October

13

2021

We are continuing our monthly Ideate Software Blog series entitled Wishlist Granted.  Each blog article features real user requests from Autodesk forums and discussions, plus many Ideate Software customer requests.

First, it’s important to have the most efficient Revit model possible. Elements that aren’t used can negatively impact Revit model performance. That’s a huge reason Autodesk developed the Purge Unused command within Revit. A page directly from the Autodesk Revit Help file states:

“Remove unused views, families, and other objects from the project to improve performance and reduce file size.”

However, Purge Unused doesn’t remove many styles that may be used within the Revit model. A Revit Ideas Forum request by Matthew Taylor at WSP is a perfect example of the problem, and the perfect summary for the following features requested by Matthew:

  • Purge unused Fill Patterns
  • Purge unused Line Patterns
  • Purge unused Line Styles (and by association, this includes CAD import layers)
  • Purge unused Subcategories

Manually purging these elements out of families is labor intensive

For this reason and many others, we developed Ideate StyleManager.   

Use Ideate StyleManager to:

  • Safely delete styles that otherwise cannot be deleted or purged in Revit software 
  • Merge non-standard styles into standard styles 
  • Forensically analyze the usage of all styles to understand the true scope of a modification
  • Clean up Object Styles, Line Styles, Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Filled Regions, Materials, Material Appearance Assets, View Filters, View Templates, Viewports, Scope Boxes, Text, Fonts, Dimensions, and Arrowheads
  • Understand which views are using which View Filters

Ideate StyleManager 
Main Ideate StyleManager dialog showing the merge and purge of non-standard and duplicate styles into standard styles. We are merging all the Families, Materials and Elements that have “Dense Sand” to instead have “Sand - Dense” while at the same time deleting the “Dense Sand” definition from the Revit model.

There are at least a half dozen requests on the Revit Ideas Forum for managing all these different Revit Styles with an easier method. 

We love ideas from Revit users – feel free to contact our team via [email protected] to share yours.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our other Wishlist Granted posts.


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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September

17

2021

We are continuing our monthly Ideate Software blog series entitled Wishlist Granted. Each blog article features real user requests from Autodesk forums and discussions as well as from Ideate Software customers.

Today, we are looking at additional Revit Sheet and View Management requests. One of the top Revit Ideas is to have more control on the placement of Revit Views on Sheets. It has 897 votes and counting!  Back in 2016, Purvi Irwin logged the idea with these important details:

More Control Over View Placement on Sheets
Guide Grids are not the most easy to use and useful tool in Revit. It would be much better if view titles and views could snap to reference planes, or some other "non plot" element within a sheet border. I hate to say it, but AutoCAD does this better. Are you going to let AutoCAD be better than you, Revit?!

Ideate Align, Ideate SheetManager and Ideate Clone, three of the tools in our IdeateApps collection, have several features designed to ensure your views are organized within your sheet set in a way that is both logical and easy to use. One improvement we recently made to this process is the ability to also control the view title. This feature is available in Revit 2022 only due to API limitations in the older versions, but it really makes our tools shine.

In the image below, you’ll see that the views on the selected sheets can now be aligned with the sheet on the left while at the same time allowing you the option to align the view titles. We will, of course, also match the view title length at the same time.  

(Click image to enlarge)

Revit Views of Sheets
IdeateApps> Align for Revit 2022 elegantly handles view title placement and line length as part of the alignment process

You can learn about this and other view placement features in IdeateApps in the What’s New in IdeateApps video.

For more information on how to align view titles, please review this topic: Help: How to Align View Titles (2022)

At Ideate Software, we are focused on delighting our customers. With Ideate Software there is no need to wait for future Revit releases to see your idea turned into a reality.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our other Wishlist Granted posts.


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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August

16

2021

We are continuing our Ideate Software blog series entitled Wishlist Granted. Each blog article features real user requests and our response to those requests. Let’s chehk to see what we can uncuver

While the out-of-the-box Revit includes a Spell Check option, it ONLY checks the current view or sheet for a very limited subset of text within the view.  Here is the spellcheck description pulled from the Autodesk Revit Help pages:

“The Check Spelling tool checks the spelling of text notes in a selection or in the current view or sheet. This tool does not check the spelling of other types of text, such as text in element properties.”

There are several Revit Ideas Requests for checking spelling within a Revit Schedule on the Revit Ideas Forum. Please review this request for a Spell Check within Tables that has an Ideate Software customer singing our praises from three years ago!

A Revit Schedule can contain a list of Sheets, View Names, Rooms, and many other types of elements that would be easily accessible if we can check the spelling of a Revit Schedule. Wouldn’t that be nice?

In addition to just the current View or Sheet, there is the request to Spell Check all Open Sheets and Views or all Sheets within a Sheet list.

Well, my dear friends, we have developed Ideate SpellCheck to solve ALL these requests and MORE. Ideate SpellCheck is part of the IdeateApps collection of productivity tools for ALL Revit users. Ideate SpellCheck:

  • Checks all Sheets at once
  • Checks Schedule data or Keynote Legends
  • Zooms to review Sheet-based errors
  • Checks in all languages that are Revit-supported languages
  • Supports additional languages
  • Reports on errors that exist, but need to be fixed later (groups, keynotes, worksharing, nested families, etc.)
  • Provides a comprehensive report of changes made or words added to the dictionary

Spellcheck options 
Ideate SpellCheck allows many different options for reviewing Revit views and sheets.

spellcheck main menu 
Ideate SpellCheck’s main dialog showing the user a wealth of options

Please review our online HELP topic for Frequently Asked Questions concerning Ideate SpellCheck. Here is an easy chart to review the feature set in basic Revit vs. Ideate SpellCheck.

Recently, somebody asked me if we can check text within the Keynote file. The answer is YES, but you will need to edit the keynote.txt file manually to make the changes. Ideate SpellCheck will alert you of the misspelling.

Keynote-legend
Ideate SpellCheck reviewing text in Keynote Legends

Your drawings and deliverables are your reputation! Don’t send out misspellings when there is an easy and powerful solution within IdeateApps!

At Ideate Software, we are focused on delighting our customers. With Ideate Software there is no need to wait for future Revit releases to see your idea turned into a reality. We have the capabilities right now.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our other Wishlist Granted posts.


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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July

9

2021

We are continuing our Ideate Software Blog series entitled Wishlist Granted.  Each blog article features real user requests and our response to those requests. 

The topic of managing numbers in our building information models is a hot topic within the Revit Ideas Forum, with this one dating all the way back to 2014 from Eric Chappell of Autodesk: Door Tags – “Would like door tags to be able to read a room number.”

Ideate ReNumber
Automatically matching the Revit door number to the room number with Ideate ReNumber

This idea became a reality for IdeateApps subscribers with the initial launch of Ideate ReNumber in 2016. Not only can you use Ideate ReNumber to automatically renumber doors with the room number, but you can perform this task in linked files where the rooms are not in the same file as the doors. You can see door numbering in action in this video.

And while we could have stopped at just doors, the Ideate Software team is always striving to redefine the problem, so we can solve many workflows with one solution. Zachleepeters provides an excellent example of this broader need within his Revit Ideas post, noting that numbering details on sheets can also be time consuming. We are happy to report that in addition to supporting numbering details on sheets, Ideate ReNumber covers a wide variety of numbering conditions, some of which are detailed within our How To…Advanced Workflows help topic.

We also love this great idea posted by Tomec Piatek in 2018 about the importance of controlling the numbering sequences and included this bonus request “…allow for user defined sequences similar to how revisions are defined now, i.e. numeric, alphanumeric with associated numbering options, including prefix and suffix.” You can learn all about how we addressed this wishlist item in our Customizing Ideate ReNumber help topic.

Ideate ReNumber
Example of custom rule creation with Ideate ReNumber

At Ideate Software, we are focused on delighting our customers. With Ideate Software there is no need to wait for future Revit releases to see your idea turned into a reality. We have the capabilities right now.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our previous Wishlist Granted blog posts.

SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT: I’ll be teaching an online class designed for MEP and Structural Engineers and how Ideate ReNumber can be best utilized. You can register for our classes here.


 


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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June

23

2021

We are continuing our Ideate Software blog series entitled Wishlist Granted. Each blog article features real user requests and our response to those requests. So, let us again go to the well of Revit ideas to see what floats up!

The request to create a simple table made of non-specific Revit categories has been a long-standing request with more than 1000 votes on the Revit Ideas Board. All of us understand that Revit is a building information modeling program that basically “forces” a set of rules, layouts and categories upon model elements. However, sometimes we need to include information in our project documentation that does not exactly fit these rigid standards. Examples include a list of manufacturer’s details, general notes, specifications or other information that we have classified as non-BIM data, because it may not have a direct one-to-one relationship with an element within the Revit model.

Ideate Sticky - Simple Table 
On the Autodesk Revit Ideas Board - Let me make a simple table

The Ideate Software Solution

That’s why we developed Ideate Sticky more than six years ago! We started with the Revit Ideas Board request above and called the product Ideate Table.

Ideate Table

Evolving Ideate Sticky to Meet Additional Revit User Requests

Over the years, we have seen other requests on the Revit Ideas Board related to the simple request to format a table in addition to including non-BIM data. These submissions all introduce the idea of keeping information within a source document such as Excel, Word and PDF while maintaining the ability to link and update the information in the Revit model.

We certainly have NOT been sitting on our original table idea for six years with the same functionality! 

We first introduced the ability to link Excel spreadsheets as a simple Revit table schedule, and we have added features within Ideate Sticky to link Excel, Word and PDF documents as images that can be easily updated. Additionally, we support Absolute paths, Relative paths, and Autodesk Cloud locations for data locations.

Ideate Sticky
Main Ideate Sticky Dialog Showing the Many Options Available

Ideate Sticky Compared to Revit 2021

Revit included the ability to link PDF data into the Revit model starting with Revit 2021. However, the process is limited to one PDF page at a time. The elegant Ideate Sticky PDF linking allows any number of pages to be linked in a single step. Additionally, there is no Revit built-in solution to link and update Excel or Word information. In fact, our latest updates to Ideate Sticky even support Revit 2019 – Revit 2022!

Ideate Sticky
Manage Links Dialog in Revit 2021 and Revit 2022

At Ideate Software, we are focused on delighting our customers. With Ideate Software there is no need to wait for future Revit releases to see your idea turned into a reality. We have the capabilities right now.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our other Wishlist Granted posts.


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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