January

17

2019

Ideate ReNumber can be used in a multitude of situations. For example, you can renumber elements by picking them one by one or by using detail lines that cross through elements or have vertices that touch elements. In some situations, you can automatically renumber elements based on how the rule was created.

But did you know that you can also renumber elements from within a Revit schedule?

If you have a schedule of elements that you want to renumber in the order displayed in your schedule, check out the short video at the bottom of this post. It will help you save a lot of time on renumbering tasks.

Ideate ReNumber is part of our IdeateApps collection of tools designed to simplify the tasks that Revit users perform most often. Existing IdeateApps customers can request the two custom rules shown in the video by contacting support@ideatesoftware.com.

Revit Productivity Tools - ReNumber elements in Schedules with IdeateApps

You can use Ideate ReNumber in schedules to quickly renumber elements based on the display order of the schedule.

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today. 


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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January

10

2019

At Ideate Software, we develop software that expands existing workflows in Autodesk Revit software. When creating Ideate ViewCreator, we gave a lot of attention to enhancing view templates in Revit. Revit view templates are used for creating and maintaining consistent standards. That strength is enhanced by Ideate ViewCreator, which ensures that each new view created meets the set standards.

If view consistency isn’t compelling enough, here are two more reasons to use view templates when working with Ideate ViewCreator.

  1. Improve Performance
    The use of view templates has a drastic impact on the performance of Ideate ViewCreator. If the original view has a template assigned, the time to process all the settings is significantly reduced. This is most notable when using the ‘Plans To Levels’ method:
    • With a template in place, the generation of each view takes one second or less. 
    • Without a template, the time is largely dependent on the number of object styles in a file. In a file with 900 objects styles, each view will take 2.5 seconds to generate. In a file with 1,600 object styles, each view will take more than 5 seconds. We have one file that has 4,200 object styles. Each view in that file takes more than 16 seconds to generate! When doing a large batch process, this can feel like forever.
       
  2. Assign Design Option and Linked File Graphics
    Unfortunately, we don’t have access to some view settings through the Revit API, including the valuable design option and linked file graphics. Thankfully, all these settings are supported by view templates. 

    With the power of partial view templates, Ideate ViewCreator supports the handling of these specific settings independently from the other graphics settings. This allows the design option graphics to be applied to views that would have different templates assigned by layering the view templates. See our online Help for a detailed example.

Duplicating Views in Ideate ViewCreator - Revit Productivity Tool


About Ideate ViewCreator

Part of our IdeateApps collection, Ideate ViewCreator is used to create views with the right names and the right settings every time. With it, you can generate hundreds of views across levels, disciplines, and more. 

Learn more about Ideate ViewCreator in our extensive online Help. Ready to give it a try? Download a trial version or subscribe today.


About the Author

Jesika DiGregorio - Software Team Lead
Jesika received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene where she also spent time studying advanced math. Her work experience includes Junior Designer at an award-winning firm specializing in architecture and land planning, and Intern Architect at a firm that provides services in planning, design, construction documents and construction administration for projects of all sizes. After working in architecture design for several years, Jesika decided to pursue her interest in programming and her love of efficient systems. She now serves as a Software Team Lead for Ideate Software. 

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January

7

2019

San Francisco, CA, January 7, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to its Revit software add-ons.

“While making all of our products compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we took the opportunity to implement some improvements and fixes,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development. “These November 2018 updates demonstrate our commitment to anticipating and quickly responding to customer needs and industry trends.”

Below are highlights of the updates. Click the links for more details: 

Ideate BIMLink 

  • Ability to edit data in the program; no longer need to export it to Excel first
  • Ability to export metric units with the expected Excel formatting for German customers
  • Ability to edit the revision sequence of a revision cloud

Ideate Explorer

  • Option to pre-define the importance of all 915 Revit warning types
  • Ability to search for specific warnings and edit multiple warnings at once
  • Option to gather warnings data only when the Warnings tab is active
  • Ability to see when a project has exceeded a specified number of warnings

IdeateApps

  • Ideate ReNumber now supports multi-category rules
  • Ideate ViewCreator better handles visibility and graphic override conditions when duplicating plans by level

Ideate Sticky

  • Ability to move or rename project folders in Windows Explorer and maintain Ideate Sticky pathing
  • Ability to access Excel files that are part of an Autodesk BIM360 project
  • Some previously incompatible Excel files are now compatible

“I appreciate the time our customers spend discussing Revit workflow challenges with us,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “By staying in touch with the architecture, engineering, construction, and building owner community, we know about their needs. And by hiring and retaining top software developers who understand the market, we’re able to enhance our products to address those needs.”


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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January

3

2019

Recently, I was presented with a great tip from one of our customers on how to use Ideate Explorer and Ideate Query to search for elements on a duplicate level and move those elements to the correct level. The issue with deleting levels is that all elements and views that are associated with that level will also be deleted, which could be catastrophic to your project. Prior to Revit 2019, if you attempted to delete a level, Revit only warned you that associated views and the level itself would be deleted. What Revit failed to tell you is that you would lose much more than the views and levels. Fortunately, Ideate SmartDelete, one tool in the IdeateApps collection, is able to report on all element dependencies.


Example of using Ideate Explorer to select elements by level

If you are interested in learning how you can use Ideate Explorer and IdeateApps to make an informed decision on how to move elements from an incorrect level to a correct level, then please watch the video below. This will show you how to move elements to another level and outline other considerations that should be accounted for before doing so.

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today. 


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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October

22

2018

Here are some tips and tricks I shared at a recent presentation on Ideate ReNumber, one of the nine tools included in the IdeateApps collection for daily Revit users:

  1. Be aware of your view depth. If you get odd numbering behavior with curtain panels, it could be because the view depth is too deep. To avoid this problem, make your elevations shallow. Simply adjust the Far Clip Offset to go just to the back edge of the front curtain panel.
     
  2. Exclude Nested Elements.  You can have Ideate ReNumber exclude Nested Elements by two methods:
     
    • Edit the ReNumber rule and use the Ignore Parameter feature OR
    • Make sure the nested family is set to “not shared”
       
  3. Use the Vertex method. This method provides exact precision for the order you want to renumber elements by renumbering at the vertices of the renumber path.
     
  4. Renumber and rename views of sheets. Draw lines through your viewports to rename and renumber views in order. 
     
  5. Understand the “Flip” button on doors. If your door uses the Room Location (Calculation) Point and you click the flip button, your door will flip. This is the same behavior as changing the To and From room values through a schedule. To change the numbering without flipping the door, check the “Report ‘From Room’ Value” box.

Want to learn more about how easy it can be to renumber elements in your Revit project? Here are several resources available to you from the Ideate Software website:

For implementation services or to learn more about how IdeateApps 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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