February

20

2020

Customers and prospective customers joined us on February 4, 2020 in San Francisco, CA to learn about Ideate Software tools. We were pleased to host the two sessions at Autodesk Gallery, a top destination according to Wired magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle featuring dozens of exhibits that show how companies use new technology to imagine, design and create. 

SF Seminar
Ideate Software’s Sash Kazeminejad leading a discussion

Customer Session

Following a networking breakfast, Ideate Software’s Customer Success Manager Sash Kazeminejad discussed new features included in the November 2019 release of IdeateApps and Ideate BIMLink with customers.

New IdeateApps features include:

  • Improved searching
  • Enhanced batch editing
  • Improved sheet composition
  • The ability to multi-select unplaced views and turn them into sheets; rename sheets, numbers and views; do odd and even numbering; copy and paste legends across multiple sheets; customize a view/sheet browser for individual team members

New Ideate BIMLink features include:

  • “Beyond Schedules” folder
  • A customizable home page
  • The ability to create more elements from Excel
  • Methods for easy-to-deploy standardized network-hosted content

After the presentation on the November 2019 features and improvements, we reviewed some upcoming improvements to our current software titles as well as development ideas.

Prospective Customer Session

After a lunch for attendees of both sessions, prospective customers and some existing customers that don’t subscribe to all our products joined us for the afternoon session. Over two hours, we provided an overview of all five of our products, highlighted some workflows and demonstrated how the products in the Ideate Software ecosystem work together. We also listened as Revit users discussed their “wish lists” of additional functionality. 

Positive Feedback

“Participation at both sessions was great,” said Sash. “The discussions included challenges with Revit software, creative workarounds used by some people to get around those challenges, and how Ideate Software tools actually address them.”


Ideate Software’s Moe Kress and Rahul Verma welcoming attendees

Several people commented that the presentations were “great” and “informative,” and one person said, “I had no idea that Ideate BIMLink was capable of some of the workflows demonstrated. I may change my current workflow and try using Ideate BIMLink instead.”

 

We regularly discuss our products at virtual and in-person events. Visit our Events page for details. 

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February

13

2020

Ideate Sticky allows you to elegantly connect non-BIM data from an Excel file into Revit projects, enhancing cross-team workflows. You don’t need to look far for answers to questions about how to use it. Our experienced Support team members, online help files, recorded webinars, and how-to videos make it easy. 

Topics covered in short how-to videos posted on our website and YouTube channel include:

  1. Introduction to Ideate Sticky


     
  2. What’s New in Ideate Sticky – May 2019 Release


     
  3. Managing Sticky Sizes


     
  4. Publishing Fixture Requirements


     
  5. Publishing Document Issue Records


     

Here are links to some of the recorded 30 to 60-minute webinars:

Is there a process you’d like us to demonstrate in a video? Please let us know. We want you to have answers at your fingertips, so you can get back to using the software to streamline Revit workflows.

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February

4

2020

Do you want to significantly shorten the Revit project set-up tasks of creating appropriate levels, sheets and views? You can with Ideate BIMLink.

Ideate BIMlink is our Revit productivity tool that facilitates the review and modification of Revit parameter data by extracting that data to Microsoft Excel. In addition, Ideate BIMLink allows the creation of new Revit elements when data is imported from Excel. 

The software comes with hundreds of library links you can use as starting points, as well as a sample Excel file with several examples of how to create levels, views and sheets within the default viewports for use within your newly created projects. 

For a demonstration, view this the short video:  

If you prefer to read the step-by-step instructions, go to our on-line Help

Have any questions about how to use Ideate BIMLink? Let us know. We are here to help you get the most out of our Revit productivity applications. 

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 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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January

30

2020

Looking to learn more about Ideate StyleManager? Would you like step-by-step instructions on how to use it to analyze, delete or merge non-standard Revit styles? You can find all that and more on the Ideate StyleManager playlist on our YouTube Channel or our website.

Visit our playlists anytime to access short videos, webinar recordings and a customer webinar.

Short Videos

  1. Why Ideate StyleManager for Revit provides an overview of the software’s functionality


     
  2. Introduction to StyleManager for Revit covers three examples:
    1. Assessing the risk of style deletions
    2. Batch-merging materials similar materials into approved standards
    3. Deleting CAD import styles


       


Webinar Recordings

  1. Unwrap the Value of Ideate StyleManager provides a deeper dive into the software’s functionality and several demonstrations

     
  2. Ideate StyleManager – Fundamental Training demonstrates how to assess the risk of Revit line style deletion, fix and standardize Revit materials and manage duplicate styles

     
  3. Cleaning up Imported CAD Styles with Ideate StyleManager focuses on the styles that automatically import when you link to an AutoCAD file
     

Customer Webinar 

  1. Hitting a High Note – Tuning your Revit Template with Ideate Software and Brian Mackey

Is there a process you’d like us to demonstrate in a video? Please let us know. We want you to have answers at your fingertips, so you can get back to using the software to streamline Revit workflows.

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January

28

2020

We love it when customers ask us how to use our software to perform specific tasks. Many times, we quickly provide the answers. Sometimes, the questions lead to new feature requests. That was the case when Yoshida Kenichiro from Nihon Sekkei contacted us.

In addition to saying that Ideate BIMLink’s functionality is amazing, Yoshida asked if it could export a schedule header and parameter name at the same time, saying that it would be easy to see which parameter was being changed if both were written together. We agree! Currently, Ideate BIMLink can export either the name of the parameter name of the schedule header, but not both, because they are stored separately. However, we are exploring the possibility of adding this feature to future releases. 

Here’s a video that we created as part of our response to the question,  “Can Ideate BIMLink export both the schedule header and the parameter at the same time."

Thank you Yoshida!

Do you have a question about our software? Let us know. We are here to help. 
 


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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