June

30

2020

You may have heard the exciting news about the May 2020 updates to Ideate Sticky that include the ability to live-link Word and PDF documents into Revit projects. Want to see it in action? Check out the recording of our 30-minute webinar, What’s New in Ideate Sticky. 

Since its inception in 2015, Ideate Sticky has elegantly linked Excel spreadsheets into Revit projects. This year, in direct response to customer requests and comments on the Autodesk Ideas Forum, we expanded the support to include Word and PDF documents. This new functionality works with the current version of Revit (2021) as well as the three prior versions (2020-2018).

Watch this recording for demonstrations and discussions on linking different types of documents into Revit files as well as other new features, including: 

  • The ability to select and update multiple Stickies at once
  • The option to have Stickies appear in black and white 
  • The ability to link Excel files into Revit as images when greater visual fidelity is needed

 

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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

29

2020

Take a listen to the recording of the E2017 episode of BIMThoughts podcast for a conversation between hosts Bill Debevc, Carl Storms, and Dana De Filippi with Ideate Software’s Richard Taylor and Sash Kazeminejad. You’ll hear a fun and informative discussion on the history of BIM, predictions of the future, and most importantly, the new features in Ideate Sticky, the application that allows Revit users to link non-BIM data such as Word, Excel and PDF documents into Revit projects. 

Richard, who has worked with Revit software for 20 years, talked about groundbreaking technology of yesteryear and his prediction that several pieces of software will collectively evolve the ecosystem over the next few years. He noted that BIM is not just Revit, and there is a wealth of additional software that AEC professionals can use. Generative Design and Computational Design are the industry hot topics right now, but AEC professionals should review tools like Ideate Software to maximize their investment in BIM. Dana commented, “Ideate is probably pretty responsible for a lot of people not learning computation or Dynamo as early as they should have, because your tools are so awesome and they do so many things that maybe we would have looked to Dynamo for if we hadn’t had them.”

BIMThoughts Podcast

When the conversation moved to Ideate Software tools, Sash talked about the recent updates to Ideate Sticky. “I was most excited about this update because it went through a major overhaul. Based on feature requests from many customers, we now support the use of Word, PDF and Excel as images.” Prior versions of Ideate Sticky only supported Excel spreadsheets as Revit Schedules. With the most recent improvements to Ideate Sticky, we have now covered the major formats that people use outside of Revit.

Check out the 40-minute podcast to hear the conversation, which ends with Sash’s bonus content talk about coffee.

You can also watch this five-minute video to learn about the May 2020 updates to Ideate Sticky.

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June

26

2020

In May 2020, we released a new version of Ideate Sticky for Revit versions 2018-2021. This new version includes the much-requested feature of support for Word and PDF files, in addition to Excel files. This new functionality means that those who want to link Excel file content into their Revit files now have a choice. The Stickies can be created either as Revit schedule elements or as Revit images. The primary benefit of the newer method (images), is visual fidelity with the source document. 

Benefits of using new method - Images

These side-by-side examples show some of the differences between how the same Excel file is displayed using each Sticky method.

Example 1

In this first example, which uses the ISB-Concrete_Strength_Table.xlsx sample file, the differences are subtle, but if you look closely, you’ll see that the word wrap areas, shown in yellow, are not the same. The Sticky image version on the right accurately captures the word wrap as it is seen within the Excel file. If word wrap precision and/or column width/row height precision are important to your documentation, this newer method should be used.

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Sticky Schedule vs Sticky Image

Example 2

In this second example, which uses the ISB-Timeline.xlsx sample file, we notice a more substantial difference. The Sticky image, shown on the right, can display the chart element found on the same workbook, unlike the Sticky schedule.

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Sticky image vs Sticky schedule
 

Benefits of using original method - Schedules

The primary benefit of using the older method (Revit schedules) is that the file open performance is slightly faster. In most cases this will be negligible. Some people might also prefer the older method because the text, which is displayed within Revit as the schedule header, will become searchable when published into PDF file format. Refer to our online Help topic for more details, including a detailed comparison chart .

For those who want to link Excel files into Revit, this newly released version has got you covered with two great options for your design documentation needs. If you want to link Word or PDF files into Revit, Ideate Sticky can also deliver the quality and visual fidelity you need to coordinate your non-BIM data.

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To learn more about Ideate Sticky check out these related videos:

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

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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June

16

2020

San Francisco, CA, June 16, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to its Revit productivity applications.

“As we do every year, we launched updates to all our products 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 2021, we added enhancements requested by Revit users around the world. One of the most significant changes is within Ideate Sticky, which has always enabled users to link Excel spreadsheets into their Revit projects. With our latest version, users can also link Microsoft Word and PDF documents—even multi-paged PDF documents—into their Revit projects.”

May 2020 Updates

Below are highlights. Click on the links for more details: 

  • The new version of Ideate Sticky now offers: 
    • Support for PDF and Word documents
    • The ability to mass-edit Sticky properties
    • The option to link Excel files into Revit projects as images when greater visual fidelity is needed
       
  • The new version of Ideate StyleManager includes:
    • Improved usage results for families containing older CAD imports object styles
    • Hatch patterns displayed on the Fill Pattern dialog
    • Filled and masking regions renamed from "Detail items" within usage results of the user interface to better indicate their status
       
  • The new version of Ideate BIMLink has the following enhancements:
    • MEP — Create spaces from linked room data 
    • Structure — New data category: Sketch
    • New quality control workflows with additional properties available:
      • Walls: Has Edited Profile and Has Split face
      • Roofs, Ceilings, Floors: Has Split Face
      • Walls, 2021 Only: Cross Section
      • Walls, 2021 Only: Angle from Vertical
    • New Health Check Folder within Library Links
       
  • The new version of Ideate Explorer now offers:
    • Support for new Revit 2021 elements including Direct Shapes and linked PDFs
    • New features in the Ideate Query component:
      • All quality control properties added to Ideate BIMLink also available within Ideate Query
      • Review survey or internal coordinate data for all model elements
    • Support for deployment of company standards in the Warnings Manager component
       
  • The new version of IdeateApps includes the following improvements: 

Those who already subscribe to Ideate Software solutions have access to the current Revit-compatible version (2021) plus three earlier versions (2020-2018), 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 6 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, and 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.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark 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

26

2020

Ideate Sticky users will want to download the latest version right away, because it includes one of the most frequently requested features: the ability to link PDF and Microsoft Word documents to Revit files!

If you follow the Autodesk Ideas Forum, you’ve seen this request for a long time. While Autodesk responded this year with support for PDFs in the current version of Revit, Ideate Software responded by providing support for both PDFs and Word documents in the current version of Ideate Sticky (2021) as well as the three previous versions (2020-2018). Also, unique to Ideate Sticky is the ability to link multi-paged documents at once, instead of one page at a time. Based on numerous conversations with our customers and the Revit community, we know this new feature will dramatically simplify the process of getting information provided by consultants and other sources to everyone working on the project.

See the new features in action during our “What’s New in Ideate Sticky” webinar. To register for the APAC webinar, click here.

Ideate Sticky May 2020

We send out a huge thank you to the many customers who helped us beta-test this new feature. We appreciate the time you spent with us to ensure the quality and resolution meet your needs.

In addition to support for PDF and Word documents, we added more new features to our 2018 - 2021 versions of Ideate Sticky. Here are highlights:

  1. The Status field includes BIM 360 disk and BIM 360 error statuses to reflect the various local state conditions shown through the desktop connector
  2. The ability to update multiple Stickies at once
  3. The option to have Stickies appear in black and white 
  4. The ability to link Excel files into Revit as images when greater visual fidelity is needed
  5. Licensing support for Remote Desktop added for standalone licensing

Get all the details from our online Help files and see related videos on our website.

Download the new version today.

We develop software to streamline Revit processes. Have a feature you’d like us to consider? Let us know.


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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