April

22

2022

We recently showed how to find unused Legend or Schedule views using the Query function within Ideate Explorer in this blog post

Finding unused Legend or Schedule Views
Ideate Query finds where legends have been placed or not.

But how can you find which sheets the legend or schedule views are placed on? 

While Ideate Explorer and Query can identify the number of sheets with legends and schedules, it can’t identify the sheet names or numbers, as this is information is not yet accessible.

However, using Ideate SheetManager, one of the tools in the IdeateApps collection, you can easily find which sheets have legends or schedules placed on them by using the Search function.

Use the Search function to find which sheets have legends or scheduled
You can also use the Search to find other view types.

Using Ideate SheetManager can help make preparing your drawings sets an easy and efficient process.

For additional training tips, check out our Training blog series.

Visit 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 all the Revit plugin solutions for six months.


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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April

12

2022

San Francisco, CA, April 12, 2022 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to present its latest customer spotlight, which highlights how JGMA benefits from Ideate Software add-ins for Revit. JGMA is a Chicago-based architecture and design firm with projects across North America, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Its professionals look at each project as an opportunity to influence civic life and transform communities.

Bringing Ideate Software to JGMA

Esperanza Health Centers designed by JGMA
Esperanza Health Centers. JGMA designed this fully accessible building utilizing forward-thinking design to attract and unite the surrounding community.

When Darya Minosyants Stefanovic joined JGMA as the Director of Technology, she brought extensive experience with Ideate Software tools for Revit. “My last employer was a strong user and advocate of Ideate Software products,” said Darya. “I came to JGMA knowing their power, and after a few discussions and demonstrations of how we would spend less time on tedious Revit tasks, the team was sold.”

JGMA subscribed to all Ideate Software products, and within just a few weeks, the team was experiencing significant benefits:

  • Ideate StyleManager – Darya uses this Revit plug-in tool to streamline the process of managing templates and ensuring projects are set up with company standards. 
     
  • Ideate BIMLink – The architects and designers are digging into the functions of Ideate BIMLink for Revit. They immediately appreciated the fact that it enables them to quickly change worksets throughout a project and rename families.
     
  • Ideate Sticky – JGMA works extensively in MS Excel. They benefit from live-linking Excel spreadsheets to Revit projects, so the Stickies automatically reflect changes made to the Excel document.
     
  • Ideate Explorer – JGMA’s Senior Project Designer Ted Hogan has been advocating for the use of Ideate Explorer. As the team delves into the many ways it can help keep their models clean, they are using it get a broader understanding by isolating and previewing elements in 3D. 
     
  • IdeateApps – So far, JGMA’s favorite tools from the collection are Ideate SheetManager, which they use to quickly clone sheets with similar properties, place views on sheets, and align views between similar sheets and Ideate QuickSelect,which makes it easy to find out why elements are hidden and resolve problems. 

Read more about Ideate Software’s collaboration with JGMA. 

To learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables, and elevate design, visit the website. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to all the Revit plugin solutions for six months.


About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager 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.

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March

30

2022

Autodesk Revit is a powerful piece of design software that has revolutionized the modeling of buildings and structures. One reason this innovative modeling tool is so useful is because it gives users the ability to customize workflows through the Revit API (Application Programming Interface).

Ideate Software brings additional capabilities to Revit with a range of tools developed to increase data accuracy while saving users’ time and reducing their effort.

Work smarter with Ideate Software plug-ins for RevitIdeate Software’s Autodesk Revit add-ins can help you work smarter by giving you access to more Revit data, allowing you to verify, correct, and update data quickly. It is a set of Revit tools that offers numerous benefits, including preventing double handling of data, which vastly reduces the chance of manual errors, making error-related delays less likely and helping to keep projects on time and on budget. 

Here are descriptions of the Ideate Software add-in tools that make Revit users more productive:

1.    Ideate Explorer

Ideate Explorer is a dedicated model browser, as opposed to the project browser in Revit, carefully engineered to reduce the time users spend on model management while at the same time increasing model accuracy. 

This Revit tool enables users to easily keep models clean, comply with standards, and develop a more complete view and understanding of all elements in the model by making it easy to find and delete incorrect, obsolete, and hidden problem items, including DWGs. Ideate Explorer also makes it easy to find, refine, and revise elements, even those excluded from the project browser.

In addition, the Ideate Explorer Revit tool can help users improve the accuracy of their models through these valuable features:

  • A Warnings Manager, which, as the name implies, allows the user to review and manage Revit warnings with ease. It ranks warnings based on importance, notifies users when high ranking warnings appear in the models, and enables users to fix problems using tools in Revit when the Warnings Manager dialog box is open. 
  • A Navigate function that allows users to navigate their way through the view-based elements in an Autodesk Revit project and customize their browsing experience. Use it to find unused sheets and views; find and filter legends, schedules, sheets or views by category and/or keyword; and to customize working environments without altering the project browser. 
  • A Query function that permits searching within set parameters for elements such as unused annotations, design options, in-place usage, structure usage/area scheme, and revisions as just a few examples.

2.    Ideate BIMLink

Five Revit add-ins to enhance productivityHave you ever thought that controlling your Revit data would be faster and more precise if you had the capability to export the data to Microsoft Excel for editing and then import the updated data back into the Revit model for immediate updates? That is exactly what Ideate BIMLink allows users to do, which is why it is a favorite Revit tool of many professionals in the architecture, engineering, construction and building-owner industries. Whether you need to check to make sure naming conventions are used correctly throughout the model or update element numbering after adding or deleting some elements, or even create new Revit elements from a spreadsheet, Ideate BIMLink is the tool for you.

3.    Ideate Sticky

Project teams working in Autodesk Revit often have non-BIM data they need to share with team members or include in Revit projects by linking, importing or integrating. Ideate Sticky is the tool that should be selected from our range of Autodesk Revit add-ins for this purpose. It is always possible to use Revit schedules to show the data that sits behind your Revit elements, but it is also the case that formatting and organizing non-BIM data can take up a great deal of time, because there is limited text editing functionality built into Revit.

Ideate Sticky overcomes this issue by mixing the familiar flexibility of Word, Excel and PDF editing with the effortless convenience of a sticky note. Ideate Sticky is an elegantly straightforward way to link non-BIM data into a Revit project, whether that data is coming from a Microsoft source such as Excel or Word, or from an Adobe PDF document. And when the source document is updated, the linked “sticky” automatically updates as well. This easy-to-use effective tool can lead to immense improvement in workflows, saving time and improving project efficiency. 

4.    Ideate StyleManager

Pasting data from one model to another can save time, but it can also create issues, because the style information associated with that data can automatically transfer as well. It is important for Revit users to manage styles in their models to present designs that accurately reflect their brand and to reduce end-user confusion caused by publishing errors. Ideate StyleManager gives users the capability to analyze, merge or delete non-standard Revit styles more reliably, more quickly and more accurately than is possible with the built-in Revit style management system. 

Ideate StyleManager is a user-friendly and reliable Revit tool that gives users the ability to see clearly which view filters are being applied to which views, and then clean up object and line styles and patterns, text, fonts, and anything else that might require such attention. Users can also merge non-standard styles into standard styles and analyze forensically how all styles are used, an ability that can provide some extremely useful insight into the real effect of any deletions on the model.

5.    IdeateApps

IdeateApps is a comprehensive set of Revit tools that offers more functionality than Revit. We created and continue to enhance the collection to allow Autodesk Revit users to access and manipulate the data in their models with greater ease. Purposefully designed to take on common challenges identified by people who use Revit daily, these sophisticated MEP, architecture and structure Autodesk Revit add-ins automate repetitive tasks and streamline workflows, freeing time for more interesting and valuable activities.  

This suite of intuitive and easy-to-use apps can help Autodesk Revit keep their projects on budget and on time by speeding the process of numerous tasks, including checking spelling, solving element visibility issues, identifying elements that will be deleted with a selected element, batch-creating multiple Revit views while complying with BIM standards, copying sheets with views, renumbering or renaming elements, and so much more.

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software is a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer producing Autodesk Revit add-ins intended to solve persistent issues experienced by AECO companies. All the additional capabilities described above can be added to your Autodesk Revit software quickly and easily directly from our website. Whether you subscribe to one of the tools to address a certain issue or all of them to increase the overall productivity of your entire team, you will experience faster and simpler model creation, your models will contain more accurate data, and your models will function more smoothly.   

Hear from some of our customers as they talk about how they use Ideate Software tools for Revit:


 
Contact us or visit 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.

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March

18

2022

We all know and love how we can duplicate a sheet AND swap the viewports using Ideate Clone, one of the tools in our IdeateApps collection. If you want to clone multiple sheets at the same time, is there another way to do it?

Within Ideate SheetManager, another IdeateApps tool, you have the ability to create sheets from unplaced views.

Three Steps

  1. Select the view or views that you wish to create sheets from

    Select the view or views
    You can select multiple views from which to create sheets. 
  1. Choose an existing sheet to act as a template for the newly created sheets. Click “Create” and let Ideate SheetManager do its magic!

    Choose an existing sheet to act as a template

    You can set the sheet number and naming from this dialog as well as specifying any additional views or annotations you want to add to the newly created sheets.
  1. Rename and renumber the sheets from this dialog after they have been created 

    Rename and renumber the sheets
    Use Find and Replace to speed the process

Eight sheets created and eight views places on those sheets
8 sheets have been created and all 8 views placed on those newly created sheets.

This video gives a more detailed step-by-step look at the process.

Using Ideate Ideate SheetManager you can create new sheets from existing views quickly and easily. Creating sets of drawings in Revit has never been so easy.

Refer to the How To Setup Projects help topic for additional information and a short video of the process. 

For additional training tips, check out our Training blog series.

Visit 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 all the Revit plugin solutions for six months.
 


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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More about Tools in the IdeateApps Collection

Ideate SheetManager, featured in the blog post above, is just one of the tools in our IdeateApps collection of tools we developed to streamline the tasks performed by Revit users most often. You can get high-level descriptions of each tool on our website. Here are links to a few blog posts that provide details. Find more at the IdeateApps sections of our blog posts. Here are links to some of the many posts about IdeateApps tools:

  • Renaming Sheets to ISO 19650 Using Ideate ReNumber – Did you know you can use Ideate ReNumber to sheets to the BS EN ISO 19650 standard? It’s easy with the rule created and saved in the bonus rules that ship with IdeateApps that targets the Sheet Number parameter that contains 5 of the 7 information container field descriptions described in the ISO: Functional Breakdown – ZZ, Spatial Breakdown – XX, Form – D, Discipline – A, and Number – 000000. The rule can be edited to suit any company standard or variation of the ISO 19650 standard. For more, check out the online Help topic.
     
  • Duplicate Floor Plans to Ceiling Plans with Ideate ViewCreator – Included in the May 2021 release of the IdeateApps plug-in for Revit is the ability to use Ideate ViewCreator to duplicate floor plans to ceiling plans. This blog post lists the step-by-step instructions on how to use the “Duplicate” rule in Ideate ViewCreator to easily create new ceiling plans that will match the crop/scope box conditions and the 2D grid conditions in the floor plan, and that will be automatically given logical view names. Go to Ideate ViewCreator online Help for more on managing batch creation workflows.
     
  • Why is a Revit Element Hidden in a View? Categories, phases, disciplines or worksets can impact a Revit element’s visibility within a selected view. So can scope boxes, crop regions, view filters, design options, level and grid extents, and view ranges. The list goes on and on … there are at least 50 different ways to hide an element in Revit, and they can be very difficult to diagnose. Ideate XRay is the answer! Ideate XRay allows you to use a powerful selection wizard to easily find the Revit element within the view. The blog post provides some high-level information and directs readers to a short how-to video, Help topic, FAQs, and a recording of a 30-minute webinar for more information.
     
  • Duplicate a Revit Sheet with Ideate Clone – A search of the Autodesk Revit Ideas Forum will reveal a top, longstanding request for the ability to duplicate or copy a Revit sheet. As Ideate Software develops tools to fill gaps in Revit functionality, we launched Ideate Clone as part of the IdeateApps add-in for Revit collection in 2017, not long after the initial Revit ideas request. With Ideate Clone, you can copy a sheet with viewports, and the new sheet will match all title block properties and sheet properties. You’ll also be able to place unplaced views on the new sheet that align with the previous viewports. In addition to reading the blog post, you can review an overview video on Ideate Clone, check out the Help topic, read the FAQs, and watch a recording of a webinar

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Ideate Software is committed to helping customers get a strong return on their investment in our Revit plug-in tools. In addition to blog posts, we have short how-to videos, Help files, and more available 24/7 on our website. Our Support Team is also here to help. 

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March

15

2022

Thank you to everyone who tuned into the live webinar on Revit sheet and view Management. If you missed it or would like to listen again, here’s a link to the recording. Take just 30 minutes to learn how to use the four sheet and view tools within the IdeateApps collection to:

  1. Create plans from levels quickly and efficiently
  2. Bulk create views
  3. Create views from room objects
  4. Place views on sheets efficiently
  5. Create sheets from views

About the Sheet and View Tools

  • Ideate SheetManager – Placing views on sheets from the Revit project browser is time consuming. Ideate SheetManager streamlines the process for all Revit users who need to find, open or compose sheets with views by allowing you to place multiple views quickly and easily navigate sheets. 
     
  • Ideate Align – The process of using the guide grid to place views on sheets in Revit is time consuming, but aligned views are critical for end users to understand the project’s intent. Ideate Align makes it easy.
     
  • Ideate Clone – Autodesk Revit software doesn’t support copying and swapping sheets with different views. Ideate Clone automates these processes so you can reduce errors and improve the look of Revit project deliverables. 
     
  • Ideate ViewCreator – Eliminate the need to manually apply settings by easily creating logical, user-defined names for new views that will match existing crop, scope, scale, and dozens of other system and custom parameters.

Visit 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 all the Revit plugin solutions for six months.
 


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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More Recorded Webinars

Following all our webinars, we post short articles in our blog with summaries and links to the recordings. Here are links to four blog posts/recordings on recent webinars that provide valuable information and demonstrations for users of BIM, Revit software and Ideate Software plugin tools for Revit. 

  • 02-16-22 Online User Group Meeting on Parameters - Revit parameters are such a common topic of questions that we dedicated a whole, one-hour user group meeting to the subject. Watch the recording for a high-level overview. For those wanting more details, Parameter Primer Part 1 and Parameter Primer Part 2 are for you. The 02-16-22 user group meeting covered the different kind of parameters and described the situations in which to use one over another. In addition to discussing and demonstrating Revit parameter creation methods, we polled attendees on how they use global parameters, their biggest parameter management challenge, and how often they create parameters. Listen in to hear how your company compares with others. We also shared insight on recent changes to Revit parameters, strategies to working with parameters across Revit versions, shifting terms in Revit that cause confusion and shared parameters that don’t behave as expected. 
     
  • 01-26-22 Q&A Session with Ideate Software - Want to know how your peers are using Ideate Software plugins for Revit? Watch the recording of this Q&A session! People from throughout the architecture, engineering, construction, and building-owner (AECO) community submitted some questions ahead of time and asked more while on the call. The questions included how to document and compare Revit template settings, how to analyze parameters in families and project templates, how Ideate BIMLink works with Power BI, how to use the edit rules in Ideate ViewCreator and many more! 
     
  • 12-07-21 Panel Discussion: What’s the Current State of BIM? - Building information modeling is consistently evolving. To help customers stay current on trends and to hear thoughts from professionals with extensive experience consulting on BIM to architecture, engineering, construction and building-owner companies, we hosted this one-hour discussion. Listen to the recording to hear from Holger de Groot, CEO and Founder or Modmation; Maciej Wypych, CTO and Co-Founder of Modmation; Brian Mackey, Founder of BD Mackey Consulting; and Sheena Shook, Director of Business Development at Modulus Consulting.   
     
  • 11-30-21 Webinar: How to use Ideate Software Tools to Efficiently Manage Revit Warnings. Hosted by The Architect’s Newspaper, this 30-minute webinar details what Revit warnings are, why they are important and why Revit users should care. Richard Taylor, our Technical Evangelist, also shared how to easily manage Revit warnings with our Ideate Explorer plug-in for Revit and how to easily conduct model health checks with Ideate Automation. He and Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manager, also answered questions from participants. 

Ideate Software is committed to helping customers get a strong return on their investment in our Revit plug-in tools. In addition to blog posts, we have short how-to videos, Help files, and more available 24/7 on our website. Our Support Team is also here to help. 

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