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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June

1

2020

Brian Mackey of BD Mackey Consulting joined our webinar to speak about how he uses Ideate Software applications. Brian has worked in the AEC industry for more than 30 years. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, and he hosts Revit Radio and shares insights regularly through blog, Twitter and LinkedIn posts.   

During this 60-minute webinar, Brian demonstrated how he uses Ideate Software tools. “I did a webinar for Ideate Software already on Ideate StyleManager. Because I use some of their other tools in kind of round-about ways, I wanted to talk about how I use them.”

Brian started with his favorite tool, Ideate StyleManager, which he uses on a daily basis.

Then he switched gears to talk about Ideate Explorer, a tool he has started using more often when reviewing and cleaning up projects for clients. He demonstrated how he uses the Sort by and Navigate features and gave several examples of how they helped him quickly solve client challenges. He talked about the Warnings Manager feature and said, “I don’t ever touch the Revit warnings anymore.” When demonstrating Warnings Manager, Brian pulled up the warnings on a project and stumbled across a recent update that simplifies the processes of correcting overlapped sketch lines on handrails. “You guys eliminated a step for me,” he said. “Kudos to the team!” 

If you missed the session or would like to see it again, here’s a link to the recording.


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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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May

14

2020

Thank you to all our customers who provided input about Ideate StyleManager, which we introduced about a year ago. Your feedback led to the improvements and fixes included in this May 2020 update. We couldn’t have done it without you! 

Below are highlights of the new features added to our 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 versions. Get all the details from our online Help files and see related videos on our YouTube playlist, What's New

Improvements

  • Filled and masking regions renamed from "Detail items" within usage results of the user interface
  • Improved usage results for families containing older CAD Imports Object Styles
  • Hatch patterns now displayed on the Fill Pattern dialog

Style Manager Hatch Patterns 
The user interface is more consistent; fill patterns now show a preview, just like line styles and line patterns

Bug Fixes

  • Line Patterns - Dimension Styles reported when used within the Family Editor
  • Object Styles in Masking Regions and Filled Regions correctly reported when used within Family Editor
  • Object Styles - Sketch lines correctly found when used within the Family Editor
  • Off-category Object Styles display when used within the Family Editor
  • Materials used within a split region merged properly
  • Materials that referenced Global Parameters can be merged
  • Global parameters that reference a Material correctly identified under Usage

Download the new version today.

Customers also provided a lot of great ideas about new features that we would love to add in our next release. 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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May

12

2020

Have you spent time looking at line styles, fill patterns, line patterns and other styles in your Revit files trying to understand where they came from, if they are in use, where they are being used, and why the Revit Purge/Unused button doesn’t always work? If yes, this webinar on Ideate StyleManager is for you.

Ideate StyleManager is our Revit productivity tool that aggregates essential graphic style and visibility controls and identifies the source of the styles in your Revit templates, projects and families, so you can analyze the styles and decide if you need to keep, merge or delete them as needed. 

Here’s what one of the webinar attendees had to say:

“Ideate StyleManager is a one-stop-shop for maintaining our firm standards. There is not another product that does this as well.”


 

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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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April

30

2020

Want to hear what three BIM experts have to say about Ideate Software tools? Tune in to the April 28, 2020 episode of BIMThoughts from their website or their new YouTube channel. You’ll hear a deep dive discussion into Ideate Software tools, and in particular, Ideate StyleManager, by:

  • Bill Debevc – BIMThoughts founder and AEC software expert with 29+ years of experience using, supporting and customizing AutoCAD and Revit software
  • Carl Storms – Technical Solutions Lead at BIM Track with 20+ years of AEC experience, including 10 years of teaching at the collegiate and industry level. Read his blog, The BIMSider
  • Dana De Filippi – BIM Technologist at SmithGroup with almost a decade of experience in base building architecture, including developing advanced workflows using Revit

The three panelists provide an entertaining, 30-minute overview of how they and their teams use Ideate StyleManager to analyze the styles in their models, delete styles, batch merge styles, and more.  
Here are a few quotes from the podcast:

  • “Ideate has been able to break the borders in a lot of the things that Revit can’t do.”
     
  • “Reach out to our friends at Ideate to get some free trials and you will be sold, just as we are, with every single one of their tools.” 
     
  • “Ideate Software’s fit and finish is second to none.” 

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