January

15

2024

Customers often comment on how easy we make it for them to download, learn, and use our software. This blog post makes looking up the answers to common workflow questions even easier!

Throughout 2023, we tracked the number of visits to each of our Help file pages. Below are the top Help pages sorted by product. You can bookmark this page, or simply search for “Most Viewed Help Files” for quick access to the content.

For added convenience, we included links to other popular pages at the bottom.

Top Help Files in 2023

IDEATE AUTOMATION

IDEATE EXPLORER

IDEATE BIMLINK

IDEATE STICKY

IDEATEAPPS

IDEATE STYLEMANAGER

Other Frequently Viewed Pages

Have a question about a different workflow? Chances are the answer is on our website. You can also contact our Support team

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January

11

2024

San Francisco, CA, January 11, 2024 – Customers of Ideate Software will be pleased to learn that IdeateApps has been updated to include more customer-requested features as well as some fixes and improvements.

“The recent updates include several new workflows related to Ideate Annotate, the 10th tool added to the IdeateApps collection that streamline common Revit processes,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “Subscribers automatically get the updates at no additional cost.” 

New Workflows

Ideate Annotate - Tag tabWith the new version, users can now use the new “Tag” tab in Ideate Annotate to

  • Intelligently batch-add tags with customizable rules such as only tag rooms greater than a certain area
  • Control tag locations relative to the tagged element as a default or override
  • Tag the active view or all open views

Fixes and Improvements

In addition to the new workflows, Ideate Software added some fixes and improvements to Ideate Annotate and Ideate ViewCreator, another tool in the IdeateApps collection. 

  • Ideate Annotate
    • Added customizable display filter
    • Increased speed of review process
    • Added Ideate Query
    • Fixed bug related to tags with two calculated parameters that reference each other
  • Ideate ViewCreator
    • Improved elevation crop size for duplicate level or thick floor conditions
    • Fixed bug in the Room View method related to room names with colons
    • Improved handling of text casing within the Room View method
    • Added support for sequenced letters/numbers for elevation views within the Room View method

Subscribers can get the latest version of IdeateApps from the Download page. Non-subscribers can learn more on the Ideate Software website and download a free 30-day trial.


About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. They 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. They 
developed Ideate Automation as a scripting solution to easily automate repetitive Revit and Ideate Software tasks for consistent and repeatable results.

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December

29

2023

Architects, designers, engineers, and others around the world use Autodesk Revit software to design amazing structures. Explore sample Revit projects on the Autodesk Website to see some working models. Samples on the website include:

This sample file showcases many commonly used Revit features, including:

  1. Architectural, Structural, and MEP models with detail typical in early construction documents
  2. A site model incorporating Civil design completed in Autodesk Civil 3D software
  3. Landscape Architectural design
  4. Commercial kitchen design
  5. The most standard Architecture, Structure, and MEP toolsets
  6. A point cloud file that was the basis for the façades model
  7. Phasing in the façades model that differentiates the existing to remain and demolition of the building elements from the point cloud
  8. Custom fill patterns in the façades model that represent historical bricks in the existing buildings
  9. New Construction phase that includes all work in the architectural, structural, and MEP models
  10. Level 1 set-up that involves three view ranges and the Plan Regions
  11. Three egress stairs and two elevators
  12. Groups used for repeating items
  13. Design options
  14. Customized floor shapes
  15. Solar panels that incorporate custom tapered wall types and a sloped curtain wall type
  16. Incorporated toposolids
  17. Additional views to showcase Revit software’s documentation features
  18. Custom view types and view templates to ensure graphical setting consistency
  19. All view types: Plans, Ceiling plans, Sections, Elevations, Callouts, Details, 3D Views, and a Walkthrough
  20. Area Plans 
  21. Many “Working” views
  22. A Variety of Schedules
  23. A complete set of sheets

Now that you are inspired, want to learn how you can spend more of your time on the exciting design activities possible with Revit and less time on tedious tasks or dealing with poorly performing models? 

Work Faster in Revit by Adding Ideate Software Applications to your Toolset

speedometerAs demonstrated in the Autodesk sample files, Revit has extensive capabilities that can help professionals in the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner-operator (AECO) industries design, build, and operate structures that address complex needs. The software also requires a great deal of manual, repetitive tasks and, when left unchecked, can lead to bloated files that don’t work well. That’s where Ideate Software comes in. 

Ideate Software is an Autodesk® Authorized Developer and a member of the Autodesk Developer Network. Our Revit addins help companies in the areas of building design, engineering, construction, and facilities management get the most out of their Revit. 

Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps are our Autodesk Revit addins that solve persistent problems in AECO workflows.

Ideate Automation is the newest tool in our suite. It is a scripting solution that easily automates repetitive Revit and Ideate Software tasks to deliver consistent and repeatable results. 

Here are some highlights of how these applications will help you reduce the time you spend on model management, so you can discover more ways to use Revit.

Ideate Explorer – Do you spend too much time searching for elements in your Revit model? You are not alone. It’s a common challenge, because Revit comes with a project browser, not a model browser. Ideate Explorer is a model browser that makes it fast and easy to find and delete incorrect, obsolete, and hidden problem items—including imported or linked DWG drawings. You can also find, refine, and revise elements that aren’t in the Revit project browser. The following four features included with Ideate Explorer will reduce the time you spend searching even more: 

  • Ideate Query – Search in parameters for elements like unused annotations, design options, in-place usage, structure usage/area scheme, and revisions
  • Ideate Filters - Filter model elements quickly based on your specified parametric conditions
  • Ideate Warnings Manager – Audit warnings ranked by importance; fix problems with Revit tools while the Ideate Warnings Manager dialog box is open
  • Ideate Navigate – Navigate view-based elements; find unused sheets and views; find and filter legends, schedules, sheets, or views by category and/or keyword; customize work environments without changing the project browser 

Ideate BIMLink – Do changes that require model updates make you cringe because you know you’ll need to spend hours changing elements one at a time? Use Ideate BIMLink instead. With this powerful Revit addin, you can export data from your Revit model into an Excel file, where you can easily view and manipulate large amounts of data. After updating the data, you simply use Ideate BIMLink to import the data back into Revit, and the model will automatically update. 

Ideate Sticky – Is it difficult to communicate critical project details with team members in various locations? Do miscommunications create errors or delays? These are not problems with Ideate Sticky. Use it to live-link Excel, Word, and PDF documents into a Revit model. These “stickies” look nice, are easy to read, and can be updated easily when changes are made to the original source documents.

Ideate StyleManager – Do unused styles clog up your Revit models, cause them to perform poorly, and create documentation errors? That’s because it’s easy to accidentally bring unneeded styles into a model when pasting needed information. With Ideate StyleManager, you can easily analyze, merge, or delete non-standard Revit styles, and you can see the view filters applied to views and clean object and line styles and patterns, text, fonts, parameters, and more. 

IdeateApps – So many Revit tasks are repetitive. They take a lot of time, are boring to do, and open the door to errors. The 10 tools that come in the IdeateApps collection tackle the repetitive tasks performed by Revit users most often:  Ideate SpellCheck, Ideate Align, Ideate Clone, Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate SheetManager, Ideate Annotate, Ideate XRay, Ideate ReNumber, Ideate SmartDelete, and Ideate QuickSelect

Ideate Automation – You and your staff will have more time for interesting, meaningful work when Ideate Automation runs time-intensive BIM tasks silently in the background. You can start a script manually or schedule it to run at a convenient time, like during non-working hours or when you are occupied in a meeting or on a call. Here’s a new video we created with a short, technical overview of Ideate Automation:

 
 

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

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 our addins for Revit, which includes Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months.

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October

3

2023

Looking for examples of how architects and designers use Ideate Software tools to streamline Revit processes? Watch the recording of this 45-minute webinar. You’ll hear from Goettsch Partners’ Senior Associate Nickolas Popoutsis who shares how their team uses Ideate Software tools to make the workflow easier and reduce time spent on repetitive tasks.

“The work that takes us away from our thought process of design is not time well spent,” said Nickolas. 

Watch the webinar to see some real-world applications on how to:

  1. Eliminate redundancies and the potential for missed updates by live-linking Excel files into a Revit file with Ideate Sticky 
  2. Get drawings set up and running in a clear and organized way by performing quick sheet setups with Ideate SheetManager and Ideate ViewCreator 
  3. Streamline the QA/QC process by coordinating sheet sets with Ideate Align
  4. Simplify the design iteration process by creating design alternatives with Ideate Clone
     

Browse our website to learn more about our Revit productivity-enhancing tools. Check out our Events page for more opportunities to connect with our team in person and online.

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September

29

2023

When learning how to use Autodesk Revit software, people get trained on the basics of how to use sample files, open and save Revit models, as well as several workflows, including how to create projects, walls, floors, roofs; and how to place doors, windows, and curtains. They also learn how to add dimensions and notes and to create sheets.

While appreciating the power of BIM tools, Revit users see how the software allows them to create accurate and precise designs, easily make changes, and see how the changes affect the building model. In addition, users also begin to discover some inefficiencies. Tasks, some that must be done hundreds of times during a project, need to be done manually. Plus, there are several complexities within the software that make model management time consuming and difficult, including the fact that some elements are not visible in certain views and that deletion sets can contain elements unknown to the user, who are then surprised and annoyed when they discover the elements are gone. 

Instead of investing in tackling the inefficiencies themselves, Autodesk turns to trusted partners to develop Revit plugins. They created the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) for software developers who want to develop tools that extend Autodesk products and technologies. ADN members are full-time professional software developers working with Autodesk technologies that can access Autodesk desktop software and get one-on-one direct support for software development based on virtually all Autodesk desktop technologies. They can also access confidential Autodesk information on technology futures, beta software, and basic marketing benefits. 

Ideate Software – An Autodesk Authorized Developer and Member of the Autodesk Developer Network

Since launching our first Autodesk Revit Plugin, Ideate Explorer, at Autodesk University in 2008, Ideate Software has been committed to helping Revit users unlock advanced functionality and efficiency in their BIM designs. Today, our suite of products includes five Revit plugins, and one of them—IdeateApps —is comprised of 10 different tools. We developed each of our BIM tools to address specific, persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction, and owner-operator workflows by giving Revit users unprecedented access to and control over the data in their models. In addition to our five Revit plugins, we developed Ideate Automation to run time-intensive BIM tasks in the background, freeing staff to do more meaningful work. 

Ideate Explorer - Considered by many firms worldwide the indispensable tool to investigate, clean-up, and manage the Revit building model, Ideate Explorer users easily search for, filter, quantify, index, and select all Revit model elements, even ‘missing’ and hard-to-find ones, and make selections based on filters or data sets.

It comes with four tools that increase its power: 

  • Warnings Manager - Review and manage Revit warnings
  • Navigate - Navigate through view-based elements within Revit—legends, schedules, sheets, and views—and quickly customize the browsing experience
  • Query - Search on parameters, such as elements assigned a certain size or modeled as in-place families, sheets based on Issuance numbers, and dimensions that have been overridden
  • Filters - Filter Revit model elements based on your specified parametric conditions

Ideate BIMLink – The powerful filtering and sorting options in Ideate BIMLink are used to manage and extract Revit data. Used to easily edit and update vast amounts of Revit data using Microsoft Excel, users can use the hundreds of library links included with Ideate BIMLink to immediately access the Revit data required. In addition to robust editing, users can create many Revit elements as well as manage workflows that just aren’t easy or even possible within standard Revit. For example, with Ideate BIMLink, users can: 

  • Swap Revit elements
  • Manage Revit Parameters
  • Rename Revit elements
  • Manage Revit Sheet Revision Workflows and Sheet/View Sets

Ideate Sticky – Originally developed to address customer comments, Ideate Sticky first allowed users to create and format tabular text in an Excel spreadsheet and then “stick” that spreadsheet on a Revit sheet as a Revit schedule. As we do with all products, we made meaningful updates to Ideate Sticky every year. Today, Ideate Sticky is used to:

  • Link Microsoft Excel, Word, and PDF documents into Revit projects
  • Link multi-paged documents at once
  • Link Excel spreadsheets to Revit files as images or native Revit schedule data

Ideate StyleManager – Launched in 2019 to address challenges with Revit styles that arise when users import content, Ideate StyleManager simplifies the style management process which in Revit can be time consuming and risky. This powerful Revit plugin is used to:

  • Safely delete styles that can’t be easily deleted or purged in Revit software
  • Merge non-standard styles into standard styles
  • Analyze style usage to understand the scope of a deletion
  • Clean up Object Styles, Line Styles, Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Materials, Material Appearance Assets, View Filters, Templates, and Scope Boxes
  • Understand which views use View Filters

IdeateApps – This collection of tools launched in the summer of 2016 with:

  • Ideate ReNumber to quickly update element numbers and names
  • Ideate XRay to determine the cause of element visibility issues and fix the problems
  • Ideate SmartDelete to understand and edit elements that will be deleted along with a selected element 
  • Ideate QuickSelect to view all instances of difficult-to-find items

Within one year, we added four more tools:

  • Ideate SpellCheck to check open sheets and views, sheets in a sheet list and all schedules
  • Ideate SheetManager to filter sheet and view lists, create sheets, and place views onto sheets
  • Ideate Clone to duplicate Sheets and manage viewports on those Sheets as well as to match title block family and parameters, sheet parameters and browser file location
  • Ideate Align to align plan views in a set so they synchronize perfectly across all sheets

In 2018, we added:

  • Ideate ViewCreator to batch-create multiple Revit views while complying with company BIM standards

And in 2022, we added:

  • Ideate Annotate to ensure the legibility of tags, text, dimensions, and other annotative elements

Ideate Automation – Launched in 2020, this scripting solution runs time-intensive BIM tasks in the background while your staff does more meaningful work. Use Ideate Automation to:

  • Open large Autodesk Revit files for data extraction
  • Export key Revit model health data
  • Create document issue records
  • Prepare COBie data drops
  • Generate quantity take-off data
  • Generate regular, automated PDF exports
  • Deliver CSV reports on key Revit family and project metrics
  • Batch-export Revit sheets and/or views to DWG file format

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Learn more about our top Revit addons.

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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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