February

11

2021

San Francisco, CA, February 11, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce the sixth anniversary of its fourth solution for Revit users, Ideate Sticky. Based on customer comments, Ideate Sticky was developed to allow users to create and format tabular text in an Excel spreadsheet and then “stick” that spreadsheet on a Revit sheet as a Revit schedule.

The original idea for Ideate Sticky came through David Conant, the first architect-employee at Revit (pre-Autodesk). It was David’s idea to investigate the use of Revit’s schedule headers as a way to efficiently and elegantly represent tabular data. The earliest version, created with David’s input, was called Ideate Table.

Ideate Table
 
“With the six-year anniversary upon us, we reminisced about the evolution of Ideate Sticky and enjoyed remembering feature requests, the software development process, beta testing and the launch of each new feature,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “Here is a quick trip down memory lane at some improvements made to Ideate Sticky over the years.” 

April 2015

This new tool received rave reviews from customers, many of whom saw more ways in which they could use it. Just a few months after the launch, when Ideate Software aligned the software with Revit 2016, it announced several new customer-requested Excel sample files, including:

  • Plumbing Fixture Counts
  • Hardware Schedules
  • General Notes and Bid Scopes
  • Special Characters 

2016 - 2019

As word of this powerful new tool spread throughout the AECO community, more and more people reached out with compliments and ideas for enhancements. During this time, Ideate Software:  

  • Improved visual fidelity
  • Added support for hidden rows and columns
  • Added the ability to use any named region to define a Sticky
  • Added the ability to include an image, such as a company logo, within the header
  • Improved the File Open process
  • Added a progress bar to File Open
  • Streamlined installation and activation; sped up opening and updating
  • Allowed access for files stored on Autodesk BIM 360 via the Desktop Connector

2020

This past year marked significant advancements in Ideate Sticky. Ideate Software added the ability to: 

  • Link PDF and Microsoft Word documents into Revit projects
  • Link multi-paged documents at once
  • Link Excel spreadsheets to Revit files as images
  • Mass edit Ideate Sticky properties
  • Have Stickies appear in black and white 

Here’s a look at Ideate Sticky, 6 years and 12 versions later…

 
“We extend a sincere thank you to our customers that helped us make Ideate Sticky into the must-have Revit solution it is today, and we look forward to continuing its evolution to meet their needs,” said Glynnis. 


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, Ideate StyleManager and Ideate Dashboard for Autodesk BIM 360 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, Revit and BIM 360 are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word 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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February

2

2021

We were honored that in 2020, ZGF Architects, BD Mackey Consulting and BIM Guru participated in our webinar series on how customers use Ideate Software solutions. In case you missed the webinars or you’d like to watch them again or share them with your colleagues, below are the links. The recordings are also in our Customer Webinars Playlist on our YouTube Channel. 

If you are interested in showcasing your company, BIM management best practices and use of Ideate Software solutions, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you and share your expertise with our customers.

ZGF Architects and Ideate Software Unveil Winning Revit Strategies


 

Simplify Revit Tasks with Brian Mackey and Ideate Software


 

Revit Model Management with Gavin Crump and Ideate Software


 

We’d also encourage you to access customer-focused webinars from previous years, filled with Revit data management tips and tricks shared by BIM professionals from the following firms:

We will continue this series in 2021, so please keep an eye on our Events page for details. If you’d like to be added to our email distribution list, send a note to [email protected].


 

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December

9

2020

Localization is the industry’s technical term for making software solutions user-friendly to people in other countries. This kind of effort always includes translation but can also include ensuring that any examples used are relevant, particularly as they relate to governmental or industry standards or requirements. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the Ideate Software development team decided that investing in an effort to become more connected with our far-flung customer base would be a great project for us to undertake. 

We can’t travel but we can try to speak each other’s language. Knowing that Google Sheets has a translate function, we thought, “how hard could this be?” 

We began our journey by taking a look at how our software looked in other languages. Did you know that Revit is available in English, French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Russian and Czech? You can easily change the language of your Revit as described in this Autodesk article. Setting the language to Japanese was a real eye-opener for us and made us appreciate the challenge facing our Japanese customers. The image below shows the Revit interface when language is set to Japanese. Guess which tab is the Annotate tab??

Revit in Japanese
 

Our polyglot Support Manager, Jan Sako, quickly reviewed the Google Czech translations and saw one of the many challenges in front of us…a Sheet can be both a bed sheet or a drawing sheet. This would clearly NOT be a simple task! 

Translation Help from Japan, France, and Mexico

We decided to tackle Japanese as a way of teaching ourselves about the process of localization and were extremely lucky to find two people to help us through this first phase. Yuki Scharf, AEC Technical Specialist with Autodesk in Japan and Yoshimoto Oishi, of Archi-cube in Japan graciously agreed to help us translate both Ideate StyleManager and Ideate Sticky into Japanese. They patiently waded through our English ‘text strings’ and helped us understand when our language usage was unclear. The benefit of this work was not only that we were able to deliver a Japanese version of two of our solutions, but also that we understood better how to make our products more consistent and clear, even within our own native language. It was a humbling experience. 

After completing this process for Japanese, we then also iterated it for both French and Spanish. Many thanks to Julie Bismuth, Director of Consulting and Training with our long-time partner CAD UC who assisted us with the French translation. Special thanks to Alejandro Rodriguez Garza, owner and director of BIM Consulting Services of A4BIM and founding partner of AMIBIM outside of Mexico for his help with the Spanish translation.

This work is clearly just the beginning of our localization journey. We intend to continue to work with our partners and customers around the globe to improve our offerings and make them easier to use, particularly for non-English speakers. Ideate StyleManager 2.0 was released in November 2020 and can be downloaded here. This version contains our work in translating into French, Spanish and Japanese. We welcome all feedback! 

If you are an Ideate Software customer and interested in providing feedback for our future translations into Chinese (CHS) or German, please let us know. If you are an Ideate Sticky customer and your language is Japanese, French, or Spanish, please let us know if you’d like to test-drive Ideate Sticky in your language.

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October

29

2020

Do you have a requirement from a client or contractor for a sheet schedule that lists each sheet and each revision on a sheet? If so, you probably have faced a challenge, because Revit only displays the current revision in a sheet list for both revisions per sheet and revisions per project. Unfortunately, there is no built-in solution in Revit to schedule every revision on every sheet. 

In addition to the previously mentioned scheduling challenge, you more than likely require revisions to appear in the titleblock for sheet issuance purposes. If so, you face another hurdle, because Revit only allows sheet issuance edits to one sheet at a time; editing multiple sheets is difficult and time consuming, since many projects have well over 100 sheets.

Fortunately, Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky offer simple solutions to your Revit Revision workflows. Watch the recording of this 30-minute webinar for discussions and demonstrations.

 

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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August

25

2020

This is the third post in a series of three provided by BIMAGE Consulting, our value-added reseller in Singapore, about how companies in that country use Ideate Software products to comply with BCA BIM e-submission requirements. Read the first post, which was about IdeateApps, and the second post, which was about Ideate BIMLink. 

Established in 2010, BIMAGE is the leading technology company in BIM/VDC and Digitized Construction within Singapore. BIMAGE helps customers optimize design development, construction and operation phases of buildings and infrastructure while using various technologies, including Revit and Ideate Software tools plus other BIM software such as virtual design and construction, augmented reality/virtual reality, geographic information systems, cloud, mobile and more.

The Challenge – Complying with Varying E-Submission Requirements

As required by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA), design consultants submit their native BIM models for new developments with a gross floor area of more than 5,000 square meters through an e-submission system. They must obtain approval from seven different authorities before commencing the construction work for any project, and all the authorities have different criteria and requirements. 

To prepare their BIM models for submission, design consultants often spend a great amount of time creating multiple views and sheets for the regulatory agencies. While duplicating and modifying the views and sheets, they must follow various naming conventions and standards, and they often spend a lot of time performing extensive quality checks. 


 Screenshot of e-submission page showing the many links to instructions and forms by discipline

Ideate Software Solutions

Ideate Software provides several applications to aid consultants in performing quality checks of BIM models before submission:

  • Ideate Explorer efficiently manages and audits Revit models using a browsable object tree that enables fast search and query, select and edit, replace or delete, warnings management, and model clean-up. 
  • Ideate StyleManager  analyzes styles and can delete non-standard styles or merge them with e-submission approved styles in order to reduce documentation errors.
  • Ideate Sticky is used to directly display information required for submission on Revit sheets by linking Excel, Word or PDF documents as schedules or images. 

These tools help the consultants achieve the desired quality while saving a great amount of time and effort spent on auditing and correcting the models.

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

Blog Article Authors

Ms. Lee Yih Perng – Manager, BIM/VDC/Smart Cities, BIMAGE Consulting
Ms. Pratibha – Senior Consultant, Architecture & Planning, BIMAGE Consulting

 


 

 

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