June

17

2021

Are you looking to reduce the time you spend on Revit model management? Start using Ideate BIMLink + Ideate Automation, Ideate Explorer and Ideate StyleManager to address your Revit model’s health and prevent:

  • Slowness during opening, closing and while working in models
  • Crashing
  • “Save” issues
  • Printing and exporting problems
  • Model upgrade difficulties
  • Noncompliance with company standards

With Ideate BIMLink, you can push large amounts of model health check and QA/QC-related data from your Revit model into Microsoft Excel for review in Excel and Power BI. 

Using Ideate Automation, you can export large amounts of data from multiple Revit files to Excel without being present, so you can run it overnight and the next day, your data will be ready for review. 

Use Ideate Explorer for on-demand reviews of QA/QC tasks such as finding and removing CAD imports, addressing group usage and querying a selection of elements to determine if they are pinned, flipped, modeled as in-place families and so much more. Going a step further, use features built into Ideate Explorer to help manage and address warnings, ensuring models are in good health.

Finally, with Ideate StyleManager, dive deeply into projects, templates and families for usage of styles, such as object styles, line patterns, fill patterns, materials, fonts, text and much more, to determine usage and if needed, remove unused styles and merge and purge unwanted styles, ensuring that Revit projects, templates, and families are lean, healthy, and in compliance with standards.

Here’s a link to a recording of our recent webinar in which we highlighted the importance of addressing Revit model health and demonstrated how our tools make the process easy and accurate.


 

Browse 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 - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. 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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June

10

2021

For Revit users, Revit Warnings are encountered often. They can be small and simple, or large and complex. Unaddressed warnings will pile up over time and can take a long time to correct. Failure to manage Warnings in a Revit model can result in poor performance, slow synchronization times, incorrect schedule data, or worse, file corruption. Thankfully, Ideate Explorer assists users with managing and addressing Revit Warnings using Warnings Manager, a core feature within Ideate Explorer that was introduced in the May 2018 release of Ideate Explorer.

For BIM Managers looking to take their Revit warning information further by visualizing curated details of their project warnings, such as warnings on single files, multiple files, and warnings per megabyte, and would like to visualize this information using Microsoft Power BI, we developed some templates to assist with these workflows using Warnings Manager to extract Revit warning information to Excel and then to Power BI for visuals and customization. 

Power BI Templates


For more details, read the step-by-step instructions in the Help File.

Current Ideate Explorer subscribers can request a Ideate Explorer to Power BI dashboard template that includes a Power BI template and sample files with how-to instructions.

Browse 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 - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. 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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June

7

2021

For Revit users, Revit Warnings are encountered often. They can be small and simple, or large and complex. Unaddressed warnings pile up over time and can take a long time to correct. Failure to manage Warnings in a Revit model can result in poor performance, slow synchronization times, incorrect schedule data, or worse, file corruption.

Thankfully, Ideate Explorer assists users with managing and addressing Revit Warnings using Warnings Manager, a core feature within Ideate Explorer that was introduced in the May 2018 release.

For those looking to take their Revit warning information further by visualizing curated details of their project warnings, such as warnings count by severity on single files, multiple files, and warnings per megabyte, and would like to visualize this information using Microsoft Excel, we developed some templates to assist with these workflows using Warnings Manager to extract Revit warning information to these templates. Additionally, customers with Ideate Explorer and Ideate Sticky can go a step further by linking these Excel graphics into their Revit models as project dashboards, giving the entire project team insight into their Revit warning data.

For more details, read the step-by-step instructions in the Help file.

Current Ideate Explorer subscribers can request a Ideate Explorer to Excel dashboard template that includes chart templates, Excel templates and sample files with how-to instructions.

Browse 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 - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. 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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May

25

2021

San Francisco, CA, May 25, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, announced enhancements to its Revit productivity applications.

We are pleased that once again, we updated our software shortly after Autodesk released its newest version of Revit software,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “In addition to aligning our software with Revit 2022, we made several improvements. One of the most significant changes is the translation of all our products into Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Now, users around the world will be even more productive as they use our software in their native languages.”

Additionally, Ideate Software’s cloud network licensing now works in VDI and most other remote access environments, and the products now support Revit 2022 and the change from BIM 360 to Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC).  

Below are highlights of some enhancements made to individual products: 

  • The new version of Ideate Explorer now includes: 
    • New Ideate Query properties, including Is Orphaned, Is Monitored and more
    • Integration of the Selection Box and Isolate tools for better warnings management
    • Revit 2022 element support including multi-rebar annotation, mullion tags and more
       
  • The new version of Ideate Sticky now offers: 
    • Image transparency for improved Word, Excel and PDF layouts
    • Ability to open the source documents directly from Ideate Sticky
    • Enhanced multi-select capabilities to easily edit all Stickies at once
       
  • The new version of Ideate BIMLink provides:
    • Ability to import data without the Element ID 
    • Editing support for Family Type Parameters 
    • New data properties for superior Revit health check and quality control processes
       
  • The new version of IdeateApps includes the following improvements: 
    • Revit 2022 only: View Title Alignment Control added to Clone, Align and SheetManager
    • ViewCreator: Batch Copy Views from Plan to Ceiling or from Area Scheme to Area Scheme
    • Clone, Align and the sheet creation within SheetManager support both model and non-model view alignment methods

Current subscribers have access to the current Revit-compatible version plus three earlier versions as well as access to point release improvements made during the subscription period. Those who aren’t subscribers yet can download 14-day trial versions from the Ideate Software website or purchase the $500 bundle that gives them access to all the solutions for six months.



About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps and Ideate StyleManager 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 and Revit are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Microsoft Word and Excel are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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May

17

2021

We continuously monitor Autodesk forums, Revit user groups, industry blogs, newsletters, and other events to keep our pulse on AECO trends and discussions. So, it is very easy for us to express that we feel very connected to the AECO community!

We would like our customers to know that we frequently monitor the Revit Public Roadmap plus the Revit Ideas Forums. We want to ensure our tools help fill some of the workflow gaps that may exist within the current Revit building information modeling ecosystem.

“We take great pride in developing tools that address persistent challenges faced by Revit users,” said Director of Software Development, Glynnis Patterson.

We are continuing our Ideate Software blog series entitled Wishlist Granted. Each blog article features real user requests and our response to those requests.  

Last month, I highlighted quite a few Revit Ideas Forum requests around better ways to find, filter, and select elements in Revit. Those ideas directly translated into our Ideate Explorer for Revit solution.

I would like to continue to build upon our Ideate Explorer solution and look at another series of important Revit Ideas Forum requests. There are quite a few requests for better and easier warnings management within Revit:

These are just some of the four pages of Revit warning requests within the Revit Ideas page! So obviously, this is clearly a sore point for many Revit users.

Revit 2022 finally made the Warning Dialog resizable. But beyond that, there hasn’t been much improvement in this Revit functionality for years. With the default Revit Warnings Dialog, you have to close the dialog to make most changes or fix most errors.

Ideate Explorer Warnings Manager to the rescue! 

Our Warnings Manager addresses all those Revit ideas and more. You can easily continue to work in Revit without having to close the dialog, and you can quickly reference the elements that need to be modified.

Wishlist Granted - Warnings Manager

The BEST way to see all the GREAT features in action would be to review our Ideate Software Warnings Manager video playlist! We have many short videos on specific warning types, plus a longer, 30-minute webinar on the Language of Revit Warnings that goes into extended details on the settings and features contained within the Ideate Warnings Manager that is part of Ideate Explorer.

This online help topic enabling you to Explore Revit Warnings is also a wonderful resource for review.

Our customers say it best! This quote by Laura Erdely is perfect!

“I was not very good about managing warnings in my models prior to using the Warnings Manager within Ideate Explorer. I was always searching for elusive objects when I tried to clear warnings using Revit alone. It was so time consuming that I rarely did it and let the warnings run wild. The warnings dialogue box helps me to see all the issues in a clear list and easily select the related objects. Now my whole team uses it to keep the file tidy.” 

At Ideate Software, we are focused on delighting our customers. With Ideate Software there is no need to wait for future Revit releases to see your idea turned into a reality.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our other Wishlist Granted posts.


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 20 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 and LinkedIn.

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