Whether you are an urban designer, industrial architect, commercial architect, residential architect, or interior designer, chances are that you chose your field so you can be integrally involved in designing the look of structures and ensuring that they are both attractive and functional. The ability to express your creativity, be a part of new trends, see the fruits of your labor, and make an impact on your community probably contributed to your career path as well.
Like many careers, the most desirable activities are often rounded out with some activities that are less interesting. For example, many architects at both large and small firms around the world get to work with Revit software, which allows them to create realistic 3D models, iterate and optimize designs, collaborate with people in other disciplines involved in the projects, “walk through” their designs with customers, and deliver constructable plans to construction crews. However, some Revit workflows interrupt the creative process because they are time consuming and tedious. Because time-consuming and tedious activities can cause the mind to wander, they often need to be done over and over again, frustrating the engineers, project teams, project managers, and customers.
Ideate Software Add-Ins for Revit
Fortunately, Revit users don’t need to spend their time and energy on repetitive activities. Instead, they can turn to Ideate Software. Since launching our first Autodesk Revit addin in 2008, we have focused our efforts on listening to Revit users, understanding their challenges, and developing products that address those challenges. Today, our suite of products includes Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, Ideate StyleManager, and Ideate Automation.
With our products, architects around the world have more time to focus on interesting activities while they create high-quality models that accurately reflect their design ideas. Their customers are happy because the models look good, perform well, meet regulatory requirements, adhere to style guidelines, and are delivered on time. The construction teams are happy because they get clear and accurate instructions they can follow to get to work quickly and keep the projects moving smoothly without having to stop for clarifications, deal with clashes, or correct mistakes. Building operators are happy because they get accurate as-built information they can use for maintenance and more.
See Some Examples
In addition to developing top Revit add-ins, we are also known for providing outstanding support through numerous methods, including how-to videos and webinars, both live and recorded. These resources also serve as ways for prospective customers to see our products in action before they determine that they are well worth the investment.
Here is a quick summary of each of our products as well as a link to a related video, so you can see the products in action. You can access hundreds more videos from our website.
- Ideate BIMLink – Export data from a Revit file to Microsoft Excel for fast and easy auditing and updating, then import the data back into the Revit model, which will update automatically.
Three-Minute Demo Video: Push "To and From Room" data into Door Tags
Need to schedule and tag the “To: Room” and “From: Room” parameters? This can create challenges in Revit because it does not list system parameters for tagging. This video shows you how to easily do it with Ideate BIMLink.
- Ideate Explorer - Revit comes with a project browser. Ideate Explorer is a model browser that lets users get a full view of all elements in the model, find and delete incorrect items, revise elements, and deal with Revit warnings.
Nine-Minute Video – Top 10 Revit Model Auditing Workflows Using Ideate Explorer
Large Revit models can be difficult to understand and manage, but not with Ideate Explorer, which has an easy to use interface that provides many tools to display, sort, filter, search, query, review Revit warnings, and fully understand the complex relationships of your Revit model. This video delivers 10 tips for everyone who uses Revit, and are especially important for BIM managers or project managers.
- Ideate Sticky – Elegantly connect non-BIM data from an Excel, Word or PDF document into Revit projects.
Eight-Minute Introduction Video – Introduction to Ideate Sticky
The lack of a text editor in Revit makes organizing and formatting essential non-BIM data frustrating and time consuming. Watch this video to see how easy it is to use Ideate Sticky to manage the look and feel of text and other tabular data.
- IdeateApps – This collection of 10 tools streamlines the tasks that Revit users perform most often.
Five-Minute Demo Video - Numbering Revit Sheet Sets with IdeateApps
Watch this video to how to meet a common permitting checklist to include in the title block the sheet number relative to the total number of sheets in the permit set.
- Ideate StyleManager – In Revit, it is seemingly impossible and very time consuming to identify the source of each non-standard style so they can be removed, renamed, or merged into BIM standards. It’s fast and easy with Ideate StyleManager.
Seven-Minute Overview Video - Top 5 Tips for Keeping your Revit Models Healthy and Organized with Ideate StyleManager
See how easy it is to manage styles, reducing publishing errors and end-user confusion.
- Ideate Automation – This scripting solution runs time-intensive BIM tasks in the background while your staff does more meaningful work.
Five-Minute Demo Video - Publishing to PDF with Ideate Automation
Learn how to use Ideate Automation to set up and schedule publishing to PDF from a single Revit model or many Revit models located on a computer or the Autodesk Construction Cloud.
Read About How Architects use Ideate Software Add-Ins for Revit
We are proud that many of our customers share their experiences with Ideate Software addins. Revit users discuss how they benefit from our tools in the stories linked to below:
- Parkin Architects Exceeds Customer Expectations with the Help of Ideate Software
Parkin Architects is a well-known architectural leader in Canada for acute and mental healthcare, recreation, science, technology and research, justice, corrections, and education.
- JGMA Creating Efficiencies with all Ideate Software Tools
JGMA is a Chicago-based architecture and design firm with projects across North America, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.
- HLW Highly Recommends Ideate Software Add-in Tools for Revit
HLW has been designing buildings for more than 135 years, and its designs have earned the firm a solid reputation in multiple sectors, including government, education, financial, residential, hospitality, and technology.
- Pollard Thomas Edwards Enhances UK Towns, Cities and Villages with the Help of Ideate Software
PTE works with communities, local authorities and commercial clients to design homes, neighborhoods, public, and mixed-use buildings throughout the United Kingdom.
- GLHN Architects & Engineers Calculates ROI of Ideate Sticky
For more than 50 years, GLHN Architects and Engineers has worked as a trusted advisor to provide solutions that meet both immediate and long-term future needs.
Ready to Learn More?
Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software’s Autodesk Revit addins 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 our addins for Revit, which includes Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months.
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