June

4

2018

We want customers to come to us first with questions. We don’t want them spending valuable time trying to figure out how to complete a task, when we most likely have the answer at our fingertips. And if we don’t know the answer, we will find it quickly.

Recently, we heard from a customer who had talked with our support team. Joel Roderick, Technical Design Manager with Water Technology, Inc., was working in Ideate Sticky and having trouble loading a tab into Revit software. Our support team found the cell with a formula that caused the problem. A quick change to that cell resolved the issue. Following the resolution, we got an email from Joel with this nice comment:

“I am impressed that you put the effort into figuring this out. You have exceeded my expectations!”

Want a strong support team on your side? Choose Ideate Software tools. In addition to easy access to our team, the Support pages on our website have videos with step-by-step instructions on many workflows, robust Help files, and recordings of many of our webinars.

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate Software applications can streamline Revit workflows, increase productivity, and enhance deliverables.

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October

11

2017

 It is probably safe to say Revit models contain a wealth of information. Some of this information can be generated on your own terms, and some of it is automatically generated by Revit itself, but a lot of it is unavailable to the end user, unless they have software that can tap into the Revit API.

One of the issues with having all of this information is having to decide what will be available for viewing, and how it should be composed or used within a Revit project.

For those of you who have had experience with Revisions in Revit, you probably have discovered there are a lot of benefits, and limitations to the revision tools. For example, you have the ability to customize the numbering schemes to match your office standards or client requirements. Clouding and tagging views and sheets is generally easy, unless you are clouding Parent Views with dependent views that have been placed on sheets. Revisions can get a little tricky in these situations!

But one of the biggest limitations to revisions in Revit is the scheduling aspect. As of now, Revit only has the ability to schedule revisions based on Current Revision information, such as Current Revision, and/or Current Revision Date. While this information may be sufficient for some folks, many owners and contractors require a schedule listing all sheets, including each revision, on each sheet. Unfortunately, this type of schedule is simply not native to Revit.

We have had many inquiries from customers looking to try and resolve this issue with Ideate BIMLink. As a result, we created a nice Excel Macro Template that works with our pre-defined links in Ideate BIMLink. As an added bonus, you can insert the Excel files back into Revit as a Sticky schedule, if you so choose. If you make any changes to your revisions, all you have to do is re-export the information back into your Excel Macro template to regenerate the information. Sticky will then recognize the updates, and auto-update, as long as this feature is enabled in your Revit model.

For more information on how to use the template and learn some of the basics of Revisions in Revit, be sure to check out our video on how to use the Document Issues Records Template . If you are an existing Ideate BIMLink customer and would like a copy of the Excel Macro Template, be sure to contact Ideate Software.

Ideate Software Document Issue Records Template example 1

Ideate Software Document Issues Record Template example 2

Thank you for reading! For more information on Revit and other Autodesk products, and information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, please visit our Ideate Software website.


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - ACI, LEED AP AEC Senior Application Specialist
Sash is a registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional who holds a Master of Architecture from Montana State University. Sash’s experience includes project management, BIM management, and design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and solutions for AECO firms. Find Sash on Twitter.

 

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December

22

2016

As a developer of add-in solutions for Autodesk Revit software, our goal is to help our customers get the most out of their Revit software investment. One way we do this is by meeting with users of our software as well as Revit customers at Autodesk conferences. At last year’s Autodesk Revit Technology Conference (RTC), we spoke with Tim Ekstrom, the BIM/CAD department leader for SSG MEP. SSG MEP offers a wide range of support for designing electrical, lighting, and low voltage systems for medical, municipal, educational, commercial, and transit facilities, as well as highways, roadways, and streetscapes.

Tim told us about some BIM line style standards that were not supported by our Revit add-in solution Ideate Sticky. Ideate Sticky lets Revit users “stick” Microsoft Excel files containing non-BIM data, such as code checklists, design data, and general notes, onto Revit project files, which are not able to manage or format non-BIM data.

Based on knowledge gained from further conversations with Tim, we realized that we had a great opportunity to increase the value of our software to SSG MEP and many other users who must comply with those standards. Our software development team went to work, and in December of 2015 we added three new features to Ideate Sticky:

1.    Support for hidden rows and columns
2.    Support for additional line weights
3.    Support for images

We didn’t stop there. We asked Tim for his thoughts on the updates, and he provided additional comments that led to further line refinements.

We appreciate Tim’s comments and welcome yours as well. You are deep into Revit software and Ideate Software products. If you are experiencing a challenge, chances are others are too. Please reach out to us at support@ideatesoftware.com.  

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November

14

2016

Will you be at Autodesk University (AU) in Las Vegas this week? 

If so, please visit us at booth #2570.

AU, the premier Autodesk software users event, is an ideal time for you to see a demonstration of IdeateApps, our newest collection of Autodesk Revit add–in tools from Ideate Software. Spend a few minutes with us and see how you can use this collection, which we developed to streamline the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often, to:

•    Save time by quickly renumbering elements by selection, path, or auto–update
•    Minimize stress by learning the reasons an element is not visible in a certain view
•    Reduce rework by learning which elements will be deleted along with a selected element
•    Easily select and zoom to elements within the Revit project, template, of family file

Then, take advantage of our IdeateApps Offer to experience the power that Ideate Software offers by getting a three-month trial of the 2017 version of any or all of our products, including IdeateApps, for just $50.00 each. This special offer is good for software purchased with a credit card through December 16, 2016.

We hope to see you here! If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com.

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September

15

2016

 

 

On August 1, 2016, Autodesk released a fix in Revit 2016/2017 software that eliminates a file-corruption problem we reported in late May. The problem occurred when both Ideate Sticky and UNIFI Content Management were installed on Revit 2016 or 2017. The Revit fix combined with the updated version of Ideate Sticky released in May solved the problem.

To ensure that your Revit projects continue to run smoothly, we’re providing an overview of the issue and links to the Autodesk Revit and Ideate Sticky update releases. We encourage all Ideate Sticky users to download both at the links provided below.

Overview of the Issue

In May, 2016, Guy Messick, Nancy McClure, and others from Interior Architects told us that that certain workflows involving particular versions of Revit, Ideate Sticky, and UNIFI Content Management were causing Revit projects to become permanently corrupted.

Ideate Software and UNIFI Labs worked together to find the root cause: a change introduced in Revit 2016 FCS allowed Ideate Sticky to interact with UNIFI events in ways that corrupt Revit projects. We discovered that the situation and actions outlined below caused the corruption to occur:

  1. Have Ideate Sticky and UNIFI installed on Revit 2016 or 2017. These exact combinations of versions are required:
    Versions to be installed
  2. Using Unifi Content Manager, add a new wall or other system family to the Revit project
  3. Close the Revit project
  4. Reopen the Revit project

At this point, Revit stopped on File Open and displayed the error message, “Data in project <project_name>.rvt is corrupt and needs to be manually recovered.”

Scope of Risk

It’s important to understand that this issue could affect any combination of two Revit add-ins or custom programming. (Geeky details: Revit threw an exception when one add-in registered for the Idle event inside the Document Open event triggered by another add-in).

Problem Solved

Ideate Software released a new version of Ideate Sticky (2016.4 /2017.1) on May 20 that avoided the add-in interaction. We then documented and reported the issue to Autodesk. As mentioned earlier in this post, Autodesk released a fix that avoids the corruption (even if the latest version of Sticky is not installed) on August 1 in Revit 2016/2017.

A big shout-out to Mikako Harada of Autodesk Developer Technical Services for taking a personal interest and driving the quick turnaround at the factory to address this issue.

Get the Fix

  1. Update to the latest release of Revit (2016 R2 Update 6 -or- 2017 Service Pack 2):
    Autodesk Revit Update Releases
     
  2. Update to the latest release of Ideate Sticky (2016.4  - or- 2017.1):
    Ideate Sticky Update Releases
     

More questions?

Please contact Ideate Software if you are an Ideate Software user and have any questions. Also contact us if you are a third-party Revit add-in developer and think this issue might be affecting your software. We’d be happy to share what we know.


Ben Bishoff 
Senior Software Developer

Ben has been a software engineer for over 25 years. With a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, he has worked at several software companies developing applications for the AEC industry including Sage Timberline (construction accounting and estimating) and ArchT (architectural drafting for AutoCAD). He also worked at Microsoft creating AEC and other diagramming solutions for Office Visio. Ben has been with Ideate Software for over 8 years developing add-ins for Revit including Ideate Explorer and Ideate BIMLink.

 

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