January

24

2024

San Francisco, CA, January 24, 2024 – On the recommendation of a staff member who spoke highly of Ideate Software, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners (BBB) reached out to learn more about the Autodesk® Revit® software add-ins developed by Ideate Software, an Autodesk Authorized Developer and member of the Autodesk Developer Network. 

“To get to know the software, we started with Ideate Sticky,” said Matthew Breau, Design Technology Specialist at BBB. “We were impressed that it did just what it was supposed to do, and it was easy to learn and use. We added another Ideate Software product, then another. We now subscribe to the entire Ideate suite and encourage all designers at BBB to leverage those offerings in their day-to-day work.”

In 2022, BBB added Ideate Automation to their toolkit, and in 2023, they started to explore ways to customize several of the scripts that ship with the software to meet their specific needs. When discussing these customizations, Matthew mentioned:

  • Structuring PDF Exports to Meet Teams’ Requests – People from various teams across BBB requested one PDF per type of drawing series. “Although Ideate Automation does not come with a script that can structure PDFs in that particular way, it comes with a lot of editable examples. We were able to study the many scripts as references and then we pulled in the pieces we needed and created a hybrid script that performs perfectly,” said Matthew. 
     
  • Model Health Reports – BBB developed a firm-standard model health dashboard by customizing several of the Data Export scripts that ship with Ideate Software tools. The exported data includes information about file-open times, model-in-place families, component family size and naming conventions, view organization, and model warnings.
     
  • Scaling Overnight Automations – To fully integrate Ideate Automation into BBB’s data-centered processes, BBB developed a workflow using Microsoft Power Automate to capture front-end Ideate Automation command line arguments and send them to the backend to run on a specific schedule. This allows for additional tasks to happen before or after Ideate Automation’s data export, beyond the Revit environment. “The flexibility of Ideate Automation’s task engine and its ability to work independently of the front-end UI is a huge plus for us,” said Matthew.

Read Spotlight on BBB for more information.

Visit www.ideatesoftware.com to learn how Ideate Software add-ins for Revit help users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables, and elevate design. Give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle.


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.

Autodesk and Autodesk Revit are trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries

 

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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.

Autodesk and Autodesk Revit are trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries

 

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December

29

2023

2023 was an exciting year for us! We 1) once again achieved our goal of quickly aligning our solutions with the latest and three previous versions of Revit, 2) met with thousands of BIM enthusiasts in person and virtually, and 3) introduced dozens of new features and updates that deliver even more value to subscribers. Be sure you are taking advantage of all the hard work we completed in 2023 by visiting this page for the latest Ideate Software solutions!

Ideate Automation Takes the Spotlight!

We highlight details of our 2023 activities below, but we just have to start with the super-star of the year, Ideate Automation

Ideate AutomationOur latest updates created quite a buzz within the Revit community, even with people who don’t already have Ideate Software products. The partial reason for all the new excitement is because in October, we announced that without consuming any Autodesk Cloud Credits, Ideate Automation can now be used to schedule the opening of large Revit files at a convenient time, like overnight! And if that wasn’t enough, we also announced that Ideate Automation can be used to:

  • Export data from Revit into PDF, DWG, NWC, and IFC formats
  • Publish files to Autodesk BIM 360 as often as daily
  • Run the Revit “audit and compact” process
  • Save Revit models to a specified location
  • Schedule these tasks off-hours
  • …….and so much more!

Ideate Automation Workflow Chart

Ideate Software What's New Playlist

Many More Enhancements

Like every year, we added many customer-requested updates to our products when we aligned them with Revit in May, and we added even more later in the year. To make it easy for customers to learn about the updates, build them into their workflows, and share them with colleagues, we created a “What’s New in Ideate Software” playlist on our You Tube channel and posted several short videos.

There is also a What’s New Help topic under EACH Ideate Software solution. Here is just the latest example from IdeateApps that includes both May and November 2023 updates.  Be sure to read all about the latest features and enhancements within each unique Ideate Software solution by reviewing our latest HELP files.

Online Training & Presentations

Our webinars continue to be a favorite learning method for customers. This year we hit an all-time high of 1,500 registrants! We posted links to recordings under the Events tab in our blog posts. 

We continued our Training blog post and Support blog post series in 2023 with dozens of tips on getting the most out of Ideate Software solutions.

Our support team fielded hundreds of questions regarding everything from installation to new feature requests, and almost everything in-between.

Globetrotting

Our team discussed BIM challenges and Ideate Software solutions at many in-person events:

England
Women in BIM
NXT BLD
Revit Data Management Insights Group
Digital Construction Week

France
BIM World Paris

Germany
BIM World Munich

Ireland
BIM Coordinators Summit
Singapore
Build Tech Asia

Switzerland
BIM Day GVA

United States
Autodesk University
Lunch and Learn in San Francisco
Digital Built Week - Americas
San Francisco City Tour
San Francisco AIA Conference
2023 AIA San Francisco Design Awards     
NYC City Tour

 In Good Company 

We were honored that the following customers took time out of their busy schedules to share how our products help them achieve their goals. 

  1. Corstorphine & Wright
  2. Environmental Systems Design
  3. Evolve Consultancy – 1
  4. Evolve Consultancy - 2
  5. EwingCole
  6. Goettsch Partners
  7. HPP Architects
  8. Modmation
  9. Parkin Architects
  10. Stantec

Stronger Social Media Presence

We upped our social media game to get the attention of more customers and potential customers.

New videos on YouTube
Now on Instagram 
Fun and valuable prizes!  
Spotify Wrapped campaign

Thank you!

As we close out the year, we thank Ideate Software employees, customers, consultants, partners, and others who helped us achieve our 2023 goals. We look forward to 2024 being another year of collaboration, innovation, and success.

Stay current on all our activities in 2024 by following us on X/Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

 

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December

4

2023

Autodesk released Revit version 2024.2 in November. The purpose of this blog is to:

  1. Communicate about that release relative to the Schema issue, which is the theme of our earlier posts on that topic.
  2. Share new information about how to fix Ideate Software-related schema problems 

Version 2024.2

Frankly, I’m confused about this 2024.2 release. The release notes here indicate a 8 November release date but my Autodesk Access tool indicates a 26 November release date. There are two important things I want our Ideate Software customers to know about the Revit 2024.2 release:

  • Revit version 2024.2 does not fix any schema errors that were caused by versions 2024.0 or 2024.1.0. Revit Version 2024.1.1 is the important version related to schema (so far) because it prevents new conditions from occurring. 
  • Revit version 2024.2 release notes contain this somewhat ominous warning that was not previously included: 

    Ideate Software - Revit Version 2024.2

 
So, should you install 2024.2?

If you’ve already deployed version 2024.1.1, you’ve done the best you can, as it relates to mitigating future schema errors. We have confirmed with Autodesk that 2024.2 does not further improve this condition.

How to Fix the Schema Problems in Revit 2024 – Nuclear Option

As described in our earlier posts on this topic, versions 2024.0 and 2024.1.0 of Revit have created new schema errors in files that were migrated from an earlier version of Revit. Once these errors occur they are extremely difficult to fix. Per Autodesk’s documentation on this subject, your best option is to re-migrate these projects after deploying version 2024.1.1.

If you are in the group of people who don’t have that luxury, then Autodesk has said you should start a support case with them.

We have been able to successfully purge the corrupted schema data for a few of our Ideate Software customers, so we wanted to share the process here in case it helps others. We refer to these steps as the “Nuclear Option,” so proceed with caution and only as a last resort if you cannot get the help you need from Autodesk.

***NOTE: These steps will IRREVERSIBLY delete Ideate Software data from the model, including Ideate BIMLink definitions, settings states, and/or the Stickies already in the model. All of these will need to be recreated again. Ideate Software customers with an Ideate Software schema problem should contact [email protected] before completing these steps.***

  1. Ensure you and everyone in your organization is already using Revit 2024.1.1 or higher
  2. Close Revit if it’s already open 
  3. Open a new session of Revit
  4. Open the affected file only. Make sure no other Revit sessions or models are open
  5. Save the file (save button). This is the crazy part of the process. Be sure to do this!
  6. Go to Purge Unused
    1. Press ‘Check None’ button to unselect all elements on the list
    2. Navigate to ‘Extensible Storage Schemas’
    3. As instructed by our Ideate Software support team, select only the specified GUID values
  7. Press OK to purge the selected Schemas
  8. Sync the file with Central
  9. Close Revit
  10. Reopen Revit and the model
  11. Confirm that the Ideate Software application now works correctly and that schema messages related to Ideate Software are no longer present
  12. Wash, rinse, repeat for all other models that have a schema problem. Remember to close Revit completely and restart

Finally, be sure your organization and Revit file collaborators are all using Revit 2024.1.1 or later!

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October

23

2023

San Francisco, CA, October 23, 2023 – Excited to hear from Autodesk® and discuss Ideate Software applications that streamline Autodesk Revit® workflows, Ideate Software is sending company leaders as well as a large group of software development, support, customer success, and sales team members to Autodesk University 2023.

Autodesk University 2023“Whether you are a prospective customer looking to increase productivity or an existing customer with a feature request, you’ll find the right person to talk with at our booth number 856,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “While discussing BIM with us, anyone is welcome to step into our photobooth for a fun remembrance of the event.”

In addition to the Ideate Software professionals, two customers will also be in their booth:

  • Brian Mackey, owner of BD Mackey Design
  • Sash Kazeminejad, project manager at Annex Architecture and former customer success manager at Ideate Software

“Both Brian and Sash are well known within the BIM community,” said Glynnis. “We are pleased that they will be there to share real-world examples of how they use Ideate Software tools to deliver better Revit models faster.”

Ideate Software also invites Revit users to the presentation, Clone Yourself and Save Time on Repetitive Revit Tasks, by Customer Success Manager – Americas, Nivin Nabeel, to see demonstrations on how to:

  • Export Revit model health data effortlessly while you sleep overnight
  • Generate comprehensive QTO (Quantity Take-Off) data in a snap
  • Get reports on essential Revit family and project metrics
  • Export data from Revit files to PDFs, NWC, IFC, and DWGs quickly, conveniently, and overnight

People not attending Autodesk University can visit www.ideatesoftware.com or send an email to [email protected] to learn more about their Revit productivity-enhancing tools. 


About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an 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.


Autodesk and Autodesk Revit are trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.
 

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