Manufacturer’s details, general notes, specifications, and other types of non-BIM data are critical to project success, but those items don’t always have a direct relationship with an element in a Revit model. How can you easily disseminate them to the Revit project team members? 

With Ideate Sticky!

We introduced Ideate Sticky in 2015 to link Excel spreadsheets to Revit projects as simple Revit table schedules. Over the past eight years, we have added many new features, and now users can create and place “Stickies” within a Revit project that represent the contents of a Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF files. Ideate Sticky now also supports Absolute paths, Relative paths, and Autodesk Cloud locations for data locations.

Sticky Schedules vs. Sticky Images

Stickies created and placed into projects as native Revit Schedule elements offer several benefits and a few limitations. When you create a new Sticky schedule, you create a new Generic Model Schedule that has header text but no body text. Learn more 

We recommend Sticky images when the size of the Excel columns and rows is important, because they offer greater visual fidelity of documents that include long pieces of text or many images. Learn more

For details and examples, read this blog post

It’s Easy to Create Stickies

With our intuitive user interface, you’ll be a pro at creating Stickies in no time. Here are the steps:

Step-by-Step Instructions

Ideate Sticky

  1. Select a Source File
    • Open the sheet or view where you want to place the Sticky
    • Launch Ideate Sticky
    • Stay on the default Excel (Schedules) tab to create a Sticky Schedule. If you want to create a Sticky image, click on the  Word, PDF, Excel (Images) tab
    • Click Create in the lower left-hand corner (Item 2 in the image above)
      • For Schedules, pick the “...” button by the Source box at the top (Item 3 in the image above) select a file to import by 
      • For Images, select the desired source file
  2. Specify the Source Details
    • Schedules
      • Identify the worksheet the Excel file that contains the data to import (Item 4 in the image above)
      • Define the area to be imported in the worksheet by selecting the region (Item 5 in the image above)
      • The Sticky name will be displayed in the Project Browser under the Schedule folder (Item 6 in the image above). Review the name for accuracy
      • Select OK (Item 7 in the image above)
      • Review Auto-update options. Learn more by reading Update the Sticky in Revit Projects with Ideate Sticky
    • Images
      You can specify the Excel source documents by selecting the worksheet regions in any worksheet as well as the DPI value. The Name column represents the available regions that include saved Print Areas and named regions. View and edit the ranges in Excel from the Formulas>Name Manager dialog.

    • Color Overrides:

      Image Stickies can be created with a Color, Grayscale, or Black and White override. Black and white will take precedence over the drop-down selected when creating the Image Sticky. Learn more by reading this blog post
    • DPI Overrides and Transparency:

      NOTE: Higher dots per inch values will result in larger image files, which could affect the Revit model size.

Want to learn more about Ideate Sticky? Check out our Help files and our Video Library.