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.

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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. 

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

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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. 

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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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June

27

2022

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with people who design, build, operate, and maintain our built environment at the BILT North Americas conference. The three-day event, which was held June 14 - 16 in Anaheim, California, featured many informative lectures, presentations, labs, and round-table discussions focused on the use of best-in-class tools, processes and workflows, behaviors, and leadership.

Craig H. Dodge, Director, Ideate Software Sales, and Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, met with BIM, Revit, and Ideate Software application users from around the world at our booth in the Exhibition Hall. In addition, Richard:

  • Presented a lecture on Revit templates featuring Ideate StyleManager, which allows for a clean and lean Revit template or project
  • Conducted a lab session on Revit datums featuring both Ideate StyleManager and Ideate XRay, one of the tools in the IdeateApps collection

BILT North AmericaRichard said, “It was especially nice to see many old colleagues and friends in person after an almost three-year absence. It was wonderful to catch up with so many influential people within the BIM and AECO industries, and we hope it’s a trend that continues throughout 2022 and beyond.”

Craig added, “We appreciated meeting new people at the Ideate Software booth and hearing about their software needs. We also heard from clients who provided continued feedback on how we can further enhance Ideate Software products to better meet their challenges with Revit.”

Learn about our upcoming online and in-person activities by visiting the Events page of our website. 

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products 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 the Revit plugin solutions Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months.

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June

10

2022

Healthy Revit models perform well. Unhealthy Revit models move slowly and there can be issues when opening, synchronizing, printing, exporting, upgrading, and more. Dealing with all the potential causes of an unhealthy model in Revit can be daunting. It’s not with Ideate Software. Our plugins enhance the capabilities of Revit software, making it easy to conduct regular audits, address issues, and keep models in good working order.

Watch the recording of our 30-minute webinar to learn about behaviors that can lead to model health issues and see demonstrations on how to use Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, and Ideate StyleManager to:

  • Perform QA and QC operations  
  • Review and address Revit warnings 
  • Review, merge, or eliminate unwanted styles 

Learn More

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products 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 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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June

2

2022

We were delighted to host our first Revit Data Management Insights Group meeting in May. Attendees included BIM managers, heads of BIM, BIM coordinators, and Revit technicians from architectural and engineering firms in the London area. Steve Deadman, our UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager and Nick Johns, our UK/EMEA Territory Lead greeted both new and existing customers and shared insights on recent and upcoming product developments and industry feedback.
 
James Gray, Squire and PartnersIt was a pleasure to have James Gray, BIM Manager at Squire and Partners as a guest speaker.

A long-standing Ideate Software customer, James presented his best practices on Revit model management featuring the Ideate Software solutions he uses. He made the case for regular model reviews and the importance of managing and fixing warnings in Revit. The best practices he shared were very much appreciated by all the attendees.  
 
During this invitation-only event, we also covered topics such as: 

  1. Wishes Granted - Top User Requests and Implemented Features. Steve presented Autodesk Forum ideas and Revit Roadmap wish list items that we translated into software features revolving around Revit model productivity, project auditing, model/data health and data management. He focused on the following Revit user requests:
     
    • Controlling view title alignments
       
    • Quickly reviewing and fixing Revit warnings
       
    • Live-linking Excel, PDF, and Word documents into Revit projects

     Read our Wishlist Granted blog post series for more examples.

  1. New Features and Developments. During this section of the meeting, we announced and offered a flavour of the upcoming Ideate Software improvements for Revit versions 2020-2023. Watch our blogs for more news!

The discussions continued after the presentations around canapés and wine, and we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our attendees for their presence, questions, and glowing feedback. We look forward to the next Revit Data Management Insights Group meeting. More details to follow in due course.

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products 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 the Revit plugin solutions Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months.

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