January

16

2023

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. You can review some of these recent question and answers via our Ideate Software support series blog category.

Recently a customer reached out to us with a question about Ideate Explorer, which is his “favorite troubleshooting add-in to clear out warnings in a hot mess of a project.” 

After deleting one Warning Type that cleared out 10 warnings, he thought that he could clear more warnings faster if he could sort by the severity of the warnings as well as by the number of warnings on a specific element. 

“I just had deleted one object which cleared out 10 warnings, and it dawned on me that in particularly rough projects I could get more warnings cleared faster if I knew which items had multiple warnings. In an ideal world, that sorting by severity of issues could weight based on the errors most severe.   E.g., in our workflows I see a ton of abandoned room separation lines which cause notable room calc based lag, I might want those (or other red rated warning types) to count for 3 points, where I really may not care (from an emergent clean up standpoint) about a green warning about a railing being malformed, which might only get half a point.” 

By default, the Ideate Explorer Warnings tab is set to “Sort by:” the Types of Warnings, such as Highlighted Floors Overlap shown below.

Revit Warnings - Ideate Explorer

Ideate Explorer Warnings Tab set to Sort by: Warning Types

We responded to this customer that you can also change the “Sort by:” criteria to Elements rather than the Types of Warnings. This will show the Element ID and the number of warnings assigned to that specific element. It will also show all the different Types of Warnings assigned to that element in the Element Information Pane.  

In the example below, the Sweep, the Sunshade, and Mike’s Roof all have 48 warnings of the same Type. However, the Storefront has 2 warnings of 2 different Types. You can also see the severity of the Warning Type by color in the Element Information Pane. In the example below, we have a severity of medium for the walls overlapping and a severity of low for the walls missing their target.

Revit Warnings - Ideate Explorer

Ideate Explorer Warnings Tab set to Sort by: Elements

”BINGO!” said the customer, who was able to fix 30 warnings from one element very easily.

You can learn more about the Warnings Manager in Ideate Explorer by reviewing this online Help topic. You can also review an entire library of videos focusing on using the Ideate Explorer Warnings Manager. 

Don’t let your project become a hot mess! Fix things easily with Ideate Explorer and the Ideate Warnings Manager!

Keep those amazing questions coming to [email protected]. Your feedback allows us to improve our software with every release.


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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December

22

2022

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. You can review some of these recent question and answers via our Ideate Software support series blog category.

It seems like we’ve received a fair number of support cases recently around this strange warning message concerning Ideate Sticky. So, I wanted to explain it in detail and offer a quick fix.

Unexpected Future Version of Ideate Sticky

Unexpected future version?  What’s going on here?

Ideate Sticky customers might see this message when someone on the project team has upgraded to the latest version of Ideate Sticky and the rest of the team has not. When that specific person updated the stickies in the project with their latest Ideate Sticky version, this upgraded the settings format, causing the warning to show up for everyone on an older release. When the person with the latest release of Ideate Sticky opens another project and updates the stickies, the warning will start to show up there as well.

The solution is to update everyone to the latest release.

The reason this change was made in the latest release is the display scaling calculation. You can read more about that specific setting in this blog article.

The EASIEST and fastest way to update the whole office to the latest release of Ideate Sticky or the entire software bundle is to use our Ideate Software Installer. I mentioned it recently within this blog post ensuring you have the latest release of IdeateApps.

Ideate Software Installer 
 
The Ideate Software Installer is the best way to update all your Ideate Software tools in a snap!

Now that you know about the Ideate Software installer, I hope the road ahead is smooth sailing! Wait, “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

Keep those amazing questions coming to [email protected]. We are always happy to assist our customers with their Ideate Software solutions.


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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November

17

2022

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. You can review some of these recent question and answers via our Ideate Software support series blog category.

We recently were contacted by a customer that was trying to find empty Structural Framing Tags. Some of the tags were displaying correctly and some had the infamous question mark symbol (?) within the tag. They were trying to find those empty framing tags and delete them. While investigating, we utilized the Query function within Ideate Explorer and searched for the parameter “Tag Text” to be able to list all the tags that had a prefix and a suffix in this project. That’s when we realized the specific framing tag had a prefix and a suffix setup within the tag.

The prefix and suffix within that Structural Framing Tag was telling Revit that it had a value and it was not actually blank, although the tag wasn’t set to display the prefix or suffix. In this instance, the prefix was set to “T=” and suffix was set to “k”. So, we suggested using Ideate Explorer or Ideate QuickSelect to search for the non-displayed prefix and suffix because you can now also search on the “Tag Text” property. In this specific case, we were able to tell the customer to use either Ideate Explorer or Ideate QuickSelect to use the search string “T=k” to find the Structural Framing Tags that need to be deleted.

Find information diplaying within a tag with Ideate Explorer or Ideate QuickSelect

Use the Search field in either Ideate Explorer or Ideate QuickSelect to find information displaying within a tag. This is the Tag Text Parameter.

Ideate Explorer, in addition to the text displayed in the Results area, also searches within the tag text parameter value, which is not displayed but can be viewed within Ideate Query.   

Find all the Tag Text information with Ideate Query
Using Ideate Query within Ideate Explorer allows you to find all the Tag Text information.

Ideate QuickSelect also has the advanced search for text within the Tag Text parameter, but it does not have the additional power of Ideate Query to see additional details of the Tag Text.

You can learn more about Ideate Explorer Search by reviewing this online Help topic.

You can learn more about Ideate QuickSelect Search by reviewing this online Help topic.
 

Keep those amazing questions coming to [email protected], because this is critically important feedback allows us to continue to improve our software every release.
 

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October

21

2022

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. You can review some of these recent question and answers via our Ideate Software support series blog category.

We’ve been receiving excellent feedback on our latest tool within the IdeateApps collection, Ideate Annonate. If you don’t see the Ideate Annotate icon within your IdeateApps tool collection, it means you haven’t updated to the latest June 2022 release of IdeateApps. You can use our Ideate Software Installer to make sure you have the latest software.

IdeateApps Ribbon|
The most recent IdeateApps tool collection should now have 10 tools within the IdeateApps ribbon menu.

We recently received a nice question from a good customer:

“How do you control the sensitivity of the 2D annotation clash detections within Ideate Annotate?”

First, it’s always nice to review the workflows for using Ideate Annotate. We have a nice Help topic on using Ideate Annotate. Secondly, we are using the 2D annotation bounding boxes to pick up on 2D annotation clashes between elements. The sensitivity of the clash detection can be controlled via the Settings Menu on the main Ideate Annotate dialog.

Go to the Settings cog icon and choose the Settings option.

Ideate Annotate Settings
This is the Settings menu for Ideate Annotate

A dialog will appear allowing you to set the sensitivity of the clashes. You can also use this menu to clear all issues that you may have previously dismissed. Sliding the setting to the right will reduce 2D annotation clashes.

Each tag has a bounding box that is sized according to its geometry. Invisible lines in a tag family, for example, can create an unexpectedly large bounding box and may produce unexpected clash results. In that case, you might want to reduce the sensitivity.

Ideate Annotate - Clash Sensitivity
This image shows why you might want to adjust the Clash Sensitivity setting.

Review the online Help article for Annotation Clashes and Clash Sensitivity.

Ideate Annotate Clash Sensitivity Dialog
This is the Clash Sensitivity Dialog

You may find this recent web article from AECbytes very informative as they showcase many of the exciting features and workflows supported by Ideate Annotate.

Keep those amazing questions coming to [email protected], because this is critically important feedback allows us to continue to improve our software every release.
 

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September

14

2022

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. You can review some of these recent question and answers via our Ideate Software Support Series blog category.

Thousands of users all around the world use Ideate Sticky every day to combine the ease and flexibility of Excel, Word, and PDF editing with the convenience of a sticky note. Ideate Sticky elegantly connects non-BIM data from an Excel, Word, or PDF document into Revit projects, enhancing cross-team workflows.

Over the past few years, we’ve had several support cases where a specific user updates the Ideate Sticky schedule, and the formatting width of the Sticky schedule changes. A Sticky schedule can change size unexpectedly when updated or auto-updated on a computer with a different display scaling than the display scaling value used on the computer that originally created the Sticky schedule. This issue is most commonly manifested when using remote desktop applications or laptops with docking stations, as well as with external devices such as projectors where display scaling could be changed during a Windows session.

Display Settings

 

Formatting Differences 
Different computers might have different scaling and display resolutions that could potentially impact the width of a Sticky schedule, as shown in these images.

For our June 2022 release, we solved this condition with a new width calculation option.

Use this new project-based setting to use an improved width calculation for all Sticky schedules found within the project. This option is turned on for all new projects and off for any projects with Stickies created prior to the June 2022 release for Revit 2020-2023. Please refer to this online Help file for additional details.

Stick Settings

The improved Sticky schedule width calculation is turned on for any new projects. This can be accessed via the Settings cog from the Ideate Sticky main dialog.

All customers are encouraged to deploy the latest version of Ideate Sticky for Revit versions 2020-2023 to take advantage of this improvement. Because this feature controls the size of text it is imperative that all users within the company are utilizing the same build version for Ideate Sticky. 

Keep those amazing questions coming to [email protected], because this is critically important feedback allows us to continue to improve our software every release.
 

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