San Francisco, CA, January 13, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce its collaboration with DIALOG, a Canadian firm that provides architecture, electrical engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, mechanical engineering, planning and urban design, and structural engineering services.  

To help their multi-disciplinary teams leverage their diverse perspectives to tackle complex challenges together, DIALOG uses top technology tools, including five Revit applications developed by Ideate Software.

When talking about Ideate Software products, Ross Salikhov, Technologist, Mechanical Engineering, DIALOG, said, “I mainly use Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer, and both are a must for me as a serious Revit user.” He continued:

  • “Ideate BIMLink is irreplaceable for finding/reviewing/revising parameters. It has saved me days if not weeks of work.”
  • “I use Ideate Explorer as a more sophisticated Revit filter, because the native Revit filter is very limited.”

“Like DIALOG, many of our customers are realizing that subscribing to all our products puts solutions to common Revit challenges at their fingertips,” said Glynnis Patterson. “Streamlining workflows, even those performed only occasionally, means more time available for more valuable and more interesting activities.”  

Read more about this collaboration and see photos of two of the DIALOG projects that received Awards of Excellence in 2020 from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Visit DIALOG learn more about the firm.

To experience how Ideate Software tools can help you streamline your Revit processes, download trial versions or subscribe online.
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, and 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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The first-ever online Ideate Software user group meetings took place in December. We were delighted to meet online with our customers from the UK, APAC and Americas regions and get creative about BIM data management together. 

The sessions featured BIM professionals that talked about how they have incorporated our Revit solutions into their workflows. 

  • Michael Hartley - RambollMichael Hartley, Technical BIM Manager at Ramboll UK, leads the roll-out and implementation of Ideate Software solutions within his company. “We’ve noticed a huge difference since using Ideate [Software] tools over the past year. We’re only going to get more efficient. The more we learn from them, the more we use them.” Michael presented a Navisworks clash workflow
  • Robert Bell - StantecRobert Bell, BIM Manager at Stantec, manages numerous BIM projects across multiple offices. One problem he encountered was “How can we generate dependent views for all our required discipline-specific views? We need each view to have the proper box and naming.” Hear Robert talk about the solution he found. 
  • Steve Deadman - Pollard Thomas EdwardsSteve Deadman is the Head of BIM at Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects. “We’ve been using Revit and Ideate [Software] for a long time. I’ve been using Ideate tools for many years, so I’m a big fan.” Steve presented tips and tricks on three of our solutions – Ideate SmartDelete, Ideate Clone and Ideate SheetManager (part of the IdeateApps collection) and Ideate Explorer. Watch his presentation.
  • Yong Tan - DES Architects and EngineersYong Tan, Senior Associate at DES Architects and Engineers, shared how Ideate BIMLink enables him and his colleagues to coordinate structural analysis data from RAM into Revit Structure. Watch Yong’s presentation.

The User Groups’ discussions also included topics such as:

  • New solutions from Ideate Software
  • Ideate StyleManager enhancements
  • Images vs. Schedules for Ideate Sticky
  • Feedback and Q&A

Many thanks to all those who attended our inaugural user groups meetings. 2021 will see an increased number of such events, as we seek to become increasingly connected with our customers all over the world.

To receive future user group notifications, please complete our registration form. We look forward to hearing and learning from you.

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This was an interesting year, to say the least. When the stay-at-home orders were issued, we got all our office-based employees set up to work from home and ensured everyone had the time needed to take care of new, unexpected, and potential challenges that came from living during a pandemic. Fortunately for us, we have practiced the ‘art and science’ of working remotely for a good number of years. 

Once the work-at-home aspect was sorted, we decided to intensify our efforts of developing, delivering and supporting products and services that simplify the work of Revit users around the world, all the while keeping our team connected and motivated through activities such as virtual coffee chats.

We are grateful for what we achieved together this year. We connected with existing customers, welcomed new customers and met with potential customers – all virtually. We documented it on our website. Check out our blog posts, recorded webinars and short how-to videos for details. Here are some highlights: 

Developed New Products and Services

Implemented Feature Requests into Existing Products 

Gathered and Shared User Feedback

Participated in Industry Activities and Events

Published Thought Leadership Pieces

Like most people, we are happy to put 2020 behind us, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that we are incredibly grateful to our team, customers and BIM community members that added positive light to this year. 


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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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Autodesk University 2020 was the first AU session that delivered insights in keynote, class and Q&A formats to a global audience completely online. As the Gold Sponsor of the conference, we joined the BIM community in this week-long learning experience and brought our contribution to the knowledge-sharing that it entailed.

Our class, Revit Productivity Discussions by Ideate Software, featured a selection of AEC professionals who shared their experiences with our Revit productivity tools and related practices adopted by their firms. This class was followed by a live Q&A session delivered on Thursday, November 19th, during which we answered questions from attendees. The Q&A session has been recorded and is accessible via the same link. Please click the “Watch” button to view it. Note: You have to be registered for AU in order to gain access. 

During the session, the Ideate Software team of Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manger and Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, joined together to answer questions and have an informal question and answer session based on information presented within the recorded class video.

Richard said, “We had many excellent questions from both customers and prospects during the Q&A session. We answered most of the questions and showed how our Revit applications can increase productivity and efficiency across a wide spectrum of AECO firms. We expanded on some of the central topics that were raised within the class video by AECO firms that use Ideate Software solutions to reduce wasted time, increase the efficiency of difficult tasks and greatly improve the health of their Revit models. It was a fun, lively and informal session that went by all too quickly.

Our booth is still live and will remain accessible until December 18th.

Many thanks to those who interacted with us during the event in one form or another. Connecting with customers, prospects and industry professionals at large has been particularly important to us this year. We continue to be delighted by the questions, feedback and responses we get from you all, through whatever channel you choose to reach out to us. 

Whether you are new or well-acquainted with us, browse our website for Revit and BIM productivity inspiration. We offer a plethora of videos, Help files and blog articles to get your Revit data creative juices going.

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