August

11

2022

San Francisco, CA, August 11, 2022 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce that its team is growing.

Jesika DiGregorio with Ideate Software Team
Jesika DiGregorio (front left) with some of the Ideate Software team at a recent gathering in Portland, Oregon

“Increased demand for our Revit plug-in solutions and the success of the newly launched Ideate Automation have prompted the need for us to expand the Ideate Software team,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “We created a new role, Software Development Manager, and are delighted to announce that Jesika DiGregorio, who has been with Ideate since 2010, accepted the position. Her skills in customer support and programming, coupled with her architectural education and passion for finding elegant solutions, contribute to making her the perfect candidate for this job.” 

Jesika joined Ideate, Inc. in 2010 in the role of Support Dispatch and transitioned to working with the Development Team in 2012 to help with quality assurance. In 2013, she became a full-time programmer for Ideate Software and most recently was the lead programmer on Ideate BIMLink, Ideate StyleManager, and Ideate Automation.

In her new role, Jesika will be responsible for all aspects of the Ideate Software solution development lifecycle, including analysis, design, coding, and testing. She will lead and motivate the development team and will work closely with Glynnis to help ensure that Ideate Software provides timely, technically appropriate, and quality solutions that meet the needs of customers. 

Jesika received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene, where she also spent time studying advanced math.  

Ideate Software is also seeking to add both an additional software developer and test engineer to its team in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. 

Qualified parties should review the descriptions above and reach out by email or LinkedIn.


About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. We developed Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, and construction, and owner-operator (AECO) workflows. We developed Ideate Automation to boost the power of our Revit plugins by running time-intensive activities in the background. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

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July

29

2022

We are hiring!

Job Opening - Software DeveloperIdeate Software is seeking a software developer with .NET framework and C# expertise to join our growing software development team.

The person in this role will report to the Development Manager (based in Portland, OR) and will closely collaborate, both in-person and online with the other development team and technical sales team members. The ideal candidate will be based in the Portland, OR metro area, but candidates otherwise located in the Pacific time zone are also encouraged to apply. This position is full-time with flexible work hours. Remote work is supported.

Interested parties can read the full job description
 

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July

27

2022

The Ideate Software team has been getting many requests for information about Ideate Automation 2.0, which launched in June 2022. I was pleased to lead the first webinar on this new scripting solution designed to automate common or time-consuming tasks in Revit by using the Ideate Software plugins, such as Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager. Glynnis Patterson, our Director of Software Development, was also there answering questions.


 

View the Recording

Here’s a link to the recorded webinar. Watch it and share it with others who would like to see:

  • An overview of the features and benefits:
    • Save time by automating Revit and Ideate Software application tasks
    • Reduce risk of human error by scripting tasks and ensuring predictable outcomes
    • Focus on other activities by running scripts silently in the background
       
  • Information on how to use Ideate Automation to:
    • Create PDF exports from Revit files
    • Audit Revit families
    • Check compliance with standards in Revit
       
  • Automate common tasks in Ideate Software applications for Revit to:
    • Create health check reports
    • Create document issue records
    • Manage COBie data
    • Generate quantity take-off data
    • Extract model warnings data
    • Review Revit model style information
    • Review annotation clashes on views and sheets
       
  • Licensing and pricing

Give it a Try

Visit our website to download a free 30-day trial of Ideate Automation.

Subscribe Today

Ideate Automation is included in Enterprise subscriptions at no extra change; contact your account manager to activate your subscription. It is also available from our website as a separate solution for customers with Bundle subscriptions. 

Learn More

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software helps Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design. 

Stay Connected

Check us out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, reach out to us. We are here to help you understand and use our Revit plugin solutions. 


About the Author

Steve Deadman - Customer Success Manager - EMEA
Steve provides support to customers and helps them get a strong return on their software investment. He has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. Before joining Ideate Software, he worked at several top architectural firm in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology. Find Steve on LinkedIn.

 

 

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July

25

2022

We were pleased to have once again had the opportunity to demonstrate the time-saving capabilities of our Revit plug-ins on a webinar hosted by The Architect’s Newspaper, which serves architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, lighting designers, interior designers, academics, developers, contractors, and others interested in the built urban environment. 

In this latest webinar, we focused on managing Revit sheets and views; previous topics include managing Revit warnings and advanced Revit model health checks.

Ideate Software Revit Plugin Tool on Architect's Newspaper Webinar
 
Watch the recording of this one-hour webinar to learn about the sheet and view tools in our IdeateApps collection that decrease the time spent on common Revit tasks while increasing the accuracy of the BIM data in the Revit model. There are currently 10 tools in the collection, five of which we covered in the webinar:

  1. Ideate ViewCreator – Learn how easy it is to quickly bulk create views and how much time you will save by defining names for new views that match existing view crop, scope, scale, and dozens of other system and custom parameters, so you don’t have to manually apply the settings to each view.
     
  2. Ideate SheetManager – Often referred to as the Central Traffic Cop for the sheet and view workflows, this tool allows users to create new sheets and drag and drop views between sheets, as well as access Ideate Software’s other sheet and view tools, ViewCreator, Align, and Clone. 
     
  3. Ideate Align – See several examples of how to use this tool to align viewports, ensuring consistency across all sheets.
     
  4. Ideate Clone – Watch demonstrations on duplicating sheets. While Revit introduced the ability to duplicate sheets in version 2022.1 and to swap viewports between sheets in version 2023, Ideate Clone goes back to Revit version 2016 and provides greater functionality than in even the latest Revit release.
     
  5. Ideate Annotate – Understand the annotations on views and sheets and drill down further to ensure the legibility and consistency of Revit tags, text, dimensions, and other annotative elements; learn how to review annotation issues such as clashes between annotations, blank tags, hidden elements, or zero length dimensions.

Visit our website to learn more about how our plug-in tools can help you create better Revit models faster. Then get a free trial or purchase a subscription.  


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.


 

Highlights of the Other Tools in the IdeateApps Plugin for Revit Collection

Learn More About Ideate Software Plugins for RevitThe information above describes just a portion of the capabilities of the 10 tools with in the IdeateApps collection. Here are several other resources that can give you a deeper dive into the power of this Revit plugin that users in all disciplines, at all levels, and in all roles use to shorten the time they spend on model management and improve the look and performance of their Revit models.

  • Ideate ReNumber – This tool within the IdeateApps collection makes it easy to keep up with design changes that alter numbering and naming. Watch this short demonstration video for an overview. Here are links to a few resources that provide more details:
     
    • Using Ideate ReNumber to Select Split-Level Rooms – This blog post is part of our Support Series where we highlight specific questions received by our Support team. In this instance, a customer with a series of rooms on different split levels where the rooms were visible in the same plan view was having trouble getting Ideate ReNumber to pick up the room on the Mezzanine level.
       
    • Renaming Sheets to ISO 19650 Using Ideate ReNumber – Read this short blog post to see how to use Ideate ReNumber to renumber sheets to the BS EN ISO 19650 standard using one of rules created and saved in the bonus rules that ship with IdeateApps.
       
  • Ideate SmartDelete – Who hasn’t deleted an item within a Revit model only to find that several other items were deleted with it? It’s such a common problem that many people posted about it on Revit forums. We did something about it! The Ideate SmartDelete tool shows you all the elements that will be deleted with your selection, and lets you select the items that you want to keep.
     
  • Ideate SpellCheck – Spelling errors in a Revit model can give the reader the impression that you don’t pay attention to details. However, finding all typos or errors in a Revit model can be incredibly difficult, because the spellchecker that comes in the software doesn’t check data found within schedules. Ideate SpellCheck does! 
     
    • Ideate SpellCheck Overview – Watch this short video to see how to use this powerful tool to define the range of sheets, views, and schedules within your project that you’d like to spellcheck. 
       
    • Recording of 03-25-20 Webinar: Learn the Simple ABCs of Ideate SpellCheck – Take a deeper dive by watching the recording of this webinar in which we covered:
       
      • An overview of Ideate SpellCheck
         
      • How to set up the dictionaries
         
      • The three selection methods for checking text
         
      • Demonstrations of each method
         
      • Tips and tricks
         
  • Ideate XRay – Do you spend a lot of time searching for elements that you know are there but can’t see? That’s because Revit allows a lot of option to display or hide elements within the model, and the out-of-the-box capabilities for diagnosing visibility issues within Revit are limited. Ideate XRay is the answer! 
     
  • Ideate QuickSelect - The fact that the Revit project browser doesn’t search all items in your model can create problems that are time consuming and frustrating to fix. With the Ideate QuickSelect model browser, you can increase your productivity by quickly locating, reviewing, and editing hard-to-find items, including model or annotation elements, inserted or linked CAD files, section boxes, scope boxes, elevation of section markers, schedule graphics, and view references.
     

See More Workflow Demonstrations

There are hundreds of ways to use Ideate Software plugins for Revit. Check out our Video Library to see how to streamline the Revit workflows causing you trouble. 

Stay Connected

Browse our website to explore Ideate Software’s range of Revit tools and see how they can make your Revit projects faster, simpler, and more accurate.

Check us out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.

If you have any questions, reach out to us. We are here to help you understand and use our Revit plugin solutions. 
 

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July

20

2022

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. You can review some of these recent question and answers via our Ideate Software Support Series blog category.

Recently, we heard from a customer who couldn’t save their Ideate BIMLink link definitions to their model. The log file informed us that another user had ownership of the storage data workset containing the Ideate BIMLink data.

Error Message - Relinquish Workshared Model
This error message shows that the element is still owned within the central model.

To correct the problem, the customer needed to relinquish the data storage workset owned by the user.

A quick Google search revealed the four-step solution from Autodesk on how to relinquish the ownership of model elements:

  1. Click the Collaborate tab > Manage Model panel > Mange Cloud Models
  2. Select Autodesk Docs project
  3. Select a model, click Actions, and then Relinquish
  4. Select the user from whom you want to relinquish elements, and click Relinquish

Learn More

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software helps 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 the Revit plugin solutions (Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps) for six months.

Stay Connected

Check us out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, reach out to us. We are here to help you understand and use our Revit plugin solutions. 


About the Author

Steve Deadman - Customer Success Manager - EMEA
Steve provides support to customers and helps them get a strong return on their software investment. He has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. Before joining Ideate Software, he worked at several top architectural firm in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology. Find Steve on LinkedIn.

 

 

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