April

2

2021

Re-Branding of Autodesk BIM 360 Impacts Ideate Sticky

A recent change to the Autodesk Desktop Connector includes a re-branding of Autodesk’s BIM 360 platform. This change is described in the recent Desktop Connector Release Notes with important highlights that relate to Ideate Software, as shown in the image below. 

Autodesk BIM 360

When your end users install this version of the Desktop Connector, the change will manifest locally as a renamed folder. What was previously “C:\Users\[user name]\BIM 360” will become “C:\Users\[user name]\ACCDocs.” 

This change may impact Ideate Software customers. Please read below for per-product implications.

Ideate Sticky

For those of you using Ideate Sticky and storing your Excel, Word, or PDF files on BIM 360, you will find that this change will result in broken file paths for Ideate Sticky. We recommend the following steps, in order of importance:

  1. Avoid updating to the Desktop Connector if possible. We will re-code Ideate Sticky to support this change. We hope to release Ideate Sticky within 60 days of the Revit release.
     
  2. If you cannot avoid doing the update, then you will want to select all Stickies within each project and update them to the new path location. Here is a video with instructions.
     

Ideate Automation

Ideate Automation will work fine with the file path change. However, if you have customized your Ideate Automation scripts and those scripts are writing Excel file content to a BIM 360 path, you will need to adjust your script to use the new file path.

For example, in the image below, the original script has caused a new folder called “BIM 360” to be created. To avoid this problem, you should edit your existing script and do a search for “\BIM 360” and then do a replace with “\ACCDocs” path.

Help us Improve

We strive to integrate our solutions into the Autodesk eco-system wherever possible. In this case, our ability to handle this change is limited by the lack of a formal Application Programmer Interface (API) for the Autodesk Desktop Connector. You can let Autodesk know this is important by voting for this idea on the BIM 360 API forum.
 

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March

17

2021

San Francisco, CA, March 17, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE), a UK firm that works with communities, local authorities and commercial clients to design homes, neighborhoods, public and mixed-use buildings throughout the United Kingdom.  

One of the ways PTE helps its 150+ professionals focus on enhancing the local towns, cities and villages is by using Ideate Software tools.

Steve Deadman, Head of BIM at PTE said, “I have been a fan of Ideate Software for several years. Their tools simplify a lot of Revit tasks the team and I perform every day.”

When talking about some of their favorite uses of Ideate Software tools, Steve mentioned: 

  • “The Query function within Ideate Explorer is powerful. I do a lot of model auditing, and this tool speeds the process by making it easy to find in-place families. I can either let the team know about them or simply delete them. This task would be a struggle without Ideate Explorer.” 
     
  • “We’ve all been in the situation where a rogue level appears in a project, and we’re tempted to hit the delete button. Before taking that step, we use Ideate SmartDelete to see what will be deleted along with the level. We then remove anything we need to keep.”
     
  • “Everyone on our team loves Ideate Clone. Copying a sheet and its viewports should be native in Revit, but it isn’t. The ability to do it in Ideate Clone is very useful and saves us a lot of time.”
     
  • “We really like the new function within Ideate SheetManager that allows us to place unplaced views onto sheets using another one as a template. This process gives us another dimension for managing sheets quickly.”
     
  • “Where would we be without Ideate BIMLink? From simple data management tasks like updating sheet information and editing schedule information to project setup tasks such as creating views and sheets and placing views on the sheets, Ideate BIMLink does it all. We simply would waste so much time without it.”

Read more about this collaboration and learn more about three PTE projects recognized at the 2020 British Home Awards. 

To experience how Ideate Software tools can help you streamline your Revit processes, download trial versions or subscribe online.
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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, construction and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables and elevate design.

Autodesk and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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March

3

2021

Pinnacle Series Eagle PointIn 2019, Ideate Software made a selection of our training materials available through Pinnacle Series.

Pinnacle Series is an e-learning platform designed to help maximize the productivity and performance of architects, engineers and construction (AEC) professionals around the globe through a comprehensive library of videos, workflows, documents, cheat sheets and more. It allows users to take full advantage of technology solutions by enhancing continuous learning, knowledge capture and knowledge sharing.

Thanks to the success of our initial collaboration with Pinnacle Series, we recently added a significant collection of additional content to ensure Pinnacle users had the latest and most comprehensive videos from Ideate Software.

Here is a sampling of the videos available on the Pinnacle Series platform:

By offering our e-learning assets through Pinnacle Series, we further support our customers in their learning process and help them save time, enhance quality control, and increase collaboration with their teams.

Steve Biver, COO/Director of Solution Development at Eagle Point Software, creator of Pinnacle Series, explains that “Ideate Software’s commitment to creating e-learning content that helps AEC companies get a strong return on their software investment makes them an ideal partner for Pinnacle Series.”

In addition to viewing our how-to videos, you can get details about our products and services from our blog posts and recorded webinars. 

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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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