October

18

2018

Do you use screenshots to manage non-BIM data in your Revit files? If so, you know that they don’t always look professional and updating the information is time consuming. 

Streamline the process and enhance the look of your documents with Ideate Sticky, which elegantly connects non-BIM data, including images, from an Excel file into Revit projects. The possibilities for schedules that use image are almost endless.

 

Scaling Images to Fit

Ideate Sticky supports the importing of Revit images that have been placed within the Excel file. Each image will be scaled to fit within the Excel cell that aligns with the upper-left corner of the image. For best results, ensure your image doesn’t overlap adjacent cells. You can use the “merge cells” function to enlarge the area if necessary, to accommodate the image.

In the image below:

  • The first example shows how the Sticky looks when the image spans more than one cell.
  • The second example shows how the Sticky looks when the cells (A1:A2) have been merged. This example shows a better fit. 

Ideate Sticky customers can see how images can best be incorporated into the Excel file by using the Sample File ISB-Philips_Lighting_Spec.xlsx. This multi-sheet example showcases the inclusion of images within a Sticky. 

For more tips on how Ideate Sticky can streamline your workflows, view these short videos

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Sticky can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 18 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 12 years at Autodesk, where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter.

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October

16

2018

San Francisco, CA, October 16, 2018 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk Developer Network member, announced that it will attend Autodesk University in Las Vegas on November 13-15, 2018. 

“As a developer of applications that enhance Autodesk Revit software, we make it a priority to attend Autodesk University,” said Bob Palioca, President. “In addition to demonstrating our products, we ask Revit users to discuss challenges they face, and we convene after the conference to consider building tools to address those challenges.”

Representing Ideate Software at the conference will be Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development; Craig H. Dodge, Director of Sales; Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist; Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manager; and Rahul Verma, Business Development.

Conference attendees are invited to stop by booth A225 to learn about current promotions and get demonstrations of all Ideate Software tools, including Ideate Explorer with Warnings Manager. The Warnings Manager helps users keep their Revit models in top working order by:

  1. Ranking Revit Warnings based on importance
  2. Notifying users when “High” ranked warnings appear in the model
  3. Enabling users to easily fix problems using tools in Revit while the Warnings Manager dialog box is open

While at the booth, attendees can register for a free one-year, single-user subscription to the IdeateApps collection of nine tools that simplify tasks that daily Revit users perform most often*.

*This offer is available to individuals/companies that do not already have a subscription to IdeateApps.

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps 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.
Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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October

3

2018

Are your Revit projects cluttered with schedules whose sole purposes are to find elements?

There’s no need to create these schedules if you have Ideate Query.

Ideate Query is a powerful selection refinement tool within Ideate Explorer that lets you browse through your Revit elements and make a selection based on the parameters' values. You can also use it to find important properties that aren’t available through the Revit Schedule tool.

With Ideate Query, you can:

  • Select all elements that are assigned to a certain size or Mark value
  • Find Sheets based on their Revision or Issuance numbers
  • Find and review dimensions that have been overridden
  • Review all the elements that are modeled as in-place families

See how easy it is to use the Query function by viewing this short demonstration video:


 

Visit the Ideate Query support section of our website to learn more about this powerful and easy-to-use tool, including how to get started, available properties, examples, and tips.

For implementation services, or to learn more about how Ideate Explorer with Ideate Query can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 18 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 12 years at Autodesk, where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter.

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October

1

2018

Ideate Sticky is a powerful tool that allows you to live-link Microsoft Excel files in Revit as Schedules. Any changes made to the Excel file can easily be updated in your Revit model, either automatically or with a simple click of the update button.

Since a Sticky renders itself in a Schedule header, limitations of features in a Revit Schedule header prevent us from splitting a long Sticky directly in Revit. The body of a Schedule, however, has this feature. Luckily for us, we can easily and effectively accomplish the splitting of a long Sticky directly in Excel. Once accomplished, you can simply link each of the split Stickies into your Revit model as separate Stickies.


Example of one Sticky split up into multiple Stickies using the OFFSET feature in Excel. This feature allows the user to simply input the number of rows of data they want in each split Sticky and Excel will elegantly split the data evenly.

To learn more about this process, watch this detailed video on splitting long Stickies.

For more information on Ideate Sticky, be sure to visit our support page.

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Sticky can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. He has extensive experience in project management; BIM management; design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon; and leading classroom and online BIM training. He provides consulting, sales, support, and training solutions to AECO customers around the globe. Find Sash on LinkedIn.

 

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September

26

2018

Microsoft’s Power BI is a business analytics tool and service that is popular with Ideate Software customers. In our post last week, we demonstrated one example of connecting user-data from Ideate BIMLink. Once you’ve built a report or dashboard, you’ll probably want to share it with co-workers or with others external to your organization.

Your collaboration and sharing experience will be different based on the level of Power BI account you and your recipient each have. To distill the extensive and sometimes contradictory information found online, we offer the following table of options available for Power BI content. The table generally moves from the most cost and control at the top to the least cost, interactivity, and control at the bottom.

These are the different account levels considered in the table. Every step up in account level allows the affordances of the levels beneath it:

  • No Power BI Account
  • Power BI Free Account
  • Power BI Pro Account with no purchase of capacity, meaning Shared Capacity is used
  • Power BI Pro Account with organizational purchase of Premium Capacity
  • Power BI Pro Account with organizational purchase of Power BI Embedded from Azure

Note: App Workspaces are in the process of being updated, and the sharing options will be affected. The new App Workspaces are in preview mode and currently allow assigning member roles: Admin, Member, and Contributor. A read-only Viewer role is also in the works. Note that you can have finer control over who can see what data by using Row-level security.

Learn more here:


About the Author

Stephanie Fitzgerald – Software Developer
Stephanie earned her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from University of Oregon. She also gained a certificate in Advanced Full-Stack JavaScript from Alchemy Code Lab in Portland, OR. In past roles, Stephanie wrote C# and web design curriculum for Zaniac, where she was also the project manager for development, managed a research study of student motivation to learn math for Harvard University, and redesigned the website for a Tufts University library. As a student, she built a social network site for athletes, a back-end security package, and a tablet game app for the California Science Center.

 

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