May

15

2019

San Francisco, CA, May 15, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to its Revit software applications.

“Shortly after Autodesk released Revit version 2020 in April 2019, we launched updates to our applications that streamline Revit workflows,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development. “Those who subscribe to Ideate Software solutions have access to the current Revit-compatible version (2020) plus three earlier versions (2019-2017), as well as access to point release improvements we make during the subscription period.”

Revit users who design, build, operate, and maintain built environments can streamline workflows with Ideate Software applications. You can trust your building information model is accurate when using these products, now enhanced with new functionalities that will further improve your Revit data management.

The improvements apply to version 2020 as well as 2017-2019. Please see below the highlights of the updates and click on the links for more details: 

  • Ideate BIMLink 
    • Greater control and management of View Template information
    • Enhanced access to more Revit properties plus increased access to more MEP Fabrication properties and data
    • Greater flexibility for team members working in the same project


       
  • Ideate Explorer 
    • Ability to export all project warning details to Microsoft Excel
    • Ability to fix common warnings from the Ideate Explorer dialog
    • Keynotes now organized by Element, Material, or User
    • Added support for new Revit element types, like Path of Travel Lines
    • Access to more Revit information, including MEP fabrication parts  


       
  • Ideate Sticky  
    • Performance improvement impacts those who use print regions and multi-worksheet Excel files; the way the print region data in those files is read has been modified, leading to a significantly faster open and update process


       
  • IdeateApps  
    • Ideate ReNumber supports rules for MEP fabrication parts
    • Ideate QuickSelect expands keynote tags by subdividing the category into the three keynote types
    • Ideate QuickSelect supports structural connections and the new Path of Travel feature 
    • Ideate Clone has improved naming control in addition to the ability to clone multiple sheets in the same operation


       

“We are committed to helping customers get the most out of their investments in Revit software,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “One of the ways we do that is by consistently releasing our updates soon after Autodesk releases its new versions.” 
 


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.

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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May

8

2019

We were delighted to welcome CBT Architects to our latest customer webinar. CBT Architects is a Boston-based design firm with about 230 architects, interior designers, and urban planners. For 51 years, CBT has worked on a broad range of national and international projects, including urban district development, hospitality environments, multi-family residential, corporate, civic, and academic.

The company uses the full suite of Ideate Software applications. They joined this event to showcase the productivity improvements they have experienced using 3 workflow examples from their daily work.

Please see below a recording of the webinar. Please watch it and share the link with others you think would benefit from the information.  

During the 30-minute session, Nirva Fereshetian, CIO and Associate Principal, CBT Architects, provided an overview of how her team stays current on Revit software and Revit plugins, including Ideate Software applications, through regular lunch-and-learn sessions. 

“We use Ideate tools on all scales from resolving individual model issues to helping project teams validate/check their project data, to using office-wide information on our model management processes to proactively support all projects.” 

After Nirva’s introduction, three members of the CBT Design Technology team demonstrated how they use our applications:

  • Rood Vincent showed how he uses Ideate XRay to reduce the time spent finding hidden elements from 30 to two minutes.
  • Lynn Quagliato provided a real-life example of how she used Ideate BIMLink to validate the data in a hotel project in which they needed to get furniture counts for hundreds of units.
  • William Paquette demonstrated how he uses Ideate Explorer to quickly assess issues and easily clean up models during frequent reviews.

Following their presentations, I facilitated a discussion and the CBT team answered questions on several topics, including on how they use the applications, how they measure return on investment, and how they structure their lunch-and-learn sessions. 

For more information on how Ideate Software applications can help you streamline your Revit workflows, please visit our solutions pages or contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com.
 


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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May

1

2019

San Francisco, CA, 05/01/2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member and provider of Autodesk Revit applications, will attend, exhibit, and deliver presentations at  BILT ANZ 2019 in Melbourne, Australia May 23-25, 2019.

“As the premier BIM training conference, BILT is a perfect time for us to meet with Revit users who design, build, operate, and maintain built environments” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “We learn about current trends as we discuss how our Revit add-on applications streamline processes and enhance the quality of Revit models.”

Two Ideate Software Presentations

  1. Title: Deciphering the Language of Revit Warnings
    Date: May 24, 2019
    Presenter: Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, Ideate Software
    Overview: Failure to manage warnings in a Revit project could result in poor performance, slow synchronization times, incorrect schedule data, or even file corruption. Join this session where we will break Revit warnings into three categories and show how to manage and fix them using Revit tools. We will also feature the Warnings Manager Revit add-on application developed by Ideate Software. 
     
  2. Title: Revit Phasing from A to Z
    Date: May 25, 2019
    Presenter: Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manager, Ideate Software
    Overview: Without a fundamental understanding of Revit Phasing, project documentation and phasing timelines may not behave as intended and could be problematic to sort out. People from all disciplines will benefit from learning how to navigate and operate Phase settings to properly manage the Revit model and design process, both internally and with consultants.
    Ideate Software Product Demonstrations

Attendees are invited to visit booth #28 to discuss Revit challenges and learn about Ideate Software products that address those challenges:

  1. Ideate BIMLink – Precise Revit data control
  2. Ideate Sticky – Accurate Excel data display
  3. Ideate Explorer – Fast Revit data discovery
  4. IdeateApps – Efficient data production. BiLT ANZ 2019 attendees are invited to participate in Ideate Software’s research and get a no-cost subscription to IdeateApps expiring 15 December 2019. Please visit Ideate Software at booth #28 for more information.

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

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.

Quote from Mead & Hunt
 

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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