September

13

2016

Ideate Software is pleased to announce the launch of its latest Revit add-in tool, IdeateApps. IdeateApps is a collection of the following four tools that simplify the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often:

1.    Ideate ReNumber speeds the once time-consuming process of renumbering elements by selection, path, or auto-update. Enabling users to create and save customized renumbering rules.
2.    Ideate XRay reduces frustration by quickly discovering why some elements aren’t visible in certain views.
3.    Ideate SmartDelete decreases accidental deletions by discovering all of the elements that will be deleted along with a selected element.
4.    Ideate QuickSelect enables users to easily select elements and zoom to elements within the Revit project, template, or family file.

Download a free IdeateApps trial and start saving time on everyday Revit tasks. 

“The development of IdeateApps expands our focus from managing the massive amounts of BIM data within a Revit model to addressing the needs of the everyday user,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “By noting the questions that came into our support lines most often and by engaging in open discussions with our customers, we identified the areas in which Revit users spend a lot of time, and we created easily accessible tools to reduce that time.”  

“The development of these new tools demonstrates our commitment to providing the building design, engineering, construction, and facilities management community with unprecedented access to and control over their Revit data,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software.

IdeateApps is available with a non-commercial free trial. Download the free IdeateApps trial today. For more information about IdeateApps, call 888.662.7238, or contact Ideate Software.

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September

8

2016

Ideate QuickSelect is a powerful application that is part of the IdeateApps suite of solutions for Revit. Ideate QuickSelect allows you to understand all of the elements in your Revit model, even those that might be hidden or difficult to select.  It allows you to organize, search, and select elements with speed and agility. You can quickly understand Revit elements as well as relationships between elements using Ideate QuickSelect.

Ideate QuickSelect dialog box

Ideate QuickSelect is a Model Browser as opposed to the “out of the box” Project Browser included within Revit. Ideate QuickSelect shows a “results view” of ALL instances of either model or annotation elements. Inserted or linked CAD files, Section boxes, Scope Boxes, Elevation or Section Markers, Schedule Graphics, and View References are just some of the difficult items to find that Ideate QuickSelect can show you in seconds.

Not only can you select and modify elements with Ideate QuickSelect, but you can choose to find and display objects that may be hidden in a particular view.

Ideate QuickSelect can also be used to quickly navigate to views or schedules. Unlike the Project Browser within Revit that lists all schedules alphabetically, Ideate QuickSelect organizes schedules by their type and usage. Ideate QuickSelect even shows schedules that have been created with Ideate Software’s Ideate Sticky App

Use these powerful tools independently or together to realize increased productivity and efficiency, ease of design, and enhanced quality for all your Revit projects. 

Watch this Ideate QuickSelect video to learn more about Ideate QuickSelect.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience, and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 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 Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit

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September

7

2016

As an architectural project progresses, it is quite typical go through a series of design changes. One example of a design revision might be modifications to a plan layout which would require building elements, such as rooms, to be either added or deleted from the Revit model. Because of these types of revisions, a renumbering of this category of elements is then required for documentation purposes. This task can become very time-consuming – especially if it needs to be done several times throughout the life of a Revit project. With the Ideate ReNumber tool, the process of renumbering rooms in Revit can now be expedited!

Renumbering rooms in Revit

The Ideate ReNumber tool can be found in the Ideate Software ribbon on the Revit User Interface, along with other IdeateApps and Ideate Software tools.

Ideate Software Ribbon

When renumbering rooms in our project, we can create renumbering rules within the Ideate ReNumber dialog.

ReNumber Dialog Box

There are also several options for numbering sequence methods that we can choose from. For more information on numbering methods, read more on our Ideate Software support page.

Manage renumbering

After setting up the rule and numbering method, selecting the ‘start renumbering’ button at the bottom of the dialog, brings up a Preview dialog. This dialog shows information on the rooms being renumbered. It lists the element ID of the room, the Room Name, as well as the original and new value of the room number. Once the Preview dialog has been reviewed, the next step is to accept changes.

Preview Dialog Box

Watch the Ideate ReNumber video to take a closer look at how the Ideate ReNumber tool can help streamline your design and documentation process when it comes to renumbering rooms in Revit!   


About the Author

Katrina Vea Rodriguez, RA, AIA – AEC Application Specialist
Katrina is an AEC application specialist at the Ideate, Inc. San Francisco office. She is a California–licensed architect with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of the Philippines. Katrina has over 18 years of experience in the AEC industry with a focus on both commercial and hospitality projects. She is also a Revit Certified Professional with over 8 years of experience utilizing the software on both small and large scale projects, from programming to project close out.

 

 

 

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September

6

2016

Have you ever received the Revit warning that “none of the created elements are visible in the current view”? What could be the cause? There are dozens of reasons why an object doesn’t display within a Revit view. Ideate XRay checks over 50 reasons why an element may be hidden within a specific view, allowing you to understand or fix the issue. One of the top questions a BIM Manager receives from the Revit team is “why doesn’t something display in this view?”

Ideate XRay helps the whole Revit team understand and fix visibility issues, therefore allowing the BIM Manager to focus and concentrate on higher level issues, thus increasing efficiency and productivity for the Revit project, and the entire Revit team.

Ideate XRay Results

Ideate XRay is a powerful application that is part of the IdeateApps suite of solutions for Revit. Ideate XRay allows you to understand why Revit elements don’t display within a specific Revit view. Revit allows many sophisticated ways to display or hide elements within the Building Information Model, based on intelligent parameters or properties.

As an example, every element has a category, phase, discipline, or workset that could impact whether that element displays within a selected view. In addition, there are scope boxes, crop regions, and view ranges that may also impact the display of Revit elements. Ideate XRay helps to make sense of why an object doesn’t display in a specific view. Ideate XRay gives ANY Revit user a powerful arsenal of forensic tools to understand why something doesn’t display, along with in-depth information on how to fix the issue.

Ideate XRay Results

IdeateApps is a collection of Revit add-on applications that are designed for the everyday Revit user. IdeateApps will improve your productivity and increase your efficiency with difficult, time-consuming, and error-prone Revit workflows. Thus, allowing you to concentrate more on the process of design, rather than wasting time trying to manage your Revit project.

Use these powerful tools independently or together to realize increased productivity and efficiency, ease of design, and enhanced quality for all your Revit projects.

Watch the Ideate XRay video to learn more!


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience, and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 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 Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit

 

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September

2

2016

Ideate SmartDelete is a powerful application that is part of the IdeateApps suite of solutions for Revit. Ideate SmartDelete allows you to reduce liability issues occurring from the Revit model by understanding exactly what you are deleting. When you delete the RVT link or the ceiling elements, are you sure you’re only deleting the selected elements? Done improperly, Revit mode deletion will impact liability and the project schedule. With Ideate SmartDelete you’ll get that second chance to review your deletion set AND, more importantly, you can preview what else will be deleted, before it happens.

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You can’t afford not knowing what’s being deleted! This tool increases efficiency and saves you from important liability issues while allowing you a fully understand the impact of your Revit edits.

IdeateApps is a collection of Revit add-on applications that are designed for the everyday Revit user. IdeateApps will improve your productivity and increase your efficiency with difficult, time-consuming, and error-prone Revit workflows. Thus, allowing you to concentrate more on the process of design, rather than wasting time trying to manage your Revit project.

Use these powerful tools independently or together to realize increased productivity and efficiency, ease of design, and enhanced quality for all your Revit projects.

Watch the Ideate SmartDelete video to learn more!


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience, and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 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 Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit

 

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