January

15

2020

I’m constantly reminded of the importance of playing an active role in the success of software development. This role is not limited to the work that we do at Ideate Software; it extends far beyond. For me personally, I am all about the experience and usability of software. It needs to be intuitive. It must have a clean look, great feel, and be easy to navigate. When a user generates an error, the software should clearly define what the error is and suggest ways to resolve the error. If software is lacking features, I log feature requests to improve the software, otherwise I move on to something else that works better.

We can all probably agree that no software is perfect. While software may meet most of our needs, there will certainly be features and workflows that are missing or underdeveloped. Whenever I see the opportunity to speak up and log a feature request, I do so. Not only do I log feature requests internally for our own products, I also log feature requests to Autodesk via the forums and to mobile app developers, either directly through their website or from the feedback section in the app store. The goal in doing so is to help the developers understand the needs of the consumer, rather than just assume they know what the consumers’ needs are.

A feature request that I logged with Autodesk a few years back was recently implemented into Revit (starting in Revit 2020.2). This feature request involved showing a marker for Revit’s Internal Origin point (I love the Revit coordinate system!) and markers for linked files Internal Origin, Survey, and Project Base points as well. Instead of just requesting this feature, I took a few extra moments and explained why this feature would be beneficial. Here is the feature request itself and the notation that it was implemented by Autodesk:

The Importance of Feature Requests

Feature requests like these are important to log with software developers, as they typically address pain points and ways that they can improve the users experience.

Ideate Software customers should log feature requests through the Help menu as shown below.

Submit Feature Requests

At Ideate, Inc., we are continually looking for ways in which we can improve our software, whether it be improvements to our current software products or new product ideas. Each feature request that we receive, whether from our website, through our technical support system, or from our Beta program, is logged into our system and carefully reviewed. I always tell our customers and prospects that our software is great because of the wants and needs of our customers, not the wants and needs of ourselves. If you ever feel like your requests to others are never heard, you can take comfort in knowing that we log all requests and discuss them in full detail. 

On behalf of our entire team, thank you so much for being an active part of what we do. We are very proud of the quality and service that we provide to all our current and future customers. Keep those feature requests coming!

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About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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January

6

2020

The Ideate Software team was thrilled to be invited to show off a prototype web project we’ve been working on at the Forge DevCon Village Expo and Autodesk University 2019 in Las Vegas.

Overview of our Project 

The web project is our internal Beta Forge Integration solution, which allows BIM 360 subscribers to easily assess the warnings in their models by adding model health Key Performance Indicator (KPI) cards to their Project Home or Insight dashboard from the BIM 360 platform’s Card Library. 

We started with the count of Revit warnings as a key metric for assessing a model’s risk and paired it with the ranking organization from Ideate Software’s Warnings Manager to present “Stoplight” KPI cards and “Top 5 Worst Offenders” bar charts. Warnings Manager is a component of Ideate Explorer, our application for fast Revit data discovery.

Revit Warnings
 
On the Top 5 cards, users can get additional data about the BIM 360 projects and files upon hover and drill-down, and on the Stoplight card they can easily send emails pre-populated with project-identifying information to alert co-workers that a file needs fixing. 

Feedback from Potential Users

In showing off our work-in-progress at the Forge DevCon Village Expo and Autodesk University, we aimed to get conversations started about the potential value of this tool and the direction users would like to see it go. We were not disappointed. 

We were gratified to hear interest in areas that align with our current plans for this project, including: 

  • Exporting data and visualizations to Power BI
  • Closing the loop by connecting cards on the BIM 360 platform back to the desktop version of those Revit files
  • Providing notifications to make insights from these data visualizations more immediately actionable

Most of all, people expressed interest in seeing this prototype expand to become a full Ideate Software product or add-on to one of our existing products with a complete catalog of cards that can make up a model health dashboard. One visitor told us that something like this would have saved him considerable time and effort on a recently finished project by helping him locate files with problems and notify the “fixers” easily.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback and suggestions on this prototype work! We are encouraged by the responses and will continue our investigation into how it can best serve our customers’ needs.

Your Thoughts?

If you weren’t able to make it to Forge DevCon or Autodesk University 2019 and have an idea you would like to share, as always, we would be delighted to hear it. 
 

About the Author

Stephanie FitzgeraldStephanie Fitzgerald – Software Developer
Stephanie earned her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from University of Oregon. She also gained a certificate in Advanced Full-Stack JavaScript from Alchemy Code Lab in Portland, OR. In past roles, Stephanie wrote C# and web design curriculum for Zaniac, where she was also the project manager for development, managed a research study of student motivation to learn math for Harvard University, and redesigned the website for a Tufts University library. As a student, she built a social network site for athletes, a back-end security package, and a tablet game app for the California Science Center. 

 

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December

12

2019

For those who has been considering Ideate Software products for a while and were waiting for the perfect opportunity to subscribe, this is it!

Our 6-month bundle is priced at just $500. With it, you’ll get access to all the tools you need to kick off 2020 with more efficiency and less stress, as far as your Revit workflows are concerned.

This Single-User bundle includes 1 subscription to all our products—Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager and IdeateApps—all for use by a single-user. 

Ideate Software solutions are compatible with Revit 2017 - 2020. 

Visit the online store to subscribe today. For any questions, please email us at sales@ideatesoftware.com

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December

10

2019

San Francisco, CA, 12/10/2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to be associated with companies recognized for excellence

“As a developer of software that helps companies that design, build and operate built environments focus on their core strengths, we love to learn of their successes,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. 

“BIM professionals who are passionate about integrating innovation into design, enhancing communities, and collaborating across disciplines work countless hours on everything from the big picture to tiny details. It is both humbling and energizing to know that our products eliminate some of the drudgery.”

One Ideate Software product used by award-winning companies is Ideate Sticky, which enhances cross-team workflows by elegantly connecting non-BIM data from an Excel file into a Revit project.

“The lack of a text editor in Autodesk® Revit® software makes organizing and formatting non-BIM data frustrating and time consuming,” said Glynnis “Ideate Sticky solves this by enabling users to edit data in Excel and ‘stick’ spreadsheets on Revit files.” 

Here are some quotes about Ideate Sticky from companies that have won awards for innovation, sustainability, historic preservation, tenant improvements and even the “coolest office.” 

  • CSHQA
    Ideate Sticky enhances collaboration by streamlining the process of disseminating non-BIM data. What used to be a tedious, time-consuming task is now done in just minutes.”
    ~Evelyn Peterson, CSHQA
     
  • Eppstein Uhen Architects
    “Equipment planners will develop a list by room that owners want on the architectural drawings. To recreate this schedule in Revit would mean modeling the equipment and creating an element schedule. Ideate Sticky allows us to use the consultant list with minimal editing and a few minutes of effort.”
    ~Phyllis Robbins, Eppstein Uhen Architects
     
  • Mead & Hunt
    “Ideate Sticky makes a picture of the Excel file so you can view it phenomenally quickly. It seems transparent to its users, and most importantly, it is trusted by users.”
    ~Dan Dankert, Mead & Hunt
     
  • AC Martin
    “If our project managers or project architects need to access or update the information on the Ideate Sticky schedule, they don’t have to go into the Revit model to check on files. That’s extremely important to our workflow, because not all project architects are Revit-savvy.”
    ~Elisa de Dios, AC Martin

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how these companies use Ideate Sticky.


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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.

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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.

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November

26

2019

San Francisco, CA, November 26, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to IdeateApps, its collection of Revit add-on tools that streamline tasks daily Autodesk Revit users perform most often.

“The majority of the updates in this release improve the way Revit users manage sheets and views,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “Earlier this year, we asked for ideas on how to enhance Revit productivity, and one recurring theme from the 500+ responses was to improve sheet and view creation.”

Here are highlights of the sheet and view updates available for Revit 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020:

  • Ideate SheetManager
    • Rename Views or Sheets – Easily rename views or sheets with the new right-click option 
    • Create Sheets – Quickly create sheets based on a list of selected unplaced views, legends or schedules from the right-click menu or the new tool button
    • Array Viewports – Multi-select unplaced views, drop them on a new sheet, and they will array within the margins of the title block
    • Batch Copy and Paste Legends/Schedules – Select a placed legend or schedule from one sheet to right-click and copy, then paste to many sheets
  • Ideate ViewCreator
    • Improved View Name Editing – Use the new view naming modifications to easily get to the view names you need

Additional enhancements include:

Learn more by watching the “What’s New” video

Download a free trial from our website.


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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, 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.

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