January

26

2016

PRESS RELEASE: San Francisco, CA, 1/26/2015 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today that updates are available for Ideate Sticky for Autodesk Revit versions 2014, 2015 and 2016. Ideate Sticky imports and synchronizes Microsoft Excel file content into the Revit project environment. The updates to Ideate Sticky for Revit include significant enhancements and improvements.

In response to a top customer support request, visual fidelity has been improved by added support for Line Style Mapping. “Ideate Sticky user feedback was integral in the development of the features in this update,” says Glynnis Patterson, Ideate Director of Software Development. “We designed this to allow end-user control of the assigned line styles, as well as out-of-the-box default values to get our customers up and running with great results.”

Other improvements in this release of Ideate Sticky include:

  • Added support for hidden rows and columns within your Revit project
  • Designers and engineers can now use any Named Region as a way of defining a Sticky, an easy method for splitting a long Excel worksheet into separate 'pages'
  • Versions 2015 and forward now support inclusions of an image, such as a company logo, within the header

Richard Taylor, Ideate Software Technical Evangelist says, “The ability to support embedded graphic images in the Microsoft Excel schedule, plus the ability to support many Excel line styles, will greatly enhance the graphic fidelity of the Sticky Schedule within the Revit environment, reducing the necessity for additional schedule editing.  Customers can easily link the Excel Schedule into Revit knowing that the proper formatting of fonts, graphic images, line styles, hidden rows and columns, and merged cells, will be handled by Ideate Sticky effortlessly and elegantly.” 

He adds, “No matter your discipline, Ideate Sticky allows you to extend the project team by providing the ability to link non-BIM Excel data directly into the Revit project.”

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Software says, “Ideate Software is always listening and deeply involved in how are customers are using our Ideate Software solutions. The latest release of Ideate Sticky reflects that commitment to our customers.”

To ensure consistent graphic results, all Ideate Sticky end-users should be updated at the same time.

Ideate Sticky carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk App Store, and is available with a non-commercial free trial. Download the Ideate Sticky trial today.

For more information, call 888.662.7238, or contact [email protected]

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Autodesk Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, and Ideate Sticky were all developed to solve persistent problems in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve Revit project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, Autodesk Revit and ATC 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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January

26

2016

Working in software development for Ideate Software, it is common for me to get my computer into strange states. Recently I managed to consume all my hard drive space with my virtual memory and I ran into a curious situation in Revit. When I attempted to open a Revit file, Revit told me that the file was corrupt and could not be opened. 

Now this was a file that I had been actively working on. Panicked, I attempted to open another file which Revit also stated was corrupt. I then decided it was too dangerous to open any more files and stepped away from the computer.

After taking a deep breath, I started to do some digging and I found that I had used all the space on my small C: drive. In particular it was being consumed by the page file for my virtual memory. I managed the virtual memory settings to move the cache to my much larger D: drive and rebooted my system.

Now with my C: drive no longer at capacity I opened the Revit files again. Magically they were no longer being reported as corrupt.

The lesson of the story is that Revit will not tell you that you have run out of space on your computer. If a Revit file is being reported as corrupt, especially on a specific computer, take a look at how much space there is on the computer first, then panic second.


About the Author

Jesika DiGregorio – Software Engineer
Jesika received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene where she also spent time studying advanced math. Her work experience includes Junior Designer at an award-winning firm specializing in architecture and land planning, and Intern Architect at a firm that provides services in planning, design, construction documents and construction administration for projects of all sizes. After working in architecture design for several years, Jesika decided to pursue her interest in programming and her love of efficient systems. She now serves as a Software Team Lead for Ideate Software.

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January

25

2016

Join the Ideate Software tech experts for eLearning. Make the most of your Revit workflow with free, live, online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.

January 27 // Ideate BIMLink
Revit Model Management with Ideate BIMLink
In this class, we will explore several ways in which Ideate BIMLink can help with efficiently managing a Revit model. Some of the examples we will review include: extracting a full multi-category quantity take-off, managing Revit families, managing views and sheets, managing view templates, performing a full project spell check, and renaming or renumbering objects with ease. 

February 4 // Ideate BIMLink
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects

This class will explore several ways in which Ideate BIMLink can effect changes to a Revit MEP model. One topic to be covered is crucial for settings that affect Energy Performance. We will also explore how Ideate BIMLink can globally assist with Electrical Device changes and Lighting Level Analysis. We will also look at the various pre-built Ideate BIMLink Revit MEP Sample links and how they can make you more productive. If you’ve only used Ideate BIMLink for one particular kind of task then this is the class for you. 

February 18 // Ideate Explorer
Auditing Your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer
You’ve used Ideate Explorer to find the hidden DWGs in your Revit project, but did you know that you can find and cleanup many other culprits that may be lurking? This class will take students through nine additional auditing processes to help keep Revit projects running smoothly. We recommend auditing your Revit project weekly with these methods.

View Ideate class descriptions and registration links here for full class descriptions, times and registration link.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

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January

20

2016

One of the requirements for specifying a door is to know which way it swings, both left or right and, if it has a keyed side, in or out. In Revit this information is not readily available, but the information is there. This piece will help you manage your door quantity takeoffs by first identifying how Revit represents this information and how to use that information to populate the doors with the correct information using Ideate BIMLink or to verify that information with Ideate Query in Ideate Explorer.

There are four types of swings: Left Hand (LH), Right Hand (RH), Left Hand Reverse (LHR), and Right Hand Reverse (RHR). There are many explanations online with diagrams of each.

Default Revit Family
Default Revit Family

For this example we will be using the default Revit door as a reference. It is modeled in the family as a Left Hand Reverse. This is important as it impacts the way the Revit properties should be interpreted. If you are using families modeled in a different hand than the default family, you will have to note those families and adjust the calculations as appropriate. This workflow also requires that the family have flip controls in place, one horizontal and one vertical.

The different door orientations labeled with their swing, Revit, door families, door swing, Revit Architecture
Doors in Plan

Here is an image of a Revit file that I created for this piece. There is one of each swing, using the Revit placement tools and the flip controls. I then used the mirror command to make another set of doors (in blue) to show that the mirror command does get captured.

There are two properties in Revit that are not listed in the properties palette but are accessible through the API that will determine the swing of the door. These properties are exposed by both Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Query. The two properties are:

  • Is Facing Flipped – This indicates the side of the wall the door swings towards. Since the default Revit family swings out (up in the family) a value of ‘False’ indicates that the door is a ‘Reverse’ door, and a value of ‘True’ is not reversed. 
  • Is Hand Flipped – This indicates the hand of the door. Since the default Revit family is modeled as a Left Hand, a value of ‘False’ indicates that the door is a ‘Left Hand’, and ‘True’ indicates that the door is ‘Right Hand.’

Additionally, you can include ‘Host Wall: Function’ or your ‘Has Lock’ parameter to identify those doors that do or do not need to be marked as ‘Reverse.’ In this example we won’t be including those parameters.

There are two workflows to manage these parameters, allowing you to rely on one resulting text parameter. 

In Ideate BIMLink, a door instance link is created with the parameters listed above, along with the text parameter that will store the resulting value. If you are using families that are modeled differently, you will also want to include the ‘Family Name’ property. 

The property values for newly placed doors, Revit, door swing, excel, Ideate BIMLink,
Properties in Ideate BIMLink

This information is then exported to Excel. To convert the information we can use one of the following Excel formulas, where C is the ‘Is Facing Flipped’ column, D is the ‘Is Hand Flipped’ column.

With Full Text

=CONCATENATE(

IF(D2,"Right Hand","Left Hand"),

IF(C2,""," Reverse"))

Abbreviated

=CONCATENATE(

IF(D2,"RH","LH"),

IF(C2,"","R"))

Once this formula has been put in place, it can be dragged down to the rest of the rows. The data can then be imported back into Revit, updating the parameter.

The result of importing the Excel formula, Revit, Excel, Ideate BIMLink, Door Swing, calculate, swing parameter, Revit parameters
Properties After Import

In Ideate Query (a part of Ideate Explorer) you can verify that the swing parameter you have defined is accurate. Select the doors that you would like to examine (or all the doors). Open Ideate Query. Select the swing parameter and either one or both of the ‘Is Facing Flipped’ and ‘Is Hand Flipped’ properties from the list using ctrl+select. The query tool will group the elements by these values allowing you to spot discrepancies. You can then select the discrepancies to fix. 

Finding values that are incorrect, Ideate Query, Ideate Explorer, Revit, door swing, door hand, Revit Parameters
Doors in Ideate Query

Here is an image showing some issues I made on purpose, one blank value from a new door, one that is using the wrong syntax for the parameter, and one that was mislabeled, creating a duplicate in the list.


About the Author

Jesika DiGregorio – Software Engineer
Jesika received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene where she also spent time studying advanced math. Her work experience includes Junior Designer at an award-winning firm specializing in architecture and land planning, and Intern Architect at a firm that provides services in planning, design, construction documents and construction administration for projects of all sizes. After working in architecture design for several years, Jesika decided to pursue her interest in programming and her love of efficient systems. She now serves as a Software Team Lead for Ideate Software.

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January

20

2016

Join the Ideate Software tech experts for eLearning. Make the most of your Revit workflow with free, live, online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.

January 27 // Ideate BIMLink
Revit Model Management with Ideate BIMLink
In this class, we will explore several ways in which Ideate BIMLink can help with efficiently managing a Revit model. Some of the examples we will review include: extracting a full multi-category quantity take-off, managing Revit families, managing views and sheets, managing view templates, performing a full project spell check, and renaming or renumbering objects with ease. 

February 4 // Ideate BIMLink
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects

This class will explore several ways in which Ideate BIMLink can effect changes to a Revit MEP model. One topic to be covered is crucial for settings that affect Energy Performance. We will also explore how Ideate BIMLink can globally assist with Electrical Device changes and Lighting Level Analysis. We will also look at the various pre-built Ideate BIMLink Revit MEP Sample links and how they can make you more productive. If you’ve only used Ideate BIMLink for one particular kind of task then this is the class for you. 

View Ideate Software class descriptions and links here for full class descriptions, times and registration link.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

Get It. Know It. Use It.

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