your project efficiency? Modmation is here to help. Let us unlock the full potential of your models and drive success in your digital project delivery journey. Reach out to our team to discuss your specific needs and take the next step toward optimised BIM practices.

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Thank you, Modmation!

Ideate Automation is available for purchase as a stand-alone product or with the Ideate Software bundle, and it is included in the cost of an Enterprise subscription. Visit our website for more information.

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