September

13

2021

San Francisco, CA, September 13, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce that Ideate Explorer, which allows additional exported data from Revit to Excel for easy reviewing, is now integrated with Ideate Automation, a scripting solution that schedules the process to run at times convenient to the users.

Ideate Explorer users will now find these additionally requested data fields included within the manual export to Excel or CSV file format: Revit file name, date of the export, and the warning category. Additionally, the Power BI template (v2), available by customer request, has been updated to include a new visualization called “Top 10 Warnings.”

Customers that have both Ideate Explorer and Ideate Automation will achieve additional benefits.

“With these latest enhancements, Ideate Automation can export curated Revit warnings data for further analysis or dashboarding,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “Managing Revit warnings data is a critical step in maintaining model health, and now it’s easier than ever.”  

Here are some highlights of Ideate Automation improvements that will help Revit users avoid slow synchronization times and even file corruption:

  • Review critical Revit warnings through automated exports of Ideate Explorer warnings detail and summary data fields, including file size and warnings threshold data
  • Automatically export both Ideate Explorer warnings data and Ideate BIMLink health check data into a single file
  • Support for Power BI through an updated template (v3), available by customer request, which includes two new visualizations: Top 10 Warnings and Warnings Over Time

Details are available at What’s New in Ideate Explorer and Automation for Ideate Explorer.

To learn more about how Ideate Software products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design, visit the website. You can also download 14-day trial versions or purchase the US$500 bundle for 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.

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September

8

2021

Back on June 10, 2021, Ideate Software released a Microsoft Power BI template that uses Ideate Explorer Warnings data to enable users to visualize details of their project Warnings. Ideate Explorer customers were invited to reach out to our support team to get a copy of that Power BI template.

We developed the Power BI template to help Revit users:

  • Visualize Revit Warnings quickly. Where are my problem projects?
  • Provide accurate Revit Warning information to BIM 360 users. See that information in the BIM 360 Project Home Page (bottom of page).  Faster Revit Warnings Information to BIM 360 users.
  • Create actionable data visualizations. Deliver vital warnings information in a clear, easy-to-understand manner

With the latest software development of Automation for Ideate Explorer, we updated the Power BI template. Here are highlights of those changes:

  • Added Ideate Automation (v1.3) – Input Script: IEX-Export_Warnings to automate the export of Revit Warnings from Revit to Excel
  • Adjusted slicer filters so single Revit file filters and multiple Revit file filters work correctly
  • Added Date Slicer 
  • Added Top 10 Warning Descriptions. This was a customer request. New visualization shows the top 10 Revit Warning descriptions and the Revit files with those warnings 
  • Added Warnings Over Time
    • Filter by Revit file name(s) and by date of warnings export
    • See which files have warning issues
    • Get Revit file information (Revit version, file size and number of hidden warnings)
    • See and sort the Revit Warnings/MB metric, including a stoplight KPI

View Revit Warnings Over Time

Current Ideate Explorer subscribers can request an 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

David Haynes, Director, Ideate Software
David is a registered architect and a project management certified professional. Before joining Ideate, David had his own architectural practice and was president of a commercial design-build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he has worked as an architect, contractor and developer, and he was a national construction manager for a national retailer. David's current passion at Ideate Software revolves around how data influences AECO business decisions. Find David on Twitter.

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August

25

2021

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world.

Recently, a customer asked us about the ability to find Revit In-Place families using Ideate Explorer. We actually have a nice Ideate Explorer Help Topic on exactly that workflow using Ideate Query, which is a component of Ideate Explorer.

If fact, we have a number of Ideate Query examples for different discipline workflows such as Architectural, Structural, or MEP that are posted to our Online Help for Ideate Explorer.

But did you know that with the May 2021 release of Ideate Explorer we’ve updated the number of available properties that can be selected from three to FIVE

Ideate Query
Ideate Query dialog showing the new ability to choose up to FIVE fabulous properties

Did you also know that you can sort on ANY column by just clicking on the column header within the dialog?

Ideate Explorer - Revit In-Place Families
Here, I’m clicking on the “Is Pinned” column header to sort all the In-Place families by their pinned status

You can also move the columns and data around by just dragging and dropping them by the column header. I might want to move columns around to better analyze the results and additionally make it easier to select them. 

Ideate Explorer - Revit In-Place Families
I’ve moved the columns around to have the Pinned Status immediately after the Family Name

You can change the property selection by using a crtl+select on a property that is already included within the results. This will remove the property from the list. Then, you can add a different property if you’ve already reached the five property limit.

Ideate Explorer - Revit In-Place Families 
I’ve removed workset and added Room Name

We also have a few specific videos for using Ideate Query to Select by Host Phase and using Ideate Query to audit elements in groups.

If you are new to Ideate Query, this short video is an excellent overview about the value for all Revit users.

So, Ideate Query may not be the original Fabulous Five British Invasion, but let’s Twist and Shout and Come Together over Ideate Explorer With a Little Help From My Friend, Ideate Query.


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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August

4

2021

All Ideate Software product users can get the improvements made in May 2021 by downloading the latest versions. You can check for updates within the products, go to www.ideatesoftware.com/download or review What’s New in the online Help.    

Below are highlights of the updates. Watch the recording of our recent 30-minute webinar for more details and to see demonstrations.

General

  • All products aligned with Revit 2022 and updated for Revit 2019-2022
  • All products delivered in Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish
  • Most virtualized environments now supported by our new Cloud Networking
  • Support for legacy BIM 360 pathing and current Autodesk Construction Cloud pathing

Ideate BIMLink 

  • Alternate data key allows for the transfer of data from one project or phase to another
  • Edit nested family type parameters

Ideate Sticky 

  • Make overlapping images transparent for better viewing 
  • Open the source file directly from the Ideate Sticky dialog

Ideate Explorer 

  • Removed sketch reference planes
  • Integrated selection box and isolate elements
  • Added sheet count to views

IdeateApps

  • View title placement control on certain tools – Revit 2022 only
  • Copy plan views to other plan families
  • Alternate view placement for plan-based views
  • New checks and improvements to visibility results in Ideate XRay

 
This presentation was made at three different times for the convenience of our customers in various regions around the world. Other than the Q&A, the content was the same in each presentation.  

If you don’t yet have all our products, now is a good time to try them out. We offer free trials, and our current promotion is a six-month subscription to all of them for just US$500. 
 


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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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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